AKHP Public Lecture: Reproductive Health and the Possibilities of Modern Medicine: Moral and Ethical Principles

Date: 24 February 2021
Other languages: Русский язык |
The Aga Khan Humanities Project of the University of Central Asia (AKHP / UCA) is pleased to announce a Public Lecture on Wednesday, February 24th, 2021, 4:00 PM Nur-Sultan time (GMT+6) on "Reproductive Health and the Possibilities of Modern Medicine: Moral and Ethical Principles" It will be delivered by Professor Vyacheslav Lokshin, Doctor of Medicine, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, President of the Kazakhstan Association of Reproductive Medicine, President of the International Academy of Fertility Science. The event will be streamed online in Russian through Zoom.

The Aga Khan Humanities Project in Kazakhstan, which is part of the University of Central Asia, is continuing its series of public lectures by prominent academics, public figures and experts, organised in partnership with educational institutions and research centres in Kazakhstan. The AKHP public lectures linked by the theme of "Interdisciplinary Discourse in the Context of Humanities and Scientific Research" are aimed at enhancing the professional development of education practitioners at higher education institutions in Kazakhstan, and creating an open platform for discussing the pressing challenges of today’s world; including mobilising new ideas, and expanding dialogue between scholars, the intellectual environment, teachers, postgraduates and undergraduates.

Professor Vyacheslav Lokshin
Doctor of Medicine, Academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan, President of the Kazakhstan Association of Reproductive Medicine, President of the International Academy of Fertility Science, Head of the PERSONA International Clinical Center for Reproductology.

Abstract
The core values of modern society remain love, trust and mutual assistance. With these factors more relevant than ever today, the family is playing an increasingly important role.

The family, a complex social institution representing a universal human value, helps the members of society to develop together fully and harmoniously. Family life is intertwined with the sociocultural world and closely connected to what happens in the economy, politics and culture. Accordingly, a person’s harmonious development, improvement, and well-being depend on the ‘involvement’ of their internal world in their external world, and on the relationship between the two. 

The social and medical significance of the problem of childless marriages is difficult to overestimate, which is why research into reproductive medicine is of interest to doctors and paramedics with different specialities and psychologists, and will remain in the spotlight for a long time to come.

As various countries have found, the challenging demographic situation today means no resource for increasing the birth rate should be disregarded. Logically, the balanced development of society requires the emergence, spread and consolidation of an institution standing in contrast to contraception — reproductive technology allowing anyone who wants to have children, even if there are biological obstacles to this.

State-of-the-art assisted reproductive technology (ART), a fundamental factor in addressing infertility problems, is possible only if the embryology lab and the clinic overall aim for high standards of management. Today, it is not enough to assess a fertility doctor’s level of professionalism in the same way as that of an ordinary obstetrician/gynaecologist. New standards need to be established, taking account of the emergence of the effectively new medical speciality of fertility doctor. For example, an analysis of the state of ART in Kazakhstan indicates that reproductive medicine in the country is improving.

However, ART, while addressing some of humanity’s problems – helping people who want to have children, also raises other issues, which need scientists from various disciplines to study.

Moderator
Professor Nurzhauar Issyaeva, 
Candidate of Biology, Corresponding Member of the Eurasian International Economic Academy, UCA/AKHP FDP Coordinator in Kazakhstan

Language
The lecture will be given in Russian. 

Format
The lecture will start at 4:00 PM Nur-Sultan time (GMT+6) on 24 February 2021 in the form of a ZOOM meeting via the following link:
Meeting ID 999 2356 8398
Passcode: 414878

Registration
Please confirm your participation by sending an email to nurzhauar.issaeva@ucentralasia.org  

About the Author 
Vyacheslav Lokshin is President of the Kazakhstan Association of Reproductive Medicine, Head of the PERSONA International Clinical Center for Reproductology in Almaty, Rector of the Institute of Reproductive Medicine, an international practising physician and a senior lecturer at various universities. In 1989, he defended his thesis for the degree of Candidate of Medicine at the Omsk State Medical Institute.

In 2005, he defended his doctoral thesis on the theme ‘Scientific evidence supporting modern organisational forms of improvement of women’s reproductive health’ at the I. I. Mechnikov Saint Petersburg State Medical Academy in the specialities ‘Obstetrics and Gynaecology’ and ‘Public Health and Healthcare’.  He has been an academician of the Russian Academy of Medical and Technical Sciences since 2007, and became a professor in 2010. He became a corresponding member of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2013, and has been an academician of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Kazakhstan since June 2020. He has been President of the Kazakhstan Association of Reproductive Medicine since 2008. He was Rector of the Institute of Reproductive Medicine from 2008 to 2016, when he became Head of the PERSONA International Clinical Center for Reproductology in Almaty. From 2012 to 2014, he chaired the Board of Directors of the National Research Center for Maternal and Child Health. For a number of years, he was a member of the Board of Kazakhstan’s Ministry of Health and the Almaty Health Department, and was elected to a Public Council under the ministry in April 2017. 

Vyacheslav Lokshin has trained 5 candidates and 1 doctor of medicine, has founded a school in Kazakhstan for practising physicians working in the field of reproductive medicine, and has helped to develop regulatory documents governing reproductive medicine. He is the author of 300 published research works, including 5 sets of guidelines, 7 patents for inventions, and 5 monographs, and has been President of the annual international congresses of the Kazakhstan Association of Reproductive Medicine since 2008.  

He is the editor-in-chief of Reproduktnivnaya meditsina, an international journal of research and practice, and is on the editorial board of a number of medical journals in Kazakhstan and Russia.

*Ideas presented in this lecture reflect the personal opinion of the speaker and do not necessarily represent the views of the University of Central Asia and/or its employees. 
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