The theme for the joint annual conference will be “Reproduction in a changing world” featuring an exciting, cutting edge programme of high profile, scientific international and UK speakers, with a wide range of concurrent sessions focusing on specialist areas in fertility and reproductive biology guaranteed to excite, stimulate and motivate!

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SRF Satellite Day

13.00             Early registration opens, refreshments

14.00 – 15.00  SRF Early career researchers symposium: Greg Fitzharris and Chris Price, Co-editors in Chief for Reproduction Journal
• Behind the scenes of Reproduction Journal
• Getting your paper into the best Journal
• Thinking about impact
• Interview panel with academics

15.10 – 16.25  SRF Post Doctoral Prize Session

15.10 TGFb/SMAD Signaling regulates granulosa cell proliferation and TZP generation during early follicular development – Sofia Granados Aparici, McGill University, Montreal, Canada

15.25 Differential follicle stimulating hormone glycosylation modulates follicle growth and survival rates – Dr Gillian Johnson, Kings College London, UK

15.40 Exploration of Chemerin System in Human Granulosa Cells: involvement in Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome – Dr Anthony Estienne, Centre Val de Loire, France

15.55 Aberrant Igf2-H19 expression in the placental endocrine zone increases the susceptibility of the mother to poor metabolic health – Dr Jorge Lopez-Tello, University of Cambridge, UK

16.10 The impact of paternal diet on male reproductive physiology and fetal development in mice – Dr Hannah L Morgan, University of Nottingham, UK

16.25 – 16.45   Refreshments

16.45 – 17.15   SRF – SRB Exchange Lecture: Epididymal CRISPs regulates efficient flagellar waveform and optimal sperm function – Avinash Gaikwad, Monash University, Australia

17.15 – 17.45   SRF/SSR New Investigator Lecture:  The aging ovarian microenvironment: stromal fibrosis, inflammation, and the hyaluronan matrix – Francesca E. Duncan, PhD, Northwestern University, Chicago, USA

17.45 – 18.15  SRF/SSR New Investigator Lecture UK: Mechanisms of endometrial repair and regeneration – Douglas Gibson, University of Edinburgh, UK

18.15 – 18.45 Reproduction Journal Prize Lecture: Long-term exposure to very low doses of bisphenol S affects female reproduction – Jan Nevoral, Department of Histology and Embryology, Faculty of Medicine, Charles University, Pilsen, Czech Republic

19.00              Evening programme

Thursday 9 January – Global and Environmental

07:45 Registration, refreshments, exhibition and poster viewing


09.40 Fertility and reproduction: recent trends and uncertain future Tomos Sobotka, Vienna Institute of Demography, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Austria

10.10 Where does reproductive science fit into “big picture” conservation – Bill Holt, Visiting Professor, Academic Unit of Reproductive and Development Medicine, University of Sheffield, UK

10.40 Ecotoxicology in the Artic: One health one fertilityChristian Sonne, Professor of Wildlife Population Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

11.10 Refreshments and exhibition
Manned poster presentations and poster judging, odd numbers

Exhibition, refreshments and poster viewing

Demo zones
11.15 – 11.30 – Cooper Surgical
11.40 – 11.55 – Gedeon Richter UK Ltd
IVF simulator educational training session: ovum collection
Saeed Khan, Consultant Business Manager

Placentation: the platform for life-long health – Professor Graham J Burton, Mary Marshall and Arthur Walton Professor of the Physiology of Reproduction Department of Physiology, Development and Neuroscience, University of Cambridge, UK

13.00 Lunch, exhibition and poster viewing

Demo Zones
13.35 – 13.50 – Cooper Surgical




Exploring the follicular steroid matbolome – Jemma Walker, Birmingham Women’s & Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Ex vivo oocyte retrieval following controlled ovarian hyperstimulation at the time of bilateral salpingooophorectomy – Amy Cohen, Trainee Embryologist, London, UK

