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This week at the Progress Educational Trust (20 November 2019)


Dr Catriona McMillan, Senior Research Fellow in Medical Law and Ethics at the University of Edinburgh and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 26 November 2019Dr Sarah Martins Da Silva, Consultant Gynaecologist at Ninewells Hospital and chair of the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Tuesday 26 November 2019 The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce that its next free-to-attend event - produced in partnership with the Scottish Government - will be 'Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret?', taking place in Edinburgh this coming Tuesday evening (26 November 2019).

The event will be chaired by Dr Sarah Martins Da Silva, who was recently named one of the BBC's 100 most inspiring and influential women of 2019. Speakers will include Dr Catriona McMillan, Gwenda Burns and Dr Jane Stewart.

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


Professor Søren Ziebe, Head of Fertility at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre and the Keynote Speaker at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and speaker at 'Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?', Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019 After that, PET will be holding its Annual Conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place in London all day on Wednesday 4 December 2019.

The conference will explore fertility-related practices, technologies and treatments that are the subject of popular claims or widely held assumptions, but that can give rise to challenging questions when examined in light of available evidence.

See the agenda and timetable here, and register to attend here.

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors) and by CooperSurgical, the European Sperm Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the London Women's Clinic and NGA Law (bronze sponsors). Additionally, the Institute of Medical Ethics has provided funding for eight medical students based outside London to attend the conference free of charge - to apply for one of these places, email sstarr@progress.org.uk

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Chair of Trustees at PET and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019Dr Jane Stewart, Chair of the British Fertility Society and speaker at 'Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?', Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019Conference sessions include:

  1. What Is a Fertility Doctor's Duty?

  2. Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?

  3. Beyond Regulation: Shining a Light on Fertility Treatment

  4. What's the Truth about...

    • ...Mild Stimulation for IVF?

    • Professor Geeta Nargund, Founder and Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019Dr Raj Mathur, Lead for Reproductive Medicine at St Mary's Hospital and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019...Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome?

    • ...ICSI - Is It Being Overused?

    • ...Aneuploidy Screening - Can It Improve IVF Success?

    • ...Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?

  5. Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?

The conference will begin with a Keynote Address by Professor Søren Ziebe (Head of Fertility at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre).

Dr James Duffy, Co-Chair of the Priority Setting Partnership for Infertility and speaker at 'Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?', Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019Jan Grace, Clinical Director of Gynaecology and Maternity Services at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019Other confirmed speakers and chairs include:

Further details of the conference can be found here. If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #PETconf19


Rachel Cutting, Director of Compliance and Information at the HFEA and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 8 January 2020Dr Melanie Davies, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at University College Hospital and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend public event 'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 8 January 2020 Finally, PET is pleased to announce that registration is open for its first free-to-attend event in the New Year.

'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', produced in partnership with the Scottish Government, is taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Wednesday 8 January 2020.

Speakers will include Rachel Cutting, Dr Melanie Davies and James Lawford Davies.

Find out more here, and register for your free place(s) here