The Fertility Show, Manchester Central, 23-24 March 2019
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Getting reliable fertility advice free of commercial interest
18 March 2019 - by Kate Brian
It has never been easier to find information about fertility, with a mass of material online about anything you might want to investigate. There are hundreds of thousands of words covering every condition, test and treatment. And yet it has never been harder to get clear answers to questions. Advice is often conflicting, and it can be hard for lay people to know which sources of information are reliable... [Read More]
Does cannabis really improve sperm counts? The data to date
11 March 2019 - by Professor Sheena Lewis
The study published last month by Dr Jorge Chavarro's group at Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts was indeed a 'surprise study' given the plethora of papers showing contradictory effects... [Read More]
Talking genomics with patients
11 March 2019 - by Jemma Walker and Jo Salter
As part of the annual Genomics Conversation Week of Action, the Progress Educational Trust teamed up with Health Education England's Genomics Education Programme for an event entitled 'Talking Genomics with Patients'... [Read More]
The place of fertility education in UK schools
4 March 2019 - by Professor Adam Balen
Last month, the draft statutory guidance on sex education (now known as Relationship and Sex Education and health education for governing bodies, proprietors, head teachers, principals, senior leadership teams and teachers) was presented to UK government for debate... [Read More]
Why a two-tier system for genomic testing is a bad idea
4 March 2019 - by Jayne Spink
In January, Matt Hancock, secretary of state for health and social care, revealed that Genomics England planned to develop a direct-to-consumer service for whole-genome sequencing, with provision for customers to donate their data for research purposes. [Read More]
Extending the ten-year storage limit for frozen eggs
25 February 2019 - by Salima Budhani and Theodora Middleton
The UK's Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 1990 requires that human gametes (eggs and sperm) and embryos collected and stored by fertility clinics be destroyed after ten years, except in cases of premature infertility. This time limit applies to women often referred to as 'social' egg freezers irrespective of the age of the woman when the ten-year limit is reached; it applies equally to women who froze eggs when aged 25 and those who froze eggs at 45... [Read More]
Paid-for NHS genomic testing could undermine the 100,000 Genomes Project's work
18 February 2019 - by Professor Bobbie Farsides
Few people can fail to have noticed the response to health secretary Matt Hancock's plans to allow healthy people to pay for NHS genomic testing on the understanding that they will agree to share their results for the purposes of research – a plan which now sits alongside earlier statements relating to children with cancer automatically qualifying for whole genome sequencing... [Read More]
FILM: Whose Genome Is It Anyway? Big Data and Your DNA
11 February 2019 - by BioNews
This film documents the Progress Educational Trust/Genomics England event 'Whose Genome Is It Anyway? Big Data and Your DNA', which formed part of the Genomics Conversation... [Read More]
Ireland's proposed surrogacy laws fail to acknowledge international arrangements
11 February 2019 - by Dr Brian Tobin
A recent survey involving 90 countries reveals the overwhelming popularity of international surrogacy arrangements among many Irish couples... [Read More]
The HFEA statement on add-ons in IVF can turn hope into reality
4 February 2019 - by Dr Kamal Ahuja and Professor Nick Macklon
Recently, the HFEA released a statement on adjunct treatments in IVF. The regulator had provided clear notice of its publication and both its stated intentions and content were as anticipated... [Read More]
40 years of IVF: past, present and future
28 January 2019 - by Sarah Norcross
The Progress Educational Trust event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future' promised to be a special one, organised as it was to mark the 40th birthday of the world's first IVF baby boy Alastair MacDonald, and it didn't disappoint... [Read More]
Carrot not stick: reforming surrogacy law
28 January 2019 - by Professor Margaret Brazier
Attitudes to surrogacy have altered dramatically since 1978, when Sir Roger Ormrod, then a judge at the Court of Appeal, issued this damning condemnation... [Read More]
The future of fertility law: what must change and when?
21 January 2019 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
The final session at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' continued the theme of looking to future reform of fertility law, as had the keynote address given by Sir James Munby... [Read More]
What is an 'add-on' and why does it matter?
21 January 2019 - by Dr Jane Stewart
The British Fertility Society along with a number of other professional associations and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority published a joint document on the subject of IVF 'add-ons' last week... [Read More]
A patchwork of policies: assisted conception and embryo research in Europe
14 January 2019 - by Dr Nicoletta Charolidi
This session of the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' gave an overview of the regulatory framework of assisted conception and embryo research in Europe... [Read More]
2019 at the Progress Educational Trust
7 January 2019 - by Sarah Norcross
PET welcomes its new Chair of Trustees and announces a packed programme of public events throughout the first few months of 2019... [Read More]
Science marches on: key scientific developments in embryo research
7 January 2019 - by Emma Laycock
'Science marches on' was the third session of the Progress Educational Trust (PET)'s Annual Conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?'. The session focused on the key scientific developments within embryo research asking: where are we now, what can we learn from past battles and, most importantly, where are we going?... [Read More]
Society marches on: key social changes in assisted conception
7 January 2019 - by Eleanor Taylor
It has been ten years since the 1990 Human Fertilisation and Embryology (HFE) Act was updated in 2008. Over the past ten years the laws governing fertility treatment and legal parenthood have remained largely static. But society has continued to evolve at a rapid pace... [Read More]
Cautious optimism at the first live birth after womb transplant from deceased donor
17 December 2018 - by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning
The news broke on the 4 December 2018 that clinicians had achieved a successful pregnancy and live birth following a uterus transplant from a deceased donor... [Read More]
Q&A with Sally Cheshire
17 December 2018 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
A summary of the Q&A session with Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, at the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference... [Read More]
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