About this event

  • Date and time Fri 15 Jan 2021 from 5:00pm to 7:30pm
  • Location Online
  • Organised by Obstetrics and Gynaecology

This is fascinating programme on the addressing the recent developments in the field of infertility. There will be short lectures by experts in their fields. With time for questions and interactive discussion.

The key learning objectives will be as follows: 

  • To better understand current fertility investigation and treatment.
  • Assess the impact of embryo selection and the role of the endometrium in fertility treatment.
  • There will also be discussion on the role social inequalities fertility treatment and what to do when fertility treatment

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Key speakers

Ms Emma Whitney

Genetics Lead Embryologist. Lister Fertility Clinic

Speaker's biography

Emma Whitney believes in delivering bespoke
patient tailored pre-implantation genetic testing
strategies. She achieves this by giving patients
the information they need to help them make
the decisions that correlate to their specific
infertility causes. Emma believes strongly in
utilising preimplantation genetic testing
appropriately to achieve a quicker route to a
viable pregnancy, and to protect the mental
wellbeing of the persons undertaking IVF
Emma Is currently the Genetic Lead
Embryologist at the Lister Fertility clinic, London.
As interest in genetic testing has grown over the
years and as the technology to achieve such
testing has become exponentially more reliable
and accessible for many, Emma’s embryology
role adapted to where it is now. Emma has
evolved her career from a very Senior
embryology position to a very focused genetics
lead so that this bespoke vision can be achieved.
Emma has completed many higher level genetic
courses and is involved in many ongoing genetic
testing research projects and discussions. Emma
has recently passed Part 1 of the RCPath
examinations, with a view to completing Part 2
in the next 2 years and applying for HSST
Emma Joined the Lister fertility clinic in 2008
after completing the ACE certificate and training
at St Bartholomew’s hospital, where she joined
in 2002 straight after completion of an MSC in Human Reproductive Biology with Imperial
College London.

Dr Rachel Imrie

Senior Registrar, King’s College Hospital

Speaker's biography

Rachel is currently a senior registrar at King’s College Hospital in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Rachel has spent the last 3 years as a research fellow at King’s Fertility and is currently undertaking a MD at KCL in socioeconomics in assisted reproductive technology. In addition, she has an MA in physiological sciences specialising in genetics and embryology development.

Dr Jara Ben Nagi

Consultant Gynaecologist and subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine , The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, London, UK

Speaker's biography

Ms Ben Nagi is a consultant gynaecologist and accredited specialist in reproductive medicine and surgery. After graduating from Guy’s, King’s and St. Thomas’s medical school, she trained in obstetrics and gynaecology, where she worked in several London teaching hospitals including King’s College, Guy’s & St. Thomas’s and Chelsea and Westminster Hospital. Ms Ben Nagi also undertook a two-years research fellowship, which investigated various factors that affect the intrauterine environment. This resulted in her being awarded a research degree (MD) from University of London in 2009. She has widely published in high impact peer reviewed journals including Human Reproduction, Lancet oncology and Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Ms Ben Nagi is the head of the preimplantation genetic programme and surrogacy clinical lead at the CRGH. She also has an interest in women embarking on social egg freezing. Her debate article on social egg freezing has resulted  in various media interests including the BBC, Sky News and national newspapers. She also has a vast experience in couples with infertility, ovulatory dysfunction, recurrent implantation failure and miscarriage, poor ovarian reserve and male factor infertility.

Ms Ben Nagi is an Honorary Clinical Senior Lecturer at Imperial College London


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Welcome and introduction

Miss Sangeeta Agnihotri, President of the Obstetrics and Gynaecology Section, Royal Society of Medicine

Social inequalities in infertility treatment

Dr Rachel Imrie, Specialist RegistrarKing's College Hospital

Male factor in infertility, the limitations of semen analysis and the role of other investigations

Mr Jonathan Ramsay, Consultant Urologist, Charing Cross and Chelsea and Westminster Hospitals

The role of the endometrium and the womb environment including vaginal microbiomes

Dr Andrea Bernabeu, Gynecologist and Co-Medical Director, Instituto Bernabeu

Social egg freezing

Dr Jara Ben Nagi, Gynaecologist, The Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health London

Comfort break
Genetic screening of the embryo, where are we now

Ms Emma Whitney, Genetics Lead Embryologist, Lister Fertility Clinic

Complementary therapy – is there any evidence?

Ian Prytherch, Acupuncturist

When In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) fails, what do we do know and where do we go

John Zhang, Medical Director, New Hope Fertility Center, New York, United States 

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