This week at the Progress Educational Trust (15 September 2014)
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is busy preparing for its next free public event 'Genomic Medicine Needs You - Do You Need Genomic Medicine?', taking place in central Oxford on the evening of Thursday 16 October. The event will address the clinical and ethical implications of the 100,000 Genomes Project, which aims to sequence 100,000 whole genomes from around 75,000 participants by 2017, and is organised by PET in partnership with Genomics England (the company established by the Government to carry out the project).
Speaking at the event will be Sir John Chisholm (Chair of Genomics England), Professor Michael Parker (Chair of Genomics England's Ethics Advisory Committee), Dr Christine Patch (PET Trustee and Consultant Genetic Counsellor/Manager at Guy's Hospital), Richard Stephens (cancer patient and Chair of the National Cancer Research Institute's Consumer Liaison Group) and Dr Simon Woods (Codirector of Newcastle University's Policy, Ethics and Life Sciences Research Centre). Click here to find out more, and email to book your free place.
PET is also busy working on its Annual Conference, taking place in central London on Tuesday 2 December. This year's conference, 'The Commercialisation of Life', will explore the role of commerce in genetics and fertility treatment and boasts a star-studded speaker lineup even by PET's high standards. Headline speakers Professor Lord Robert Winston and Professor Julian Savulescu will speak at sessions provocatively entitled 'IVF: Infertile, Vulnerable, Fleeced?' and 'Commercialisation and the Moral Obligation to Create Designer Babies'.
Other conference speakers include Dr Kári Stefánsson (Founder and Chief Executive of deCODE Genetics), Peter Thompson (Chief Executive of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority), Jon Ward (Vice President, International at 23andMe), Professor Willem Ombelet (Cofounder of the Walking Egg Project) and many more. The conference agenda and full list of confirmed speakers can be found here, together with details of how to book tickets. Book yours now!
This has been a particularly busy week for PET Director Sarah Norcross because it saw the launch of Fertility Fairness, an organisation of which she is Co-Chair (previously known as the National Infertility Awareness Campaign). Fertility Fairness campaigns for people to have comprehensive and equal access to fertility treatment - you can find out more in the video below, which features Sarah and her fellow Co-Chair Susan Seenan.