Event Details

WHAT: An RASBJ online presentation, "Assisted Reproduction: history, ethics and controversies" by Dr. Peter Brinsden, moderated by Roberta Lipson.

WHEN: Wednesday April 6 2022 from 7:00-8:00 PM Beijing Time

MORE ABOUT THE EVENT: Dr. Peter Brinsden has seen Chinese society develop from unique perspectives. The fourth generation of his family to be born in China, now a retired consultant gynaecologist and specialist in fertility and assisted reproduction, he was part of a team focused on in vitro fertilisation (IVF) in its early years in UK, leading to the birth of Louise Brown, the world's first "test-tube baby" in 1978. Many "spin-off" technologies have developed from the basic and original IVF, and many controversies have arisen in the 40 years since Louise Brown's birth. In China, where assisted reproduction is illegal for single women, the topic has complex characteristics which Dr. Brinsden will discuss.

He will also briefly introduce himself with an outline of his family's 150-year history in China, including his own birth – at the Peking Union Medical College – in 1940.

MEMBERS ONLY: This online event is free and exclusively for members of RASBJ and RAS branches. If you know someone who wants to join the RASBJ to attend this talk, please ask them to sign up at https://rasbj.org/membership/ at least 72 hours before the event.

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  • Peter Brinsden (Speaker)

    Peter Brinsden


    Peter Brinsden was born in Peking in 1940, and as a child lived in China, the United States, Canada and Hong Kong . Qualifying as a Consultant Gynaecologist in 1978, he chose to specialise in fertility. He was in the team that created the world’s first ”test-tube baby” in UK in 1978.
    Peter has Honorary or Visiting Professorships at the Capital Medical University, Beijing; Peking Union Medical College (where he was born) and China Southern Medical University, Guangzhou. Peter has visited China on many occasions in the last thirty years to conferences and as a lecturer.
    Peter previously spoke at RASBJ in March 2018.

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  • Roberta Lipson (Moderator)

    Roberta Lipson


    Roberta Lipson is a pioneer in the healthcare industry in China, with over 30 years of experience. She is the creative force behind the United Family Healthcare brand, and its hospitals and clinics in Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Guangzhou and Wuxi. United Family is the first foreign invested and managed private healthcare group in China. Since she co-founded Chindex in 1981, the company has expanded from its business of capital medical equipment distribution to healthcare delivery.
    Roberta gave the keynote address at RASBJ AGM 2020.

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