Exploring the Future of Reproduction

As technology marches on, what are the medical and ethical ramifications for individuals, for families, and for society?

Event Details


UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay, Byers Hal
600 16th St., San Francisco, California 94158-2517 United States


May 02, 2014 from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


Early Bird: $10, General Admission: $15


As technology marches on and prospective parents have endless options for procreation, what are the medical and ethical ramifications for individuals, for families, and for society?

Join swissnex San Francisco in collaboration with the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and an esteemed panel of experts to discuss and discover the technology, science, and bioethical issues for the future of reproduction.

Science communicator Dr. Kiki will moderate. Illustrations from the exhibition Made In Utero will be on view.


6:00 pm   doors open
6:30 pm   panel discussion
7:30 pm   Q&A with the audience
8:00 pm   reception and networking
9:00 pm   doors close


Nolwenn Bühler

Nolwenn Bühler is a social anthropologist, specialized in gender studies and science and technology studies. She is currently a visiting researcher at UC Berkeley where she holds a Swiss National Science Foundation fellowship at the Department of Gender & Women’s Studies. In her Ph.D. dissertation at the University of Zurich, she focuses on the relations between age, fertility, and assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) in Switzerland and beyond.
She is especially interested in the potential of technologies such as egg donation and freezing to extend the female fertility span and in the transformations of the category of reproductive aging. After obtaining a nursing diploma, she studied Social and Cultural Anthropology, French, and Studies of Religion at the Universities of Lausanne and Neuchâtel. In her master’s thesis she investigated the implementation of the HPV vaccine for the prevention of cervical cancer.
Read our Q&A with Nolwenn Bühler.


Elena Gates

Dr. Elena Gates is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF with a clinical practice based at UCSF Mission Bay. Her academic interest is in ethical issues in reproduction and women’s health care. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and completed her residency at UCSF.


Paolo Rinaudo

Dr. Paolo Rinaudo is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology and fertility at the UCSF Center for Reproductive Health. In addition to caring for patients with fertility and endocrinological problems, Rinaudo conducts research on pre-implantation embryo development and the long-term consequences of in vitro culture. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors and awards, including the ASRM/Serono grant in reproductive biology and the President Presenter Award at the 50th annual meeting of the Society for Gynecological Investigation, Washington, DC.
Rinaudo earned a medical degree at Torino Medical School and a doctorate at Torino University in Torino, Italy. He completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Yale University, followed by a fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an assistant professor in residence in the department of obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF.


Kirsten Sanford

Moderator Kirsten Sanford (“Dr. Kiki”) is dedicated to making science accessible. She is recognized as one of the top science media personalities in the nation, holds a doctorate in Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Physiology (emphasis in Neurobiology) and a Bachelors degree in Wildlife, Fisheries, and Conservation Biology from the University of California, Davis, and is a specialist in learning and memory. She has worked for OnNetworks, Revision3, The Video Project, The Science Channel, TWiT.TV, and has appeared on CBS’s The Doctors. Dr. Kiki currently hosts ‘This Week in Science’.


This conference is supported in part by The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development Specialized Cooperative Centers Program in Infertility and Reproduction Research.

Illustrations* are from students of Centre de formation professionnelle pour les arts appliqués (CFPAA) in Geneva, Switzerland and were created for the exhibition Made in Utero, La naissance de la vie and for the book project Zooïne, sur les sentiers de la vie, by Vivienne Baillie Gerritsen.

See this event’s press release as a PDF.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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