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Yorkshire branch

A series of talks surrounding "Beyond Test Tube Babies: Harnessing the Assisted Reproductive Technologies" followed by the RSB Yorkshire branch AGM

Event outline

Since the birth of Louise Brown following IVF in 1978, millions of babies have come into the world thanks to the assisted reproductive technologies. As these technologies have been developed, success rates have improved, and couples with more complex subfertility have become parents. Their use has also extended beyond human reproduction; gains have been made in utilising these tools for supporting conservation goals.

Speakers will explore the history of these technologies and give an insight into current research findings. Their talks will be followed by opportunity for audience questions and discussion.

The symposium will be followed by the Yorkshire branch AGM, which will start at 15:30. All are welcome to attend, but only RSB members will be able to vote. The AGM is a chance for members and non-members to come together to talk to the committee and hear about updates in their activities and finances, and to plan for the year ahead.

Speakers and talks

"Can we support wildlife genetic diversity using reproductive technology? What about species that are already extinct?" - Bill Holt, Visiting Professor, Academic Unit of Reproductive and Developmental Medicine University of Sheffield and Honorary Research Associate, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute Center for Species Survival National Zoological Park

"Male infertility: do we have a sperm crisis?” - Allan Pacey, Professor of Andrology, Department of Oncology and Metabolism, University of Sheffield
Stories about male infertility are often in the news and often focus on specific threats to the quantity or quality of sperm men produce. It is claimed that 25% of young men have poor sperm quality and it has been suggested that they are ejaculating less sperm than their fathers and grandfathers. This all points to the possibility of some kind of existential threat to human kind and many factors in our lifestyle and the environment have thought to be the cause. But where does the truth lie? In this lecture Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield will outline the current thinking about male fertility and whether or not men need to be worried about their sperm.

Cost and booking

This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page. Meeting joining details will be sent in advance of the event by


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