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ARC Conference for healthcare professionals 2018

Risks, Results and Raised Anxiety: Current Issues in Antenatal Screening

Monday 12th March 2018

The Kings' Fund, 11 Cavendish Square, London, W1G 0AN

In 2018, ARC celebrates its 30th anniversary. Across the last three decades we have seen major developments in antenatal screening and diagnosis.

This one-day conference, taking place in central London, brings together experts in the field to explore the current scope of prenatal testing technologies. The day also considers their impact on the provision of high quality care for expectant parents.

The day has something to offer all those working in the field or with an interest in this fast-moving and ethically-charged area of healthcare.  

Click here to book your place today.

Full price: £125.00

Students: £90.00


9.15 – 9.45 Registration

9.45 – 9.55 Chair's welcome - Mr Pran Pandya (UCLH, Chair of NHS FASP Advisory Group))

9.55 – 10.15 Opening address - Professor Lesley Regan (President of the RCOG)

10.15 – 10.45 Update from NHS Fetal Anomaly Screening Programme (NHS FASP) - Annette McHugh (Programme Manager NHS FASP)

10.45 – 11.15 Congenital anomalies - building the national picture - Sarah Stevens (Public Health Consultant, National Congenital Anomaly and Rare Disease Register Service)

11.15 – 11.35 Coffee break

11.35 – 12.05 NIPT and twin pregnancies - Asma Kahlil (Consultant and Reader in Fetal Medicine and Obstetrics, St Georges, University of London)

12.05 – 12.35 Fetal MRI - what are the benefits when brain anomalies are detected? - Professor Paul Griffiths (Professor of Radiology, University of Sheffield)

12.35 – 13.05 Where are we with prenatal genetic testing? Professor Lyn Chitty (Professor of Fetal Medicine and Genetics, UCL/GOSH, London)

13.05 – 13.50 Lunch

13.50 – 13.55 Chair's introduction to afternoon

13.55 – 15.00 Prenatal diagnosis - what can help parents? - Panel discussion chaired by Jane Fisher (Director, ARC)

Jane Fisher – Director, ARC

Dr Dagmar Tapon - Genetic Counsellor Centre For Fetal Care, Queen Charlotte's and Chelsea Hospital   

Mando Meleagrou – Director of the Psychotherapy service for maternity patients, Harris Birthright Centre for Fetal Medicine

15.00 – 15.20 Break

15.20 – 15.50 Counselling by clinicians after prenatal diagnosis - can it be non-directive? - Dr Lisa Crowe (Research Associate, Institute of Health and Society, Newcastle University)

15.50 – 16. 20 What does optimal fetal anomaly screening involve? - Professor Kypros Nicolaides (Director of Harris Birthright Centre for Fetal Medicine)

16.20 – 16.30 Close of conference

*Programme correct at time of publishing but may be subject to change

Special thanks to our conference media sponsor

We would also like to thank our exhibitors and refreshment sponsor