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Responsible innovation and IVF add-ons - it's time for the fertility sector to step up

26 June 2017

By BioNews

Appeared in BioNews 906

This is the second in a series of videos filmed at the Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s recent public debate 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?'. (If you cannot see the video below, click here to view it.)

The video features Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (who this month was awarded a CBE for services to the NHS and fertility patients). She addresses controversies surrounding IVF 'add-ons', and argues that the fertility sector should be innovating responsibly.

The video was produced by Annabel Slater, Genetics Editor at PET and BioNews.

The HFEA is currently working with the charity Fertility Network UK to find out what current and former fertility patients think about add-ons.

If you are receiving or have ever received fertility treatment, and if you have experiences of or opinions about IVF add-ons, then respond to the anonymous survey here.

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CROSSING FRONTIERS

Public Conference
London
8 December 2017

Speakers include

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

Sandy Starr


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