This week at the Progress Educational Trust (5 March 2018)
The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce that its next two free-to-attend public events in London will be:
'Putting Your Genome to Work: For the NHS, for Industry, for the UK Post-Brexit', taking place on the evening of Wednesday 21 March 2018 at Amnesty International
'The Real Cost of IVF', taking place on the evening of Wednesday 11 April 2018 at the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
'Putting Your Genome to Work' is being produced by PET with the support of the Medical Research Council. Speakers will include Dr Eliot Forster (Chair of MedCity), Dr Athena Matakidou (Head of Clinical Genomics at AstraZeneca's Centre for Genomics Research), Dr Edward Hockings (Founding Director of Ethics and Genetics) and Dr Jayne Spink (Chief Executive of Genetic Alliance UK).
The event will ask what we want public and private sector organisations to be able to do with our genomic data as the UK approaches Brexit, in light of the UK Government's recent Industrial Strategy White Paper and Life Sciences Sector Deal.
'The Real Cost of IVF' is being produced by PET in partnership with the British Fertility Society (BFS), and will be chaired by Sally Cheshire (Chair of the UK's fertility regulator, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).
Speakers will include Professors Lesley Regan (President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists) and Jacky Boivin (Professor of Health Psychology at Cardiff University), as well as Dr Rebecca Brown (Research Fellow at the University of Oxford's Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics) and Jessica Hepburn (author of The Pursuit of Motherhood).
PET is also delighted to announce that its Patron Baroness Mary Warnock has been awarded a Dan David Prize, given annually to figures 'with proven, exceptional, distinct excellence in the sciences, arts, humanities, public service and business'.
Mary is an awardee in the Bioethics category, 'for her leading role in the development of practical bioethics and specifically for her progressive and unparalleled contribution to the ethics of embryology and genetics and their ethical and philosophical implications'.
The Warnock Report, which Mary was commissioned to write by the UK Government in the 1980s as the head of an expert committee, is arguably the world's most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted conception and embryo research.