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Dr Valerie Shaikly

Dr Valerie Shaikly is a Volunteer Writer at BioNews and a Volunteer at the charity that publishes it, the Progress Educational Trust (PET). She is a clinical embryologist, and is also a consultant clinical scientist specialising in genomic medicine within reproductive science. She is a founding Partner at Fertility Genetics, Chair of Examiners for Reproductive Science at the Royal College of Pathologists (where she is also a Fellow), Training Lead for support staff at the Association of Reproductive Clinical Scientists, and a Fellow of the Academy for Healthcare Science and the Institute of Biomedical Science. She has a PhD in Reproductive Immunology from the University of Essex, and an MSc in Health Promotion from the University of East London. She originally studied Molecular Biology at the University of York, and went on to train in Embryology at Hammersmith Hospital under the tutorship of Professor Lord Robert Winston.

BioNews Comment articles written by Dr Valerie Shaikly:
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Lessons from Lockdown: How to Improve Support for Fertility Patients
9 November 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
On the day England went into its second national lockdown the Progress Educational Trust (PET), the charity that publishes BioNews, held a timely online event, provided a poignant review and discussion on the experience of fertility patients during the first national lockdown... [Read More]
IVF: A Test Case – Whether, When and How Clinics Should Test Patients and Staff for COVID-19
3 August 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
A timely review and discussion of best practice, guidelines and practical realities surrounding COVID, with an emphasis on testing... [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]
Q&A with Sally Cheshire
17 December 2018 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
A summary of the Q&A session with Sally Cheshire, Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority, at the Progress Educational Trust's 2018 Annual Conference... [Read More]
The 14-day rule: calling time on embryo research
9 January 2017 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
The second session of the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Rethinking the Ethics of Embryo Research: Genome Editing, 14 Days and Beyond', looked at new embryo images that have potential to challenge the 14-day rule and discussed the potential benefits of extending the rule beyond the existing time limit... [Read More]

BioNews Review articles written by Dr Valerie Shaikly:
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Event Review: International IVF Initiative – My mosaic embryo
25 January 2021 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
Session 46 was held online to discuss and share the best practice for understanding and communicating mosaicism... [Read More]
Podcast Review: DNA Today – PGT for polygenic conditions
21 September 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
In this episode of 'DNA Today's' series about infertility, certified genetic counsellor Jennifer Eccles, head of genetic counselling at Genomic Prediction, put her case for a new type of preimplantation genetic testing, called PGT-P... [Read More]
Podcast Review: ASRM Today – Misconceptions about genetic counselling
17 August 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
'People think if we do a genetic test, we can look for everything and if it comes back as a normal test, then everything will be healthy', says Jill Fischer... [Read More]
Event Review: Under Pressure - Mental health in reproductive science
29 June 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
The 14th session of the International IVF Initiative was held online on 15 May to support the professional IVF community during the COVID-19 pandemic... [Read More]

BioNews News articles written by Dr Valerie Shaikly:
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Obituary: Andy Glew, embryologist at the heart of his field
20 April 2020 - by Dr Valerie Shaikly
Andy Glew lost his eight-month battle with a brain tumour on 27 March aged 54, an example of what bravery, courage and acceptance truly mean... [Read More]