Human reproduction in the 21st century

poster Healthy ageingThursday January 26th

19:45 live music
20:15 speakers
Café Loburg

Human reproduction, where would we be without it? Unfortunately, things don’t always work out the natural way. The past decades have brought a variety of ways to overcome fertility problems. On the other hand, you probably have heard people talking about designer babies: the idea that with modern technology we can engineer a baby to be without defect and have a great life expectancy. Will that be the future of human reproduction in the 21st century? In this Science Café, professor Sjoerd Repping of the University of Amsterdam will discuss the state of the art treatments and technology for assisted pregnancy. The ethical framework for research on human reproduction and for the introduction and use of new technologies will be discussed by professor Wybo Dondorp of Maastricht University. Curious about which possibilities for reproduction we have, and if every possibility should be used? Join us on January 26th to find out.

Sjoerd Repping is professor of human reproductive biology at the University of Amsterdam and associated to the Academisch Medisch Centrum. He is an internationally renowned researcher in the field of human reproductive medicine. He is involved in fundamental research and applied clinical studies, in which he tries to translate scientific developments into applications. A treatment to safeguard fertility of boys undergoing chemotherapy is a clear example. Prof. Repping takes an active role in the societal debate on the use of stem cells and new fertility treatments.

Wybo Dondorp is associate professor of biomedical ethics at Maastricht University. In the past he worked as ethicist for the Dutch Health Council (Gezondheidsraad). His research interest are in the ethics of assisted reproduction, and the ethics of population screening, stem cell research, and genetic testing. He is member of a number of ethical committees. His work is published in prestigious academic journals, such as Human Reproduction, and he shares his views on ethical issues in society through contributions in newspapers such as NRC and Trouw.

Previous session: Healthy ageing

poster Healthy ageingThursday December 15th

19:45 live music
20:15 speakers
Café Loburg

Everyone would like to become 100 years. But how big is the chance of reaching this, and are you going to do that in good health, and what should you do or not do to achieve this? These are questions that many ask themselves, but to which not many can give a founded answer, simply because there are so many factors that play a role. If you are curious, you have to come to the science cafe, in which Professor Dorly Deeg of VU medical centre, and also scientific director of the Longitudinal Aging Studie Amsterdam (LASA), will present her findings obtained through yearlong population research on elderly people. She will discuss not only physical but also mental consequences of ageing. Professor Lisette de Groot, connected to the human nutrition group of Wageningen University will especially tell about the role of nutrition in healthy ageing, but will also highlight other factors such as exercise.

Prof. Dorly Deeg was appointed in 1991 as associate professor in the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, department of Psychiatry. Since 2001, she is a full professor of epidemiology of aging in the department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, EMGO-Institute for Health and Care Research, VU University Medical Centre. Her publications include studies of longevity, morbidity, functional limitations, cognitive impairment, depression, personal competence, life style, social support, historic trends, and methodology. Furthermore, Prof. Deeg is a fellow in the Gerontological Society of America, and has been a partner in several EU-funded projects.

Lisette de Groot is Professor of Nutrition and Ageing at the Division of Human Nutrition at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. She was trained in Nutrition, physiology and epidemiology at the Wageningen University. She has gained twenty-five years of research experience in the field of nutrition and health of elderly people, both in nutritional epidemiology and in intervention studies in old age. Her research interests center around the role of nutrition in the maintenance of health in old age with due attention for nutritional ways to slow down ageing related functional decline.

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