A look into the future of fertility treatment

Dr. Allan Pacey, Chairman of the British Fertility Society (BFS), was recently asked to give a report on the 2012 frontier of reproductive medicine. In addition to his position with the BFS, he also serves as an advisor to National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) committee that is developing updated guidelines for managing infertile couples.

The NICE committee began a 6-week consultation progress in early February, which will determine a set of recommendations for research and treatment related to infertility.

Here are some of the highlights Dr. Pacey says we can expect in the next year regarding reproductive medicine:

  • In 2011, the Public Bodies Bill received Royal Assent, which gives ministers the power to transfer Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) functions to other bodies.  A review of the HFEA will determine any areas that can be improved upon;
  • Promising fertility research is up-and-coming with enormous interest in generating human sperm cells in culture;
  • The World Health Organisation Special Programme of Research, Development and Research Training in Human Reproduction is celebrating its 40th anniversary.  This group aims to improve reproductive health throughout the world;
  • In 2012, we will celebrate the 60th anniversary of the first successful report of cryopreserving sperm for downstream conception.

These exciting events will give us an idea of what the future of reproductive medicine holds for Great Britain and the worldwide fertility community.