Current research opportunities

New research requests are posted here when we are approached by researchers in the field. Your views and contribution to research can help build a body of information which can benefit individuals and families such as yours. 

DCN has a research committee which reviews all the research requests to the Network to ensure that it is conducted appropriately and fits in with our members. Contact DCN if you have any questions on the procedure by emailing


Who can participate

Further details


Young Adults Study, the WISE survey.



This online survey explores the Well-being, Identity and Social Experiences of donor conceived people, of all ages, who are living in the UK, and are donor conceived.

We are also interested in hearing about your experiences if you are not donor conceived and are between 18-30 years old.

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Dr Sophie Zadeh


Visit the study website to find out more on

or email 

Donor Conception in the Age of Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: An Invitation to Take Part in the ConnecteDNA Project

Parents through donor conception, donor conceived people or a donors who have used, considered using or been impacted by DNA testing websites, who are UK residents and over 18 years old.

Specifically now looking for under-represented groups including:

  • Fathers through donor conception (egg, sperm or embryo donation)

  • LGBTQ parents through donor conception

  • Parents whose children have found out they were donor conceived after using DTCGT

  • Parents or donor conceived people from minority ethnic backgrounds

  • Donor conceived people with same-sex parents and/or a non-clinic donor

  • Donor conceived people born following egg or embryo donation

  • Sperm, egg or embryo donors from any background or circumstances

The ConnecteDNA study is a research project, led by Dr Lucy Frith and based at the University of Manchester, in collaboration with four other UK universities. It began in March 2021 and explores how people involved in donor conception (parents, donors and donor conceived people) use, and are impacted by, direct-to-consumer genetic testing (DTCGT), e.g. AncestryDNA and 23andme.


Link to the project website and the latest call for participants 

Dr Leah Gilman        

Gay and Lesbian parents research study - 

Multi-national study

Participants must be:

  • Gay or lesbian parents
  • Cohabiting with their partner
  • Have a child between 3 and 10 year old who was conceived via surrogacy or sperm donation
  • Based in the UK/Ireland

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Recruiting until 01/05/22

Link to study website 

University of Birmingham

Lowri Evans