Is there an association between vitamin D status and the endocrine profile of women diagnosed with polycystic ovary syndrome? – Amelia Ram, St George’s, University of London, UK
Amelia Ram is a fourth-year medical student from St. George’s, University of London, having completed her BSc (Hons) in Neuroscience, Psychiatry and Psychology in 2020. Her research project undertaken that year granted her the opportunity to work with key researchers and clinicians in the field of endocrinology and fertility, thus stimulating her interest in these areas as potential specialties in the future.
Dysregulation of IL-17A and calprotectin in the female reproductive tract affects pregnancy outcome following assisted reproductive therapy – Federica Giangrazi, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
Federica Giangrazi is a fourth year PhD student, working in the Comparative Immunology laboratory of Prof. Cliona O’Farrelly in Trinity College Dublin. Born in Rome, Italy, Federica graduated in 2012 in BSc Biological Sciences at the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, with her thesis on a developmental biology project “Analysis of Apaf1’s expression during neuronal differentiation of murine telencephalon cells”. She then obtained her MSc in Medical Biotechnology in 2015 from the University of Tor Vergata, Rome, with a research project undertaken in a molecular biology laboratory on the “Role of ΔNp63 in HAS3 transcriptional regulation”, which led to a collaboration for a publication (Gatti, V., et al. Oncogenesis 7, 65 (2018)). After her graduation, she completed a six-month training programme in the pharmaceutical company Menarini, working in the Department of Pharmacology to define the role of a novel antibody in eliciting antibody dependent cellular cytotoxicity against leukemic cell lines. She then moved to Ireland and started her PhD in September 2017. She is involved in reproductive immunology projects, aiming to define the role of the IL-17 family of cytokines in female fertility.
Artificial intelligence analysis of 4-cell embryos is capable of classifying cell arrangement by cell contacts with up to 87% accuracy depending on image modality – Rishabh Hariharan, Apricity, UK
NMN supplementation rescues fertility and bone strength in chemotherapy-treated mice – Maria Marinova, UNSW Sydney, Australia
Maria Marinova is a third year PhD student in the University of New South Wales, working on fertility and health span preservation after chemotherapy treatment.
The identification of potential biomarkers of oocyte quality – Paula Cornally, University College Dublin, Ireland
The value of testing serum progesterone seven days after oocyte pick up (OPU) in IVF|ICSI cycles – Umme-Laila, Ali, Cardiff University, UK
Umme-Laila Ali is a fifth-year medical student at Cardiff University, with a keen interest in primary care, paediatrics, women’s and sexual health.