An analysis of lifestyle factors which may influence sperm maturity levelsHayley Fryer, Herts and Essex Fertility Centre, UK

Blastocyst quality is compromised in embryos presenting longer duration of compaction and direct cleavagePatricia Fadon, Thames Valley Fertility, UK

Investigating the effects of open and closed vitrification devices on mitochondria in human oocytesRachel Howard, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Obstetric outcomes following donor egg IVFBeth Halley, Assisted Conception Unit, UK




Reproductive and perinatal outcomes using cryopreserved oocytes: an analysis of the HFEA database from 2010 to 2016 using three clinical models – Mariano Mascarenhas, Leeds Fertility, UK

Metabolic profiling to identify potential targets to improve the ovarian reserve – Karema Alrashid, University of Glasgow, UK

Agonist trigger does not confer a disadvantage in cycles where supraphysiological oestradiol levels are reached – Linda Farhani, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK

Kisspeptin and neurokinin B interactions in modulating gonadotropin secretion in women with PCOSKarolina Skorupskaite, University of Edinburgh, UK

Effect of transfer of a poor quality embryo along with a top quality embryo on the outcome during fresh and frozen in vitro fertilization cycles Sam Dobson, Jessop Wing, Sheffield, UK

ICSI does not increase the odds of adverse perinatal outcomes in the absence of male factor subfertility: analysis of 131,686 singleton live births Prasanna Supramaniam, Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK




Analysis of 7810 consecutive counselling sessions: Deploying online technologies to improve access to care in a multi-location clinical settingTracey Sainsbury, London Women’s Clinic, UK

Mental health aspects related to male infertility – are men being overlooked?Anastasia Martin, MRC Centre for Transplantation, King’s College London, UK

Oestradiol concentrations at the time of triggering in Letrozole-IUI cycles are predictive of subsequent clinical pregnancyPat Ambrose, GCRM Fertility, UK

UK fertility clinics need to improve emotional support to patients undergoing IVF treatmentCristina Hickman, Apricity, UK

Enhancing the patient treatment experience and improving communication and adherence by means of a digital platformKirsty-Lee Wright, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, UK




Oocytes mount a delayed DNA damage response involving APC-Cdh1 mediated proteolysisGoutham Narayanan Subramanian, University of Queensland

Metabolomic analysis of mouse embryos to assess the impact of culture using uterine cell-conditioned media in a microfluidic deviceVanessa Mancini, University of Leeds, UK

Methionine, one-carbon metabolism and bovine preimplantation embryo developmentConstance Clare, The University of Nottingham, UK

The effect of age on oocyte energy metabolism and mitochondrial activity and copy number in sheep oocytes, cumulus cells and peripheral bloodKeerthi Gnanaprabha, University of Leeds, UK

Evolutionary conserved conceptus-derived proteins CAPG and P4HB elicit a transcriptional response in human & bovine endometrial cells that may facilitate implantationHaidee Tinning, University of Leeds, UK

Developmental programming of porcine muscle progenitor cell fate by foetal growth restriction (FGR)Yennifer Cortes, The Roslin Institute, UK




Identification of the most clinically effective method for seminal round cell differentiation, the diagnosis of leukocytospermia, and its relationship with semen qualityDimitra Apostolia Androni, Cambridge IVF, UK

Novel causes of 46XY DSD – The role of DHX37 in human fetal testis developmentGabriele Matilionyte, University of Edinburgh, UK

HABSelect: Relationships between measures of sperm DNA integrity, baseline semen sample data and the trial’s clinical outcomesDavid Miller, University of Leeds, UK

The impact of vincristine treatment on prepubertal mouse testisCaroline Allen, University of Edinburgh, UK

The relationship between P4 and PGE1 induced intracellular calcium increase in human sperm and correlation to IVF outcomeMorven Dean, University of Dundee, UK

Recovery of spermatogonial stem cells after in vitro exposure to chemotherapy drugs in a prepubertal mouse model – Federica Lopes, University of Edinburgh, UK

