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Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction

Progress Educational Trust
Venue: Amnesty International, 17-25 New Inn Yard, London EC2A 3EA
4 December 2019 9.30am-5.30pm

The Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019 The Progress Educational Trust (PET) is holding its 2019 Annual Conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction' in London this coming Wednesday (4 December 2019). Secure your place(s) now by registering here.

The conference will explore fertility-related practices, technologies and treatments that are the subject of popular claims or widely held assumptions, but that can give rise to challenging questions when examined in light of available evidence.

The conference also includes lunch and a wine reception. See the agenda and timetable here.

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund and the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund (silver sponsors), and by CooperSurgical, the European Sperm Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the London Women's Clinic and NGA Law (bronze sponsors).

Additionally, the Institute of Medical Ethics has provided funding for eight medical students based outside London to attend the conference free of charge. To apply for one of these places, email sstarr@progress.org.uk

The conference is also accredited by the Association of Clinical Embryologists. Members of that organisation may claim 1 CPD point per hour of the conference attended (excluding breaks for refreshments and lunch).

Conference sessions include:

  1. What Is a Fertility Doctor's Duty?

  2. Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?

  3. Beyond Regulation: Shining a Light on Fertility Treatment

  4. What's the Truth about...

    • ...Mild Stimulation for IVF?

    • ...Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome?

    • ...ICSI - Is It Being Overused?

    • ...Aneuploidy Screening - Can It Improve IVF Success?

    • ...Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?

  5. Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?

The conference will be opened and closed by Sarah Norcross. Conference chairs include Fiona Fox, Alastair McLellan, Professor Joyce Harper and Professor Peter Braude.

Conference presentations include the following.


KEYNOTE PRESENTATION: 'My Patients Can't Wait for Evidence' - Primum Non Nocere or Double Standard? Professor Søren Ziebe, Head of Fertility at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre and the Keynote Speaker at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Professor Søren Ziebe
Head of Fertility at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre

Regulating for the Best Patient Treatment Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and speaker at 'Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?', Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Sally Cheshire
Chair of the HFEA, and Deputy Chair of CAFCASS

What's the Truth about Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome? Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Chair of Trustees at PET and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Professor Robin Lovell-Badge
Chair of Trustees at PET, and Group Leader in Stem Cell Biology and Developmental Genetics at the Francis Crick Institute

Taking Professional Advice - What Is So Difficult? Dr Jane Stewart, Chair of the British Fertility Society and speaker at 'Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?', Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Dr Jane Stewart
Chair of the British Fertility Society, and Head of the Newcastle Fertility Centre

Putting Trials on Trial: Answering the Demand for High-Quality Infertility Research by Developing a Shared Research Agenda Dr James Duffy, Co-Chair of the Priority Setting Partnership for Infertility and speaker at 'Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?', Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Dr James Duffy
Co-Chair of the Priority Setting Partnership for Infertility, and National Medical Director's Clinical Fellow at NHS England and at NHS Improvement

What's the Truth about Mild Stimulation for IVF? Professor Geeta Nargund, Founder and Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Professor Geeta Nargund
Founder and Medical Director of CREATE Fertility and of ABC IVF, and President of ISMAAR

What's the Truth about Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome? Dr Raj Mathur, Lead for Reproductive Medicine at St Mary's Hospital and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Dr Raj Mathur
Consultant Gynaecologist and Lead for Reproductive Medicine at St Mary's Hospital and at Manchester Fertility

What's the Truth about Aneuploidy Screening - Can It Improve IVF Success? Jan Grace, Clinical Director of Gynaecology and Maternity Services at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Jan Grace
Clinical Director of Gynaecology and Maternity Services, and Consultant Gynaecologist, at Guy's and St Thomas' NHS Foundation Trust

Should Randomised Controlled Trials Be the Sole Arbiter of Good Clinical Practice in IVF? Professor Nick Macklon, Medical Director of the London Women's Clinic and speaker at 'Trials and Tribulations: How Can We Build an Evidence Base?', Session 2 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Professor Nick Macklon
Medical Director of the London Women's Clinic, and Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Copenhagen and at Zealand University Hospital

Thinking about Wants, Needs and Desires Bobbie Farsides, Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School and speaker at 'Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?', Session 5 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Professor Bobbie Farsides
Professor of Clinical and Biomedical Ethics at Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and former Member of the HFEA

What's the Truth about ICSI - Is It Being Overused? Christopher Barratt, Professor of Reproductive Medicine at the University of Dundee and speaker at 'What's the Truth about... Mild IVF? OHSS? ICSI? Aneuploidy Screening? Implications of Genome Editing for Down's Syndrome?', Session 4 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Professor Christopher Barratt
Professor of Reproductive Medicine, and Head of Systems Medicine, at the University of Dundee

Medicine and Machines: Will AI Take Over ART? Dr Cristina Hickman, Chief Scientific Officer at Apricity and speaker at 'Beyond Regulation: Shining a Light on Fertility Treatment ', Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Dr Cristina Hickman
Chief Scientific Officer at Apricity, and Scientific Representative of the British Fertility Society

The Secret Recipes of Embryo Culture Media: Who Needs to Know? Dr Roger Sturmey, Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine at Hull York Medical School and speaker at 'Beyond Regulation: Shining a Light on Fertility Treatment ', Session 3 at the Progress Educational Trust conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Dr Roger Sturmey
Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine, and Principal Investigator, at Hull York Medical School

IVF, Infertility and Me Dr Catherine Hill, Head of Communications at the Progress Educational Trust (PET) and speaker at 'Should Fertility Patients Be Given What They Want, or What They Need?', Session 5 at the PET conference 'Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction', taking place at Amnesty International in London on Wednesday 4 December 2019
Dr Catherine Hill
Head of Communications at PET, author and former fertility patient

Further details of the conference can be found here. If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #PETconf19