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Reality Check: A Realistic Look at Assisted Reproduction

The 2019 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) is taking place 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:

If you would prefer to register and pay your attendance fee via another method, see details below.

(Note that attendance fees, once paid, cannot be refunded.)

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).

The conference will begin with a Keynote Address by Professor Søren Ziebe (Head of Fertility at Rigshospitalet's Juliane Marie Centre).

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?

In addition to Professor Søren Ziebe, confirmed speakers and chairs include Sally Cheshire, Professor Robin Lovell-Badge, Dr Jane Stewart, Dr James Duffy, Professor Geeta Nargund, Dr Raj Mathur, Jan Grace, Professor Nick Macklon, Professor Bobbie Farsides, Professor Christopher Barratt, Dr Cristina Hickman, Dr Roger Sturmey, Fiona Fox, Alastair McLellan, Professor Joyce Harper, Professor Peter Braude, Dr Catherine Hill and Sarah Norcross.

If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #PETconf19

If you prefer, instead of registering and paying online, you can book to attend this conference by writing to 'Events, Progress Educational Trust, 140 Gray's Inn Road, London WC1X 8AX' and enclosing a cheque (payable to 'Progress Educational Trust') for your attendance fee.

You can also email sstarr@progress.org.uk and ask to be invoiced for your attendance fee.

Discounted attendance fees are available for parties of more than five people. Email sstarr@progress.org.uk for details.

Please note that attendance fees, once paid, cannot be refunded.

If you are a journalist and are interested in covering the conference, please email PET's Head of Communications at chill@progress.org.uk

Venue details, including a map, can be found below. A more detailed map, showing details of how to walk to the venue from the nearest train stations, can be found here.

The four nearest train stations, as indicated on the more detailed map, are as follows.

  • Shoreditch High Street (the green line on the map), a 5 minute walk
  • Old Street (the red line on the map), a 10 minute walk
  • Liverpool Street (the purple line on the map), a 15 minute walk
  • Moorgate (the orange line on the map), a 15 minute walk


04/12/2019 09:30 AM - 05:30 PM
Amnesty International
17-25 New Inn Yard
London EC2A 3EA 







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