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Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc

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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High Court rejects fertility clinic challenge to HFEA website

24 April 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A claim for judicial review that sought to challenge changes to the way the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) presents data about UK fertility clinics on its website has failed... [Read More]

Mitochondrial replacement techniques, Mexico and the legal unknowns

24 April 2017 - by Dr César Palacios-González

It is not every day that we can examine the details of the first use of a new reproductive technology. But the first live birth of a baby following the use of a mitochondrial replacement technique (MRT) in IVF last year gives a window into just this. The case – with procedures carried out in both the US and Mexico – also raises legal questions... [Read More]

Radio Review: Seriously - The Great Egg Freeze

10 April 2017 - by Annabel Slater

The contradictions of the burgeoning egg freezing industry are lucidly demonstrated out in The Great Egg Freeze, a radio documentary by journalist Fi Glover. Part of Radio 4's 'Seriously…' strand of 'quirky, curious and seriously interesting documentaries', the programme packs an impressive range of viewpoints into its 31 minutes, presenting the burgeoning 'social egg freezing' market through the eyes of customers, employers, and medical professionals... [Read More]

Fertility treatment add-ons: do they add up?

03 April 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The controversial issue of IVF 'add-ons' – techniques and treatments offered to fertility patients on top of standard IVF – has been the subject of intense debate and media attention since last November's BBC Panorama's documentary, which claimed that many techniques advertised on fertility clinics websites were not backed up by good scientific evidence of success... [Read More]

Method behind first successful mitochondrial replacement therapy revealed

03 April 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Details of the world's first successful use of mitochondrial replacement therapy in IVF have been published... [Read More]

NHS Scotland to offer three cycles of IVF

27 March 2017 - by Rikita Patel

New patients referred for infertility treatment by their doctors will now have access to three cycles of IVF on the NHS in Scotland... [Read More]

Singapore woman wins damages from IVF sperm mix-up

27 March 2017 - by Jennifer Willows

A woman in Singapore has been awarded damages after an IVF clinic fertilised her eggs with a stranger's sperm instead of her husband's... [Read More]

First London CCG axes IVF funding

20 March 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

Croydon has become the first Clinical Commissioning Group in London to cut funding for all IVF treatment, other than in 'exceptional circumstances'... [Read More]

IVF add-ons: A perspective from a non-profit charity

20 March 2017 - by Dr Avi Lerner

Following the Panorama documentary on IVF 'add-ons', there has been a great deal of discussion about the potential for conflicts of interest in the fertility industry... [Read More]

First genome editing of normal human embryos

13 March 2017 - by Dr Katie Howe

Chinese scientists have successfully used genome editing to correct mutations in viable human embryos for the first time... [Read More]

Podcast Review: Naked Genetics – Testing, testing

06 March 2017 - by Matthew Thomas

Dr Kat Arney leads a fascinating and wide-ranging discussion of genetic testing – from testing for cancer genes to whether your child's DNA can predict their future sporting ability... [Read More]

Nottinghamshire CCGs put age restriction on NHS-funded IVF

27 February 2017 - by Georgia Everett

Women over the age of 34 will no longer be entitled to receive IVF funded by the NHS in some areas of Nottinghamshire...

Richmond CCG considering cuts to IVF provision

20 February 2017 - by Sarah Pritchard

New proposals from Richmond Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) could see NHS-funded IVF treatment available only in 'exceptional circumstances', such as for patients with HIV or cancer... [Read More]

Daylight savings time may increase risk of miscarriage after IVF

13 February 2017 - by Ayala Ochert

Miscarriage rates following IVF appear to increase when the clocks go forward in the spring, according to a study... [Read More]

Shift work and manual labour lower women's fertility

13 February 2017 - by Helen Robertson

Women who have physically demanding jobs or non-daytime working hours may experience decreased fertility, according to a study... [Read More]

Wirral reduces access to IVF

13 February 2017 - by Rikita Patel

The Wirral CCG has announced that it is cutting the provision of NHS-funded IVF cycles from three to two, in an attempt to reduce its financial deficit... [Read More]

Court rules Israeli parents cannot use dead son's sperm

06 February 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

The parents of a deceased Israeli man have had their request to use his sperm rejected on appeal... [Read More]

Radio Review: Revisiting the 14-Day Rule

30 January 2017 - by Sarah Gregory

Matthew Hill covers the 30-year history of the 14-day rule on human embryo research, bringing the topic right up to the present day and the current debate on extending the rule... [Read More]

Suffolk bows to public pressure to keep IVF funding

30 January 2017 - by Georgia Everett

The Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group has abandoned plans to cut all funding for IVF treatment, following a huge public response... [Read More]

What's so special about the status of the embryo?

30 January 2017 - by Dr Jess Buxton

The fifth and final session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond' covered a range of perspectives on the status of the human embryo... [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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