Why men matter to fertility and pregnancy success: What do we know and where do we go? – Professor Carmen Messerlian, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
Dr Carmen Messerlian is a passionate and curious scientist committed to understanding how the world around us impacts human reproductive health and development. She is a professor of reproductive epidemiology the Harvard Chan School of Public Health. Her research examines the extent to which environmental exposures affect a couple’s ability to achieve conception, maintain pregnancy, and deliver healthy offspring. She investigates both paternal and maternal exposures to phthalates, phenols, and other emerging chemicals and their mixtures on ovarian reserve, semen quality, time to pregnancy, pregnancy loss, preterm birth, birth weight, placental parameters, and child development outcomes. She specializes in reproductive, perinatal and pediatric epidemiology, infertility, assisted reproduction, and causal methods with perinatal application. She applies cutting-edge epidemiologic methods to generate evidence-based knowledge of the effects of environmental chemicals on fertility, pregnancy, and child health outcomes. Dr. Messerlian holds a BS in nursing and PhD in epidemiology from McGill University, and an MS in public health from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Impact of paternal age on ART – Denny Sakkas, Chief Scientific Officer, Boston IVF
This talk will cover:
• The role of male age and its effect on reproductive outcomes.
• What happens to sperm as males age?
• How can we test and improve reproductive outcomes in older men?
Dr Denny Sakkas received his undergraduate training at the University of Melbourne, Australia and received his Doctorate of Philosophy at Monash University, Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Sakkas has served as Scientific and Laboratory Director of IVF units in the USA, Switzerland and England and has aided numerous groups in establishing their own IVF units around the world. He has extensive experience in clinical and commercial IVF and reproductive research. He is internationally recognized having published more than 200 manuscripts, books and chapters in the field of fertilization, early embryo development and male infertility. He is currently on the Editorial Board of 5 leading journals. He has a H-index of >66 and has over 15,000 citations.

Dr Sakkas is currently Chief Scientific Officer at Boston IVF and remains as an Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the Yale University School of Medicine.

Sperm quality as an indicator of future health – Dr Michael Eisenberg, Director, Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery; Associate Professor of Urology and Obstetrics & Gynaecology (by courtesy), Stanford University, USA

This talk will cover:
• Hypothesized links between reproductive and overall health.
• The evidence between a man’s semen quality and oncologic outcomes.
• The association between male fertility and cardiometabolic disease and mortality.
• Incorporating the above into the clinic.

Dr Michael L. Eisenberg, MD earned his bachelor degree from Rice University and his medical doctorate from Yale School of Medicine. He completed his internship and residency in urology at the University of California, San Francisco and a Male Reproductive Medicine and Microsurgery fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. He is board certified in urology.

He joined Stanford University in 2011 to start the Male Reproductive Medicine and Surgery program. Dr. Eisenberg serves as an associate editor of Fertility and Sterility and Andrology, on the editorial board of the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and as an ad hoc referee for dozens of leading medical journals and has himself authored numerous peer-reviewed articles. His laboratory seeks to understand the association between a man’s reproductive and overall health as well as the control of spermatogenesis.