Demo Zones

15.30 Exhibition, refreshments and poster viewing

15.35 – 15.50 – Cooper Surgical

16.20-17.50 UPDATE SESSION 1



IVF in a changing world: Emerging techniques and technologies for all

Segmented IVF – time to rethink? Professor Abha Maheswari, Director, Aberdeen Fertility Centre, UK

Embryo-endometrial cross talk: How can we mediate the conversation?- Professor Nick Macklon, Medical Director, London Women’s Clinic, Affiliate Professor, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

PGT for aneuploidies: an emerging technology for 25 years – Sebastiaan Mastenbroek, Assistant Professor, Centre for Reproductive Medicine, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

U1B Science

Reproduction at 60

Unlocking oocyte biology over 60 yearProfessor John Carroll, Head of School of Biomedical Sciences, Monash University, Australia

Environment determinants of the embryonic programme: Implications for parental nutrition and assisted reproductionKevin Sinclair, University of Nottingham, UK

Genetics of female infertility: Past, present and futureKaren Schindler, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

Understanding uterine function for fertility, food and healthDr Niamh Forde, University Academic Fellow and Principal investigator, Leeds University, UK



Emerging risks in embryology

DoHAB work – risk associated with extended culturePeter Ruane, Research Associate, University of Manchester, UK

Is misleading research the risk to embryology? Jack Wilkinson, Research Fellow, Centre for Biostatistics, University of Manchester, Cochrane Gynaecology and Fertility, UK

Risks of embroyology development: Lessons from animal modelsPascale Chavatte-Palmer, Deputy Research Unit Director, French National Institute for Agricultural Research, INRA, Paris, France

U1D Nursing and Counselling


Fertility and reproductive issues for trans and non-binary people Robert Stocker-Rodrigues, Specialist Nurse – Endocrine Team, Gender Identity Clinic, Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust 

Funding transgender fertility treatment James Barrett, Lead Clinician, Tavistock & Portman Clinic, UK

Human capital: Staff training and support in this changing worldDebbie Evans, Director of Clinical Services, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, UK

17.50- 19.00 Welcome wine reception in exhibition
Opportunity to meet with poster presenters

18.15 – 19.15 Sponsor’s symposium by Merck
Controlled ovarian stimulation and personalisation, what are the options
Professor Nick Raine-Fenning, Medical Director, Nurture Fertility
Dr Robert Fischer, Reproductive Endocrinologist, Medical Director, MVZ Fertility Center Hamburg, Germany


Friday 10 January – Sociological

07.45 Registration, refreshments, exhibition and poster viewing

07.50 – 08.50 Sponsor’s symposium by Guerbet: 
Current & Future Trends of Hysterosalpingography (HSG) in Clinical Practice (Lammermuir Suite (Level -2))
Chairperson: Prof. Colin Duncan (Edinburgh, UK)

New Clinical Evidence in HSG
Prof. Velja Mijatovic (Amsterdam University Medical Centre)
How to perform HSG with Lipiodol® – Practical Aspects
Prof. Anne Hemingway (Imperial College NHS Trust, London)
Lipiodol® for HSG – Early experience from the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh
Prof. Colin Duncan (The University of Edinburgh)

PLENARY SESSION 2                                                                                                              
09.00 Elective egg freezing: Socio-demographic factors underlying an emerging global trend – Professor Marcia Inhorn, Anthropology and International Affairs, Council on Middle East Studies, Yale University, USA 

09.30 New ways  to grow a human – Dr Philip Ball, former editor of Nature, Science Writer, UK

10.00 DNA testing fallout. The end of donor anonymity?Guido Pennings, Professor, Department of Philosophy and Moral Sciences, Ghent University, Belgium

10.30 Refreshments and exhibition
Manned poster presentations and poster judging, even numbers

Demo Zones
10.35 – 10.50 – Cooper Surgical
11.00 – 11.15 Gedeon Richter UK Ltd
IVF simulator educational training session: guided embryo transfer
Saeed Kahn, Consultant Business Manager

