Reproduction: Genetics or Family
Dr. Alison Murdoch is Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Newcastle University and qualified as a gynaecologist and fertility clinician. She founded Newcastle Fertility Centre @ Life within Newcastle Hospitals NHS Trust. The team has a long standing successful history of embryo based research. Dr. Murdoch’s main role has related to the social and ethical implications of the work and management of the regulatory aspect of getting research approval. She is one of the first people in the world to have been granted approval to clone human embryos for the purpose of research. More recently, Dr. Murdoch is a part of the team of researchers who have been at the forefront of developing IVF technology to prevent transmission of mitochondrial disease. In 2017, Dr. Murdoch was on the panel of world scholars and scientists at the Nobel Conference (Reproductive Technology: How Far Do We Go?) at Gustavus Adolphus College.
This talk will cover the historical aspects of the development of IVF over 40 years that have resulted in the birth of over 7 million children worldwide. Whilst providing the happiness of a family life for many, it has also focused attention on our genetic origin, maybe at the expense of parenting. New diagnostic tests related to conception result in patient choices that have changed reproductive options.