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Sun 24 Aug 2014, 3:30pm–5:30pm

Where: Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Plenary, 1 Convention Centre Place, South Wharf, Victoria

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Admission: Free

Listed by: maddie15

From improving fertility options for women over 40 to assisting cancer patients with conception – the list of issues surrounding fertility are affecting increasing numbers of the Australian population.

The new opportunities raised by stem cell research and reproductive biology in the treatment of infertility will be the main focus of discussion as some of Australia’s leading scientists come together at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Sunday 24 August.

Hosted by the Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB), the ‘Making babies in the 21st Century – Fertility Preservation and Stem Cells ’ public forum will see internationally-renowned speakers examine what the science can offer now, and what the future holds.

The interactive forum moderated by Dr Rachel Nowak, internationally acclaimed science writer and knowledge broker, will see the public, healthcare professionals and community leaders come together to hear from scientists on the coalface of reproductive biology research.

This year’s event will see one of the leading brains in stem cell research, Professor Alan Trounson of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) address attendees at the forum.

Professor Trounson made headlines in 1980 as the scientist leading the team responsible for the first Australian IVF birth and is also well-known for introducing two world-first procedures – the use of a fertility drug to induce multiple eggs and the successful freezing of embryos for future use.

Completing the international line-up is Professor Gerald Schatten, a prominent American stem cell researcher and Professor from the University of Pittsburgh who will share his knowledge on the origins of developmental diseases, the causes and prevention of adverse pregnancy outcomes, and the potential of stem cells for treating human disease.

Other speakers at the forum include Gab Kovacs, International Medical Director at Monash IVF; Australian biomedical scientist, Moira O’Bryan of Monash University’s Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology; and Warwick Anderson, Chief Executive Officer of the National Health and Medical Research Council.