Event: 40 YEARS OF IVF – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE

13 November 2018

Thursday 24 January 2019, Edinburgh.

With speakers ALASTAIR MacDONALD (the second person, and first male, ever to be born who was conceived via IVF) and his mother GRACE MacDONALD (one of the original fertility patients treated by the pioneers of IVF)

Alongside other speakers including:

  • SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)
  • PROFESSOR COLIN DUNCAN (Professor of Reproductive Medicine and Science at the University of Edinburgh)
  • DR KAY ELDER (Senior Research Scientist at Bourn Hall Clinic, previously worked with the pioneers of IVF)
  • DR ABHA MAHESHWARI (Clinical Lead in Reproductive Medicine at the Aberdeen Fertility Centre)

Chaired by PROFESSOR ALLAN PACEY (Trustee at the Progress Educational Trust and Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield),

See https://www.progress.org.uk/40yearsofivf for details.

 

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Conference: MAKE DO OR AMEND: SHOULD WE UPDATE UK FERTILITY AND EMBRYO LAW?

13 November 2018

Wednesday 5 December 2018, London.

With Keynote Addresses by SIR JAMES MUNBY (former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales) and SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

See https://www.progress.org.uk/conference2018 for details including attendance fees and how to book your place.

  • SOCIETY MARCHES ON: KEY SOCIAL CHANGES
  • SCIENCE MARCHES ON: KEY SCIENTIFIC DEVELOPMENTS
  • A PATCHWORK OF POLICIES: ASSISTED CONCEPTION AND EMBRYO RESEARCH IN EUROPE
  • THE FUTURE OF FERTILITY LAW: WHAT MUST CHANGE AND WHEN?

Confirmed speakers and chairs include:

  • DR KATHY NIAKAN (Group Leader of the Francis Crick Institute‘s Human Embryo and Stem Cell Laboratory, and the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to edit the genomes of human embryos)
  • BARONESS RUTH DEECH (Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords)
  • PROFESSOR JOHN HARRIS (Emeritus Professor of Bioethics at the University of Manchester, and author of books including Enhancing Evolution: The Ethical Case for Making Better People and How to Be Good: The Possibility of Moral Enhancement)
  • PROFESSOR EMILY JACKSON (Professor of Law at the London School of Economics and Political Science)
  • DR ANDY GREENFIELD (Programme Leader in Mammalian Sexual Development at MRC Harwell)
  • BARBARA CONNOLLY QC (Barrister at 7 Bedford Row)
  • PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN DE GEYTER (Chair of ESHRE‘s European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee)
  • PROFESSOR ELLIE LEE (Director of the University of Kent‘s Centre for Parenting Culture Studies)
  • JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES (Partner at Hempsons)
  • NATALIE GAMBLE (Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and of Brilliant Beginnings)
  • TIM CHILD (Medical Director of Oxford Fertility)
  • SATU RAUTAKALLIO-HOKKANEN (Chair of Fertility Europe)
  • DR EVAN HARRIS (former MP who scrutinised the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008)
  • ERIKA TRANFIELD (Director of Pride Angel)
  • NATALIE SMITH (Chair of Surrogacy UK‘s Working Group on Surrogacy Law Reform)
  • PROFESSOR ROBERT SPACZYNSKI (Vice President of the Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians)
  • DR KYLIE BALDWIN (Senior Lecturer in Sociology and Health at De Montfort University)
  • DR ROGER HIGHFIELD (Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group)
  • FIONA FOX (Chair of Trustees at the Progress Educational Trust and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre)
  • SARAH NORCROSS (Director of the Progress Educational Trust)

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund and the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the European Sperm Bank, JMW Solicitors, the London Women’s Clinic and Vitrolife (bronze sponsors).

 

 


Call for committee members: NICE Quality Standards Advisory Committee

13 November 2018

Applications due by 5pm on Monday 10 December 2018.

NICE is currently recruiting for standing members to join their Quality Standards Advisory Committee (QSAC) to support delivery of the library quality standards topics. NICE is looking to appoint a number of standing members with the following backgrounds/expertise:

  • Audit and measurement professional. For example professionals involved in audit, measurement and service improvement

  • Primary care professional. For example a general practitioner

  • Secondary care practitioners. For example doctors, nurses, or allied health professionals, in secondary care.

