Conference: RETHINKING THE ETHICS OF EMBRYO RESEARCH: GENOME EDITING, 14 DAYS AND BEYOND

Progress Educational Trust public conference

Wednesday 7 December 2016, 9.30am5pm

Speakers include PROFESSOR MAGDALENA ZERNICKA-GOETZ from the University of Cambridge (leader of recent research in which human embryos were cultured in vitro for 13 days, the longest time ever achieved), DR KATHY NIAKAN from the Francis Crick Institute (the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to use genome editing in human embryo research), and LORD GEORGE CAREY from the House of Lords (former Archbishop of Canterbury).

There will also be Keynote Addresses by BARONESS MARY WARNOCK (who originally proposed the 14-day limit on human embryo research, and whose Warnock Report is arguably the world’s most influential analysis of the ethics of assisted reproduction and embryo research) and PROFESSOR SIR IAN WILMUT (creator of Dolly the sheep, the first mammal ever cloned from an adult cell).

Other confirmed speakers and chairs include:

DR SIMON FISHEL (Founder and President of CARE Fertility, and one of the first researchers to demonstrate that embryos are capable of responding to their environment)

PROFESSOR BRUCE WHITELAW (Deputy Director of the Roslin Institute, and pioneer in research involving transgenic and genome-edited animals)

SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

PROFESSOR ALISON MURDOCH (Former Director of the Newcastle Fertility Centre, and leader of the first research in which an early embryo was created from a human nuclear transfer procedure)

PROFESSOR DAVID JONES (Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre)

PROFESSOR SARAH FRANKLIN (Director of the University of Cambridge‘s Reproductive Sociology Research Group)

PROFESSOR STEPHEN WILKINSON (bioethicist and author of the book Choosing Tomorrow’s Children: The Ethics Of Selective Reproduction)

DR ROGER HIGHFIELD (Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group)

FIONA FOX (Chair of the Progress Educational Trust and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)

SARAH NORCROSS (Director of the Progress Educational Trust)

Conference sessions include:

• ‘THE WARNOCK REPORT AND THE 14 DAY RULE

• ‘THE 14 DAY RULE: CALLING TIME ON EMBRYO RESEARCH

• ‘GENOME EDITING: CRISPR AT THE CUTTING EDGE

• ‘WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT THE STATUS OF THE EMBRYO?

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