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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, with more seminars to be announced! Keep checking back to find out who's speaking. Tickets are on sale now. 

Please note seminar timetable subject to change.

Saturday

10.30-11.15
Saturday
Fertility Treatment in older women

Fertility Treatment in older women

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.

11.30 -12.15
Saturday
Natural Cycle and Mild IVF - fertility treatment without the drugs?

Natural Cycle and Mild IVF - fertility treatment without the drugs?

Natural Cycle IVF and Mild IVF are two forms of IVF which require no, or very little, use of the ovary stimulating drugs normally associated with this form of treatment and which can add to the stress and risks of treatment. Professor Geeta Nargund, Medical Director of CREATE Fertility, explains how it works and whether it’s right for you.

11.30-12.15
Saturday
Decision-making, openness and family building

Decision-making, openness and family building

If you use donated sperm, eggs or embryos to start your family then the issues of what, when and how to tell the child about their genetic origin becomes crucial. Lucia, who is Membership Coordinator of Donor Conception Network and Gill Pearson discuss the importance of being open with children.

Lucia Grounds, Membership Coordinator of Donor Conception Network
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.

 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15.45-16.30
Saturday
Underlying Health and Fertility: How Can Diet & Lifestyle Help?

Underlying Health and Fertility: How Can Diet & Lifestyle Help?

Often, with fertility problems, underlying biological factors contribute to difficulties conceiving, aside from known medical problems.  This talk offers evidence-based information on health and lifestyle factors that can affect male and female fertility.  It includes general information on preparing for a healthy pregnancy and the importance of preconception care for the lifetime health of your child.

16.30-17.15
Saturday
A Journey through Surrogacy - an Intended Parent’s Perspective

A Journey through Surrogacy - an Intended Parent’s Perspective

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Sara Gamzo-Letova, IP Support Worker and a Membership Advisor for Surrogacy UK.
16.45-17.30
Saturday
Planning treatment abroad

Planning treatment abroad

More Brits are travelling abroad for treatment, driven by availability of donors, cost, waiting times and treatment options. Dr. Necati Findikli from Bahceci IVF presents a seminar on how to plan for treatment in Cyprus.

Dr. Necati Findikli, Scientific Director Bahceci Fertility