7 August 2018
A 324-page monograph published by Fertility and Sterility to mark the 40-year history of IVF contains a chapter on ESHRE's part in reproductive medicine's inexorable advance. The chapter goes back to ESHRE's origins and the drive of Robert Edwards to establish the Society and its journals, and on to today, when both the annual meeting (which in 2018 attracted more than 12,000 participants) and the journals (of which Human Reproduction Update has just achieved an unprecedented impact factor of 11.9) have consolidated ESHRE as a reference point in reproductive science and medicine. The monograph, whose authors represent an A-list of authorities from the past 40 years of progress, can be found at https://www.fertstert.org/current
20 April 2018
ESHRE shares the sadness of so many others in learning of the untimely death of John Biggers, Professor Emeritus of Harvard Medical School, USA. John was born and trained in England, where in 1958 he and Anne McLaren published their landmark paper in Nature describing the first successful culture of an early mammalian (mouse) embryo, which would lay the foundations of successful IVF 20 years later, and indeed of modern clinical embryology. John moved to the USA the following year and finally in 1972 to Harvard Medical School as Professor of Physiology. He leaves behind a wealth of research and clinical publications, notably in early mammalian embryos and their nutritional requirements for blastocyst formation. In 1978 he headed an ethics advisory committee appointed by President Carter to decide whether US public funds could be used for research in human IVF. John's place will remain a landmark in the history of IVF and his inspiration is acknowledged by all of us at ESHRE.
16 April 2018