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Fertility, Genomics and COVID-19

The 2020 Annual Conference of the Progress Educational Trust (PET) is taking place from 9.15am-5.30pm (GMT) on Wednesday 9 December 2020.

The conference will explore what we know about, and how we might deal with, coronavirus/COVID-19 in relation to fertility and genomics.

Unlike previous PET conferences, this year's conference will be held entirely online, so that you can join us and the speakers remotely.

Secure your conference place(s) now by registering here (or via an alternative method). Note that there is an early-bird discount on the standard attendance fee, if you register before 31 October.

Please note that attendance fees, once paid, cannot be refunded. Note also that the conference will not be recorded, and will not be accessible after it has taken place.

Additionally, the Institute of Medical Ethics has provided funding for 20 medical students to attend the conference free of charge. To apply for one of these places, email sstarr@progress.org.uk

Conference sessions include:

  1. The Impact of COVID-19 on the Fertility Sector

  2. Examining the Evidence: Can COVID-19 Affect Fertility? Can It Affect the Fetus?

  3. Correlation and Causation: What Can Genetics and Genomics Tell Us about COVID-19?

  4. Resuming Treatment: What Can European Countries Learn from One Another?

Confirmed speakers and chairs include Dr Kári Stefánsson, Sally Cheshire, Dr Sharon Moalem, Dr Qian Zhang, Professor Julian Savulescu, Dr Jane Stewart, Professor Allan Pacey, Dr Anna Veiga, Dr Luca Gianaroli, Professor Ashley Moffett, Dr Edgar Mocanu, Dr Nathalie Vermeulen, Dr Roger Highfield, Fiona Fox and Sarah Norcross.

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If tweeting about the conference, please use the hashtag #PETconf20

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund, ESHRE, Wellcome, the European Sperm Bank, Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Theramex and Vitrolife.

The conference is also funded by the Institute of Medical Ethics. Please visit www.instituteofmedicalethics.org for further information.

If you prefer, instead of registering and paying online, you can email sstarr@progress.org.uk and ask to be invoiced for your attendance fee.

Alternatively, you can also write 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.

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


09/12/2020 09:15 AM - 05:30 PM

Event to be held online via Zoom Video Webinars 







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