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Manchester Seminars

Manchester Seminars

The seminar programme offers unparalleled access to the best minds in fertility. There’s nothing like it.

Please see below our Manchester 2019 seminar programme.

Saturday

10.30-11.15
Saturday
IVF in patients beyond their 40’s

IVF in patients beyond their 40’s

IVF is the main tool that we have when age starts becoming a problem, since it’s the only way to know the real quality of the patient’s oocytes. In this seminar Dr Colodron will  explain in detail what can be expected from IVF for patients 40 years and above, and what are the stimulation protocols and laboratory procedures that could help to improve live birth rates.

Dr Marta Colodron presents this seminar. She is a Doctor based at Barcelona IVF.

Marta Colodron, Barcelona IVF
10.30-11.15
Saturday
How to choose a fertility clinic in the UK and Overseas

How to choose a fertility clinic in the UK and Overseas

Getting the right fit is just as essential as comparing success rates when deciding on a fertility clinic. In this talk the HFEA guides you through the issues from a clinic’s location, culture, specialisations and waiting times to analysing costs and using the mass of data available on the HFEA website, data that clinics are legally obliged to provide on the outcomes of their fertility treatments, in order to compare success rates. The talk also covers what to consider if you are thinking of having treatment abroad.

12.30-13.15
Saturday
What men need to know about fertility - testing it, boosting it, treating it

What men need to know about fertility - testing it, boosting it, treating it

It is often women who carry the shame and worry of infertility and yet men are a significant cause of problems in nearly half of all cases. A low sperm count or poor quality sperm, obstructions or mechanical difficulties can all be problems for those struggling to conceive. In this talk Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology at the University of Sheffield and former Chairman of the British Fertility Society, outlines the potential problems, how to test for them and how male fertility might be boosted or treated.

 

Prof. Allan Pacey, University of Sheffield
12.45-13.30
Saturday
Single woman in your 30s or 40s? Thinking about having a baby on your own?

Single woman in your 30s or 40s? Thinking about having a baby on your own?

Caroline looks at your choices, how they relate to you, what you need to consider and outlines some of her own experiences. Caroline is a fertility counsellor, ex-nurse, cognitive behavioural psychotherapist and single mum to a donor conceived child. She is also a former trustee of the Donor Conception Network.  Caroline will guide you through the decision making process and outline some of the support available.

Caroline Spencer, fertility coach, ex-nurse, cognitive behavioural hypnotherapist and single mum to a donor conceived child
13.45-14.30
Saturday
Improving the odds of IVF working for you

Improving the odds of IVF working for you

It was only in 1978 that the world’s first IVF baby was born in the UK. However more than 30 years later, less than 1 in 3 cycles of IVF are actually successful. Raj Mathur, Consultant Gynaecologist and Clinical Lead for Reproductive Medicine at St Mary’s Hospital in Manchester, explains what is understood to influence the success or failure of an IVF cycle including some of those factors within a patient’s control.

Dr. Raj Mathur, Manchester Fertility
13.45-14.30
Saturday
Is egg donation a cure for recurrent implantation failure?

Is egg donation a cure for recurrent implantation failure?

Repeated failed cycles can be physically and emotionally exhausting. Offering a comprehensive 
approach is key before changing the treatment strategy. Before going directly to the Egg 
Donation Route, Fertility Specialists must first identify the causes of recurrent implantation 
failure. The most common reasons why implantation failure occurs are: first, age-related 
aneuploidy rate. Secondly, issues with endometrial lining and window of implantation. Finally, 
immunological factors that play a role in controlling the maternal immune response towards 
the transferred embryos. During this seminar, Dr Szlarb will cover each one of the causes and 
will offer information on the different solutions available to overcome recurrent implantation 
failure and improve treatment outcome. 

Dr. Natalia Szlarb, Medical Director of IVF Spain
14.30-15.15
Saturday
Next Generation IVF - Today!

Next Generation IVF - Today!

There are a range of emerging technologies in the IVF field which claim to improve your chances of conceiving but can also increase the cost of treatment. Professor Simon Fishel, one of the original team who pioneered IVF 35 years ago and Founder and President of CARE Fertility, explains how the clinics in his group are using genetics, cryopreservation and time lapse technologies to improve embryo selection and the time at which the embryo is transferred, thereby boosting successful outcomes.

