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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (19 January 2020)


The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce that its next free-to-attend online event, taking place on Thursday 4 February 2021 from 5.30pm-7pm (GMT), will be 'The COVID Vaccine: A Shot in the Arm for Fertility Treatment?'.

At this event, experts representing different professional bodies will discuss their guidance and their thinking on COVID vaccination in relation to assisted conception. Find out more about themes of the event here.

Professor Jason Kasraie, Chair of the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'The COVID Vaccine: A Shot in the Arm for Fertility Treatment?', being held online on Thursday 4 February 2021Dr Anna Veiga, Coordinator of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology's COVID-19 Working Group and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'The COVID Vaccine: A Shot in the Arm for Fertility Treatment?', being held online on Thursday 4 February 2021 The event will be chaired by Sarah Norcross (Director of PET), with speakers including:

The event is sponsored by the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, the British Fertility Society, the Bristol Fertility Clinic and CooperSurgical.

Find out more here, and register for your free place here. If tweeting about this event, please use the hashtag #VaccineIVF


Sarah Norcross, Director of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of PET's FREE-to-attend public event 'The Health of IVF Babies: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Find Out?', being held online on Tuesday 23 February 2021 Professor Anja Bisgaard Pinborg, Chief Consultant at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre and speaker at PET's FREE-to-attend public event 'The Health of IVF Babies: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Find Out?', being held online on Tuesday 23 February 2021 After that, PET's next free-to-attend online event - taking place on Tuesday 23 February 2021 from 5.30pm-7pm (GMT) - will be 'The Health of IVF Babies: What Do We Know? What Do We Need to Find Out?'.

The event will be chaired by Sarah Norcross, with speakers including Professor Anja Bisgaard Pinborg (Chief Consultant at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre).

The event is produced in partnership with the Scottish Government. Online registration for the event will open in early February, but you can already register your interest in attending by emailing sstarr@progress.org.uk

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


In other news, PET is excited to announce that Professor Dame Lesley Regan has become a Patron of the charity, joining PET's established Patron Professor Marcus Pembrey.

Professor Marcus Pembrey, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust Professor Dame Lesley Regan, Patron of the Progress Educational Trust Lesley has a formidable career as a clinician and researcher specialising in recurrent miscarriage and uterine fibroids, as well as being an accomplished writer and broadcaster for popular audiences. She was previously President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, driving advances in areas of women's healthcare including perinatal mental health, menopause and timely access to safe abortion.

Lesley is currently Secretary General of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Imperial College London and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at St Mary's Hospital in London, among other roles. PET could not be more proud to have her as its Patron.

PET's Board of Trustees has also undergone a recent change. Longstanding Trustee Dr Jess Buxton, who was the original Genetics Editor at the charity's flagship publication BioNews, is stepping down from her role as a Trustee. Stepping up is PET's newest Trustee, Alison McTavish, who is Quality and Business Manager at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre.

PET would like to thank Jess for her many contributions to the charity's work over the past 20 years - not least her key role in the success and longevity of BioNews, which published its 1,000th weekly edition in 2019 - and would like to welcome Alison to the team.