RESEARCH: A Sheffield scientist who has helped change the way IVF treatment is carried out has been named Healthcare Scientist of the Year by the chief scientific officer.

Rachel Cutting, principal embryologist at the assisted conception unit at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust, was given the award by health secretary Andrew Lansley at the chief scientific officer’s healthcare science event. The winners are selected annually by the chief scientific officer, Professor Sue Hill.

A statement says: “The award recognises in particular Rachel’s uncompromising commitment to a project called ‘One at a time’, which promotes single embryo transfer during IVF treatment. The award also acknowledged Rachel’s outstanding leadership, and her dedication to teamwork and promoting better outcomes for patients.”