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Glossary

IVF (in vitro fertilisation)

IVF (in vitro fertilisation) is a treatment for infertility, in which eggs are removed from a woman's body, fertilised with sperm in a laboratory, then returned to the womb shortly afterwards to continue developing.



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Lack of vitamin D linked to lower birth rates after fertility treatment

19 November 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Women who had fertility treatments were a third less likely to deliver a baby if they had low levels of vitamin D, compared with women who sufficient vitamin D, a review study has found... [Read More]

Red wine improves women's fertility – an example of scientific misrepresentation in the press

06 November 2017 - by Professor Joyce Harper

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference was held last week in San Antonio, USA. Several oral presentations of abstracts made it into the popular press and have added to the confusion and inaccurate information fed to the public... [Read More]

Transferring just one embryo doubles IVF success

06 November 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Using just one embryo during IVF results in a much higher chance of a healthy pregnancy and birth, according to a study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine... [Read More]

TV Review: Inside Out London - Eggs on ice

06 November 2017 - by Eleanor Taylor

As a 33-year-old single woman, who also happens to work in a fertility clinic, babies are unsurprisingly never far from my mind. I spend a lot of time wondering whether I should freeze my eggs. A lot... [Read More]

Financial incentives in Australia change doctors' IVF advice

03 November 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Australian bioethicists have expressed concern that the country's assisted reproductive technology (ART) industry has become increasingly motivated by profit, causing a conflict of interest... [Read More]

Audit shows IVF postcode lottery in England has worsened

30 October 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

Access to IVF in England has worsened considerably over the last five years, according to data obtained by Fertility Fairness... [Read More]

Event Review: Manchester Science Festival - Reproduction 2.0

30 October 2017 - by Laura O'Donovan

Almost forty years have passed since the 1978 birth of Louise Brown – the first IVF baby – launched a revolution in reproductive medicine resulting in over 250,000 births in the UK alone... [Read More]

New advance in DNA base editing tools

30 October 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Scientists have developed the genome editing technique known as 'base editing' to turn adenine-thymine base pairs back to guanine-cytosine... [Read More]

Reform of assisted reproduction in Ireland is long overdue

23 October 2017 - by Dr Michelle Rodgers

Equity and access are among the most urgent issues for medically assisted reproduction. According to Ireland's Health Research Board, across Europe six countries offer full public funding, and 19 countries offer partial public funding... [Read More]

Act now to investigate male infertility, urges expert

16 October 2017 - by Annabel Slater

An expert in male fertility has called for urgent research into the stark decline reported in Western sperm counts... [Read More]

Human embryos donated for research: a gift that goes on giving

16 October 2017 - by Dr Kay Elder

Successful IVF treatment crucially depends on the culture systems used, which must provide an optimal environment for healthy embryo development. Yet most embryos arrest in culture; human embryo culture has long been based upon research into animal systems... [Read More]

No legal father for IVF baby, rules Georgia Supreme Court

16 October 2017 - by Dr Rachel Brown

A ruling by the Supreme Court in Georgia has stated a child born following IVF has no legal father, potentially setting a precedent for other similar cases in the future... [Read More]

Northern Ireland U-turn on proposed fertility funding cuts

16 October 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

IVF services in Northern Ireland have had a reprieve, but cuts will go ahead in parts of Hertfordshire... [Read More]

Father loses claim against clinic after ex forged IVF consent

09 October 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A man has lost his claim for damages against a London IVF clinic for failing to obtain his consent for the use of embryos created with his former partner... [Read More]

Ireland to offer state-funded IVF

09 October 2017 - by Georgia Everett

For the first time couples in Ireland will be eligible for financial aid for fertility treatments, after the Government signed off new proposals last week... [Read More]

Complaint on Irish IVF clinic's 'misleading' advert upheld

02 October 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos

A complaint about radio and internet advertisements for a major IVF clinic in Ireland has been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority for Ireland... [Read More]

Call for Australia to allow mitochondrial donation techniques

25 September 2017 - by Jenny Sharpe

A campaign has been launched in Australia to overturn laws preventing couples from accessing mitochondrial donation... [Read More]

First genome editing of human embryos by UK scientists

25 September 2017 - by Paul Waldron

UK scientists have successfully edited the genome of human embryos to study the role of a gene key to the earliest stages of development... [Read More]

One IVF pregnancy raises chance of second time success

25 September 2017 - by Chandni Patel

Women who miscarry during their first IVF cycle still have a higher chance of a live birth with subsequent treatment, compared with women who do not get pregnant after their first round... [Read More]

Podcast Review: The Life Scientific - Jennifer Doudna

25 September 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The new era of gene technology presents an exciting approach to treat deleterious, inherited genetic conditions. Presenter Jim Al-Khalili talks to Professor Jennifer Doudna, from her early life to her research into molecular biology, to the development of the CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing system... [Read More]

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Events using this Glossary Item

Futures in Reproduction
15 December 2012  Churchill College, Cambridge CB3 0DS, UK
A conference celebrating the award of the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine to Professor Sir Robert Edwards...
Bob Edwards and IVF: The Early Years
08 March 2011 5pm Faculty of Law, University of Cambridge, 10 West Road, Cambridge CB3 9DZ, UK
A discussion about the early life and work of Professor Robert Edwards, introduced by Professor Martin Johnson...
Genetic Testing in the 21st Century: Should We Screen the Human Embryonic Genome before Implantation?
08 March 2011 1.15pm-1.55pm Darwin Lecture Theatre, Darwin Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT
A presentation by Dr Joyce Harper to mark International Women's Day...
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction...
IVF Preceptorship: Assisted Reproductive Technology - Current Practice In The 21st Century
13 November 2009  IVI Madrid-Aravaca, 68-70 Avenida del Talgo, Madrid-Aravaca 28023, Spain
A course that provides up-to-date knowledge of IVF procedures and skills useful in IVF practice...
Reproductive Medicine: Causes and Treatment of Infertility
10 September 2009  Institute of Physics, 76 Portland Place, London W1B 1NT, UK
An event addressing current issues and latest developments in fertility, clinical embryology and reproductive biology...
Meeting for Persons Responsible and Senior Staff
03 September 2009 9am-4.30pm Chandos House, 2 Queen Anne Street, London W1G 9LQ, UK
A meeting for Persons Responsible and senior staff at fertility clinics...


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8 December 2017

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Professor Azim Surani

Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz

Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

Sally Cheshire

Professor Guido Pennings

Katherine Littler

Professor Allan Pacey

Dr Sue Avery

Professor Richard Anderson

Dr Elizabeth Garner

Dr Andy Greenfield

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Henry Malter

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross

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