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Professor Allan Pacey

Allan Pacey is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews and a Trustee at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). He is also Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield's Medical School. He received an MBE for services to reproductive medicine in the New Year Honours List 2016. He is a science writer and broadcaster, and has worked both behind and in front of the camera on TV programmes including Inside the Human Body on BBC1, The Truth About Food on BBC2, Make Me a Baby and Lab Rats on BBC3, and The Great Sperm Race on Channel 4. He is regularly interviewed on programmes including the Today programme and Woman's Hour on BBC Radio 4, and he was Scientific Adviser on the film Donor Unknown: Adventures in the Sperm Trade. He is a founding member of the Association of Biomedical Andrologists, and Editor in Chief of the journal Human Fertility. Previously, he was Chair of the British Fertility Society, Chair of the Steering Group for the UK National External Quality Assurance Scheme for Andrology, and a member of the Editorial Board of the Society for Reproduction and Fertility's journal Reproduction. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and he tweets as @AllanPacey

BioNews Comment articles written by Professor Allan Pacey:
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Why the decline in sperm concentration needs research you can count on
14 August 2017 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Twenty-five years ago, I recall sitting in a journal club in which the collective minds tore apart the then recently published (and still much quoted) meta-analysis by Elizabeth Carlsen, 'Evidence for decreasing quality of semen during past 50 years'. This BMJ paper made the headlines in 1992... [Read More]
Semen quality of ICSI-born males – not as bad as we thought
10 October 2016 - by Professor Allan Pacey
The finding that men who were conceived as a result of ICSI have lower sperm counts is not surprising, but the good news is that they are not as low as might have been expected... [Read More]
When sperm banking went crackers
6 July 2015 - by Professor Allan Pacey
When I was first telephoned by a journalist to ask what I thought about the proposal that the NHS should pay for the sperm banking of every 18-year-old male in order to guard against reproductive ageing, I said just one word: 'Crackers!'... [Read More]
Crystal ball gazing: fertility treatment in 2012
16 January 2012 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Crystal ball gazing has never been my strong suit but I found myself rising to the challenge now that I have taken over the mantle of Chairman of the British Fertility Society. What is clear is that 2012 should turn out to be an interesting year... [Read More]
Can we learn anything from internet sperm traders?
27 September 2010 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Thanks to the successful conviction of two men from Reading, we now know trading in fresh sperm on the internet is illegal. Sounds like a lesson in the obvious, but this is the first time the law has been clarified - after many years of watching several of these so-called businesses appear and disappear. Hopefully, we will now finally see an end to such operations... [Read More]
Prenatal effects on sperm production in adult males
10 May 2010 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Nearly 10 years ago, Professor Niels Skakkebæk from the Copenhagen University Hospital, published details of a new syndrome to account for the apparent increase in problems related to the male reproductive system that had been documented in many countries... [Read More]
From here to paternity: older fathers and sperm donation
25 July 2005 - by Professor Allan Pacey
The eighth child of Charlie Chaplin was born when he was 73 and as far as we know has lived a healthy life. However, whilst most men remain fertile into their old age, it has long been recognised that to father children later in life increases the risk of their... [Read More]
More research into male infertility is needed
5 January 2004 - by Professor Allan Pacey
Male infertility has been in the news again this week, with journalists pouncing on some data presented at the joint meeting of the Association of Clinical Embryologists and the British Fertility Society in Liverpool. What caught the media's attention was a report from researchers in Aberdeen who had presented preliminary... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Professor Allan Pacey:
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TV Review: Inside the Human Body - Creation
23 May 2011 - by Professor Allan Pacey
'Inside the Human Body' is the new science series playing out on BBC One at 9pm on Thursday evenings. It is a four-part series showing the workings of the human body and is presented by Michael Mosley. The first programme (broadcast on 5 May 2011) titled 'Creation' took the viewer on a spectacular journey to illustrate the science of conception, fetal development and birth... [Read More]