Tim’rous beasties an’ fellow-mortals: reproductive technologies in the 21st century – Andy Greenfield, Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK

12.20 Society AGMs
–  Marshall Medal – Professor Marilyn Renfree, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, Australia

13.20 Lunch, exhibition and poster presentations viewing

Demo Zones
14.00-14.15 – Cooper Surgical




Developing an IVF|ICSI success prediction test based on the vaginal microbiomeJonathan de Jonge, ARTPred, Netherlands

Volatile Organic Compounds: Does CE marking fail the smell test?Sophie Jaques Hewitt, Fertility Centre Knutsford, UK

Cell fusion in the preimplantation human embryo is not associated with a significantly decreased live birth rateNatalie Davis, CARE Fertility Northampton, UK

The Geri time-lapse incubator significantly improves multiple IVF laboratory outcomes compared to conventional benchtop incubation Andrew Thomson, London Women’s Clinic Wales and Bristol, UK

Optimising FET outcome: the effect of post-warm blastocyst re-expansion and time to embryo transferRebecca King, Wales Fertility Institute, UK

ACE/SIRT Exchange prize: Filaments: An investigation and characterisation of the novel observation of filaments produced during the first mitotic divisionCasey Dean, Number One Fertility, Melbourne, Australia




How is the chance of having at least one baby following fresh ET affected by the number of mature eggs collected for each patient age cohort?Mara Kotrotsou, Apricity, UK

Higher ongoing pregnancy rates when blastocysts with excluded cells are transferred in frozen compared to fresh cyclesJennifer Nisbett, Bristol Centre for Reproductive Medicine, UK

Ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome – an underreported complication?Hannah Rosen O’Sullivan, St Helier Hospital, UK

Elective freeze all (segmentation) results in higher clinical pregnancy rates in women with high AMHMarco Gaudoin, GCRM Fertility, UK

Endometrial assessment and personalised plan in the treatment of unexplained repeated embryo implantation failure: one-year experienceMona Rahmati, London Women’s Clinic, UK

Protective effects of omega-3 fatty acids on cyclophosphamide induced fertility alterationsEmmanuel Nnamonu, Federal College of Education, Eha-Amufu, Enugu State Nigeria




Dynamic properties of endometrial macrophages regulate tissue homeostasis in the uterusElizabeth Mann, University of Manchester, UK

Can we detect endometrial markers of hypoxia in women using Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to improve management of heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB)?Jane Reavey, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh

The role of GW4869 in extracellular vesicles (EVs) biogenesis and its effect on embryo-endometrial implantationNorhayati binti Liaqat Ali Khan, Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine Department of Oncology & Metabolism, Sheffield, UK

Anterior gradient protein 3 in the reproductive tract and fertilityNicola Tempest, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, UK

Tight junction decoupling from actomyosin in receptive endometrial epithelium is regulated by protein O-GlcNAcylationEva Shelmerdine, Faculty of Biology Medicine and Health, University of Manchester, UK

Cystic ovary disease (COD) impairs functional morphology of the bovine oviductDeirdre Scully, University College Dublin, Ireland




Cytokinesis in early mouse embryoFilip Vasilev, Centre de Recherche du Centre Hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CRCHUM), Canada

The metabolic and developmental impact of microfluidic culture on preimplantation bovine embryo development invitroPaul McKeegan, Hull York Medical School, UK

Effects of different infra-red laser-assisted hatching (LAH) protocols on pre-implantation mouse embryos and embryo attachment Yaqiong Liu, University of Oxford, UK

Sex sorting of bovine sperm leads to compromised development of the early embryoHeather Steele, University College Dublin, Ireland

Ranking Intelligence Classification Algorithm (ERICA): a deep learning-based clinical assistant for blastocysts selectionAndrew Drakely, Hewitt Centre, Liverpool, UK

Non-invasive chromosome screening reveals high concordance rate when using MALBAC technique for whole genome amplification for preimplantation genetic testing for aneuploidiesRabi Odia, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, UK




