AI and clinical decision making – Mr Sotirios Saravelos, Honorary Clinical Lecturer, Imperial College London, UK

This talk will discuss the potential role of AI in clinical decision making.

Sotirios Saravelos is an Obstetrician Gynaecologist and Accredited Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery. He is an Honorary Clinical Lecturer at Imperial College London and has been a Visiting Scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong for several years. He has served as a Deputy of the ESHRE Reproductive Surgery Special Interest Group and has been a co-author in ESHRE, ESGE and RCOG Guidelines.

Artificial Intelligence and the IVF lab – Dr Cristina Hickman, Chief Scientific Officer, Apricity, UK

This talk will cover:
• The capabilities and limitations of Artificial Intelligence in augmenting the capabilities of an embryologist.
• The different types of AI currently available and in development.
• The principles of responsible AI innovation.
• How IVF clinics should prepare for AI.

Dr Cristina Hickman is the Chief Scientific Officer at Apricity (a virtual fertility clinic), co-owner and Science Director of Aria Fertility (a London fertility clinic), Lecturer and Supervisor at Imperial College London, and owner and consultant clinical embryologist at IVF Professionals (consultancy company). Dr Cristina Hickman has been leading the development of a number of AI based innovations in the IVF field and consults with care providers, companies and government institutions to improve digitisation and modernise fertility, making fertility care safer, more consistent, more patient-inclusive, more personalised and more effective.

How to regulate AI in fertility treatment – Victoria Askew, Policy Manager, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, UK

This talk will cover:
• The scope of potential definitions for AI and AI or software as a medical device.
• Where AI is currently being applied in the fertility sector.
• The regulatory and ethical challenges for the use of AI or software as a medical device.
• The actions that have been taken, both internationally and in the UK, towards understanding and developing regulation for AI or software as a medical device.

Victoria Askew is a Policy Manager at the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA), the UK’s statutory regulator of fertility clinics and embryo research. Victoria leads on monitoring the use of, and research around, artificial intelligence in the fertility sector. She has experience of working across both the compliance and policy teams within the HFEA and has led on key pieces of work including developing guidance in the HFEA Code of Practice for the use of electronic consenting platforms. Victoria has an academic background in reproductive science and women’s health and has spent time working within the sector, at an NHS fertility clinic.