Prof. Simon Fishel, Director of CARE Fertility
14.45 - 15.30
Saturday
Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

Dealing with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS)

PCOS is a common cause of infertility in women and is particularly common in women who experience ovulation problems. Adam, who is Professor of Reproductive Medicine and is also the current Chairman of the British Fertility Society talks about what is known about PCOS and the runs through the most effective ways of investigating and treating it.

Prof. Adam Balen, Leeds Fertility
15.30-16.15
Saturday
IVF add ons- what really works

IVF add ons- what really works

With Anthony Rutherford's HFEA hat on, the Authority are looking carefully at the additional expenses patients pay for their treatment, and are keen to have a more sensible approach, with clinics having the confidence to include the "add-ons" that work in a total price.

Anthony Rutherford, Leeds Fertility
16.30-17.15
Saturday
A Journey through Surrogacy - an Intended Parent’s Perspective

A Journey through Surrogacy - an Intended Parent’s Perspective

Sara will take you on a journey through surrogacy from an Intended Parents’ perspective. She will help dispel the myths around surrogacy and talk about her own personal experience, including the highs and lows.

Sara Gamzo-Letova, IP Support Worker and a Membership Advisor for Surrogacy UK.
16.45-17.30
Saturday
IVF Legislation in Portugal - Get to know Europe’s most patient-friendly IVF destination

IVF Legislation in Portugal - Get to know Europe’s most patient-friendly IVF destination

When you decide to do IVF abroad, you have a lot of options and several great clinics offering state-of-the-art technologies. In fact, nowadays IVF has achieved a level of excellence in many parts of the world, thus making the choice really difficult. Thus, it all comes down to what clinics can really offer you. In Portugal we have a very patient-friendly legislation, with non anonymous egg and sperm donors and the best protection and legal security for single women and female couples, specially those undergoing the ROPA/shared motherhood/reciprocal IVF treatments - for these patients, we’re one of the few countries where both elements of the couple have exactly the same rights over the embryos, who really belong to a common family project.

Sara Figueiredo, Nurse Co-Ordinator, Ferticentro Portugal

Sunday

10.00-10.30
Sunday
The Experience of a patient travelling abroad. From the contact to the baby

The Experience of a patient travelling abroad. From the contact to the baby

When a patient or a couple is having fertility treatment abroad, several questions and concerns come up. It is extremely necessary to avoid any stress during this experience and the process is not just about the fertility treatment but also about whole map from beginning to end, and we will  help the patients to have a pleasant and more successful experience .

Salome Lopez, URVista Hermosa
10.45-11.30
Sunday
Legal considerations when building families through surrogacy, donation and co-parenting

Legal considerations when building families through surrogacy, donation and co-parenting

There can be various issues that arise when a family is extended through surrogacy, donation or co-parenting.  This can include who is a legal parent, who has rights and obligations towards a child, and what role each of the adults involved will play in the child’s upbringing, together with how matters are resolved in the event of a dispute.  The seminar will outline the key issues that prospective parents need to consider when considering any of these options, together with how legal parenthood is assigned, the status of donation, surrogacy and co-parenting agreements, and what the legal process is, where orders are required.

Cara Nuttall, Family Law Partner, JMW Solicitors
11.45-12.30
Sunday
How to choose a clinic in the UK and Overseas

How to choose a clinic in the UK and Overseas

Getting the right fit is just as essential as comparing success rates when deciding on a fertility clinic. In this talk the HFEA guides you through the issues from a clinic’s location, culture, specialisations and waiting times to analysing costs and using the mass of data available on the HFEA website, data that clinics are legally obliged to provide on the outcomes of their fertility treatments, in order to compare success rates. The talk also covers what to consider if you are thinking of having treatment abroad.

Joanne Triggs, Head of Communications HFEA
12.30 - 13.15
Sunday
Recurrent Implantation Failure - investigation and diagnosis

Recurrent Implantation Failure - investigation and diagnosis

Successful implantation of a human embryo in a receptive endometrium (lining of the womb) requires a remarkable and intricate collaboration of factors. Whether the principal reason for implantation failure lies with the mother or the embryo is a longstanding and as yet unanswered question. This presentation provides an insight into the terms ‘implantation’, ‘implantation failure’ and ‘recurrent implantation failure’, discusses the possible reasons for implantation failure and the management strategies to improve reproductive outcome following a diagnosis of recurrent implantation failure. Mr Bhandari from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust talks though this important topic of Implantation Failure.

