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!

 

Conference programme to be announced soon!

Thursday 9 January – Global and Environmental

07:45 Registration, refreshments, exhibition and poster viewing

OPENING PLENARY SESSION 1

09.40 The human tide- Paul Morland, Associate Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London 

10.10 Animal conservation – saving speciesBill Holt, Visiting Professor, Academic Unit of Reproductive and Development Medicine, University of Sheffield

10.40 One world one health – pollutantsChristian Sonne, Professor of Wildlife Population Health, Aarhus University, Denmark

11.10 Exhibition, refreshments and attended poster viewing  Odd numbers

12.10 ANNE MCLAREN MEMORIAL LECTURE
Speaker TBC

13.00 Lunch, exhibition and poster viewing

14.00 PARALLEL SHORT PAPER SESSIONS 1
sessions tbc post abstract vetting meeting

15.30 Exhibition, refreshments and poster viewing
Demo zone

16.20-17.50 UPDATE SESSION 1

U1A

clinical

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

Segmented IVF – Dr 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

PGT-A(genetic testing)

Speaker tbc

U1B Science Looking back to see forwards 60 years of discoveries in reproduction

Speakers tbc

U1C

Embrology

Emerging risks in embryology

Speakers tbc

U1D Nursing and Counselling Transgender  

Fertility and reproductive issues for trans and non-binary people Lucy Evans, Endocrine Clinical Nurse Specialist, Tavistock & Portman Clinic, UK

Funding transgender fertility treatment James Barrett,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
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18.15 Sponsor’s symposia – tbc

Friday 10 January – Sociological

07.45 Registration, refreshments, exhibition and poster viewing

08.00 Symposia                                                                                                            

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 

10.00 DNA testing fallout the end of Donor Anonymity?– Speaker tbc

10.30 FNUK update

10.40 Refreshments, exhibition and attended poster presentations viewing
Manned poster presentations and poster judging


11.30 THE PATRICK STEPTOE MEMORIAL LECTURE
Title tbc – Andy Greenfield, Harwell, Cambridge

12.20 Society AGMs
13.20 Lunch, exhibition and poster presentations viewing


14.20 PARALLEL SHORT PAPER SESSIONS 2          
Session tbc after abstract vetting meeting

15.50 Exhibition, refreshments and poster viewing
Demo Zone

16.30-18.00 UPDATE SESSION 2

U2A

Clinical

WHAT’S NEW IN LUTEAL PHASE SUPPORT

Physiology of corpus luteum  – 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 – antagonist cycles with agonist trigger – inc role of GnRH analogues – ? Dosage and route of administration of progesteroneMostafa Metwally

Use of progesterone in early pregnancy – PriSm trial- Ari Coomasary, 

U2B

science

Environmental impact on reproduction

Environmental contaminantsRichard Lea, Reader in Reproductive Biology, School of Veterinary Medicine, Nottingham University Hospital, UK 

Metabolic diseaseVasantha Padmanabhan, job title Michigan USA

Epigenetics mechanisms – intergenerational – Speaker tbc 

U2C

embrylogy

BIG embryology session
Sessions tbc
U2D – Nursing Surrogacy update 

The surrogacy journey –Sarah Templeman, Nurse Manager Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, UK

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

Single parent surrogacyFrancesca Steyn, Head of Nursing, CRGH, UK

19.30 Conference dinner

Saturday 11 January – Technological

8.45 Registration, exhibition, refreshments and poster viewing

PLENARY SESSION 3

9.00 Gene editing Speaker tbc

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

10.00 BOB EDWARDS MEMORIAL LECTURE 
Clinical embryology and andrology- Steve Troup, President, Association of Clinical Embryologists, UK

10.50 Exhibition and refreshments

11.30 – 12.30 PARALLEL SHORT PAPERS SESSIONS 3     

12.30 Lunch, exhibition and poster viewing

13.30-14.30 UPDATE SESSION 3

U3A  Title tbc
The changing face of regulation in a changing world – speaker tbcMetabolic approaches to treating male fertility – Dr Channa Jayasena, Consultant in Reproductive Endocrinology, Imperial College London and Hammersmith Hospital, UK  
U3B Reproductive challenges of animal conservation

Speakers tbc

U3C Nurses role in fertility diagnostics

The nurse role in diagnostics– speaker tbc

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

FINAL PLENARY SESSION  

14.35 Debate: This house believes in legalising genetic enhancement of humans
Speakers tbc

15.15 Evolution of female promiscuity
Speaker tbc

15.45 Prize giving

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