SP1B: BFS early career clinician short papers

A comparison of artificial intelligence (AI) models to predict ploidy status using a morphokinetic and meta-dataset of 8147 blastocysts, Thomas Bamford, Clinical Fellow, Care Fertility, UK

Dr Tom Bamford, is an Obstetrics and Gynaecology Registrar, now doing a PhD programme of research as part of a Clinical Research Fellowship at Care Fertility, Manchester. This is under the supervision of Professor Arri Coomarasamy’s team at the University of Birmingham. His series of work focusses on the use of morphokinetics and artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to predict blastocyst ploidy status in IVF. Tom has developed an interest and knowledge of model development and application, having built several AI models in this area.

The effect of cyclophosphamide and ifosfamide in childhood on subsequent male fertility and reproductive function: A systematic review, Kathleen Duffin, Clinical Research Fellow, University of Edinburgh, UK

Kathleen Duffin is a paediatric doctor in South East Scotland and is currently undertaking a PhD in the Spears Lab, University of Edinburgh, through the Edinburgh Clinical Academic Track. Kathleen’s research focuses on fertility in childhood cancer patients and encompasses lab research into the effects of chemotherapy on the immature testis, as well as systematic reviews, surveys, and clinical data analysis looking at fertility outcomes.

Draft national legislation on assisted human reproduction (AHR): Determining opinions and perceptions among fertility patients, Sorca O’Brien, Clinical Fellow, Merrion Fertility Clinic, Ireland

Dr. Sorca O’Brien received her medical degree from Queens University Belfast (2010) following completion of a BScHons (2004) and MSc Phys (2006) in UCD. She completed NHS Foundation Training before specialising in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in Ireland, achieving membership of the RCPI (2014) and the RCOG (2019). She has recently completed a Masters in Leadership with the RCSI Leadership Institute, supported by a 30% Club Scholarship. Dr. O’Brien received her Certificate of Completion of Specialist Training from the RCPI and the IOG in 2021. She joined MFC as an ASPIRE Fellow in Fertility and is particularly passionate about equitable access to fertility care. Her MD research focuses on integration of ART into the public hospital system.

Male fertility: Impact of SARS-CoV-2 vaccines, Laurentina Schaler, Clinical Fellow Reproductive Medicine, Merrion Fertility Clinic, National Maternity Hospital, University College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Laurentina Schäler graduated with Honours from the Charité Medical School, Berlin 2013. Since moving to Ireland, she has embarked on a career in Obstetrics and Gynaecology with the The Royal College of Physicians of Ireland and holds an Honours Masters degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology (UCC) and Healthcare Management (RCSI). Dr. Schäler has undertaken research on the impact of COVID -19 on reproductive medicine as part of her Fellowship in Reproductive Medicine at Merrion Fertility Clinic at the National Maternity Hospital in Dublin, Ireland. 

Young oocyte donors do not negatively impact live birth rates in their recipients, Tim Bracewell-Milnes, Consultant Gynaecologist, Sub-specialist in Reproductive Medicine, The Lister Fertility Clinic, UK

A rapid improvement event: Progesterone prescribing in prevention of miscarriage, Lucy Bolger, Obstetrics & Gynaecology Registrar, National Maternity Hospital, Ireland

Lucy Bolger is an Obstetrics & Gynaecology junior registrar at the National Maternity Hospital, Dublin. She was awarded her undergraduate medical degree from the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland in 2017. Before beginning Obstetrics & Gynaecology specialty training, she spent two years in Perth, Western Australia working in both Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Emergency Medicine. She was recently awarded the MSc in Healthcare Ethics and Law at RCSI and a Professional Certificate in Early Pregnancy Ultrasound from University College Dublin. She initiated this improvement project while working as a senior house officer in the emergency department and early pregnancy unit.