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Human Clinical Embryology and Assisted Conception MSc

Sarah Norcross
Commissioning Editor

Sarah Norcross is Commissioning Editor of BioNews and Director of the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She is also Co-Chair of the campaigning organisation Fertility Fairness and a Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority's National Donation Strategy Group, the National Gamete Donation Trust's Advisory Council and the Association of Fertility Patient Organisations. She represents PET at conferences and in the broadcast media both nationally (BBC News, Good Morning Britain) and internationally (BBC World News, Fala Brasil) as well as in national newspapers (Daily Mail, Guardian, Telegraph), and in biomedical publications aimed at the public (New Scientist) and at specialists (British Medical Journal, Reproductive BioMedicine Online). Together with Sandy Starr, she organises PET's public events.

Sarah chaired the steering group of clinicians, scientists, patient support groups and medical research charities which fed into policy for the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 as it passed through both Houses of Parliament. She has also been a member of the Education, Engagement and Training Working Group of the UK Government's Human Genomics Strategy Group, and she has advised on research projects including Assessing Child Welfare under the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act: The New Law and Transnational Reproduction: An Exploratory Study of UK Residents Who Travel Abroad for Fertility Treatment. Previously, she worked as a Barrister carrying out advocacy in the civil and criminal courts on the Northern Circuit, and as Vice Chair of the Daisy Network Premature Menopause Support Group.


BioNews Comment articles written by Sarah Norcross:


It all adds up

27 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross

The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is having to turn people away from its event 'Fertility Treatment Add-Ons: Do They Add Up?' this week – help us make our events available to all... [Read More]

Please support the BioNews appeal

20 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross

At the Progress Educational Trust, we pride ourselves on our make-do-and-mend attitude. Being careful with PET's funds is part of our culture – we recently repurposed our stepladder as a flipchart easel... [Read More]

Creating something out of nothing

13 March 2017 - by Sarah Norcross

Last week saw an exciting breakthrough in embryology, as stem cells from an adult mouse were used to grow a structure resembling a mouse embryo in vitro for the first time... [Read More]

Frozen Assets? Preserving Sperm, Eggs and Embryos

31 October 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

The Progress Educational Trust's event on preserving fertility was held in Edinburgh on 25 October... [Read More]

Help us keep developing BioNews

09 May 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

This week has seen a breakthrough in human embryology - a breakthrough whose ethical, social and legal implications sit firmly within the scope of BioNews... [Read More]

BioNews Appeal

03 May 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

Helping BioNews raise funds could not be easier... [Read More]

PET goes round the bend

11 April 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

BioNews is having to make some changes... [Read More]

Genetic repeat

04 April 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

This week's edition of BioNews sees the return of a familiar name... [Read More]

Readers and subscribers, you need to take action to continue receiving BioNews

29 February 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

If you wish to keep receiving the weekly BioNews email, we urgently need you to click here - - in order to confirm your subscription... [Read More]

Sarah Norcross discusses the use of genome editing in human embryo research

08 February 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

The director of the Progress Educational Trust and commissioning editor of BioNews discusses genome editing in the local, national and international media... [Read More]


BioNews Review articles written by Sarah Norcross:


Event Review: International Association of Bioethics Congress

04 July 2016 - by Sarah Norcross

Bioethics conferences don't get much bigger than this – the International Association of Bioethics Congress drew 700 attendees to the Edinburgh International Conference Centre... [Read More]

Book Review: Louise Brown - My Life as the World's First Test-Tube Baby

05 October 2015 - by Sarah Norcross

'My Life as the World’s First Test-Tube Baby' is a must-read for anyone who works in this sector – especially those who are too young to remember the circumstances around Louise Brown's birth... [Read More]

Book Review: Relative Strangers - Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception

12 May 2014 - by Sarah Norcross

I don't often put my hand up to review books when they pop through the letterbox. Normally, after the pleasure of opening the parcel and inhaling the scent of fresh book, I quickly put it on someone else's desk... [Read More]

