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News: The future of fertility law: what must change and when?

21 January 2019 by Dr Kirsty Horsey

The final session at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' continued the theme of looking to future reform of fertility law, as had the keynote address given by Sir James Munby. Chaired by Fiona Fox, on her last outing as the Chair of Trustees of PET, the session ranged from personal experience, through issues arising in legal cases and socio-legal research, right to the idea of 'ripping up the rulebook' and starting again.

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News: Repeat miscarriages could be due to faulty sperm

15 January 2019 by Jennifer Willows

Both partners should be offered tests when a couple experiences repeated pregnancy loss, according to new research.

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News: IVF & Embryology Training

11 January 2019 by Chennai Fertility Center and Research Institute

February training batch schedule - 4th - 18th February 2019

The International School of Embryology was established to offer training for clinicians in advanced reproductive technologies. Our skill and precision to all aspirants help them to know in-depth knowledge and experience. The members of our teaching faculty aim to bring doctors and embryologists to the highest level of knowledge about reproductive techniques and practical capability in the field.

Our courses cover basics in andrology, embryology, ICSI and cryosciences (Hands-on).

Limited Seats. For admission Contact 044 45588822 / 9003111598

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Announcement: Endometrial preparation for frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET)

09 January 2019 by Matt Noble

I am a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology and am completing a doctorate in reproductive medicine with the title endometrial preparation for frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET). The survey is a UK-wide survey of practice. I am hopeful for one response per clinic. The results are entirely confidential and will form the first chapter of my doctorate thesis.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/FZGTTMG

I am very grateful for your help.

Best wishes,
Matt Noble

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News: Father's appeal denied over forged IVF consent

07 January 2019 by Jennifer Willows

A man whose ex-partner forged his signature on consent papers to become pregnant using their frozen embryos after they had separated has lost his appeal for damages. 

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News: Irish government to set aside funds for IVF treatment

07 January 2019 by Ruth Retassie

The Irish government has said that it will dedicate funding to couples needing IVF and assisted reproduction treatments. 

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Article: Comprehensive assessment of cryogenic storage risk and quality management concerns: best practice guidelines for ART labs

19 December 2018 by Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

M. C. Schiewe & M. Freeman & J. B. Whitney & M. D. VerMilyea & A. Jones & M. Aguirre & C. Leisinger &G. Adaniya & N. Synder & R. Chilton & E. J. Behnke

Abstract
Recent publicized events of cryogenic storage tank failures have created nationwide concern among infertility patients and patients storing embryos and gametes for future use. To assure patient confidence, quality management (QM) plans applied by in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratories need to include a more comprehensive focus on the cryostorage of reproductive specimens. The purpose of this review is to provide best practice guidelines for the cryogenic storage of sperm, oocytes, embryos, and other reproductive tissues (e.g., testicular and ovarian tissue, cord blood cells, and stem cells) and recommend a strategy of thorough and appropriate quality and risk management procedures aimed to alleviate or minimize the consequences from catastrophic events.

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News: Two-thirds of fertility patients feel ripped off by IVF clinics

17 December 2018 by Ewa Zotow

Sixty-two percent of private IVF patients paid 'more than they expected' for treatment, according to the first national patient survey by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA).

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News: UK legal system may impact decision to go abroad for surrogacy

17 December 2018 by Georgia Everett

A new study into the experience of British families undertaking surrogacy arrangements has shed light on the reasons some seek a surrogate in the UK while others choose to go abroad.

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Article: Cautious optimism at the first live birth after womb transplant from deceased donor

17 December 2018 by Dr Natasha Hammond-Browning

The news broke on the 4 December 2018 that clinicians had achieved a successful pregnancy and live birth following a uterus transplant from a deceased donor. This has been heralded worldwide as groundbreaking for uterus transplantation, and gives credence to clinical trials persisting with deceased donation, despite previous attempts failing. The feasibility of the use of deceased donors for uterus transplants was looking uncertain, and so the demonstration of the proof of concept is welcomed.

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