10th Oct 2015: Daddy's Daughters and Sons; Perspectives on Male Factor Infertility Treatments and Trends by Dr Ruby Raheem

Male Fertility

Come along to The Central Library  at 2pm (George Washington Browne Conference Room which is one floor down from the front entrance) to listen to Ruby’s talk. There will be some food provided and an opportunity to socialise…


Title of talk:

Daddy’s Daughters and Sons: Perspectives on Male Factor Infertility, Treatments and Trends


Bullet points of what you would like to talk about:

  • What is infertility?
  • Infertility trends around the world.
  • History of human infertility treatment.
  • What is male factor infertility?
  • Male factor infertility trends
  • Causes of male factor infertility
  • Male factor infertility treatments
  • Daddy’s daughters and sons
  • Complexities and ethics of embryo usage and surrogacy

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James Prescott Joule was born in Salford on Christmas Eve 1818 to a brewing family. He studied mathematics under John Dalton who was a pioneer with the periodic table and atomic theory. As a child he was fascinated by electricity and he and his brothers would give each other electric shocks, and also to unsuspecting servants. He would also fly kites in thunderstorms to try and “capture electricity”, but eventually decided this was too dangerous. This expanded into experiments with electricity and magnetism in the cellar of the family home in Pendlebury. Read more…