Upcoming Speakers

Decline in male fertility: fact of fiction? ICSI to treat male factors

Tuesday 12th July – 16:00 pm to 16:45 pm

Dr Jane Stewart is a full-time NHS Consultant in Reproductive Medicine at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, the largest NHS Centre in the Northeast of England. She iS a Subspecialty Training Programme Director.

Past Speakers

Decline in male fertility: fact of fiction? Epidemiology evidence

Tuesday 7th June – 16:00 pm to 16:45 pm

Sarah Martins da Silva is a Senior Lecturer in Reproductive Medicine at University of Dundee. She runs a translational research programme focussed around male infertility, sperm biology and drug discovery. She was recognised for her research in 2019 and named as one of the most inspiring and influential women from around the world by BBC 100 women.

Sarah is an Honorary Consultant Gynaecologist, Clinical Lead for NHS Tayside Infertility Services and Person Responsible for Ninewells Assisted Conception Unit, Dundee. Her clinical activities include diagnostic ultrasound, infertility clinics and assisted conception (egg retrieval, surgical sperm retrieval, embryo transfer). She runs specialised male infertility clinics as well as The Scottish sperm studies research clinic for couples affected by low/no fertilisation following IVF/ICSI.

PGT-SR – the third wheel 

Tuesday 10th May – 16:00 pm to 16:45 pm

Professor Darren Griffin received his Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Science degrees from the University of Manchester and his PhD from University College London. After postdoctoral stints at Case Western Reserve University and the University of Cambridge he landed his first academic post at Brunel University, before settling at the University of Kent, where he’s been for the last 15+ years. He has worked under the mentorship of Professors Joy Delhanty, Christine Harrison, Terry Hassold, Alan Handyside and Malcolm Ferguson-Smith.

He is President of the International Chromosome and Genome Society, a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathologists, the Royal Society of Biology and the Royal Society of Arts, Manufacture and Commerce. He sits on the faculty of CoGen (controversies in genetics) and has previously sat on the board of the Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society (PGDIS), organising its annual meeting in 2014.

Professor Griffin is a world leader in cytogenetics. He performed the first successful cytogenetic PGD (using X and Y FISH probes for sexing) and, more recently, played a significant role in the development of Karyomapping, an approach he now applies to cattle. In a 30+ year scientific research career he has co-authored over 300 scientific publications, mainly on the cytogenetics of reproduction and evolution, most recently providing insight into the karyotypes of dinosaurs.

He is a prolific science communicator, making every effort to make scientific research publicly accessible (both his own and others) and is an enthusiastic proponent for the benefits of interdisciplinary research endeavour. He has supervised over 35 PhD students to completion and his work appears consistently in the national and international news. He currently runs a vibrant research lab of about 20 people (including a programme of externally supervised students) and maintains commercial interests in the outcomes of research findings, liaising with companies in the field.

Decline in male fertility: Fact or fiction? Environmental concerns

Tuesday 12th April – 16:00 pm to 16:45 pm

Richard Lea is a Professor of Reproductive Biology in the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science at the University of Nottingham. A PhD graduate from Sheffield Hallam University, Professor Lea’s career has focussed on hormonal, immunological, metabolic and nutritional influences on fetal development including longer-term influences on adult health. Professor Lea’s primary research program concerns the topical issue of environmental chemicals and their effects on mammalian fertility and reproductive well-being. His experimental approach encompasses human and animal studies and he actively promotes public awareness on environmental threats to reproductive health. Professor Lea is also the chair of SRF.

Conservation in the animal world – using science to preserve species

Tuesday 8th March – 16:00 pm to 16:45 pm

Tullis Matson has practiced Artificial Insemination (AI) in stallions and freezing semen for over 30 years.  He began running the small natural covering stud at the family farm in 1989.  In 1990 he went to New Zealand to learn the practice of AI before returning home to set up one of the first equine AI only units in the UK.

Tullis formed Stallion AI Services Ltd in 2000 which is one of the most successful stallion collection centres in Europe, offering semen collection services, fertility assessment and worldwide semen export.  Collections have been made from over 1500 stallions, across 56 different breeds. Tullis pioneers and implements new advanced techniques, such as Post Castration, Epididymal Sperm Harvesting, using different gradients, and specialising in handling and collection from sub fertile stallions.  He also works with organisations such as Chester Zoo to help cryopreserve semen from endangered species e.g., Rhino and Lion, visiting South Africa in 2019 where he worked with elephants and rhinos. Using knowledge and technology from his lab, semen and tissue samples were collected from 8 elephants and stored in South Africa using the latest technology.

During the last 18 years Tullis has lectured both nationally and internationally on all areas of stallion reproduction. He regularly holds private, bespoke courses on centre for veterinary practices and stud farms. Throughout recent years Tullis has lectured at The Annual BEVA Congress, BEVA training courses, The National Equine Forum and, for the past 10 years, on DEFRA approved AI courses.

In 2021, to mark its 60th year BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) celebrated with an initiative called “60 faces of BEVA”, which highlighted 60 individuals who have had an impact on the equine veterinary sector. The list of 60 faces showcases those who have truly inspired, influenced, and progressed the equine veterinary profession for the better; Tullis being honoured through his inclusion on this illustrious list.

Research in modern science – solutions not problems?

Tuesday 8th February – 16:00 pm to 16:45 pm