Challenges with embryo selection using polygenic scores – Daniel J. Benjamin, University of California, Los Angeles, USA

This talk will cover:
• Embryo selection using polygenic scores raises complex ethical and social questions.
• The scientific issues – both the expected gains and risks – are tricky to understand and explain.
• Potential customers should understand that expected gains differ by ancestry, risk level, and outcome; many potential risks are unknown; and relative risk reduction is misleading.

Daniel J. Benjamin, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Human Genetics Department, UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and the Behavioral Decision Making Group, UCLA Anderson School of Management. He is a behavioral economist and a Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Social Science Genetic Association Consortium (http://www.thessgac.org/), which promotes multidisciplinary research on the genetics of behavioral and social phenotypes. For more information, see http://www.danieljbenjamin.com/.

iBlastoids – models for embryonic development – Professor Jose Polo, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Results of E-Freeze trial – Dr Abha Maheshwari, Lead Clinician and Person Responsible, NHS Grampian, UK

This talk will cover:
• Results of E-Freeze trial.
• What does it mean for clinical practice?
• What are the next steps?

Professor Abha Maheshwari is the Lead Consultant, Person Responsible for Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in Aberdeen Fertility Centre, and Lead Clinician for Strategic Fertility Network, Scotland. She is a strong advocate for research and research being lead and delivered in clinical setting to improve patient care. She is Clinical lead for Reproductive Health and Childbirth for National Research Scotland after having had personal fellowships from Chief Scientist Office for working on safety and efficacy of Assisted Reproduction. She has lead the E-Freeze study for UK. She has published extensively in the field both primary and secondary research and given talks nationally and internationally.