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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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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]

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]

Top of the Lake may sink as a procedural, but look beneath the surface

25 September 2017 - by Dr Iain Brassington

The implausibilities of this series ought not to detain us too long. For there are deep and troubling questions that the series raises. What is it to be a 'real' mother?... [Read More]

Australian court mulls woman's bid to use dead boyfriend's sperm

18 September 2017 - by Shaoni Bhattacharya

An Australian court is considering whether a woman can use her dead partner's sperm to have a baby... [Read More]

Environmental chemicals affect sperm epigenetics

18 September 2017 - by Dr Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A type of chemical found in various┬ápersonal beauty products and plastics may affect sperm and lower reproductive success, according to a new study... [Read More]

Tough times should not affect access to fertility treatments in Northern Ireland

18 September 2017 - by Michelle Rodgers

In 1948, UK health secretary Aneurin Bevan spearheaded the creation of the National Health Service with the aim of providing healthcare access to all, irrespective of a patient's financial situation. The NHS has since become the world's largest publicly funded health service... [Read More]

Book Review: Stem Cell Dialogues - A Philosophical and Scientific Inquiry into Medical Frontiers

11 September 2017 - by Isobel Steer

Is using and destroying a human embryo for medical research ethical? This question is constantly considered in our newspapers, courtrooms and research labs. You almost certainly have an opinion on it... [Read More]

Call to remember 'forgotten' IVF pioneer Jean Purdy

11 September 2017 - by Julianna Photopoulos

Jean Purdy, embryologist to the world's first IVF baby, should be celebrated as IVF's third pioneer, says the British Fertility Society... [Read More]

Costs of IVF in Australia: Downward trends shall continue

11 September 2017 - by Professor Alan Trounson and Dr Karin Hammarberg

In Australia, almost four percent of children are born as a result of assisted reproductive technologies. The comparatively high rate of ART use is in part due to costs being covered by the taxpayer-funded health insurance scheme, Medicare... [Read More]

NHS IVF no longer available in county that pioneered it

11 September 2017 - by Dr Mary Yarwood

Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group has removed funding for free IVF treatment, despite being the county where the procedure was first developed 40 years ago... [Read More]

Actor Sofia Vergara frozen embryo lawsuit dismissed

04 September 2017 - by Antony Blackburn-Starza

A Louisiana court has ruled that it has no jurisdiction over the frozen embryo dispute between actor Sofia Vergara and her ex-fiance Nick Loeb, in a move that may end the two-year legal saga between the couple... [Read More]

Doubt over human embryo editing study

04 September 2017 - by Annabel Slater

A group of scientists have challenged the landmark study which reported the first successful editing of human embryos for a genetic disease... [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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Moving the Boundaries of Human Reproduction

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London
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 Jacques Cohen

Dr Anna Smajdor

Dr Andy Greenfield

Vivienne Parry

Dr Helen O'Neill

Dr César Palacios-González

Philippa Taylor

Fiona Fox

Sarah Norcross


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