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Session 48: Cryogovernance II

Tuesday 26 January, 2021. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST

Moderator: Dr. Alison Campbell & Dr Rita Vassena

"Sunk Without Trace? launching an electronic cryo-management system" - Matt Pettit a lecture sponsored by IMT Matcher

"Embryo Road Trip: Moving Cryo Inventory to a New Lab"- Dr. Dawn Kelk

“The importance of ovarian tissue transportation for fertility outcomes” Dr. Janice Vilela


Gas Safe Consultants Ltd with over 30 years’ experience providing gas safety training have kindly donated "Liquid Nitrogen Safely" online training courses lucky participants of this session. 
Their range of gas safety e-learning workshops cover the safe use, handling, storage and transportation of gas cylinders, dry ice, liquid nitrogen and associated equipment.

CRYOGOVERNANCE services are available to insure quality standards in facilities Contact I3 for more details


Matt Pettit, Head of innovation and product specialist at IMT International.

Matt is responsible for the provision of cryopreservation systems to animal breeding programmes and for the development and implementation of Matcher, an electronic witnessing and quality management system for IVF clinics and donor banks.

After gaining a degree in Biology at the University of Wales in 1990, Matt worked in Research and Development at the cattle breeding company, Genus Plc., specialising in Bovine and Equine sperm processing, cryopreservation, and semen evaluation techniques. After establishing a stallion semen freezing unit at Australasia’s largest standard-bred ranch, ‘Alabar Bloodstock’, Matt took up the post of Manager of Research and Development at the Duke of Westminster’s bovine sperm sexing facility, ‘Cogent’. Cogent were the first company in the world to be issued a licence to sex sperm by flow cytometry and achieved the world’s first commercially sexed offspring in 2001, using techniques now widely adopted by the global dairy and beef industries.

Matt joined IMT International in 2005 and plays an integral role in the continuous development of IMT products in line with customer’s requirements and assists with sales and marketing of products through to implementation of products and training.

Matt’s professional qualifications include: BSc Biology; Quality Manager for ISO9001; Manager for Development of technology for ART (Cryopreservation and Quality Management); Speaker on error prevention, quality and risk management in IVF laboratories from theory to practice; e-Learning; and advisor on the GaMP (Good automated manufacturing practice) framework for system validation.


Dr. Dawn Kelk, received her PhD in 1997 and HCLD certification in 2000. She has directed IVF laboratories in both Canada & the United States for both private & academic institutions. She has been Director of the IVF Laboratory at Yale Fertility Center and Associate Research Scientist at the Yale University School of Medicine since 2014. Prior to that time, she was IVF Laboratory Director at RMA of CT & the University of Colorado. Dr. Kelk’s clinical & research interests are diverse, ranging from trophectoderm biopsy, PGT, vitrification of embryos and oocytes to analysis of liquid nitrogen cryo storage tank failure, laser impact on embryo biopsy and predictors of endometrial receptivity. Dr. Kelk is an active member of ASRM & SRBT


Janice is a postdoctoral researcher at the Gynecology laboratory from Catholic University of Louvain, in Belgium. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Veterinary Medicine, a Master’s degree in Compared Animal Physiology and a Ph.D. in Animal Biology. Her research is focused on fertility preservation, conducting studies on ovarian tissue cryopreservation, transplantation and metabolism of human and other mammalian species. in 2008-2009.


Alison studied at Leicester and Nottingham Universities, specializing in assisted reproduction technology and achieving distinction in her Master’s degree. Dr. Campbell completed her PhD based on embryo selection at the University of Kent.
Alison started her career as an embryologist in Liverpool and held a senior embryology position with CARE Fertility at its inception in 1997. Alison has worked as a consultant at several clinics across the world including in Egypt and Italy and has played a key role in establishing and improving IVF laboratories. As Director of Embryology for CARE Fertility, Alison heads up the eight embryology teams with 60 embryologists, across the CARE Fertility Group in the UK and Ireland.

Alison's current role involves driving standards, best practice and leading research and development across the sites, where embryology practice is aligned and continuous improvement a priority. Alison is an experienced clinical embryologist, a member of Alpha executive board, a Diplomate of the Royal College of Pathologists and is a Director of The CARE Fertility Group. Alison was responsible for the first clinical application of time-lapse microscopy in the UK and has published her work in this exciting area of assisted reproduction. Alison Campbell and Prof. Simon Fishel recently edited the first monograph published on time lapse embryology - Atlas of time lapse embryology. Alison has contributed to many key texts about embryology, including co-authoring the chapter on embryology in the prestigious ‘Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice’.
Alison has a passion for training and development of embryologists and has recently established a state of the art training facility and laboratory, based at CARE Manchester.


Dr. Rita Vassena is the Scientific Director of the Eugin Group. In this position, she directs the group's international research, and directly supervises the basic research laboratory in Barcelona. She has more than 20 years of research and management experience in reproduction with more than 100 publications in international journals and book chapters; her main research interests are preimplantation embryo development and human ART policy. Dr. Vassena is Associate Professor of Translational Medicine at the University of Barcelona and Co-Director of the Master's in Human Assisted Reproductive Technology at Pompeu Fabra University.


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