Symposium to Mark the 40th Anniversary of IVF

6th April 2018Michelle Maginn

Symposium to Mark the 40th Anniversary of IVF



On behalf of the local organizing committee, it is my great pleasure to invite you to a symposium on Wednesday 25 July 2018 in Manchester entitled Edwards, Steptoe…  and Dr Kershaw: an SRF symposium to mark the 40thanniversary of IVF.The Symposium is supported by the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF), and is being held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown.  The Greater Manchester area has a long tradition in reproductive medicine, stretching back to Walter Heape in the 19th century and Bob Edwards who grew up and went to school in central Manchester.  Patrick Steptoe famously practiced in Oldham, and the pioneering IVF work leading to Louise Brown was carried out by Edwards, Jean Purdy and Steptoe at Dr Kershaw’s Cottage Hospital in Royton, the world’s first successful IVF clinic.

The main scientific programme will follow a general theme of ‘what have we learned from 40 years of human ART, and what will the next 40 years bring?’ and will encompass basic and clinical aspects of reproductive science and medicine including regulation, ethics, and future treatments beyond ART.  We have gathered together eminent speakers in these disciplines from across the world to create an exciting programme.

The evening of  Tuesday 24 July will feature a public lecture by Professor Roger Gosden, Bob Edwards’ official biographer, entitled ‘LET THERE BE LIFE:  An intimate portrait of the birth of IVF in Manchester’. Further information about this lecture will be available in due course.

The symposium venue is within sight of Bob Edwards’ old school and there may also be an opportunity to visit the Kershaw’s site, which now operates as a hospice.

We do hope you will join us in Manchester, please put the date in your diary.

Professor John Aplin, Professor Daniel Brison and Dr Raj Mathur

Local Organising Committee

A copy of the programme will be available to download shortly.

Provisionally the programme will run from 9.00 – 17.30 on Wednesday 25th July 2018

Registration fee of £25.00 (including VAT) – Registration will open soon