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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (18 September 2017)

Diane Blood, speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children', taking place at the University of Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday 24 October 2017 Liam Blood, son of Diane Blood and and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children', taking place at the University of Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday 24 October 2017 The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce its next free-to-attend public event, 'Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children'.

The event is taking place at the University of Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday 24 October 2017, and will mark 20 years since widow Diane Blood won the legal right to conceive a child using the sperm of her deceased husband Stephen Blood. Speakers will include Diane herself, as well as her son Liam.

Professor Ian Cooke, obstetrician and gynaecologist involved in Diane Blood's care and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children', taking place at the University of Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday 24 October 2017 Also speaking on the panel will be Professor Ian Cooke (an obstetrician and gynaecologist involved in Diane's care) and Michael Fordham QC (a key member of Diane's legal team).

Michael Fordham QC, key member of Diane Blood's legal team and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children', taking place at the University of Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday 24 October 2017 Professor Allan Pacey, Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'Life after Death: A Woman's Victory in Having Her Deceased Husband's Children', taking place at the University of Sheffield on the evening of Tuesday 24 October 2017 Further details of the event, which will be chaired by PET Trustee Professor Allan Pacey, can be found here. Book your free place now by emailing

If tweeting about the event, please use the hashtag #DianeBlood


In other news, booking is open for the Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s 2017 Annual Conference - 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction' - which is taking place in London on Friday 8 December 2017.

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute and speaker at 'Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017 Professor Azim Surani, Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research at the University of Cambridge and speaker at 'Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)' - Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust's one-day conference 'Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Friday 8 December 2017 The conference will explore the changing boundaries of reproductive medicine and research, with a stellar lineup of speakers including:

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals and the London Women's Clinic (bronze sponsors).

The conference agenda can be found here, and details of attendance fees and how to book can be found here. If you have any queries, please email

If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #petconf17

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