Mr. Harish Bhandari , Leeds Fertility
12.45 - 13.30
Sunday
Low Ovarian Reserve

Low Ovarian Reserve

As medical techniques improve, so can the boundaries of those who can be helped to conceive through reproductive medicine seem to widen. Seemingly, age and a host of medical conditions now offer no barriers to parenthood. Yet still, many thousands struggle to conceive even after years of stressful and extensive treatment. What are the boundaries of reproductive medicine today and can anyone be treated and any problem overturned? Dr David Polson from Care Fertility explains.

Dr. David Polson, CARE Fertility
13.30-14.15
Sunday
Focusing on the patient perspective

Focusing on the patient perspective

What matters most to people undergoing fertility treatment? One would think the answer is 
obvious, having their dreams come true conceiving a healthy baby. This statement is also 
shared by IVF specialists around the world and is the driving force behind the planned 
protocol and treatment. However, seen from the patient’s perspective, their need and right to 
be an integral part of their own treatment is the driving force behind the ultimate result of 
conceiving a healthy child. The patient’s main concerns tend to in fact be “WHY does it not 
happen and WHAT can we do to increase our chances of having a baby and can I trust the 
information given?”. A person-centred approach is a key factor for a successful result. 
Communication and engaging the patient perspective through a genuine partnership with the 
specialist will in most cases identify the fertility issues and help set the treatment plan. This is 
what the talk would be basing itself on – fertility treatment with person-centred care. Where 
the person becomes an active participant of his or her own medical treatment alongside their 
IVF specialists, seeing them as experts of their own life and working  together with professionals towards a mutual goal of conceiving that healthy baby.

Dr. Jon Hausken, Klinikk Hausken
13.45-14.30
Sunday
Should I freeze my eggs?

Should I freeze my eggs?

Fertility preservation means storing sperm, eggs or embryos for use at a later date. Traditionally this option has been open to people with urgent health problems (usually cancer) whose treatment may significantly harm or even destroy their fertility prospects. It can offer some hope of future parenting. Now some healthy single women are opting to store eggs to keep their options open: are they wise planners or giving themselves false hopes? 

Catherine Hayden explains what you need to know. She is a gynaecologist and fertility specialist who leads the Fertility Preservation service for Leeds Fertility.

Mrs Catherine Hayden, Leeds Fertility
14.45-15.30
Sunday
Male infertility – understanding the problem and boosting your chances of becoming a father

Male infertility – understanding the problem and boosting your chances of becoming a father

Men are often seen as ‘by-standers’ when couples discover they are struggling to start a family. In fact, nearly half of all cases have a male factor problem. Traditional testing typically focuses on the quality and quantity of sperm produced. Men with low sperm counts (or indeed no sperm) face difficult challenges in understanding the cause and depth of the problem whilst also identifying treatments that will boost their chances for a natural or assisted conception. Olly Kayes, an expert in male health and infertility will guide you though the potential problems and pitfalls that men and their partners face and highlight treatment options available currently.

Oliver Kayes, Leeds Fertility
15.30 - 16.15
Sunday
Infertility management and the rule of 3

Infertility management and the rule of 3

Mr Andrew Drakeley MD FRCOG is the Clinical Director, Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Consultant Gynaecologist at the Hewitt Fertility Centre in Liverpool and Knutsford. This is one of the largest fertility clinics in the UK and treats both NHS and private patients. He is also the Clinical Programme Lead for the MSc in Advanced Fertility Practice at Edge Hill University. Andrew aims to simplify the approach to managing the sub-fertile couple by explaining the common causes and then rationalising the approach to investigation and subsequent treatment options based on individual findings.

Andrew Drakeley, The Hewitt Liverpool
15.45-16.30
Sunday
A Practical Guide to Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

A Practical Guide to Pre-Implantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

Preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) is a technique used prior to implantation to help identify genetic defects within embryos that have been created with IVF. This serves to prevent specific genetic disorders from being passed on to the child. Here we will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of PGD, together with a practical guide of this treatment.

Dr Ellissa Baskind, Leeds Fertility