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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)

Alastair MacDonald, the second person ever born who was conceived via IVF and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 Grace MacDonald, the second woman ever to give birth to a child following IVF and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 A free-to-attend public event produced by the Progress Educational Trust (PET) - taking place next week - supported by the Scottish Government and chaired by Professor Allan Pacey.

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.

Professor Allan Pacey, Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and chair of PET's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and speaker at the Progress Educational Trust's FREE-to-attend event '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future', taking place in Edinburgh on the evening of Thursday 24 January 2019 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.

Attendance is free, but advance booking is required. Book your place now by emailing sstarr@progress.org.uk

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