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Progress Education Trust - forthcoming events

FROZEN FERTILITY: THE CHALLENGES OF STORING EGGS, SPERM AND EMBRYOS
A free-to-attend evening event in Edinburgh
6.30pm-8pm (preceded by refreshments) on Wednesday 8 January 2019 - see https://sforce.co/36UzvDQ

 

You are invited to attend the following Progress Educational Trust (PET) events, taking place very soon in Edinburgh and London.

 • DOES FERTILITY TREATMENT STILL NEED TO BE A MEDICAL SECRET?
    A free-to-attend evening event in Edinburgh
    6.30pm-8pm (preceded by refreshments) on Tuesday 26 November 2019 - see https://sforce.co/2nEE5o5

 • REALITY CHECK: A REALISTIC LOOK AT ASSISTED REPRODUCTION
    PET's Annual Conference in London
    9.30pm-5.30pm (including lunch) on Wednesday 4 December 2019 - see https://sforce.co/2LHXsFH

 • FROZEN FERTILITY: THE CHALLENGES OF STORING EGGS, SPERM AND EMBRYOS
    A free-to-attend evening event in Edinburgh
    6.30pm-8pm (preceded by refreshments) on Wednesday 8 January 2019 - see https://sforce.co/36UzvDQ

Further details are included below. (If you have already registered for one of these events, you do not need to register again.)

 

'DOES FERTILITY TREATMENT STILL NEED TO BE A MEDICAL SECRET?' is taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 26 November, and is produced in partnership with the Scottish Government.

See https://sforce.co/2nEE5o5 for details and https://sforce.co/2oQJ5pJ for online registration.

The event will discuss special legal restrictions that still apply to the disclosure of fertility patient information, meaning that this information does not automatically form part of patients' medical records.

The event will be chaired by DR SARAH MARTINS DA SILVA (who was recently included in the BBC's list of the 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2019).

Speakers include:

 • DR JANE STEWART (Chair of the British Fertility Society, and Head of the Newcastle Fertility Centre)
 • GWENDA BURNS (Chief Executive of Fertility Network UK)
 • DR CATRIONA McMILLAN (Senior Research Fellow in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh)

 

'REALITY CHECK: A REALISTIC LOOK AT ASSISTED REPRODUCTION' is PET's Annual Conference, taking place in London all day on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

The conference will explore fertility-related practices, technologies and treatments that are the subject of popular claims or widely held assumptions, but that can give rise to challenging questions when examined in light of available evidence.

See https://sforce.co/2IqN2Zk for the conference agenda/timetable and https://sforce.co/2nglRZF for online registration.

Conference sessions include:

 • WHAT IS A FERTILITY DOCTOR'S DUTY?
 • TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS: HOW CAN WE BUILD AN EVIDENCE BASE?
 • BEYOND REGULATION: SHINING A LIGHT ON FERTILITY TREATMENT
 • WHAT'S THE TRUTH ABOUT...
    ...Mild Stimulation for IVF?
    ...Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome (OHSS)?
    ...ICSI - Is It Being Overused?
    ...Aneuploidy Screening - Can It Improve IVF Success?
    ...Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?
 • SHOULD FERTILITY PATIENTS BE GIVEN WHAT THEY WANT, OR WHAT THEY NEED?

The conference will begin with a Keynote Address by PROFESSOR SØREN ZIEBE (Head of Fertility at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre).

Other confirmed speakers and chairs include:

 • SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the HFEA, and Deputy Chair of CAFCASS)
 • PROFESSOR ROBIN LOVELL-BADGE (Chair of Trustees at PET, and Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute)
 • DR JANE STEWART (Chair of the British Fertility Society, and Head of the Newcastle Fertility Centre)
 • DR JAMES DUFFY (Co-Chair of the Priority Setting Partnership for Infertility)
 • PROFESSOR GEETA NARGUND (Founder and Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and of ABC IVF)
 • DR RAJ MATHUR (Consultant Gynaecologist and Lead for Reproductive Medicine at St Mary's Hospital and at Manchester Fertility)
 • JAN GRACE (Clinical Director of Gynaecology and Maternity Services at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust)
 • PROFESSOR NICK MACKLON (Medical Director of the London Women's Clinic)
 • PROFESSOR BOBBIE FARSIDES (Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Member of the HFEA)
 • PROFESSOR CHRISTOPHER BARRATT (Professor of Reproductive Medicine, and Head of Systems Medicine, at the University of Dundee)
 • DR CRISTINA HICKMAN (Chief Scientific Officer at Apricity)
 • DR ROGER STURMEY (Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine, and Principal Investigator, at Hull York Medical School)
 • FIONA FOX (Founder and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)
 • ALASTAIR McLELLAN (Editor of the Health Service Journal)
 • PROFESSOR JOYCE HARPER (Professor of Reproductive Science at University College London's Institute for Women's Health)
 • PROFESSOR PETER BRAUDE (Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King's College London)
 • DR CATHERINE HILL (Head of Communications at PET, author and former fertility patient)
 • SARAH NORCROSS (Director of PET)

Conference sponsors and supporters - see https://sforce.co/2Cy9vQG - include the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, CooperSurgical, the European Sperm Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the London Women's Clinic, NGA Law and the Institute of Medical Ethics.

Further details of the conference can be found at https://sforce.co/2LHXsFH

 

'FROZEN FERTILITY: THE CHALLENGES OF STORING EGGS, SPERM AND EMBRYOS' is taking place in Edinburgh in the New Year, on the evening of Wednesday 8 January, and is produced in partnership with the Scottish Government.

See https://sforce.co/36UzvDQ for details and https://sforce.co/2Q9fvHx for online registration.

Speakers include:

 • DR MELANIE DAVIES (Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University College Hospital, and Chair of Fertility Preservation UK)
 • JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES (Partner at Hill Dickinson)