Moderator: Fran Meadows
Author and Infertility Advocate, "The Truth Behind The Secret "Infertility""
PhD, Clinical Laboratory Director, Pacific Fertility Center
MD, Director, Reproductive Medicine, IRMS Saint Barnabas IVF
Ever wonder about the journey your eggs, sperm and embryos take in the lab? Join top embryologist Dr. Joe Conaghan and fertility expert Dr. Serena Chen in a conversation with fertility author and ART advocate Fran Meadows for a discussion on new techniques helping IVF specialists select the embryos with the highest potential for pregnancy success.
Serena H. Chen, M.D is the Director of the Division of Reproductive Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center; Director of Third Party Reproduction and Ovum Donation at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas. She is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Women’s Health at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, New Jersey Medical School in Newark, New Jersey.
Dr. Conaghan has over two decades of experience in human embryology and is best known for his studies on embryo culture and metabolism. He trained in Embryology and Andrology at the Hammersmith Hospital in London and graduated with a PhD in human embryology from the Royal Postgraduate Medical School at the University of London in 1994. He’s a Board-Certified High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Director in the disciplines of Embryology and Andrology. In 1995, Dr. Conaghan was recruited by the UCSF IVF Program as their Clinical Laboratory Director. He later moved to Pacific Fertility Center in San Francisco where he has been the director for 12 years. He is big advocate for elective single embryo transfer (eSET) in IVF, and therefore for high standards for culturing and vitrifying embryos. Dr. Conaghan ensures the highest quality of patient care with state-of-the-art-facilities and an experienced team of embryologists and is committed to continuing education for IVF lab professionals. He lives in Half Moon Bay with his wife and 3 children.
Fran Meadows is an Infertility Advocate and the Author of The Truth Behind The Secret “Infertility”. She was raised in New York and recently moved to Connecticut with her family. Meadows’ is one of many women that struggled with infertility. Through her personal experiences with infertility and pregnancy loss her mission is to be a voice for those that still hold the silence. She knows first-hand all the triumphs and tribulations that accompany the journey to motherhood and with her keen sense of humor, compassionate insight and witty wisdom she explores the ways in which our society still remains silent about the secrets of infertility.
Sharing her story helps her continue to heal as well as helping others break their silence. In the end she hopes to educate others about the disease of infertility. By providing hope, inspiration, strength, and resources- she is helping other women cope with their struggle to build their tomorrow.
Her campaign to combat infertility has been featured in the pages of Redbook – Truth About Trying Campaign, Cleo Magazine Australia, on The Steve Katsos Show, Better CT News, Connecticut Style News, Fertility Forum Radio, Power Women Radio, The Rockaway Wave, Suite 101, and The Ladies in Waiting Book Club. Meadows’ focuses on raising awareness surrounding the causes of infertility.
Dr. Joe Conaghan, fertility specialist at the Pacific Fertility Center, and Dr. Serena Chen, rated "Top Fertility Doc" by New York Magazine, analyse new time-lapse imaging to detect low quality embryos.