The 2017 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) will explore the changing boundaries of reproductive medicine and research. The conference agenda can be found here, and details of attendance fees and how to book can be found here.
The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors), and by the ART Institute of Washington, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the London Women's Clinic and Vitrolife (bronze sponsors).
Conference sessions include:
- The Building Blocks of Life and Law: What Is a Sperm? What Is an Egg? What is an Embryo?
- Creating Life in the Lab: In Vitro Gametogenesis (IVG) and Synthetic Human Entities With Embryo-Like Features (SHEEFs)
- The Wild East and the Worried West: Pioneers or Outlaws?
- What Next for Genome Editing? Politics and the Public
- Revolutionising Reproduction: Setting a New Moral Compass
Confirmed speakers and chairs include:
- Professor Azim Surani (Director of Germline and Epigenomics Research at the University of Cambridge)
- Professor Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology at the University of Cambridge)
- Professor Robin Lovell-Badge (Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute)
- Sally Cheshire (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)
- Professor Guido Pennings (Director of the Bioethics Institute Ghent)
- Katherine Littler (Global Policy Lead at the Wellcome Trust)
- Professor Allan Pacey (Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield)
- Dr Sue Avery (Director of the Birmingham Women's Fertility Centre)
- Professor Richard Anderson (Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Edinburgh)
- Dr Elizabeth Garner (Functional Genomics Scientist at Caribou Biosciences)
- Dr Andy Greenfield (Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell)
- Dr Anna Smajdor (Associate Professor of Practical Philosophy at the University of Oslo)
- Dr Henry Malter (Laboratory Director at the Fertility Centre of the Carolinas)
- Vivienne Parry (science writer and broadcaster)
- Dr Helen O'Neill (Director for the MSc in Reproductive Science and Women's Health programme at University College London)
- Dr César Palacios-González (Research Associate at King's College London)
- Philippa Taylor (Head of Public Policy at the Christian Medical Fellowship)
- Fiona Fox (Chair of Trustees at PET and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)
- Sarah Norcross (Director of PET)
- Sandy Starr (Communications Manager at PET)
In the PET tradition, following introductory presentations the majority of each session's running time will be devoted to discussion with input from the audience.
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Details of attendance fees and how to book can be found here.