  • Public health practitioners. For example those from local authorities, and PHE regional teams.

  • Commissioners of health, public health and social care services. For example those from clinical commissioning groups or local authorities and those with experience of service redesign to improve quality and outcomes for people with care and support needs.

  • Safety expert. For example people who take a lead in addressing issues of relating to risk and safety, for example risk managers and safeguarding leads

NICE’s quality standards are central to supporting the Government’s vision for a health and social care system focused on delivering the best possible outcomes for people who use services. Derived from NICE guidance and other accredited sources, they are a concise set of prioritised statements designed to drive measurable quality improvements within a particular area of health or care and are becoming the backbone of the new commissioning system for health and social care.

If you have an interest in driving quality improvement in health, public health or social care, experience of working on committees and working groups, and highly developed interpersonal, communication and team working skills, then we would like to hear from you.

You will not be representing your organisation but will bring your expertise, experience and knowledge of current practice. The time commitment is one day a month, for a three year period, and your expenses will be reimbursed (if you are a general practitioner, locum cover will be covered).

Details on how to apply can be found at https://www.nice.org.uk/get-involved/our-committees/join-a-committee/member–quality-standards-advisory-committee and information on NICE quality standards at www.nice.org.uk/standards-and-indicators.


Lecture: Reflections on why I want what I want from research and researchers — as a patient

31 October 2018

Annual Peter Sowerby Lecture

13 November 2018, 19:30-21:00

Theatre 2, New Hunt’s House, KCL Guy’s Campus, King’s College London.

Speaker: Sir Iain Chalmers

Abstract:

A quarter of a century ago, I decided to ask myself what I wanted—as a patient—from health research and researchers. In a BMJ paper I stated that I wanted decisions about my health care to be informed by ‘reliable evidence’. I also noted that people are bound to vary in what they regard as ‘reliable evidence’, and that a leap of faith would anyway always be needed in judging what the effects of health care options would be for me, as an individual. But I also made clear that, for me, ‘reliable evidence’ would usually mean evidence derived from systematic reviews of carefully controlled evaluative research, assembled with an awareness of the ways in which biases and the play of chance can play us false.

I suggested in the paper that there had been too little support for the kind of applied health research that I felt I needed to inform my health care choices. And I gave examples of the damaging consequences that can result from insufficient attention to reducing the effects of biases and the play of chance.

My lecture will revisit the themes I addressed 25 years ago and reflect on why—as a patient—I still want what I wanted from research and researchers quarter of a century ago.

About the Speaker:

Iain Chalmers was founding director of the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit (www.npeu.ox.ac.uk) between 1978 and 1992, and founding director of the UK Cochrane Centre (www.uk.cochrane.org) between 1992 and 2002. Since 2003, he has coordinated the James Lind Initiative, which developed the James Lind Alliance between 2004 and 2013 (www.jla.nihr.ac.uk). Iain edits The James Lind Library (www.jameslindlibrary.org) and Testing Treatments international English (www.en.testingtreatments.org); he co-organised with Paul Glasziou the 2014 Lancet series on reducing waste and adding value in biomedical research (www.rewardalliance.net); and he is a co-investigator with Andy Oxman and colleagues in Norway and East Africa of the Informed Health Choices Project (www.informedhealthchoices.org).

Further information and registration here.


Seminar: Understanding our ordinary thought and talk about chronic pain

31 October 2018

Philosophy of medicine colloquia at King’s College London.

8 November 2018 at 12:30, Classroom 6, Hodgkin Building, Guy’s Campus.

Professor Emma Borg (University of Reading) “Understanding our ordinary thought and talk about chronic pain”.  

Abstract: Pain has a long history of study, from both the philosophical and the scientific perspectives, yet the question of what pain is, and how we conceive of and communicate about it, remains vexed. In this talk, we introduce a new approach to understanding our ordinary thought and talk about (chronic) pain – the so-called ‘polyeidic’ approach – whereby pain thinking is held to involve tacit stances on a number of distinct pain dimensions. We argue briefly that this approach is supported by experimental findings in philosophy and then turn to consider the clinical relevance of the view, suggesting that it provides a better understanding of chronic pain patients and the treatments from which they may benefit.

