40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future

Progress Educational Trust
King Khalid Building (Symposium Hall), Hill Square, Edinburgh EH8 9ST
24 January 2019 6.30pm-8.30pm

Professor Allan Pacey, Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of PET's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 Grace MacDonald, the second woman ever to give birth to a child following IVF and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 Alastair MacDonald, the second person ever born who was conceived via IVF and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 Colin Duncan, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Science at the University of Edinburgh and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 Dr Kay Elder, Senior Research Scientist at Bourn Hall Clinic and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 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 '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019

A free-to-attend public event produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET), supported by the Scottish Government and chaired by Professor Allan Pacey.
In January 1979, the world's second ever IVF baby Alastair MacDonald - also the world's first IVF boy - was born at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow. His mother, Grace MacDonald, had received her fertility treatment in Oldham from the original pioneers of in vitro fertilisation - Professor Sir Robert Edwards, Dr Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy.
Grace was one of at least 282 women to undergo the (then experimental) IVF procedure at Oldham between 1969 and 1978, of whom only five became clinically pregnant. Of those five, just two - Lesley Brown (who gave birth to the world's first IVF baby Louise) and Grace (who gave birth to Alastair) - went on to have a live birth.
40 years on, this public event will see Alastair and Grace look back on the circumstances of Alastair's conception, birth and childhood. They will be joined by Sally Cheshire, Professor Colin Duncan, Dr Kay Elder and Dr Abha Maheshwari, who will discuss not only the early days of IVF, but also how the world of fertility has evolved since and what its future holds.
Attendance is free, but advance booking is required. Book your place now by emailing sstarr@progress.org.uk

SPEAKERS

Alastair MacDonald Alastair MacDonald, the second person ever born who was conceived via IVF and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019
The second person (and the first male) ever to be born who was conceived via IVF

Grace MacDonald Grace MacDonald, the second woman ever to give birth to a child following IVF and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019
The second woman ever to give birth to a child following IVF
One of the original fertility patients of IVF pioneers Professor Sir Robert Edwards, Dr Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy

Sally Cheshire Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019
Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority
Chair of Health Education England North, and Deputy Chair of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service

Colin Duncan Colin Duncan, Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Science at the University of Edinburgh and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019
Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Science at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Reproductive Health
Consultant Gynaecologist at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

Dr Kay Elder Dr Kay Elder, Senior Research Scientist at Bourn Hall Clinic and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019
Senior Research Scientist at Bourn Hall Clinic
Previously worked with the pioneers of IVF, and went on to publish studies of their notebooks

Dr Abha Maheshwari 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 '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019
Clinical Lead in Reproductive Medicine and Director of the Andrology Laboratory at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre
Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine at the University of Aberdeen

CHAIR

Allan Pacey Professor Allan Pacey, Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of PET's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019
Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET), and Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield
Editor-in-Chief of the journal Human Fertility

PARTNERS AND SUPPORTERS

The Scottish Government, supporter of the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019