About this event

  • Date and time Tue 25 Feb 2020 from 8:45am to 4:40pm
  • Location Royal Society of Medicine
  • Organised by Food and Health, Medical Genetics

The government is currently reviewing the results of a recent consultation on plans to fortify flour and bread in the UK with folic acid. This meeting aims to review the field of human fertility issues in light of this proposal.

Folic acid fortification of flour and bread will significantly reduce neural tube defects in foetuses by raising folate levels in women who could become pregnant but this may have additional health implications, both positive and negative. We will look at how we should accommodate this change in policy, the issues raised by folic acid fortification, how these issues impact various medical disciplines and discuss whether other vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin B12 or essential fatty acids, should be under consideration for food fortification.

We’ll also be exploring genetic factors, a new aspect of preconception medicine. We’ll discuss how genetic variants determine differences in how individuals metabolise folic acid, especially those referred for assisted conception, and how they can be successfully managed.

Meeting topics:

  • Learn how to improve and update clinical preconception care
  • Consider the long-term implications of folic acid fortification and how the process should be monitored
  • Consider the potential effects of folic acid fortification on the general population, especially older subjects at risk of dementia
  • The importance of genetic variants, such as the role of the T variants of the MTHFR gene in infertility, and know when it would be appropriate to test for this and similar genetic variants

These issues are relevant to public health doctors, general practitioners, gynaecologists and fertility clinic practitioners.

This meeting is jointly organised by the Food and Health Forum and Medical Genetics Section of the RSM.

 

 

Tickets

Early bird pricing available until 24 November 2019.

Member

RSM Fellow RSM Associate RSM Retired Fellow RSM Trainee RSM Student
£95.00 £55.00 £55.00 £55.00 £30.00

Non - Member

Consultant / GP AHP / Nurse / Midwife Trainee Student
£150.00 £75.00 £75.00 £45.00

Key speakers

Professor Nicholas Wald

Professor of Environmental and Preventive Medicine, University College London and St Georges University of London

Professor Michael Crawford

Director, Institute of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, Imperial College, London

Professor Yves Menezo

London Fertility Associates, Harley Street, London and Laboratire Clement Paris

Dr Jaleel Miyan

Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, University of Manchester 

Agenda

View the programme

Registrations, tea and coffee

Session one: Evolution of preconception medicine

Chair: Dr John Nichols, Royal College of General Practitioners, Visiting Research Fellow, University of Surrey

A formula for happy children

Reverend Simon H House, Institution of Brain Chemistry and Human Nutrition, International Society for Prenatal and Perinatal Psychology and Medicine - Child Health International  

The case for mandatory folic acid fortification

Professor Nicholas Wald, Professor of Environmental and Preventive Medicine, University College London and St Georges University of London


Panel discussion
Tea and coffee break

Session two: Genetic factors in folate metabolism and infertility

Chair: Dr Sarah RaeConsultant Rheumatologist, Bedford Hospital, President, Medical Genetics Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Infertility in women with MTHFR SNPs treated with 5-MTHF

Professor Yves Menezo, London Fertility Associates, Harley Street, London and Laboratoire Clement, Paris

A paternal effect of MTHFR SNPs on gametes and embryos

Dr Arthur Clement, London Fertility Associates and Laboratoire Clement, Harley Street, London

Panel discussion
Lunch

Session three: Current trends in preconception research

Dr Tatiana Christides, Senior Lecturer, University of Greenwich

Cerebral folate and cerebrospinal fluid: missing links in neurodevelopmental and neuropsychiatric conditions

Dr Jaleel Miyan, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience, University of Manchester 

A preconception protocol for the future

Professor Michael Crawford, Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London

Panel discussion
Summary
Close of meeting

Location

Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London, W1G 0AE, United Kingdom

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