Book Review: Telling and Talking with Friends and Family/Our Family

19 August 2013 - by Sarah Norcross

These Donor Conception Network booklets can certainly help with preparing to tell friends and family about donor conception, but it's a shame that there is a need for people to be told how to be considerate to others and that there still seems to be a stigma attached to infertility... [Read More]

Event Review: Patients Have the Right for an Anonymous Donor

29 July 2013 - by Sarah Norcross

Given that the Progress Educational Trust (PET) has just completed a project on gamete donation I was more than intrigued about this debate, but was left disappointed... [Read More]

Book Review: Mixed Blessings - Building a Family with and without Donor Help

06 June 2012 - by Sarah Norcross

A booklet full of advice and case studies, this will be a useful book for all those creating a family, as well as for those who work with them - particularly fertility counsellors... [Read More]

Event Review: The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 - A Multidisciplinary Workshop

31 January 2011 - by Sarah Norcross

When the invitation to this event dropped into my inbox, I immediately replied 'yes please'. This academic workshop of around 30 participants covered the legislative and policymaking process, and subsequent impact of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act 2008... [Read More]

TV Review: Cutting Edge - My Weird and Wonderful Family

26 July 2010 - by Sarah Norcross

'Cutting Edge goes behind the headlines to intimately portray how gay millionaires Tony and Barrie Drewitt-Barlow's determination to have more children has affected them and their kids' said the teaser on the Channel 4 website. If I hadn't known this programme involved surrogacy, I would have dismissed it as yet another reality show about out-of-control children... [Read More]

Book Review: Faith and Fertility - Attitudes Towards Reproductive Practices in Different Religions from Ancient to Modern Times

12 April 2010 - by Sarah Norcross

First as a reviewer of this book I have a declaration of interest (or lack thereof): I have no faith.... [Read More]

Book Review: Marginalised Reproduction - Ethnicity, Infertility and Reproductive Technologies

08 March 2010 - by Sarah Norcross

When leading family researcher Professor Susan Golombok says a book is 'important and highly illuminating' and 'it should be read by everyone with a connection to the field', I thought I should add it to my 'to do' list... [Read More]


BioNews News articles written by Sarah Norcross:

Obituary: Professor Sir Robert Edwards

10 April 2013 - by Sarah Norcross

Professor Sir Robert Edwards (27 September 1925-10 April 2013) has died after a long illness.... [Read More]

UK has new minister responsible for fertility and embryology

25 May 2010 - by Sarah Norcross

Following the general election in the UK and the formation of the new coalition government, Anne Milton MP has become the new Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Public Health and so is the Government Minister responsible for fertility and embryology. She is the Conservative MP for Guildford - a seat which she won from the Liberal Democrats in 2005.... [Read More]

HFEA publishes new sperm and egg donor figures

03 August 2009 - by Sarah Norcross

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) published new figures showing the number of new egg and sperm donors registered in 2008. The figures published on 31 July 2009 show that the number of both sperm and egg donors has increased.... [Read More]

Congratulations Clare

15 June 2009 - by Sarah Norcross

Clare Lewis-Jones, Chief Executive of Infertility Network UK (I N UK) and More to Life, the largest national charity providing help, support and information to those suffering the effects of infertility, has been awarded a MBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to healthcare.... [Read More]

500 Fivers Appeal: BioNews needs you!

18 May 2009 - by Sarah Norcross

BioNews is published by the Progress Educational Trust a small UK registered charity which battles for funding to keep BioNews in operation and free of charge. Back in January we launched the 500 Fivers Appeal to coincide with the publication of... [Read More]

Give us your Jobs!

08 September 2008 - by Sarah Norcross

The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is delighted to announce a new service from BioNews: a 'jobs' section. Today's issue of BioNews contains PET's first job advertisement, placed and paid for by the Human Genetics Commission. Why has PET decided to do this? Like many small charities, PET struggles to find... [Read More]

Progress Educational Trust commends biosciences OBE winner

16 June 2008 - by Sarah Norcross

Progress Educational Trust would like to congratulate Dr Simon Best, who has been awarded an OBE for his services to the bioscience industry. Simon Best is founder and Chairman of Ardana Bioscience, based in Edinburgh, specialising in human reproductive biology and is a... [Read More]



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