Crossing Frontiers: Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction

Progress Educational Trust
Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
8 December 2017
The 2017 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) focused on the changing boundaries of reproductive medicine and research. It was supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors), and by the ART Institute of Washington, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the London Women's Clinic and Vitrolife (bronze sponsors).

Welcome Address
Sarah Norcross (Director of PET)

The Building Blocks of Life and Law: What Is a Sperm? What Is an Egg? What is an Embryo?
Chair: Sarah Norcross
What Makes a Sperm a Sperm?
Allan Pacey (Trustee at PET, and Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield)
Making Eggs: It's All About the Quality
Richard Anderson (Professor of Clinical Reproductive Science and Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh's Centre for Reproductive Health)
How to Make a Human
Dr Sue Avery (Trustee at PET, and Director of the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre)

Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)
Chair: Dr Helen O'Neill (Director for the MSc in Reproductive Science and Women's Health programme at University College London's Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Institute for Women's Health)
Building Embryo-Like Structures In Vitro
Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge's Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience)
Closing the Gap between Soma and Germ Cells
Professor Azim Surani (Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research at the University of Cambridge's Gurdon Institute)
Do SHEEFs Challenge What It Is to Be Human?
Professor Robin Lovell-Badge (Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute)

The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?
Chair: Sally Cheshire (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, and Chair of Health Education North West)
Funding Scientific Frontiers: A Global Perspective
Dr Sarah Rappaport (Policy Adviser at the Wellcome Trust)
Myths of the Wild West: Outlaws and the New Frontier
Dr Henry Malter (Laboratory Director at the Fertility Centre of the Carolinas and at Fertility Solutions)
Mexico and Mitochondrial Replacement Techniques: What a Mess
Dr César Palacios-González (Research Associate at King's College London's Centre of Medical Law and Ethics)

What Next for Genome Editing? Politics and the Public
Chair: Vivienne Parry (Head of Engagement at Genomics England, and Member of UK Research and Innovation's Board)
Carry On Editing
Dr Andy Greenfield (Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at the Medical Research Council's MRC Harwell research centre)
The Can, Can't and Won't for Genome Editing
Dr Elizabeth Garner (Functional Genomics Scientist at Caribou Biosciences)
How to Talk About Genome Editing: Putting CRISPR in Its Place
Sandy Starr (Communications Manager at PET, and coauthor of the report Basic Understanding of Genome Editing)

Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass
Chair: Fiona Fox (Chair of Trustees at the PET, and Founder and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)
Artificial Gametes and the End of Sexual Reproduction
Dr Anna Smajdor (Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oslo)
Setting the Moral Compass: Are We Heading in the Right Direction?
Philippa Taylor (Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship)
The Inevitable Coming of Germline Genome Editing
Guido Pennings (Professor of Ethics and Bioethics at Ghent University, and Director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent)

Silver sponsors:

Bronze sponsors: