Happy New Year from BioNews and from the Progress Educational Trust (PET)!
We begin the year with some big news - as reported elsewhere on BioNews today, the leading scientist Professor Robin Lovell-Badge has been appointed our new Chair of Trustees. We couldn't be more excited to have Robin at the helm, given the leading role he has played in so many of the areas of research and treatment that PET covers (and especially, in recent weeks, genome editing).
We are sorry to bid farewell to the brilliant Fiona Fox, who has served as our chair of trustees since 2014 and who remains a force to be reckoned with. We will continue to collaborate with Fiona, in her capacity as a member of our advisory committee.
Meanwhile, PET has a packed programme of public events taking place in Edinburgh, Birmingham and London over the next few weeks and months.
Thursday 24 January: '40 Years of IVF: Past, Present and Future'
This event will see Alastair MacDonald - the second person ever to be born who was conceived via IVF (and the first male) - speak alongside Grace MacDonald (his mother), Sally Cheshire, Professor Colin Duncan, Dr Kay Elder and Dr Abha Maheshwari.
Tuesday 5 March: 'Talking Genomics with Patients'
This event forms part of the Genomics Conversation, a programme of activities which involves the public and stakeholders in discussions about key issues in genomic medicine.
Tuesday 19 March: 'Revolutionising Reproduction: The Future of Fertility Treatment'
An afternoon symposium in Edinburgh about the rapidly moving boundaries of reproductive medicine and embryo research, supported by the Scottish Government.
Tuesday 19 March: 'Germline in the Sand: Where Should We Draw the Boundaries for Genome Editing?'
A free-to-attend evening event in Edinburgh about the ethical and scientific boundaries of genome editing, supported by the Scottish Government.
Wednesday 3 April: 'How Can We Make Surrogacy Law Deliver?'
Thursday 16 May: 'Testing Times: How Should We Use Genomic Data in Assisted Reproduction?'
A free-to-attend evening event in London about genomics and reproduction, supported by Igenomix.
Click on the links above for further information, and please email firstname.lastname@example.org to book places or make enquiries.
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