Ovarian INSL3 acts as a feedforward drive promoting the growth and steroidogenesis of healthy antral folliclesRavinder Anand-Ivell, University of Nottingham, UK

The role of vascular androgen receptors in both follicle development and ovarian hyperstimulation syndromeJoanne Murray, University of Edinburgh, UK

Does basal antral follicle count correlate with number of oocytes collectedDimitrios Mavrelos, Reproductive Medicine Unit, UCL, UK

NLRP3 inflammasome activation in low ovarian reserve patientsCarolina Andres, Clinica Tambre, Spain

The effect of Junctional zone Igf-2 deletion on the reproductive function of female offspringJohn Louca, Cambridge University, UK

Unravelling the naked mole rat ovary: a comparison between the queen and the worker Yvonne Clarkson, The University of Edinburgh, UK


15.50 Exhibition, refreshments and poster viewing

Demo Zones
15.55 – 16.10 – Cooper Surgical

16.30-18.00 UPDATE SESSION 2




Physiology of corpus luteum: The science of luteal supportColin Duncan,Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Science,MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, The University of Edinburgh, UK 

What’s new in Luteal support Mostafa Metwally, Consultant Gynaecologist and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Jessop Wing, Royal Hallamshire Hospital, Sheffield, UK

Progesterone for prevention of miscarriage- Arri Coomarasamy, Professor of  Gynaecology, Institute of Metabolism and Systems Research, University of Birmingham, UK



Environmental impact on reproduction

Reproductive function in a polluted world: Lessons from animal models – Richard Lea, Reader in Reproductive Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Nottingham University Hospital, UK 

Endocrine disruptors, pregnancy and birth outcomesVasantha Padmanabhan, Professor, Departments of Paediatrics; Obstetrics & Gynaecology, University of Michigan, USA

The influence of a hyperandrogenic environment in early life and susceptibility to adult disease – Kirsty Walters, Senior Lecturer, Ovarian Biology Laboratory UNSW Sydney, Australia



Emerging techniques and technologies

Artificial Intelligence and machine learning – for embryo selectionMarcos Meseguer, Senior Embryologist, IVI Valencia, Spain

Microfluidics for assisted reproductive technologiesSéverine Le Gac, Professor, University of Twente, Belgium

Human spermbots for cancer-relevant drug deliveryChristine Schmidt, Division of Cancer Sciences, The University of Manchester, UK



Surrogacy update 

The surrogacy journey –Sarah Templeman, Nurse Manager, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, UK and Natalie Gamble, Fertility Lawyer, Natalie Gamble Associates, UK

The role of the lawyer in surrogacy – it’s not all legal   – Helen Prosser, Lawyer, Brilliant Beginnings, UK and Natalie Gamble, NGA Law, UK

Single parent surrogacyFrancesca Steyn, Head of Nursing, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, London UK

18:00 Sponsor’s symposium

19.30 Conference dinner

Saturday 11 January – Technological

7.55 Sponsor’s symposium

8:30 Registration, exhibition, refreshments and poster viewing


9.00 The feasibility and associated risks of germline editingBen Davies, Wellcome Centre for Human Genetics, University of Oxford, UK

9.30 Microbiomes, reproductive health and fertility Dr Jacques Ravel, Professor of Microbiology, University of Maryland, USA

10.00 FNUK Update

Clinical embryology and andrology- Steve Troup, President, Association of Clinical Embryologists, UK

11.00 Exhibition and refreshments




BFS FSA EXCHANGE PRIZE Differences in 2-cell and 4-cell embryo quality in relation to sperm developmental status as assessed by time-lapse technologyDr Hassan Bakos , Scientific Director NSW, Monash IVF, Australia

Live birth and perinatal outcomes in Recurrent Implantation Failure: an analysis of 1, 376,454 cycles from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority database spanning 1991 to 2016William Smith, Leeds Fertility, UK

