Lab Director

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June 09, 2017

The Embryology Lab at Pacific Fertility Center has a world-wide reputation as a provider of top quality embryology services.  PFC is recognized as an innovator in the best methods to help build families, one healthy baby at a time.  Visitors from around the world come to learn the skills our embryologists have developed.  We welcome the opportunity to share what we have learned.

Last year, following a visit from 2 Italian embryologists I was invited to participate in a meeting in Milan on the subject of recurrent implantation failure (RIF).  Specifically, this covers those patients that have had 3 or more failed IVF cycles and/or 10 or more embryos transferred to their uterus without pregnancy.

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February 10, 2017

We read with sadness of the recent case in Holland where it appears as though the oocytes belonging to some patients were inseminated with the wrong sperm.  The University of Utrecht announced in December that up to 26 couples may be affected and that an investigation is ongoing.  Although it’s likely that those of us outside this investigation may never find out what happened, we still need to learn what we can from the incident.  Early reports suggest that sperm from one man may have remained in an injection needle, or needle holder, when the laboratory staff moved on to inseminate the oocytes from another couple.  This situation persisted as subsequent patients had their oocytes injected with sperm.

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June 26, 2014

San Francisco, CA – June 26, 2014 – Recognized internationally for his expertise as an embryologist and researcher, Joseph Conaghan, PhD, presented at the Irish Fertility Society’s 8th Annual Scientific Meeting in Dublin on May 16 and 17, and at the Third Annual Canadian Embryology Summit in Toronto on May 31. Dr. Conaghan is Clinical Laboratory Director at Pacific Fertility Center.

Founded in 2005, the Irish Fertility Society represents a broad cross section of individuals working in the area of infertility, including doctors, scientists, nurses, counselors, and administrative staff. At its annual meeting, Dr. Conaghan spoke about the use of preimplantation genetic screening (PGS) and time-lapse imaging to promote the wider application of elective single embryo transfer (eSET) with in vitro fertilization (IVF).  

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September 12, 2013

San Francisco, CA – September 12, 2013 – Joining other world-class fertility and family-building experts, Joseph Conaghan, PhD, Laboratory Director at the Pacific Fertility Center (PFC), will be a panelist at Fertility Planit 2013 NYC on September 15. Sponsored by Auxogyn, Inc, the session is entitled Eggs to Embryo: New Techniques in IVF Lab, and will run from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. This is the second Fertility Planit event featuring reproductive experts from Pacific Fertility Center this year.

Fran Meadows, infertility advocate and author of The Truth Behind The Secret “Infertility:” A Personal Journey of my Journey to Motherhood, will moderate the conversation with Dr. Conaghan and the other panelist, Serena Chen, Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, NJ.

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September 11, 2013

PFC's Laboratory Director, Dr. Joe Conaghan, will be speaking at the Fertility Planit show this Sunday, September 15th in New York City. The talk is entitled, Eggs to Embryo: New Techniques in the IVF Lab. He will talk about his work with Auxogyn's time-lapse photo imaging of embryos.

More about the session:
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.

You can register to watch a free live stream of the event here.

Learn more about Fertility Planit here.