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Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond

Progress Educational Trust
Institute of Child Health, University College London, 30 Guilford Street, London WC1N 1EH
07 December 2016 9.30am-5pm (conference), 5pm-6pm (drinks reception)

REGISTRATION FOR THIS CONFERENCE HAS NOW CLOSED.

The 2016 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET), supported by an unrestricted educational grant from Merck (gold sponsor).

Dr Kathy Niakan, Group Leader in Human Embryo and Stem Cell Research at the Francis Crick Institute and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016 Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016The conference is also supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund (silver sponsor) and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the London Women's Clinic and the Medical Research Council (bronze sponsors). It will be followed by a drinks reception sponsored by Caribou Biosciences.

Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016 Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and keynote speaker at PET's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016The conference agenda can be found below.

Confirmed speakers 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 (the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to use genome editing in human embryo research) and Lord George Carey (Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords and former Archbishop of Canterbury).

Dolly the sheep, the first mammal ever cloned from an adult cellProfessor Sir Ian Wilmut, creator of Dolly the sheep and keynote speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016There will also be Keynote Addresses by Baroness Mary Warnock (whose Warnock Report is arguably the world's most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted conception and embryo research) and Professor Sir Ian Wilmut (creator of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal ever cloned from an adult cell).

Other confirmed speakers and chairs include 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) and Professors Sarah Franklin, David Jones, Alison Murdoch and Stephen Wilkinson, as well as Dr Roger Highfield and PET's own Chair of Trustees Fiona Fox and Director Sarah Norcross.

Conference sessions include:

In the PET tradition, following introductory presentations the majority of each session's running time will be devoted to discussion with input from the audience.

Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Head of Developmental Biology at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016Alison Murdoch, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Newcastle University and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016If you use Facebook, you can join the Facebook page for the conference here. If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #petconf16

Read this report to find out how many people attended PET's 2015 Annual Conference, who they were, what they thought of the conference, and what impact the conference had on policy, public discussion and the media.


MORNING

9.30am Registration

10am WELCOME ADDRESS

Sarah Norcross Sarah Norcross, Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and speaker at PET's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET)
Commissioning Editor of BioNews

10.05am Session 1:
THE WARNOCK REPORT AND THE 14-DAY RULE

Baroness Mary Warnock Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and keynote speaker at PET's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Chair of the UK Government's Committee of Inquiry into Human Fertilisation and Embryology, which published the Warnock Report
Patron of the Progress Educational Trust (PET)

Chair:
Sarah Norcross

10.45am Refreshments

11.15am Session 2:
THE 14-DAY RULE: CALLING TIME ON EMBRYO RESEARCH

'A Certain Kind of English Pragmatism': The 14-Day Rule in Historical Perspective Professor Sarah Franklin, Chair of the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Sarah Franklin
Professor of Sociology and Director of the Reproductive Sociology Research Group at the University of Cambridge
Chair of the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund

Development of the Human Embryo beyond Day 7 in a Dish Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz
Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge's Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience
Leader of recent research in which human embryos were cultured in vitro for 13 days, the longest time ever achieved

Extending the 14-Day Rule: Would This Unlock the Secrets of Human Health and Disease? Dr Simon Fishel, Founder and President of CARE Fertility and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Dr Simon Fishel
Founder and President of CARE Fertility and the Rachel Foundation
One of the first researchers to demonstrate that embryos are capable of responding to their environment

Chair: Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and session chair at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Sally Cheshire
Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Chair of Health Education North West

12.45pm LUNCH
Lunch is available to all attendees, whether they have booked to attend the full conference, the morning half of the conference or the afternoon half of the conference.

AFTERNOON

Session 3:
1.30pm IAN WILMUT IN CONVERSATION WITH ROGER HIGHFIELD

Sir Ian Wilmut Professor Sir Ian Wilmut, creator of Dolly the sheep and keynote speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Emeritus Professor of Regenerative Medicine at the University of Edinburgh
Creator of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal ever cloned from an adult cell

Chair: Dr Roger Highfield, Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group and session chair at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Dr Roger Highfield
Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group
Science writer and broadcaster, and coauthor (with Ian Wilmut) of After Dolly: The Uses and Misuses of Human Cloning

2pm Session 4:
GENOME EDITING: CRISPR AT THE CUTTING EDGE

Human Cells from Animals? Professor Bruce Whitelaw, Head of Developmental Biology at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Bruce Whitelaw
Professor of Animal Biotechnology, Head of Developmental Biology and Deputy Director at the University of Edinburgh's Roslin Institute
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Transgenic Research, and pioneer in research involving transgenic and genome-edited animals

Genome Editing in Embryos Dr Kathy Niakan, Group Leader in Human Embryo and Stem Cell Research at the Francis Crick Institute and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Dr Kathy Niakan
Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute's Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory, and the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to use genome editing in human embryo research
Named one of the world's 100 Most Influential People by TIME magazine

Chair:
Alison Murdoch

3pm Refreshments

3.30pm Session 5:
WHAT'S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE EMBRYO?

What Is an Embryo? Alison Murdoch, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Newcastle University and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Alison Murdoch
Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Newcastle University's Institute of Genetic Medicine
Former Director of the Newcastle Fertility Centre

Should Religious Convictions Be Allowed to Determine the Progress of Scientific Research? Lord George Carey, former Archbishop of Canterbury and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Lord George Carey
Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords
Former Archbishop of Canterbury

The Injustice of Destroying Embryonic Human Beings Professor David Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
David Jones
Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre
Visiting Professor of Bioethics at St Mary's University Twickenham

How to Think about Embryos Stephen Wilkinson, Professor of Bioethics at Lancaster University and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Stephen Wilkinson
Professor of Bioethics at Lancaster University's Department of Politics, Philosophy and Religion
Principal Investigator of the research programme Reproductive Donation: Donation and Transfer of Human Reproductive Materials

Chair: Fiona Fox, Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and session chair at PET's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
Fiona Fox
Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust (PET)
Founder and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre

5pm DRINKS RECEPTION
Sponsored by Caribou Biosciences

Gold sponsor
Merck, gold sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016

Silver sponsor
Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund

Bronze sponsors
Ferring Pharmaceuticals, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
The London Women's Clinic, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016
The Medical Research Council, bronze sponsor of the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016

Drinks reception sponsor
Caribou Biosciences, sponsor of the drinks reception at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', taking place at University College London's Institute of Child Health on Wednesday 7 December 2016

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