09:15 – 09:45

Energising yoga

10:00 – 11:15

UPDATE 9: Lessons from COVID-19

Chair: Ian Aird, Programme Chair, BFS



Patient communications and counselling provision in LTC – lessons learnt – Angela Pericleous-Smith, British Infertility Counselling Association (BICA), UK
Lessons from COVID-19 – the view from the regulator – Peter Thompson, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority (HFEA), UK
COVID-19 – fertility in the firing line – Dr Jane Stewart, BFS and Professor Jason Kasraie, ARCS

11:25 – 12:35

SHORT PAPERS 7: Reproductive challenges: Clinical, sociological and practical short papers

Chair: Mr Stuart Lavery, Programme Committee, BFS

8 minute talksKnowledge and attitudes towards egg donation and egg sharing among women in the UK general public – Timothy Bracewell-Milnes, Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Carrying your own grandchild – a familial gestational surrogacy case study – Dr Jemma Walker, Herts & Essex Fertility Centre, UK
Mayer-Rokitansky-Kuster-Hauser Syndrome – clinical outcomes of patients undertaking fertility treatment in a tertiary care centre – Nicola Mitchell-Jones, Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital, UK
A mandatory segmentation (freeze-all) policy in patients with AMH ≥ 30 is safer and results in higher cumulative ongoing pregnancy rates than attempted fresh embryo transfer – Frances Roebuck, GCRM Fertility, UK
Does oocyte vitrification affect morphokinetics of subsequent embryo development? – Dr Sue Montgomery, CARE Fertility, UK
Effect of culture environment on the metabolism of human preimplantation embryos – Dr Alexandra Kermack, University of Southampton, UK
12:35 – 14:00Lunch break

an Aird

14:00 – 15:00

SHORT PAPERS 8: Endocrinology short papers
Chair: Professor Colin Duncan, Chair, SRF

8 minute talks Maternal high-fat diet during the periconception period alone or throughout gestation-lactation alters BAT and glucose tolerance – Irene Peral-Sanchez, University of Southampton, UK
The impact of paternal diet on fetal growth and placental renin-angiotensin system gene expression and placental histology – Afsaneh Khoshkerdar, University of Nottingham, UK
Modulation of FSHR quaternary structure directs FSH-dependent signalling responses – Uche Agwuegbo, King’s College London, UK
Adverse metabolic PCOS traits in a hyperandrogenic PCOS mouse model improved following neurokinin 3 receptor antagonist treatment – Irene Sucquart, University of New South Wales, Australia
Adverse metabolic PCOS features observed in a hyperandrogenic PCOS mouse model are improved by mitochondrial uncoupler BAM15 – Dr Valentina Rodriguez Paris, University of New South Wales, Australia
15:00 Comfort break

15:15 – 16:15



Debate: Pausing the menopause – ovarian cortex cryopreservation
Chair: Dr Raj Mathur, Chair Elect, BFS
‘This house believes that the menopause can and should be delayed’
FOR: Professor Simon Fishel, ProFam, and Liverpool John Moores University, UK
AGAINST: Dr Melanie Davies, University College London Hospitals
NHS Foundation Trust

Prize giving – Raj Mathur, Chair Elect, BFS

16:15 Comfort break

16:30 – 17:35


Chair: Professor Jason Kasraie, Chair, ARCS



Use and misuse of ART across species – Professor Madeleine Campbell, University of Nottingham and The Royal Veterinary College, UK
Sex, society and behaviour in the world of the chimpanzee – Jane Goodall PhD DBE, Founder of The Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace
Closing remarks – Professor Jason Kasraie, Chair, ARCS
Close of Fertility Online 2021