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King's College London - Health: More than a medical matter

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.



Articles using this Glossary Item

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Ethical principles and the HFEA's donation review

- by Professor Stephen Wilkinson

At a public meeting on 19 October, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) decided to move to a 'flat rate' system of monetary compensation for egg donors. The HFEA also decided to leave the regulations governing egg sharing substantially unchanged. Critics have already raised concerns about the quality of the discussion at the meeting, I want to look at a quite different issue: the use made by the HFEA of the idea of 'ethical principles'... [Read More]

Event Review: 'Do You Really Want to Know?' screening by Genetic Alliance UK

23 February 2015 - by Sean Byrne

Do you really want to know? This was the question presented in the award-winning documentary of the same title, and to the panel in a discussion that followed its recent screening by Genetic Alliance UK... [Read More]

Mouse study tests obesity-fertility link

16 February 2015 - by Dr Charlotte Warren-Gash

Obese female mice have lower fertility than healthy weight mice, according to a study led by researchers from the University of Adelaide in Australia... [Read More]

Scientists find possible cause for IVF implantation failure

09 February 2015 - by Dr Katie Howe

Researchers have identified a biological process that may cause the failure of embryos to attach to the uterus wall during IVF, raising the possibility of future treatments... [Read More]

MPs vote overwhelmingly in favour of mitochondrial donation

04 February 2015 - by Sandy Starr

The House of Commons voted by 382 to 128 to pass regulations permitting mitochondrial donation, a majority of 254... [Read More]

ICSI no more effective than IVF

26 January 2015 - by Kimberley Bryon-Dodd

A US study has found that despite increased use of ICSI over recent years, the technique is not associated with any improved reproductive outcomes over conventional IVF... [Read More]

Complications for IVF babies declining, says Scandinavian study

26 January 2015 - by Purvi Shah

A study has shown a decline in the rates of stillbirths and premature deliveries of babies conceived via assisted reproductive technology in four Nordic countries.... [Read More]

The real cost of infertility?

19 January 2015 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey

The fourth and final session of the Progress Educational Trust's (PET) annual conference was a single speaker session: Professor Lord Robert Winston, who was introduced and chaired by Jeremy Laurance... [Read More]

The good, the bad and the ugly: compassion and corruption in the commercial baby business

12 January 2015 - by √člo Luik

Are business and medicine hopelessly intertwined in fertility care, at (quite literally) the expense of the patient?... [Read More]

Radio Review: The Report - Surrogacy

15 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne

Surrogacy has always posed serious legal and ethical questions of society, and will continue to do so for a while yet... [Read More]

Another U-turn as York agrees to fund IVF

08 December 2014 - by Sean Byrne

The NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group has agreed to fund one cycle of IVF, having at one time been the only CCG not to offer the treatment at all after funding was suspended in 2010.... [Read More]

Response to open letter on mitochondrial transfer

24 November 2014 - by Professor Peter Braude and Professor Robin Lovell-Badge

A response to the open letter to the UK Parliament by Dr Paul Knoepfler... [Read More]

Open letter to UK Parliament: avoid historic mistake on rushing human genetic modification

24 November 2014 - by Dr Paul Knoepfler

Experimental mitochondrial replacement technology has a noble goal, but in my opinion there are too many unanswered questions and risks that remain to allow it to proceed at this time. I believe that moving forward with it would most likely be a tragic mistake for the UK... [Read More]

IVF will mostly be a lifestyle choice by 2050, says man who invented the Pill

18 November 2014 - by Siobhan Chan

By 2050, most women will opt to conceive through IVF using cryopreserved eggs and sperm, meaning that sex will become 'purely recreational', an eminent scientist has claimed... [Read More]

Woman starts relationship with 'anonymous' sperm donor

10 November 2014 - by Jenny Sharpe

An Australian woman has become engaged to the sperm donor who fathered her one-year-old daughter... [Read More]

Actor Jason Patric declared legal parent and not sperm donor after long legal battle

10 November 2014 - by Ari Haque

Actor Jason Patric has been declared legal parent after a two-year long legal challenge to a ruling that declared him simply a sperm donor for his son... [Read More]

National sperm bank opening coincides with HFEA report

03 November 2014 - by Sean Byrne

A national sperm bank set up by a £77,000 grant from the UK's Department of Health has now opened for business.... [Read More]

Choosing a fertility clinic - what information is important?

03 November 2014 - by Nick Jones

The HFEA will soon modernise its website and redesign Choose a Fertility Clinic - the website's online database enabling patients to access clinics success rates, treatments options and inspection reports. But before we start, we are seeking views on some thorny issues... [Read More]

NICE releases fertility quality standard, says postcode lottery is 'completely unacceptable'

27 October 2014 - by Sean Byrne

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has published a quality standard that aims to bring an end to a 'postcode lottery' in the provision of fertility services on the NHS, which it says is restricting access to treatment.... [Read More]

Look north: Better Together but fertility 'devo max' in Scotland is a good thing

27 October 2014 - by Dr Sarah Martins da Silva

As a consultant clinician working in one of the four NHS tertiary fertility units in Scotland, I was somewhat surprised to read the objection from the Association of Clinical Embryologists about proposed plans to devolve legislative powers for fertility treatment to the Scottish Government... [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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
Congenital Uterine Anomalies and Reproductive Outcome
20 November 2009 
A course for clinicians working in gynaecology, reproductive surgery and assisted reproduction... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]
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... [Read More]


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