Past events

Progress Educational Trust - Public Events

Progress Educational Trust's next public event in London is:

RETHINKING THE ETHICS OF EMBRYO RESEARCH: GENOME EDITING, 14 DAYS AND BEYOND

London, 9.30am-5pm on Wednesday 7 December 2016

One-day conference about the past, present and future of embryo research

Supported by Merck (gold sponsor), the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund (silver sponsor) and the Medical Research Council (bronze sponsor)

Speakers and chairs include:

PROFESSOR MAGDALENA ZERNICKA-GOETZ (leader of recent research in which human embryos were cultured in vitro for 13 days, the longest time ever achieved)

DR KATHY NIAKAN (first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to use genome editing in human embryo research)

BARONESS MARY WARNOCK (whose Warnock Report is arguably the world's most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted conception and embryo research)

PROFESSOR SIR IAN WILMUT (creator of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal ever cloned from an adult cell)

LORD GEORGE CAREY (former Archbishop of Canterbury)

SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

DR SIMON FISHEL (one of the first researchers to demonstrate that embryos are capable of responding to their environment)

PROFESSOR BRUCE WHITELAW (pioneer in research involving transgenic and genome-edited animals)

PROFESSOR SARAH FRANKLIN (Director of the University of Cambridge's Reproductive Sociology Research Group)

PROFESSOR DAVID JONES (Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre)

PROFESSOR STEPHEN WILKINSON (Bioethicist at Lancaster University)

FIONA FOX (Chair of the Progress Educational Trust and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)

SARAH NORCROSS (Director of the Progress Educational Trust)

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We recently held:

FROZEN ASSETS? PRESERVING SPERM, EGGS AND EMBRYOS

Edinburgh, 6pm on Tuesday 25 October 2016

FREE-to-attend evening event about preserving fertility when there is a medical need - when being treated for cancer or other conditions, when transitioning gender, or when entering a high-risk occupation

Supported by the Scottish Government

Speaker panel includes: PROFESSOR RICHARD ANDERSON (Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Reproductive Health), ALISON McTAVISH (Cofounder and Nurse Manager at Aberdeen Fertility Centre), DR MARY NEAL (Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Strathclyde's Law School) and PROFESSOR ALLAN PACEY (Head of Andrology at Jessop Fertility)

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TESTING, TESTING 1, 2, 3: PGS AND PGD

London, 6pm on Tuesday 13 September 2016

FREE-to-attend evening event about testing and selecting embryos using preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and preimplantation genetic screening (PGS)

Supported by Illumina

Speaker panel includes: DR TONY GORDON (Managing Director and Lab Director at Genesis Genetics), STEPHEN HARBOTTLE (Chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists), JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES (Partner at Hempsons), PROFESSOR MICHAEL PARKER (Director of the University of Oxford's Ethox Centre) and DR CHRISTINE PATCH (appointed the next President of the European Society of Human Genetics)

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