40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future
Progress Educational Trust
King Khalid Building, Hill Square, Edinburgh EH8 9ST
24 January 2019 5.30pm (refreshments), 6.30pm-8.30pm (panel discussion)
Online booking for this event has now closed, but there are still a few places available. If you should like to attend and you have not booked, please arrive at the venue in good time and we will take your details at registration.
In January 1979, the world's second ever IVF baby Alastair MacDonald - also the world's first IVF boy - was born at Stobhill Hospital in Glasgow. His mother, Grace MacDonald, had received her fertility treatment in Oldham from the original pioneers of in vitro fertilisation - Professor Sir Robert Edwards, Dr Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy.
Grace was one of at least 282 women to undergo the (then experimental) IVF procedure at Oldham between 1969 and 1978, of whom only five became clinically pregnant. Of those five, just two - Lesley Brown (who gave birth to the world's first IVF baby Louise) and Grace (who gave birth to Alastair) - went on to have a live birth.
40 years on, this public event will see Alastair and Grace look back on the circumstances of Alastair's conception, birth and childhood. They will be joined by Sally Cheshire, Professor Colin Duncan, Dr Kay Elder and Dr Abha Maheshwari, who will discuss not only the early days of IVF, but also how the world of fertility has evolved since and what its future holds.
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