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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.

Sunday

10.30-11.15
Sunday
Egg donation - How it can improve your chances of a successful pregnancy

Egg donation - How it can improve your chances of a successful pregnancy

If you are not producing eggs of your own, the quality of your eggs are unlikely to result in a pregnancy or if you have suffered repeated miscarriage or implantation failures - egg donation may be the solution for you.

Laura Fuente Bitaine, Clinica Tambre
10.30-11.15
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 they 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
11.30 -12.15
Sunday
50,000 consultations: What I’ve learnt in 30 years of helping people to have babies

50,000 consultations: What I’ve learnt in 30 years of helping people to have babies

Professor Charles Kingsland is a  World Renowned Practitioner in Fertility Therapy and is the Group Clinical Director at CARE Fertility. He has 30 years experience in treating patients particularly in the Northwest of England.  He has brought many innovations to the speciality in his own unique, enthusiastic and passionate style. He will be available to talk individually to patients at the show.

Charles Kingsland, Clinical Director, CARE Fertility
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

Recurrent Implantation Failure

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

15.30-16.15
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
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.