Professor Alan H Handyside MA PhD
With Prof Lord Robert Winston at Hammersmith Hospital, London achieved the first pregnancies worldwide following in vitro fertilisation (IVF) and preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) of inherited disease in 1990. First chairman of the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Special Interest Group in Reproductive Genetics and co-founder and first chairman of the ESHRE PGD Consortium. Currently, Honorary Professor at the School of Biosciences, University of Kent in Canterbury, UK, scientific advisor to Vitrolife Sweden AB, Gothenburg, Sweden, ex-President of the International Society for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGDIS) and President of the International Society for Reproductive Genetics. From 1999-2012, Scientific Director, then Director and Person Responsible at the Bridge Centre, a large private IVF clinic close to London Bridge and the City of London. The Bridge Centre pioneered reproductive genetics and preimplantation testing for reproductive medicine. The Bridge had early licences from the HFEA, for example, for exclusion testing of Huntington disease and testing for aneuploidy and was one of the first clinics to have a genetic counsellor.
China National Genebank, Shenzhen, China December, 2016