Over the last few months I have twice travelled to London to take part in very interesting events on different aspects of IVF.
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority annual conference looked at trends in IVF with Chair, Sally Cheshire CBE giving people the latest information. The HFEA carries out a vital role as the UK’s regulator of fertility treatment using human embryos.
It was good to meet and also hear from Jackie Doyle Price MP, Under Secretary of State for Mental Health and Inequalities, who had just taken over responsibility for the area. I had to do a little speech along with John Webster, who assisted at my birth – it was lovely to spend time with John again.
A few weeks later I was back in London this time at Ismaar 2018 – the ninth world congress on Mild Approaches In Assisted Reproduction. It was wonderful to make a speech in the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in front of some of the most eminent IVF doctors and embryologists from all over the world.
It was good to meet and hear TV presenter June Sarpong MBE also give her perspective on IVF and how it is changing the world.
The fun part of the trip was going to the House of Commons for the first time for a dinner as a guest of Ismaar President Geeta Nargund where I met some interesting people who work in the IVF field.