Please note that any external attendees, i.e. those not currently holding a valid King’s ID card, will need to send their names to Harriet Fagerberg (harriet.fagerberg[at]kcl.ac.uk) prior to the 6th of November, so that she can notify King’s Estate Security.

Further details here.

 

Conference: Make Do or Amend – Should We Update UK Fertility & Embryo Law?

28 October 2018

MAKE DO OR AMEND: SHOULD WE UPDATE UK FERTILITY AND EMBRYO LAW?‘ is a one-day conference taking place in London on Wednesday 5 December 2018 (9.30am5.30pm).  

The conference will explore law and regulation governing fertility treatment and embryo research. There will be Keynote Addresses by SIR JAMES MUNBY (former President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales) and SALLY CHESHIRE (Chair of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority).

Other confirmed speakers and chairs include DR ROY FARQUHARSON (Chair of ESHRE), DR KATHY NIAKAN (Group Leader at the Francis Crick Institute and the first researcher licensed by the UK regulator to edit the genomes of human embryos), BARONESS RUTH DEECH (Crossbench Peer in the House of Lords), DR ANDY GREENFIELD (Programme Leader at MRC Harwell), EMILY JACKSON (Professor of Law at the LSE), BARBARA CONNOLLY QC (Barrister), PROFESSOR CHRISTIAN DE GEYTER (Chair of ESHRE‘s European IVF Monitoring Steering Committee), PROFESSOR ELLIE LEE (Director of the Centre for Parenting Culture Studies), NATALIE GAMBLE (Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and Brilliant Beginnings), JAMES LAWFORD DAVIES (Partner at Hempsons), SATU RAUTAKALLIO-HOKKANEN (Chair of Fertility Europe), ERIKA TRANFIELD (Director of Pride Angel), DR ROGER HIGHFIELD (Director of External Affairs at the Science Museum Group), DR KYLIE BALDWIN (Senior Lecturer at De Montfort University), PROFESSOR ROBERT SPACZYNSKI (Vice President of the Polish Society of Gynaecologists and Obstetricians), FIONA FOX (Chair of Trustees at PET [Progress Educational Trust] and Chief Executive of the Science Media Centre), and SARAH NORCROSS (Director of PET).

The conference is supported by the Anne McLaren Memorial Trust Fund, the Edwards and Steptoe Research Trust Fund and ESHRE (silver sponsors), and by Ferring Pharmaceuticals, the European Sperm Bank, JMW Solicitors, the London Women’s Clinic and Vitrolife (bronze sponsors).

Further details of the conference, including the agenda and how to book your place, can be found at http://www.progress.org.uk/conference2018 – if you have any queries, please email sstarr [at] progress.org.uk


Job: Chair of Medical Jurisprudence at Edinburgh University

12 October 2018

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

Applications are invited from world-leading scholars in the field of medical law and ethics for the Chair of Medical Jurisprudence, which becomes vacant on 1 September 2019.

The first UK chair in medical jurisprudence was established at Edinburgh University in 1807, initially in the Faculty of Law and then the Faculty of Medicine, returning to the School of Law in 2005. Its (re)establishment in Edinburgh Law School marked a commitment to research and teaching excellence in this field, and signalled the objective to secure Edinburgh’s position as one of the leading centres for medical law and ethics in the United Kingdom and beyond.

The University seeks to appoint a scholar working in any area of medical law and from any jurisdiction. As well as providing research leadership in and beyond the Medical Law and Ethics Subject Area, she or he will contribute to postgraduate LLM teaching on both on-campus and online programmes, undergraduate courses, and the supervision of research students.

The successful candidate will be expected to take up the appointment from September 2019.

Closing date: Friday 1st February 2019, 5pm (GMT).

Salary: within the Professorial scale.

Informal enquiries may be made to the Head of School, Professor Martin Hogg (HoS.Law [at] ed.ac.uk)