Professor Conway has a long-standing research career in the field of endocrinology with a particular interest in the hormone control of reproduction and the genetics relating to the development of the body’s reproductive system. Funding for research comes from various sources and donations are welcome by cheque made out to "UCLH Charities Fund - 0360" and sent to
Professor Conway Research Office
Department of Women's Health, 2nd Floor North
University College London Hospitals
250 Euston Road
London NW1 2PG, UK
Polycystic ovary syndrome
The topic for a research thesis in the 1990s under Professor Howard Jacobs described the role of insulin resistance as a feature of the polycystic ovary syndrome with particular reference to family inheritance patterns. This thesis was awarded a Medical Doctorate in 1992 under the University of London.
Primary ovarian insufficiency
Developing from early work on the role of genetic mutations of the FSH receptor is a cause of ovarian insufficiency, a large clinic grew under the guidance of Professor Conway. Research in this area has included an exploration of autoimmune damage of the ovaries and the long-term outcomes of oestrogen replacement or HRT.
In 1994, Professor Conway started a clinic for adults women with Turner syndrome which is one of the most common genetic anomalies. TS is caused by a defect or absence one X chromosome. Over many years this clinic has grown to be one of the largest in the world with over 700 women attending. This clinic has become an important resource with which to document long-term outcomes for health for women with this condition. A major new research project is now underway documenting the natural history of TS recording medical and psychosocial outcomes: “Turner Life Course Project”.
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia
Over 300 individuals with CAH have attended the clinics under Professor Conway at UCLH. Research has focused on how to achieve good outcomes for fertility for both men and women as well as the psychological aspects of living with a long-term condition which requires precise individualised control.
Disorders of sex development
Over the 1990s, it became apparent that the care of individuals with disorders of sex development such as androgen insensitivity syndrome or gonadal dysgenesis was not well developed in the UK. Along with a team at UCLH, a dedicated multidisciplinary clinic has been developed with an emphasis on individualised approach and empowerment of patient choice in decision-making.