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September 15, 2017

In August I was invited to attend and speak at the Brazilian Congress for Reproductive Medicine in Saõ Paulo.  This is an intense multi-day conference for medical and laboratory professionals in Brazil and other South American countries where the latest advances in reproductive technologies are presented.

I spent 2 days conducting intense vitrification workshops for advanced embryologists teaching the detailed methodologies that have allowed us to be so successful with oocyte and embryo frozen storage.  We did hands-on training for 8 groups of students using mouse embryos and bovine oocytes as practice materials.  Following the workshops, there was 2 days of lectures and I was invited to give 3 talks on embryology laboratory procedures that we have developed here at PFC. 

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February 08, 2017

Looking back at my life’s road, I feel really blessed to have been born into my particular family. Both of my parents are academic professors at a university in northeast China. From childhood, they encouraged me to act with integrity, prudence, and meticulousness. My parents have always done their best to support me in every possible way. Without them, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

I finished my college education in China, majoring in biotechnology, biochemistry and molecular biology. After graduation I decided to continue my studies in Australia and in 2005 I started my master’s in biology in an entirely new environment at the University of Newcastle.

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December 06, 2016

Students from the Department of Biology at the University of San Francisco came back again this year for another field trip to Pacific Fertility Center.  PFC's Lab Director, Dr. Joe Conaghan, taught the students about the clinical applications of developmental biology and discussed the exciting state-of-the-art procedures at PFC!

Here is Dr. Conaghan presenting to the students at Pacific Fertility Center.

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March 11, 2016

San Francisco, CA – March 11, 2016 – Today at 6:00 pm at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the Pacific Coast Reproductive Society (PCRS) in Rancho Mirage, CA, Pacific Fertility Center (PFC) staff will present their research findings on pregnancy from embryos that have been cultured to Day 7 (D7).

One of the first to focus on the number of chromosome sets (ploidy) and implantation rate of D7 embryos, the study provides the largest data set available on pregnancy outcomes after transfer of D7 blastocysts (embryos at an early stage of development). This is PFC’s second paper on D7 embryos—and one of only a few in the literature, said senior author, Philip Chenette, MD.

Reviewing embryology records from March 2014 to July 2015, PFC researchers looked only at blastocysts on Day 5, 6, or 7.  Of the 5,103 embryos frozen at the blastocyst stage, 816 (16 percent of the total) were frozen on D7 and 53 of these were later transferred to attempt pregnancy.

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February 09, 2016

While pursing my degree in genetics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, I enrolled in a summer course in the animal science department, Lab Techniques in Mammalian Gamete and Embryo Biology.  Although not part of my program requirements, the course description piqued my interest as an exciting complement to the rather tedious work that I was doing in a Drosophila (fruit fly) genetics lab.