Professor Joyce Harper


Joyce Harper is Professor at the Institute for Women’s Health at University College London where she is Director of Education, Director of the Centre for Human Reproduction and Head of the Department of Reproductive Health.  She has worked in the fields of fertility, genetics, reproductive health and women’s health for over 30 years.  She is passionate about education of all aspects of women’s health.She is the mother of three sons born through IVF.

Academic/scientific work

Joyce has been a leader in the field of fertility, genetics and reproductive health since 1987. As well as being an established scientist with over 170 scientific publications, Joyce is a passionate educator of the public and students at all levels, from school children to PhD level.
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What every woman should know

When Joyce was in her twenties she started working in the field of fertility and she often had conversations with friends about their bodies and their fertility. At this time she read ‘Ourbody, ourselves’ and felt it was a book that every woman should read, but she also felt that it did not cover all the topics a woman might want to know about.
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Global women connected

In 2014, Joyce wanted to set up a web based forum to discuss issues around women’s mental and physical health. Joyce ran three brain-storming sessions with anyone who was willing to attend and the concept of Global Women Connected was developed.
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Fertility Education

In most cultures women are leading a very different life to our mothers and grandmothers.  We are becoming more educated, travelling the world, pursuing careers and enjoying life to the full rather than concentrating our life on getting married and raising a family.
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