The Events Committee is organised to deliver all the events requirements of ARCS. This interfaces across our portfolio and includes everything from our Summer Symposium and Annual “Fertility 20XX” meetings, through to working with the Education Committee to deliver more specific meetings such as our Trainee and Breaking Bad News events.

ARCS Events Committee

Celine Jones

Celine Jones

Committee Chair

I began my scientific career at Birmingham University investigating the molecular processes that control the behaviour of cancer cells. In 2004, I joined the Nuffield Department of Women & Reproductive Health (NDWRH) at the University of Oxford to study the molecules involved in early human embryogenesis. I was appointed as Laboratory Manager for the NDWRH’s new MSc in Clinical Embryology in 2008 and played an instrumental role in setting up the course. In addition to my teaching and managerial duties for the MSc, I undertake research into molecular mechanisms of oocyte activation at fertilisation. Other research interests include developing techniques to preserve the fertility of prepubertal boys with cancer and the use of nanoparticle- or exosome-based platforms for the delivery of molecular compounds to gametes (https://www.wrh.ox.ac.uk/team/celine-jones).

Celine Jones

Committee Chair

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Chair, ARCS

Jackson is HFEA Person Responsible and Science Lead at the Birmingham Women’s Fertility Centre and an NIHR ICA Reader in Human Reproductive Science and the University of Birmingham. He has worked across academic and clinical Andrology for many years, being well known for his research team’s research into calcium signalling, gamete recognition and control of sperm motility as well as more recently in sperm DNA quality and miscarriage. Clinically Jackson was recognised by an MBE for setting up the sperm salvage (fertility preservation) pathway for UK servicemen and day-to-day leads the PGT service in Birmingham.

Jackson Kirkman Brown

Chair, ARCS

Karen Schnauffer

Karen Schnauffer

Fertility Conference Lead

Karen has worked in the field of clinical embryology for 25 years both in the NHS and the private sector. She achieved her state registration in 2000 and was awarded both the Diploma and Certificate in Clinical Embryology in 2001. For the last 5 years Karen has held the position of HFEA Person Responsible, including two separate centres at the same time. Her considerable experience has allowed her to supervise many students through the ACE Certificate and more recently the Scientist Training Programme. Over the last 15 years Karen has been an active member of the ACE, holding positions on the Executive Committee, the Professional Development Committee and for the last three years, as the ACE Programme Chair for the annual ‘Fertility’ meetings. Continuing her dedication to reproductive medicine as a profession, she has been instrumental in forming the new professional body ARCS. Karen has been involved in various HFEA expert advisory committees. She was also an active member in the development and introduction of the Modernising Scientific Careers Scientist Training Programme. In addition, Karen has a keen interest in equine embryology and successfully developed an equine ICSI programme with the University of Liverpool, achieving the first equine time-lapse images ever recorded! Over the years, Karen has presented at numerous meetings and has authored several peer-reviewed publications in the field of embryology.

Karen Schnauffer

Fertility Conference Lead

Stephanie Brooks

Stephanie Brooks

Treasurer, ARCS

Stephanie Brooks has worked at the Hewitt Fertility Centre at the Liverpool Women’s Hospital since 1998. By 2008 the Andrology services had grown to a size where they needed to introduce a supervisory role, a role which Steph has performed for the last 11 years. She has overseen the implementation of UKAS at her place of work which included four, currently three satellite centres and maintained for the last five years. Following the departure of the Quality manager for the Hewitt Fertility Centre, Stephanie was proud to move in to this position and diversify in her skills and move into senior management. As a founder member of the ABA, Stephanie’s involvement in the professional body has been long term holding officer positions as secretary and treasurer.

Stephanie Brooks

Treasurer, ARCS

Karla Turner

Karla Turner

Karla began her career in 2007 as a trainee Andrologist before embarking on the ACE certificate and qualifying as an HCPC registered clinical embryologist. More recently she has returned to her roots to lead the Andrology Service at BCRM. She previously served as the secretary on the ABA Executive Committee and was an ABA logbook assessor. She has lectured on the Bristol University Reproduction & Development MSc as well as facilitating lab based classes.

Karla Turner

Meurig Gallagher

Meurig Gallagher

ARCS Symposium lead

Meurig is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Human Reproductive Science and Centre for Systems Modelling and Quantitative Biomedicine at the University of Birmingham. He obtained his PhD in Applied Mathematics in 2015, before going on to become an interdisciplinary researcher who integrates mathematical modelling and software with experimental methods to create new diagnostics and treatments for male infertility.

Meurig Gallagher

ARCS Symposium lead

Daniela Nesheva

Daniela Nesheva

Daniela is currently working as a Reproductive Technologist at Semovo in Glasgow. She is responsible for managing sperm recruitment and donation, as well as processing donor sperm sales to patients at UK-based HFEA-licensed clinics. She has an MSc degree in Clinical Embryology and ART from the University of Leeds.

Daniela Nesheva

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