is Head of Division Systems Medicine, Head of the Reproductive Medicine Group at the University of Dundee as well as a clinical scientist (Hon) with NHS Tayside. He graduated with an Honours degree in Zoology and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Wales, Swansea). His PhD, also in Zoology, was under the supervision of Jack Cohen at the University of Birmingham.
His formative post-doctoral studies and ART experience was gained at the University of Sheffield [with Ian Cooke] where they specialized in natural cycle IVF. From 1997-2005 he was the Scientific Director of the ART Centre at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.
Professor Barratt has been awarded a number of honors for outstanding contributions to the discipline e.g. Young Andrologist of the Year (American Andrology Society), the Professor Sir Robert Edwards keynote lecture at ESHRE.
He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international scientific conferences/workshops. He was a member of the WHO Male Fertility Semen Analysis Taskforce (for both the 4th and 5th editions) and director of the WHO (2012-2017) Male Fertility Expert Working Group which devised a new system for the diagnosis and treatment of the infertile male.
He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 6 years.
Professor Barratt has recently been appointed to editorial board of WHO for development of new Semen Analysis manual (6th edition).
He has been on the Editorial Board of Human Reproduction, Human Fertility, Biology of Reproduction, Human Reproduction Update, Journal of Andrology and is currently Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Human Reproduction (Impact factor 5 year 3.6)
His life’s ambition is to see – live – Wales comprehensively beat the All Blacks.
We are primarily focused on understanding the function of the human spermatozoa and identifying the key factors in the process of sperm egg interation.
Our research uses cutting edge technology combined with selected samples from patients with well-defined pathology. As such the research has a very strong translational focus.
Our primary collaborators in Dundee are the IVF clinic at NHS Tayside, Abertay University’s Dr Sean Brown, Professor Paul Wyatt (Drug Discovery Unit, SLS), and Paul Andrews (National Phenotypic Screening Centre, SLS)
We are funded by NHS Tayside, MRC, Chief Scientists Office (Scotland), Astra Zeneca and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
We regularly contribute to public debates on reproductive issues: e.g. impact of male age.