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Thank you to all the speakers from Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia and Curtin University for once again making the Post Graduate Student Seminar on the 30th of May 2018 another successful evening.

The lovely Boulevard Function Centre in Floreat was again packed with inquisitive minds from all over the state to find out what our 6 post graduate speakers had learnt and discovered over the past year in their research.

Benedicta Santoso from Edith Cowan University has come back to give us an update on her work on DNA integrity testing on sperm prepared from various methods and how it affects the outcome of ART cycles.

Jacqueline Scott, also from Edith Cowan University next presented on using Oosafe disinfectant in laboratories and its effect on Gram positive and negative bacteria.

Jade Hallam from the University of Western Australia then discussed her approach to finding out if the treatment of sperm with Zinc, D-Aspartic Acid and Coenzyme Q10 had any effect in protecting against oxidative stress in ART cycles.

Julie Sartori from Edith Cowan University spoke about her work on the Placenta Project, where she compares the characteristics of placentas from the assisted and non-assisted Western Australian fertility patients.

Tammy Lee from the University of Western Australia next presented to us her approach to finding out how to optimise sperm freezing protocols for better outcomes in our labs.

Lastly, Nikita Walz from Curtin University returns to give us an update on her work on the impact of Vitamin D3 in human granulosa cells.

This evening would not be possible without all the hard work from the Reproductive Technology Council and SIRT WA. A huge thank you to Bridget Blackwell from the RTC, and Melissa Vitorino our SIRT WA representative, for volunteering their time to organise this event to keep all of us informed and mentally fed.

Thank you again to all our speakers from Edith Cowan University, University of Western Australia and Curtin University. You are an inspiration to the budding research minds of WA and we look forward to seeing you all again next year with an update on your work!

- Andy Tan @SIRTnews

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