The ovaries of transmen indicate effects of testosterone on the primordial follicle pool Emily Bailie, University of Edinburgh, UK

Do androgens and other reproductive hormones influence protein production in an endometrial cell line and therefore have an effect on embryonic implantation in relation to Polycystic Ovary SyndromeChloe Elliott, Edgehill University, UK




Male liver dysfunction as a consequence of prenatal androgen excessJennifer Thomas, Edinburgh Napier, UK

Placenta endocrine malfunction programmes adult offspring metabolic health in a sex-dependent fashionEfthimia Christoforou, University of Cambridge, UK

Assessing the impact of paternal diet on testicular morphology and gene expression in miceNader Eid, University of Nottingham, UK

Effect of environment and diet on semen quality in man and caninesDavid Gardner, University of Nottingham, UK




Changes in metabolic profiles of blood plasma and blastocyst cavity fluid in response to maternal diabetes during early pregnancyMaria Schindler, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Halle, German

Embryo Aneuploidy screening in inner-cell mass and trophectoderm lineages of bovine blastocysts derived from stimulated and non-stimulated ovarian cyclesDesmond Tutt, University of Nottingham, UK

Minimising miscarriage in ART: IVF or ICSI-derived euploid blastocystsZoya Enakshi Ali, University College London, UK

Hyaluronidase-2 changes morphokinetics of in vitro cultured bovine embryosAli Fouladi-Nashta, Royal Veterinary College, London, UK




Immunological stress during development might delay pubertal onset through altering gene regulation in GnRHneurons – Sarai Keestra, University of Oxford, UK

Plasma profile of follicle-stimulating hormone after a single epidural administration via caudal vertebrae in cattleKenichiro Sakaguchi, Institute of Cell Biology and Genes and Development Group, The University of Edinburgh, UK

The effects of FSHR positive allosteric modulator on FSH dependent FSHR homomerisation and signal pathway activationUche Agwuegbo, King’s College London, UK

Effects of grape seed extracts on reproductive parameters in broiler breeder hensJoel Dupont, INRA UMR85 Unité de Physiologie de la Reproduction et des Comportements PRC, France


12.30 Lunch, exhibition and poster viewing

13.30-14.30 UPDATE SESSION 3


Clinical & Embryology

 Future challenges

Regulating innovation in a changing world – Peter Thompson, Chief Executive, HFEA, UK

Metabolic approaches to treating male fertility – Dr Channa Jayasena, Clinical Senior Lecturer Endocrinology, Imperial College London and Hammersmith Hospital, UK  




Reproductive challenges of animal conservation

Fertility preservation in wild and domestic speciesPierre Comizzoli, Staff Scientist, Department of Reproductive Sciences, Centre for Species Survival, Smithsonian’s National Zoological Park, Washington DC, USA

Bringing back the white rhino using frozen sperm Dr Robert Hermes, Professor, Leibniz Institute for Zoo & Wildlife Research, Berlin, Germany 



Nurses role in fertility diagnostics

Discovering Diagnostics;the fertility nurse’s roleAmanda Cook, Senior Fertility Nurse, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, London, UK

The role of ultrasound in infertility management – a nurse perspectiveJane Mutch, Matron, The Hewitt Fertility Centre, UK


14.35 Debate: This house believes in legalising genetic enhancement of humans
Chair: Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist, Clinical Lead for Reproductive Medicine, St Mary’s Hospital, UK

For: Helen O’Neill, Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine and Genetics, University College London, UK

Against: Felicity Boardman, Associate Professor, WMS – Social Science and Systems in Health, University of Warwick, UK

15.15 Money, myths & man-eaters: Lion conservation in Tanzania and beyond
Amy Dickman, National Geographic Explorer, Kaplan Senior Research Fellow in Field Conservation, Wildlife Conservation Research Unit and Pembroke College, Oxford University, UK

15.45 Prize giving

16.00 Closing remarksJane Stewart, Chair, British Fertility Society, UK