Fertility 2022 was the 15th Joint Fertility conference hosted by the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists, British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction and Fertility.
Unfortunately Fertility 2022 could not take place in Liverpool as planned due to the impact of the Omicron variant so an online conference was swiftly co-ordinated. It was aptly titled ‘Rising to Global Challenges’ and took place over four days (5, 6, 7 and 8 January).
As always, members of the CRH were delighted to attend and enjoyed cutting-edge science, updated clinical guidance and the inclusion of patient voices and opinions.
The online programme showcased a high-profile panel of national and international speakers, a wide range of concurrent sessions focusing on specialist areas in fertility and reproductive biology, interactive Q&A sessions, debates, and the chance to view the latest work and research taking place in the field in an online poster display and short paper sessions.
CRH involvement included:
High dose testosterone induces changes in stromal collagen and elastin content of ovaries of transgender men: Dr Emily Bailie (Anderson lab) *Winner of the Iwan Lewis-Jones prize*
A functional analysis of mutations in DAZL identified in infertile patients: Professor Nicola Gray (Gray lab), Professor, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Fertility in cancer survivors: A population-based analysis of family size and reproductive lifespan: Professor Richard Anderson (Anderson lab), MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Evidence of PI3K signalling activation and the potential for chemoprotection in human ovarian cortex exposed to cyclophosphamide: Dr Roseanne Rosario (Anderson lab), Post-Doctoral Research Scientist, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Selective Progesterone Receptor Modulator (SPRM) impacts upon uterine natural killer (uNK) cells and local immune mediators in the endometrium of women with fibroids and heavy menstrual bleeding (HMB) Dr Hui Wei (Amanda) Leow (Critchley lab), Academic Foundation Year Doctor, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Michael Rimmer’s (Mitchell lab) poster entitled Chemotherapy and Extracellular vesicle release in the testis.
Debate: This house believes that chemicals in the environment have contributed significantly to declining male reproductive health.
For: Jorma Toppari, Professor, University of Turku, Finland. Against: Honorary Professor Richard Sharpe, MRC Centre for Reproductive Health, University of Edinburgh, UK
Many congratulations to prize winner Dr Emily Bailie and well done to all who attended.
If you were unable to join the conference then you can register for the online library at the following address:
Fertility 2023 will be held in Belfast from 12-14 January. Save the date!