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ACE Conference to Celebrate 30 Years of IVF

Manchester is set to host a special conference next week to bring together health experts to celebrate 30 years since the first IVF child Louise Brown was born in Oldham. The two-day conference will take place on Thursday 3rd and Friday 4th January and will be opened by Robert Edwards, who together with Patrick Steptoe, created the world’s first test-tube baby. Organised by ACE (Association of Clinical Embryologists), attendees will have the opportunity to talk to colleagues and discuss issues such as the history of IVF, the patient perspective of IVF and the future of embryology. Dr Daniel Brison, Scientific Director in the Department of Reproductive Medicine at Saint Mary's Hospital and organiser of the conference says: “2008 is an extremely significant year as it marks the 30th anniversary of the birth of the world’s first test-tube baby. It was the culmination of years of dedicated work by scientists, embryologists and clinicians to develop methods to assist couples suffering from infertility. The pioneering work of Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards and their team led to a whole new branch of medical science – assisted reproduction, which now produces tens of thousands of IVF births around the world each year.”