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Co-Founder and Director, Donor Sibling Registry (DSR)
The DSR is a charity organization, founded in 2000 by Wendy Kramer and her donor conceived son Ryan, to assist individuals conceived as a result of sperm, egg or embryo donation that are seeking to make mutually desired contact with others with whom they share genetic ties. With more than 44,000 worldwide members, the DSR has helped to facilitate contact between more than 11,500 people with their half siblings and/or their donors (biological parents).
Without any outside support, the DSR has pioneered an international discussion about the donor conception industry and the families, with its research, speaking engagements and media appearances. Wendy has co-authored many published papers on donor conception, has reviewed abstracts for the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and has also been a peer reviewer for the journals Human Reproduction and RBM Online. Wendy and her son Ryan have appeared on 60 Minutes, The Oprah Winfrey Show, Good Morning America and many other news shows and publications such as the NY Times, TIME and Newsweek.
2011: Associate Producer on the Emmy nominated TV show "Sperm Donor".
2013: Associate Producer of MTV News & Docs 6 part series, "Generation Cryo"
The following research has been presented at meetings and conferences around the world, including: ASRM, ESHRE, British Fertility Society, Australian Fertility Society, CRYO, Human Reproduction, ASPIRE and several sociology, family, mental health, genetics, gynecology and obstetrics, legal and LGBT conferences in North America, Europe, Australia and Asia.
2013 Chapter published in book "Visions of the 21st Century Family: Transforming Structures and Identities": Making Sense of Donors and Donor Siblings: A Comparison of the Perceptions of Donor-Conceived Offspring in Lesbian-Parent and Heterosexual-Parent Families. Margaret Nelson, Rosanna Hertz and Wendy Kramer
2013 Reproductive BioMedicine Onine: A Survey of 1700 Recipients of Donor Sperm: the views of women who formed their families using donor spermatozoa. Neroli Sawyer, Eric Blyth, Wendy Kramer and Lucy Frith.
2013 Advances in Reproductive Sciences: Genetic and Health Issues Emerging from Sperm Donation: The Experiences and Views of Donors. Ken Daniels and Wendy Kramer.
2013 The Journal of Family Issues, A New Path to Grandparenthood: Parents of Egg and Sperm Donors. Authors: Diane Beeson, Patricia Jennings, Wendy Kramer
2013 Social Science and Medicine: Donor-Conceived Offspring Conceive of the Donor: The Relevance of Age, Awareness, and Family Form. Rosanna Hertz (Wellesley College), Margaret K. Nelson (Middlebury College), Wendy Kramer
2012 Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Semen donors who are open to contact with their offspring: issues and implications for them and their families. Authors: Ken Daniels, Wendy Kramer and Maria Perez-y-Perez.
2012 Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Perspectives, experiences and choices of parents of children conceived following oocyte donation. Authors: Eric Blyth, Wendy Kramer, and Jennifer Schneider.
2012 Asia Pacific Journal of Reproduction: Donor type and parental disclosure following oocyte donation. Authors: John Stephenson, Eric Blyth, Wendy Kramer, and Jennifer Schneider
2012 Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Forming a family with sperm donation: a survey of 244 non-biological parents. Authors: Lucy Frith, Neroli Sawyer, and Wendy Kramer.
2011 Human Reproduction: Offspring searching for their sperm donors: how family type shapes the process. Authors: Diane Beeson, Wendy Kramer, and Patricia K. Jennings.
2010 Human Reproduction: Sperm and oocyte donors' experiences of anonymous donation and subsequent contact with their donor offspring.* Authors: Tabitha Freeman, Vasanti Jadva, Wendy Kramer, Susan Golombok.
2010 Reproductive BioMedicine Online: Experiences of offspring searching for and contacting their donor siblings and donor.* Authors: Vasanti Jadva, Tabitha Freeman, Wendy Kramer, Susan Golombok. This paper was nominated for the 2011 Robert G. Edwards Prize Paper Award.
2009 Human Reproduction: The experiences of adolescents and adults conceived by sperm donation: comparisons by age of disclosure and family type.* Authors: Vasanti Jadva, Tabitha Freeman, Wendy Kramer, Susan Golombok.
2009 Human Reproduction: Gamete donation: parents' experiences of searching for their child's donor siblings and donor.* Authors: Tabitha Freeman, Vasanti Jadva, Wendy Kramer, Susan Golombok.
2009 Human Reproduction: US oocyte donors: a retrospective study of medical and psychosocial issues. Authors: Wendy Kramer; Jennifer Schneider and Natalie Schultz
*Partnership with the Family Centre, University of Cambridge, UK