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Progress Educational Trust events 8 and 22 May 2014

15 April 2014

Progress Educational Trust will be holding the following events at UCL:

Thursday 8 May, 6:30pm 'RISK ASSESSMENT: BREAST CANCER, PREDICTION AND SCREENING' 

Further details: http://www.progress.org.uk/riskassessment

This event will address different ways of understanding breast cancer risk and the implications for public health policy - including the UK's NHS Breast Screening Programme, and the recent Government-commissioned review of its benefits and harms. The event will also address embryo screening, and the possibility of avoiding the transmission of breast cancer predisposition (via preimplantation genetic diagnosis). The event is supported by the Wellcome Trust.

The speaker panel will include:

- STEPHEN DUFFY (Professor of Cancer Screening at Queen Mary University of London's Centre for Cancer Prevention)

- DR ANN ROBINSON (GP and health commentator for the Guardian and BBC Radio 4)

- PAUL SERHAL (Founder and Medical Director of the Centre for Reproductive and Genetic Health, and the first UK clinician licensed to perform preimplantation genetic diagnosis for BRCA1 mutations)

- WENDY WATSON (Founder and Director of the National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, and author of I'm Still Standing: My Fight Against Hereditary Breast Cancer)

Thursday 22 May, 6:30pm 'DO GENES MATTER? FAMILIES AND DONOR CONCEPTION'

Further details: http://www.progress.org.uk/genesmatter 

This event is being organised in partnership with the University of Manchester's Morgan Centre, and will address what it means to have a child through donor conception, what donor conception is like for the 'non-genetic' parent(s), and the role of the internet in finding donors or connecting with half-siblings. The event will take stock of improvements in our understanding of genetics since 1991, during which time more than 35,000 children have been born in the UK as a result of donor conception, and will ask what genetics means not just for our physical health but also for our understanding of family.

The speaker panel will include:

- NATALIE GAMBLE (Solicitor and Founder of Natalie Gamble Associates and Brilliant Beginnings)

- ANNEKE LUCASSEN (Professor of Clinical Genetics and Coordinator of Clinical Ethics and Law teaching at the University of Southampton)

- WALTER MERRICKS (Chair of Trustees at the Donor Conception Network, and former Member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority)

- CAROL SMART (Professor of Sociology and Codirector of the University of Manchester's Morgan Centre, and coauthor of the book Relative Strangers: Family Life, Genes and Donor Conception)

- ERIKA TRANFIELD (Director and Cofounder of Pride Angel)

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