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Motherhood in the 21st Century

Sammy Lee


20 August 2009

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For registration or further details, please contact:

Ms Jane Dempster
Executive Officer
UCL Research Department of Genetics, Evolution and Environment
Wolfson House
4 Stephenson Way
London, NW1 2HE

Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5083
Fax:+44 (0)20 7679 5052

The opening address will be given by Lord Robert Winston. Professor Winston has an international reputation for his researches into human reproduction and has pioneered advances widely used in fertility and IVF treatment. The conference will include six plenary talks, a range of speakers and a debate panel. It is chaired by Prof Samuel Lee, an international expert in IVF treatment and Prof John Carroll, Professor of Reproductive Physiology and Associate Dean of UCL Division of Biosciences.


Lord Robert Winston
Professor of Science and Society and Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College. Carried out research which led to the development of gynaecological microsurgery in the 1970s and various improvements in reproductive medicine.

Professor John Carroll
Professor of Reproductive Physiology and Associate Dean, UCL Division of Biosciences. Carries out research into cell signalling in mammalian oocytes and embryos.

Professor Peter Brinsden
Medical Director of Bourn Hall Clinic. Is known for the treatment of infertility in couples and is currently President of the BFS. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 publications on infertility and assisted conception.

Professor Dr Shere Hite
Cultural historian, internationally recognised for her work on psycho-sexual behaviour and gender relations. She is the author of a legendary series of reports known as The Hite Reports.

Professor Naomi Pfeffer
A medical historian / sociologist whose work has covered a wide spectrum of reproduction related issues, from infertility to the commodification of the human body.

Professor N Pandiyan
Chief Consultant, Reproductive Medicine, Chettinad Hospital and Research Institute. He is recognised internationally as a fertility expert and specialises in andrology. He was an editor of RBM Online.

Dr Anna Smajdor
Lecturer in Ethics with a long-standing interest in the ethical aspects of science, medicine and technology. Carried out research on the ethical and regulatory implications of using artificial gametes in reproduction.

Professor Ruth Mace
Professor of Evolutionary Anthropology and Convenor of the Human Evolutionary Ecology Group. She is interested in adaptive explanations for the demographic transition to low fertility

Professor Claudio Stern
J Z Young Professor and Head of the UCL Research Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. His work has provided crucial understanding of the basic process in early vertebrate pattern formation.


Honorary Chair and Convenor: Professor Sammy Lee
Chief Scientist of the Wellington Hospital IVF programme where egg donation was pioneered in the UK. Inspired to organise this conference by the team who produced the Cutting Edge Oldest Mums documentary shown on Channel 4. He is also a visiting Professor of Biomedical Science in the ABC Medical School in Sao Paolo, Brasil.


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