This lecture series features international research and policy leaders tackling grand challenges in early life health. We are delighted to announce that Professor Rob Norman AO will present this year’s lecture on:
The reproductive revolution and how it changed science, sex and society.
Wine & canapés served 5.30 – 6.00pm
The Bragg’s Lecture Theatre, The University of Adelaide – map
In the past 50 years, society has undergone unforeseen tremendous changes. The transformation of the world through IT, globalisation, the new wave of genetics, and the march of science and technology means we live in a totally different attitudinal and physical environment.
One enormous change has been the reproductive revolution; starting with the oral contraceptive pill and evolving with legal termination of pregnancy, in vitro fertilisation, donor gametes, genetic diagnosis of embryos, and the anticipated ability to transform any cell in the body through stem cell technology. Our increasing understanding of reproductive biology and evolving technology has transformed animal reproduction with the ability to introduce or eliminate genes in experimental animals, the development of embryonic stem cells and cloning technology, and procreation without sex.
In this lecture Prof Norman will explore this journey, and will discuss ethics, clinical practice and consumer demand for reproductive technologies. He will also open a window to the future and discuss how further advances will impact individuals and society as a whole.
Robert Norman is Professor of reproductive and peri-conceptual medicine at The University of Adelaide and was the founding Director of the Robinson Research Institute. Additionally, he is an active fertility specialist at Fertility SA and the Royal Adelaide Hospital.His training has been in obstetrics, gynaecology and pathology and has been involved in the development of all four major reproductive medicine units in South Australia. As Australia’s most awarded and recognised gynaecologist, he has taken a strong stand on the ethical practice of reproductive medicine and is frequently in the media.
He has received continuous funding from the NHMRC in reproductive biology and medicine for 30 years and has received the major awards from all three international reproductive medicine associations: the European Society for Human Reproduction and Embryology, the American Society of Reproductive Medicine and the Asia-Pacific Initiative for Reproduction and Embryology.
His other awards include an AO, life membership of the Fertility Society of Australia and Fellowship of the Australian Academy of Health and Medical Sciences. He spent six years on the NHMRC Research Committee, and continues an active national and international participation in research.