Bob Edwards Memorial Lecture

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The IVF lab of the future: Automation, microfluidics and AI, oh my!!

Denny Sakkas, Chief Scientific Officer, Boston IVF, USA

Denny Sakkas PhD has been involved in the field of In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) since the early 1980s, having gained his Ph. D. under the supervision of Prof. Alan Trounson at Monash University, in one of the leading Reproductive Research Units in the world. During this period, he was responsible for disseminating a number of innovations to laboratories around the world, which are used in routine IVF today. Included in this, was training many groups to perform micromanipulation and the initiation of blastocyst culture. He has subsequently headed his own Research Laboratories and been the Scientific/Laboratory Director of IVF units in Europe and the USA. He has also aided numerous groups in establishing their own IVF units around the world.

Dr Sakkas has extensive experience in clinical IVF and reproductive research publishing more than 200 papers in the field of fertilization, early embryo development and male infertility. His papers have been cited over 15,000 times and his H-Index is >65 placing him in the highest group in the field of IVF. He has been involved in novel research, which has improved our understanding in areas of sperm DNA through to noninvasive methods of assessing embryos. He has also trained many PhD, Masters and Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility fellows.

Dr. Sakkas has been extensively funded in his research career, and continues to work on innovations in the area of human and animal reproduction. He now currently serves as Chief Scientific Officer at Boston IVF and as an Associate Professor at the Yale University School of Medicine.