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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (20 May 2018)


The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce that its next two free-to-attend public events will be:

To book your free place(s) at either of these events, please email sstarr@progress.org.uk


Dr Abha Maheshwari, Clinical Lead in Reproductive Medicine at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'From Acupuncture to Yoga: Can Lifestyle Choices Improve the Odds of IVF Working for You?', taking place in Glasgow on the evening of Thursday 14 June 2018 The 'From Acupuncture to Yoga' event is supported by the Scottish Government. It is being held at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow, and will be chaired by Professor Richard Anderson (Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh).

Dr Margaret McCartney, General Practitioner and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'From Acupuncture to Yoga: Can Lifestyle Choices Improve the Odds of IVF Working for You?', taking place in Glasgow on the evening of Thursday 14 June 2018 Speakers will include Dr Jane Jamieson (Nutritionist at the Natural Fertility Centre), Dr Abha Maheshwari (Clinical Lead in Reproductive Medicine at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre), Dr Margaret McCartney (General Practitioner and author of books including The State of Medicine and The Patient Paradox) and Isabel Traynor (Senior Charge Nurse at Glasgow Royal Infirmary's Assisted Conception Service).

If tweeting about this event, please use the hashtag #IVFlifestyle


Dr Natalie Banner, Policy Adviser at Understanding Patient Data and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility', taking place in London on the evening of Tuesday 26 June 2018 The 'With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility' event is being produced in partnership with Genomics England (the organisation established by the UK Government to deliver the 100,000 Genomes Project), as part of the Genomics Conversation.

Anthony Brooke, Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event 'With Great Genomic Data Comes Great Responsibility', taking place in London on the evening of Tuesday 26 June 2018 The event is being held at the Institute of Child Health in London, and will be chaired by Timandra Harkness (author of the book Big Data: Does Size Matter?).

Speakers will include Dr Natalie Banner (Policy Adviser at Understanding Patient Data) and Professors Anthony Brookes (Professor of Genetics at the University of Leicester), Ann Dalton (Director of the Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Service at Sheffield Children's Hospital) and Tim Hubbard (Head of Genome Analysis at Genomics England).

If tweeting about this event, please use the hashtag #PETgenomic


PET has also been going through audience feedback from its three most recent packed public events, each of which has been discussed in the charity's flagship publication BioNews and each of which has also been the subject of wider media coverage.

Be sure to subscribe to BioNews for free here, to be kept up-to-date with PET's events and initiatives as well as all the latest news and views on fertility, genomics and embryo/stem cell research.


Baroness Mary Warnock, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust In other news, PET was proud to see its Patron Baroness Mary Warnock awarded a Dan David Prize earlier this month. These awards are given annually to figures 'with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and business'.

Watch Professor Yael Hashiloni-Dolev in conversation with the Progress Educational Trust's Patron Baroness Mary Warnock, on the occasion of Baroness Warnock being awarded a Dan David Prize Mary received her prize in the 'Bioethics' category 'for her leading role in the development of practical bioethics, specifically for her progressive and unparalleled contribution to the ethics of embryology and genetics'. Watch videos of Mary at Tel Aviv University receiving her award and discussing her work in conversation with the researcher Professor Yael Hashiloni-Dolev.

PET/BioNews Science Editor Shaoni Bhattacharya, who originally reported the news of Mary's award, has now conducted a new interview with Mary for BioNews.

Read Shaoni Bhattacharya's interview with the Progress Educational Trust's Patron Baroness Mary Warnock, on the occasion of Baroness Warnock being awarded a Dan David Prize The interview sees Mary reflect on the landmark report she was commissioned to write by the UK Government in the 1980s, as the head of an expert committee. Nowadays known simply as the Warnock Report, it is arguably the world's most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted conception and embryo research.

Professor Marcus Pembrey, Patron and cofounder of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) PET's other Patron, Professor Marcus Pembrey, has also been in the spotlight recently. He is quoted by BBC News and by the Independent, discussing research in mice which suggests that exercise could lead to improvements in brain function that are then inherited by the next generation via epigenetics.

Marcus continues to publish his own work on epigenetics, most recently this paper in the journal Environmental Epigenetics, while his contributions to public and professional debate about (epi)gentics are discussed in recent articles in the European Journal of Human Genetics and in the journal Development.