Growing Families conferences in London and Dublin, March 2020
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Government's review of the ten-year egg-freezing storage limit is a vital step forward
24 February 2020 - by Professor Geeta Nargund
As the Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and long-term campaigner for gender equality and women's reproductive choices, I listened with earnest when Caroline Dinenage, former Health Minister, made the long overdue announcement last week that the Government will be reconsidering the current ten-year storage limit on eggs, sperm, and embryos frozen for non-medical purposes... [Read More]
Why the UK Government should modernise the law on embryo and gamete storage
24 February 2020 - by Natalie Gamble
The Government has launched a public consultation (open until 5 May 2020) on whether the UK's maximum storage periods for eggs, sperm and embryos should be reviewed... [Read More]
#ExtendTheLimit - PET pushes the campaign past the first milestone
17 February 2020 - by Sarah Norcross
Progress Educational Trust (PET) is celebrating: the Government has listened to our #ExtendTheLimit campaign, heard our calls for compassion and common sense and announced a public consultation looking at extending the ten-year storage limit... [Read More]
FILM: Health and Genomics - What's the Score with Polygenic Scores?
17 February 2020 - by Sandy Starr
This film documents a debate about polygenic risk scores chaired by the deputy director of the Progress Educational Trust at the Battle of Ideas festival... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 4)
10 February 2020 - by BioNews
The fourth in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a panel discussion chaired by Dr Sarah Martins Da Silva of the University of Dundee... [Read More]
FILM: Sarah Norcross discusses North East Essex Clinical Commissioning Group and IVF funding
10 February 2020 - by BioNews
The director of the Progress Educational Trust talks to ITV News and BBC Look East about plans to reinstate NHS-funded IVF... [Read More]
Posthumous sperm donation and donor-conceived peoples' rights
10 February 2020 - by Vince Londini
Recent media coverage of recommendations regarding non-directed posthumous sperm donation highlights the ready ease with which donor-conceived people are marginalised in policy decisions about donor conception... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 3)
3 February 2020 - by BioNews
The third in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a presentation by Dr Jane Stewart of the British Fertility Society and the Newcastle Fertility Centre... [Read More]
Is fertility law in Ireland set to change?
3 February 2020 - by Fiona Duffy
I reflect with sadness on the slow pace of progress in legislating for assisted human reproduction (AHR) in Ireland. This is all the more poignant when I read the good news coming from France and the recent Court decisions on the recognition of parentage for children born through surrogacy... [Read More]
The aftermath of the He Jiankui fiasco: China's response
3 February 2020 - by Dr Patrick Foong
Dr He Jiankui, who claimed that the world's first babies had been born with edited genomes, has been sentenced to three years in prison and fined for performing 'illegal medical practices'... [Read More]
Donor-conceived and surrogacy-born children's rights in the age of biotechnology
27 January 2020 - by Dr Sonia Allan, Damian Adams and Stephanie Raeymaekers
As we enter 2020 and countries continue to grapple with the issues raised by donor-conception and surrogacy, reflection on recent 'consultations' and 'reviews' by government, not-for-profit and United Nations (UN) organisations around the world reveal that meaningful inclusion of the voices of people born as a result of such practices is often lacking... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 2)
27 January 2020 - by BioNews
The second in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a presentation by Gwenda Burns of Fertility Network UK... [Read More]
Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos
27 January 2020 - by Annabel Slater
The legislation surrounding gamete freezing is complicated and difficult to comprehend, even for people with law degrees. The Progress Educational Trust's latest event 'Frozen Fertility: The Challenges of Storing Eggs, Sperm and Embryos', held at the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, set out to explore the current state of play... [Read More]
FILM: Does Fertility Treatment Still Need to Be a Medical Secret? (Part 1)
20 January 2020 - by BioNews
The first in a series of films documenting a recent Progress Educational Trust/Scottish Government event on fertility and medical secrecy, featuring a presentation by Dr Catriona McMillan... [Read More]
Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?
20 January 2020 - by Dr Kirsty Horsey
Featuring an all-female panel and chair, the final session of Progress Educational Trust (PET’s) annual conference ‘Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction’ asked: ‘Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?’... [Read More]
Beware of cheap imitations: justice and He Jiankui
13 January 2020 - by Julian Hitchcock
'Three babies, three scientists, three years in jail, and a three million yuan fine. This is the story of Dr He Jiankui and the world's first genome edited babies', wrote the philosopher Françoise Baylis in last week's Boston Globe.... [Read More]
What's the Truth about...
13 January 2020 - by Eleanor Taylor
The afternoon sitting of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction' began with an extended session entitled 'What's the Truth about'... [Read More]
Egg freezing is driven by a lack of suitable partners, but men are still very much involved
12 January 2020 - by Professor Marcia C. Inhorn
Women are electing to collect and freeze their eggs in the hope of preserving fertility for the future... [Read More]
Beyond Regulation: Shining a Light on Fertility Treatment
6 January 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
The third session of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) 2019 annual conference, 'Beyond Regulation: Shining a Light on Fertility Treatment', was chaired by Alastair McLellan, the editor of the Health Service Journal... [Read More]
Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?
16 December 2019 - by Marieke Bigg
This was the second session of the Progress Educational Trust’s annual conference in London ‘Reality Check: A realistic look at assisted reproduction’... [Read More]
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