Male contributions to miscarriage – Dr Justin Chu, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Sub-Specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Dr Justin Chu is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. He completed his sub specialist training in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery in 2020. Justin completed his PhD by medical research at the University of Birmingham between 2013 and 2016. His focus in research is in embryo implantation and early miscarriage. After his PhD, Justin became an Academic Clinical Lecturer at the University of Birmingham. Justin now leads the Tommy’s Recurrent Miscarriage Service as well as the Andrology Fertility Service at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Justin holds an honorary contract with the University of Birmingham as an Honorary Senior Lecturer.

Equity and fertility – Who truly benefits from ART? – Dr Christine Ekechi, Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist, Imperial Healthcare and Co-Chair, RCOG Race Equality Taskforce, UK
This talk will present how significant inequity exists in ART outcomes for women of different races. This exists within a wider pattern of unequal outcomes throughout the life course of Black and Asian women.

Dr Christine Ekechi is an early pregnancy and gynaecology specialist based in London with an additional interest in the gender and racial inequalities continually present within the health system. She is a vocal advocate for a life arc approach to women’s health to which she has spoken extensively in national and international media, academically and politically.

Dr Ekechi is the Co-Chair of the Race Equality Taskforce at the Royal College of Obstetricians & Gynaecologists, the first of its kind within any medical college and sits as a Member of the Maternity Working Group for the NHS Race and Health Observatory.

Dr Ekechi is also a Trustee for gynaecology cancer charity, The Eve Appeal and is their Medical Ambassador. Dr Ekechi is equally focussed on maternity safety and serves on the Multi-Professional Advisory Panel for Baby Lifeline – a UK charity focused on the supportive care of pregnant women and newborn babies.

Dr Ekechi holds a Masters in Reproductive Health Research from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and her previous public health experience includes working with the UN, UNICEF, and national governments in the UK, Nigeria, Senegal, Malawi and Kenya. Using this extensive experience, Dr Ekechi is particularly interested in the social drivers that underpin inequity in individual health outcomes, health knowledge and education, and healthcare delivery.

Dr Christine Ekechi is the Founder and Director of Early Pregnancy Plus
(http://earlypregnancyplus.com), an innovative holistic early pregnancy care service in central London.

The HFEA 30 years on – what needs to change? – Julia Chain, Chair, Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, UK

This talk will cover:
• How the science has changed and moved on.
• The law and what we are permitted to do.
• Best practices and what we can do to help the sector.

Julia Chain took up her role as Chair of HFEA in April 2021 following over 30 years’ experience in legal and management roles in both private practice and industry. In her three year term, Julia will oversee the post-Covid work of the fertility sector for clinics and patients; highlight where inequalities exist in access to treatment and outcomes; and focus on where the law needs to be updated.

In addition to her role at the HFEA. Julia is currently Deputy Chair of Norwood, a leading learning disability and children’s charity, and Chair of Sadeh, an environmental educational charity. Her previous roles include Deputy Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality and non executive director of Frontier Economics Ltd. Julia has also held a number of positions as school governor and Trustee of an Academy Trust.

In her most recent executive role, Julia was UK Managing Director and International VP of Advanced Discovery Inc, a global corporate specialising in E-Discovery and Risk Management. A qualified lawyer, Julia began her career at Shearman & Sterling in New York and at Herbert Smith, before joining Andersen Legal where she became the first woman managing partner of a top 100 law firm. Subsequently, Julia joined the board of T-Mobile U.K ( now EE) as General Counsel, thereafter founding a legal change management consultancy which was acquired by Huron Consulting Inc.