Thank you to all the speakers, organisers, Reproductive Technology Council and SIRT for making the Post Graduate Student Seminar Evening a rousing success.
48 inquisitive minds turned up to the beautiful Boulevard Function Centre in Floreat on the 30th of May 2017 to listen to 6 post graduates talk about their various fields of research and hear them share some of their experiences along the way. We had Bjarke Boisen talk about the effect of processing time on apoptosis and DNA fragmentation in sperm prepped for ART. Benedicta Santos shared her findings on sperm DNA integrity and how it affects ART outcomes. Next Callum Robinson spoke about cryopreservation of sperm, and evaluation of 2 commercially available devices used to isolate motile sperm. Hamish Barblett then showed us the benefits of using time lapse recordings as a tool for accessing the survival of frozen blastocysts. Next Nikita Walz outlined the impact of Vitamin D levels on fertility outcomes and how it also affects cell metabolism and bioenergetics. Lastly we had Kelli Peirce share with us her findings on using protein-free media and also some insight on her PhD journey.
A big thank you to Melissa Vitorino our SIRT-WA representative and Bridget Blackwell from the RTC for organising this evening. This night would not be possible without the support from SIRT, the Reproductive Technology Council, our speakers and most importantly our SIRT members. Thank you everyone for coming and hope you all had a wonderful evening.
- Andy Tan @SIRTnews