Professor Simon Fishel will argue for the motion:
• Noting some of the more severe medical issues associated with the menopause, particularly for the long-term.
• Presenting strategies to alleviate or ameliorate impending long-term problems associated with menopause, particularly the physiological and non-physiological options, and what ovarian cortex biopsy and subsequent transplantation may offer women, and society in general.
Professor Simon Fishel worked with Professor Sir Robert Edwards from 1975-1985 and Edwards was his PhD supervisor at the University of Cambridge. He was elected a fellow of Churchill College in 1979 and a Beit Memorial fellow the same year. In 1980-1985 he became Deputy Scientific Director under Edwards at Bourn Hall. From 1991-1997 Professor Fishel was Founder and Scientific Director of Nurture IVF clinic, and established the world first IVF degree course in 1992.
He was Reader at the University of Nottingham from 1992 to 1996 and awarded a Personal Professional Chair in Human Reproduction in 1997. He was the Founder and CEO of CARE Fertility from 1997 until 2016 and is still President of the CARE Fertility Group.
Professor Fishel has published over 200 peer-reviewed papers and is an elected fellow of the Royal Society of Biology. In 2009 he was honoured by the Liverpool John Moores University with their highest award of ‘University Fellow’ for “outstanding contribution to science and to humanity”. He is Chair of the Advisory Board of Genomic Prediction; Founder of the ‘Rachel Foundation’, a charity for research to help children rendered infertile due to medical treatment, and also to help raise awareness for secondary infertility. He co-founded ProFaM 2017.
Dr Melanie Davies, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Melanie is a consultant in Reproductive Medicine, with interests in the reproductive effects of cancer and chronic disease (the long-term follow-up service at UCLH has seen >2000 patients), premature ovarian insufficiency, and adolescent care. She set up the egg and embryo freezing ’emergency service’ at UCLH, and supervised the sperm banking service (the largest in the UK). She initiated a national network ‘Fertility Preservation UK’ and chairs this British Fertility Society special interest group.