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Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

The LWC London Bridge
The LWC London Bridge

The LWC London Bridge's Consultant in Reproductive Medicine, Mr Michael Summers will give a presentation at a symposium entitled “Edwards, Steptoe… and Dr Kershaw: an SRF symposium to mark the 40th anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby." The symposium hosted by the Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF) will be held in Manchester.  

The programme will follow the theme of “what have we learned from 40 years of human artificial reproductive technology, and what will the next 40 years bring?” discussing clinical aspects of reproductive science and medicine including regulation, ethics and future treatments.

Mr Summers will be delivering a presentation on 40 years of culturing human embryos entitled “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants” and follows his extensive experience in the development of media used for the culture of human embryos.  The presentation will discuss what we have learned, where we have come from and where we are going. 

He said about the presentation, “we should be extraordinarily gratified about what we have achieved over the past forty years, but many challenges remain particularly optimising the role of the embryology laboratory and clinical protocols used for IVF treatment.” 

Mr Summers’ presentation is one of many events taking place across the country in celebration of Louise Brown’s 40th birthday.  For more information on the symposium and Mr Summers’ presentation please see SRF’s website.

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