Experts to discuss genital transplants among veterans

Published: 3 December 2018 at 13:00

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Anglia Ruskin University to welcome worldwide experts to speak at seminar

Some of the world’s foremost experts in the psychological and physical impact of pelvic injuries among military veterans will speak at a seminar at Anglia Ruskin University.

The discussion, which takes place on Thursday, 13 December, has been organised by Anglia Ruskin’s Veterans and Families Institute for Military Social Research (VFI), its School of Medicine and The Medical Technology Research Centre. It will explore the challenges associated with penoscrotal transplants.

Speakers include surgeon Professor Trinity Bivalacqua (Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA), a member of the team that conducted the first US penis transplant for a soldier injured in the Afghanistan conflict; Dr Natalie Hammond (Manchester Metropolitan University), a sociologist with a keen interest in lower abdominal injury, sexual function and ethics; and Warrant Officer Ken Bellringer, a former bomb disposal operator who received severe lower pelvic injuries while serving with the British Army in Afghanistan.

The presentations will be followed by a Q&A session and refreshments. The seminar will be chaired by Alex Cooper of the VFI.

Mr Cooper, a former infantry officer with extensive combat and peacekeeping experience, said:

“Any injury sustained in combat can have psychological repercussions for the victim, but those who suffer trauma to the pelvic region can find it particularly difficult to come to terms with life after the injury.

“There are many ethical, physical and personal considerations that come into play for people considering penoscrotal transplants. I am delighted that we can welcome some expert guests to our new School of Medicine to debate this subject further.”

The event, titled Path to the First Penoscrotal Transplant: Ethics, Practice and Personal Experience, will take place at the School of Medicine at Anglia Ruskin’s Chelmsford campus, on Thursday, 13 December from 3pm until 5pm. Tickets are free but must be booked at