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EVENTS

Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?

Progress Educational Trust
Drysdale Lecture Theatre (ELG19), Drysdale Building, City University London, Northampton Square, London EC1V 0HB
25 September 2013 6.30pm-8pm
Fiona Fox speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Fiona Fox
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda
See other photographs of this event below

This public event was organised by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) in partnership with City University London's Science Journalism course.
New techniques and technologies in fertility treatment often grab the headlines, raising the hopes of people with fertility problems. Patients, journalists and sometimes even fertility professionals can find it hard to tell the difference between:
radical innovations in fertility treatment, and incremental adjustments to existing techniques;
early stage scientific research, and techniques that are ready for use in fertility clinics;
techniques that are cost-effective, and techniques whose benefit to patients is not commensurate with their (often considerable) cost;
techniques that have a strong scientific evidence base, more experimental techniques that are still being evaluated, and outright pseudoscience or snake oil.
This event saw a science editor from a national newspaper and two prominent fertility professionals (each with a combination of extensive clinical and research experience) debate the following questions from contrasting perspectives.
What are the responsibilities of journalists and editors, when reporting on breakthroughs in fertility treatment?
What are the responsibilities of fertility professionals when promoting novel techniques to the media, and when offering novel techniques to patients?
Is there a practical or a moral difference between recommending therapies with a weak evidence base, and simply making such therapies available?
Do the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority or professional bodies have a responsibility to minimise the risk of patients being exploited?
Where does the boundary between patient choice and patient exploitation lie, and who should decide where the line is drawn?

Speakers:
Dr Hannah Devlin
Science Editor of The Times newspaper
Professor Simon Fishel
Managing Director of CARE Fertility, and Founder of the Rachel Foundation
Nick Macklon
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton's Faculty of Medicine, and Director and Person Responsible of the Complete Fertility Centre

Chair:
Fiona Fox
Founder and Director of the Science Media Centre

Partners and supporters:
City University London

Sarah Norcross speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Sarah Norcross
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Dr Hannah Devlin
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Dr Hannah Devlin
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox and Dr Hannah Devlin speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox, (at lectern) Dr Hannah Devlin
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox and Dr Hannah Devlin speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right in background: Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox, (at lectern) Dr Hannah Devlin
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Professor Simon Fishel
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Professor Simon Fishel
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Professor Simon Fishel
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Fiona Fox and Professor Simon Fishel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Fiona Fox, (at lectern) Professor Simon Fishel
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Nick Macklon speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Professor Nick Macklon
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Nick Macklon speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Professor Nick Macklon
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Fiona Fox and Professor Nick Macklon speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Fiona Fox, (at lectern) Professor Nick Macklon
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox and Professor Nick Macklon speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right in background: Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox, (at lectern) Professor Nick Macklon
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel and Fiona Fox speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Dr Hannah Devlin
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Professor Simon Fishel
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Nick Macklon speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Professor Nick Macklon
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon and Professor Simon Fishel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel and Fiona Fox speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Nick Macklon and Daniel Malynn at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Professor Nick Macklon, (with back to camera) Daniel Malynn
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon and Daniel Malynn at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: (in background on speaker panel) Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon, (in foreground with back to camera) Daniel Malynn
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel and Daniel Malynn at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: (in background on speaker panel) Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Simon Fishel (with back to camera) Daniel Malynn
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin and Professor Nick Macklon speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel and Fiona Fox speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel and Fiona Fox speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin and Professor Nick Macklon speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Dr Hannah Devlin, Professor Nick Macklon
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

James Lawford Davies speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
James Lawford Davies (with microphone)
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Gabrielle Samuel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Dr Gabrielle Samuel (with microphone)
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Sandy Starr at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Sandy Starr
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
In background: Professor Simon Fishel
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Fiona Fox speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Fiona Fox
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Professor Simon Fishel and Fiona Fox speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Professor Simon Fishel, Fiona Fox
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Dr Hannah Devlin speaking at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Dr Hannah Devlin
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Audience at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Sandy Starr and Daniel Malynn at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Left to right: Sandy Starr, Daniel Malynn
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

Audience at the Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda

The Progress Educational Trust event 'Hype, Hope and Headlines: How Should Breakthroughs in Fertility Treatment Be Reported?' (photograph by Lahiru Dayananda)
Photograph by Lahiru Dayananda


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