11 April 2013

Two significant events occurred in the world of IVF, on Wednesday 10th April 2013

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Photo Caption: A/Prof John McBain, Melbourne IVF Director, with Nobel prize winner Sir Robert Edwards
Melbourne IVF is today saddened to learn of the loss of Sir Robert Edwards, a much respected and fondly remembered colleague, who passed away Wednesday 10th April 2013, aged 87. British scientist Bob Edwards first made news headlines worldwide in 1978 as part of the team responsible for the birth of the world’s first IVF baby, Louise Brown, and was awarded a Nobel prize in 2010 for his pioneering work in the field of in vitro fertilisation (IVF).

Melbourne IVF today welcomes the news that Candice Thum (nee Reed) and husband, welcomed the safe arrival of a baby boy, born early morning on 10th April 2013.  Candice Reed first made news headlines in June 1980 for being Australia’s first IVF baby.  We congratulate Candice and her family on this special occasion.  As Melbourne IVF’s founder the late Ian Johnston, and current Melbourne IVF Director A/Prof John McBain were part of the team responsible for the pioneering work that conceived and delivered Candice Reed on 23rd June 1980, Australia's first and the world's third IVF conceived child, this is a special day for all.

Read A/Prof John McBain's reflection on the pioneering work of Sir Robert Edwards here