Centre for Reproductive Health

Filmed footage of 40 years of IVF event, featuring CRH’s Professor Colin Duncan

MRC CRH’s Professor Colin Duncan appeared on the panel for this Progress Educational Trust event, which took place earlier this year.

The video content from this ’40 years of IVF’ event has now been streamed, offering an excellent resource including Colin’s invaluable insight and expertise. It can be viewed below.


This event, which was supported by the Scottish Government, also featured the world's second ever IVF baby (and first IVF boy) Alastair MacDonald speaking alongside his mother, Grace MacDonald.

Grace was one of at least 282 women to undergo the (then experimental) IVF procedure at Oldham between 1969 and 1978, of whom only five became clinically pregnant. Of those five, just two - Lesley Brown (who gave birth to the world's first IVF baby Louise) and Grace (who gave birth to Alastair) - went on to have a live birth.

Forty years on, this public event saw Alastair and Grace look back on the circumstances of Alastair's conception, birth and childhood. They were joined by experts (such as Professor Duncan) and practitioners and regulators who discussed not only the early days of IVF, but also how the world of fertility has evolved since and what its future holds.