Guest lecture by Honorary Fellow Dr Simon Fishel

12 March 2012

A guest lecture by Honorary Fellow Dr Simon Fishel entitled 'The Science, Business and Ethics of IVF'.

Date: Thursday 29 March 2012
Time: 5.00pm
Venue: Lower James Parsons Lecture Theatre, Byrom Street campus
The lecture will last around 45 minutes, and will be followed by a Q&A session. 

Open to all LJMU staff,  sports science and midwifery students.

This is a chance to hear one of the world's foremost specialists in the field of fertility treatment, who is recognised internationally for his pioneering work in embryology and IVF.

Dr Fishel began his research at Cambridge, working with physiologist Professor Robert Edwards in the years leading up to the birth of Louise Brown in 1978, the world's first test-tube baby. Since then he has dedicated his working life to research and the treatment of infertility.

He has published over 200 papers and edited 3 books on the development of IVF and micromanipulation technology. He is a recipient of many international awards for his work, which has included several scientific firsts, such as:

  • Showing that embryos are capable of responding to their environment and communicating with the uterus and external factors.
  • Showing that the human embryo in vitro synthesises and secretes the pregnancy hormone HCG.
  • Demonstrating conclusively the need to permanently immobilise the sperm tail for efficient and successful intra-cytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) in humans.
  • Pioneering human sperm microinjection.

He is Managing Director of CARE Fertility, which he set up in 1997 to make IVF treatment more widely available and maximise opportunities for a successful outcome for those seeking treatment.

The lecture is being hosted by the School of Sport and Exercise Sciences. Dr Fishel is interested in the chronobiology research being undertaken by the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise Sciences, in relation to female reproductive hormone alterations (pill use, amenorrhea, menstrual cycle phase) and the collaborative study with Liverpool Women's Hospital assessing the role of exercise training in patients with polycystic ovary syndrome.

The Tom Reilly Memorial Fund will benefit from this event, thanks to the generous support of Ferring Pharmaceuticals and Dr Fishel.

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