08:15 – 08:45

Energising yoga

08:50Join Fertility 2021 Online

08:55 – 09:50

Dr Richard Lea, SRF Programme Chair

Chair’s opening remarks – Dr Richard Lea, SRF Programme Chair
Ann McLaren Memorial Lecture: Barriers and breakthrough – tackling taboos and the mysteries of menstruation – Professor Hilary Critchley, University of Edinburgh, UK (LIVE BROADCAST ONLY)

10:00 – 11:15

UPDATE 7: Reproduction on hold

Dr Richard Lea, SRF Programme Chair

Pregnancy in waiting – embryonic diapause in roe deer – Professor Susanne Ulbrich, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
GnRH neurons and prepubertal weight gain, sexual attraction, puberty timing and more…?? – Dr Vincent Prevot, University of Lille INSERM, CHU Lille, France
10:55Fertility Network UK update – Gwenda Burns, Fertility Network UK, UK
11:15Comfort break

11:25 – 12:35

SHORT PAPERS 5: Scientific short papers including BFS Young Scientist prize
Chair: Dr Raj Mathur, Chair-Elect, BFS

8 minute talksIs there an association between vitamin D status and the endocrine profile of women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome? – Amelia Ram, St George’s, University of London, UK
Dysregulation of IL-17A and calprotectin in the female reproductive tract affects pregnancy outcome following assisted reproductive therapy – Federica Giangrazi, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Artificial intelligence analysis of 4-cell embryos is capable of classifying cell arrangement by cell contacts with up to 87% accuracy depending on image modality – Rishabh Hariharan, Apricity, UK
NMN supplementation rescues fertility and bone strength in chemotherapy-treated mice – Maria Marinova, UNSW Sydney, Australia
The identification of potential biomarkers of oocyte quality – Paula Cornally, University College Dublin, Ireland
The value of testing serum progesterone seven days after oocyte pick up (OPU) in IVF|ICSI cycles – Umme-Laila, Ali, Cardiff University, UK
12:35 – 13:30Lunch break and sponsored Knowledge Share sessions


Germitec Knowledge Share

HPV – Effectively reducing cross-contamination risk

Chair: Glen Ewing, Director, Germitec UK

Dr Craig Meyers, World Renowned Expert in HPV Research, Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Penn State College of Medicines, USA and Dr David Weber, Professor of Medicine, Pediatrics, Epidemiology Associate Chief Medical Officer, UNC Hospitals Medical Director, Hospital Epidemiology


Gedeon Richter Knowledge Share
Navigating recombinant follicle-stimulating hormone (rFSH) biosimilars: Highlighting the effectiveness and tolerability of biosimilar medications for ovarian stimulation

Professor Roy Homburg, Professor of Reproductive Medicine, Homerton University Hospital, UK

13:30 – 14:30ARCS Annual General Meeting
BFS Annual General Meeting
14:30Comfort break

14:45 – 16:00

UPDATE 8: Patient information and consent
Chair: Mr Ian Aird, BFS Programme Chair



Setting expectations – Professor Jacky Boivin, Cardiff University, UK
Electronic and automated consent, and apps – Debbie Evans, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, UK
Patients as consumers – the role of consumer protection law in the provision of fertility treatment – Dr Louise Strong, Competition and Markets Authority, UK
16:00Comfort break

16:15 – 17:15

SHORT PAPERS 6: Assisted Conception short papers

Chair: Karen Schnauffer, Programme Chair, ARCS

8 minute talksA proteomic analysis of follicular fluid samples in patients undergoing in vitro fertilisation|intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (IVF|ICSI) with or without endometriosis – Sallwa Alshehre, The University of Sheffield, UK
Blastocoel re-expansion in vitrified-warmed embryos is a predictor of implantation and live birth rate – Eloise Burt, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK
Imaging comprehensive algorithm of reproductive efficiency (i-CARE), a ranking tool for human oocyte competence – Xavier Viñals Gonzalez, Institute for Women’s Health (UCL), UK
Evaluation of commercially reported pre and post-test carrier screening risks in ART patients: Caveat emptor? – Dr Valerie Shaikly, Fertility Genetics, UK
Results of routine COVID-19 testing of assisted conception patients at re-commencement of services – Dr Akanksha Sood, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, UK

Comfort break

17:30 – 18:30

Chair: Dr Jane Stewart, Chair, BFS


Universal access to infertility care – dream or reality? – Professor Willem Ombelet, Genk Institute for Fertility Technology, Belgium
Psychological costs and benefits in access to care – Professor Jacky Boivin, Cardiff University, UK