Rene FrydmanJune 7, 2016
Herve FernandezFebruary 3, 2019
Simon Fishel, UK
Professor Simon Fishel
worked with the original pioneering team of Patrick Steptoe and Robert Edwards (Nobel Laureate in 2010) who produced the world’s first IVF baby in 1978. He is Founder and President of the CARE Fertility Group – the UK’s largest independent provider of fertility services. He began his research career at the University of Cambridge in 1975 with Robert Edwards. He was the first to demonstrate that embryos responded to their environment (1978) and, later, the production of chorionic gonadotrophin by the human embryo (1984). In 1978 he became a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge and the recipient of the prestigious Beit Memorial Foundation Award. In 1980 he was appointed the Deputy Scientific Director under Edwards at the newly established world first private IVF clinic, Bourn Hall, UK until 985 when he moved to Nottingham. His pioneering work in IVF has resulted in many international honorary awards, and he has over 200 published papers and four books. In 1992 he founded the world’s first degree course in IVF and he has advised several international Government committees reviewing policy and legislation on IVF, including advisors to the Vatican. In 2009 Simon was honoured by the Liverpool John Moores University with their highest award of ‘University Fellow’ for “outstanding contribution to science and to humanity”.