This week at the Progress Educational Trust (24 September 2016)
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is currently organising and speaking at a wide variety of public events, as well as commenting in the media.
PET Director Sarah Norcross has been particularly busy discussing shortcomings in the public funding of fertility treatment, in her capacity as Co-Chair of the campaigning organisation Fertility Fairness.
Sarah has been interviewed about this on TV's ITV News and BBC News - watch her ITV News appearance here - and she has been interviewed on radio by:
Finally, Sarah is quoted in this opinion piece by Yasmin Alibhai-Brown in iNews, while her comments to Nick Robinson on the Today programme are referred to in this opinion piece by Polly Toynbee in the Guardian.
On the evening of Monday 26 September, she will be giving a talk in London entitled 'Genetic Modification: The Sky’s the Limit?' prior to a screening of the classic science fiction film Gattaca.
Meanwhile, PET is delighted to announce that its next free-to-attend public event - taking place on the evening of Monday 17 October, at University College London's Institute of Child Health - will be entitled 'Birth Certificates and Assisted Reproduction: Setting the Record Straight?', and will be a debate about the purpose and content of birth certificates in light of developments in science, medicine, law and society.
This event is supported by the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, Oregon Reproductive Medicine, Natalie Gamble Associates and Steven H Snyder and Associates, and will be chaired by Peter Braude (Emeritus Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at King's College London).
Speakers will include Dr Marilyn Crawshaw (Chair of the British Association of Social Workers' Project Group on Assisted Reproduction), Natalie Gamble (Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and Brilliant Beginnings), Kate Litwinczuk (donor-conceived person, and Member of the Donor Conception Network ), Dr Julie McCandless (Assistant Professor of Medical and Family Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science), Craig Reisser (UK parent by donor egg surrogacy, and Development and International Programmes Director for Oregon Reproductive Medicine) and Steven Snyder (Founding and Principal Partner at Steven H Snyder and Associates).
The speaker panel includes Professor Richard Anderson (Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh), 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 (PET Trustee and Head of Andrology at Jessop Fertility).
'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' is PET's Annual Conference, taking place in London on Wednesday 7 December. The conference is supported by Merck , the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund , the Medical Research Council and Caribou Biosciences.
Conference sessions include 'The Warnock Report and the 14 Day Rule', 'The 14 Day Rule: Calling Time on Embryo Research', 'Genome Editing: CRISPR at the Cutting Edge', 'What's So Special about the Status of the Embryo?' and Keynote Addresses by Baroness Mary Warnock and Professor Sir Ian Wilmut .
Other confirmed speakers and chairs include Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz , Dr Kathy Niakan, Lord George Carey , Sally Cheshire , Dr Simon Fishel , Professor Bruce Whitelaw and Professors Sarah Franklin , David Jones , Alison Murdoch and Stephen Wilkinson .
Click here for full details, including the conference agenda and how to book your tickets, and email with any queries. Also follow the conference on Twitter and tweet about it using the hashtag #petconf16, and join the Facebook page for the conference here.
In other news, PET is currently going through audience feedback from its most recent public event 'Testing, Testing 1, 2, 3: PGS and PGD'.
Despite taking place on one of the hottest days of the year, this event saw Institute of Child Health packed to the rafters with an audience of 250 people, who spent two hours debating the testing and screening human embryos with a panel of experts including Dr Tony Gordon, James Lawford Davies and Professor Michael Parker plus PET Trustees Dr Sue Avery and Dr Christine Patch.
Comments PET has received from attendees include:
PET is very grateful to the event's sponsor Illumina and to a crack team of volunteers - including Dr Nicoletta Charolidi, Kerry Dyus, Dr Cathy Herbrand, Daniel Malynn and Clara Salice, plus a number of new faces - without whom the event would not have been possible.