The International IVF Initiative - i3

Session 86: Small Objects of Desire

International IVF Initiative

Session 86: Small Objects of Desire

Session 86: Small Objects of Desire

Tuesday, 25th January, 2022. 3pm EST/ 8pm UK/ 9pm CET

Moderators:  Thomas Elliott & Giles Palmer 

If there’s One, We can Freeze it: Managing Severe Male Factor with Single Sperm Freezing
Chaya Rothschild
(Sponsored by Maze Men’s Health & MFC Global ltd)

Sperm Selection, No Longer a “Beauty Contest"
Dr. Alejandro Chavez-Badiola
(Sponsored by IVF 2.0)

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Chaya began working in an ART laboratory in 2015 and joined Maze Men’s Health in 2019 as Project Manager for Extended Sperm Search and Microfreeze (ESSM). She trained with the MFC research team to implement their single sperm freezing technique for the first time in the US.
Chaya holds the AAB certifications in Embryology and Andrology Laboratory Sciences and is currently pursuing her master’s degree in Biology.





Born Since 2018, Founder and Scientific Director at IVF 2.0 UK LTD, a biotech company, committed to the advancement of reproductive medicine.

Founder and Chief Medical Officer at the New Hope Fertility Mexico since 2009

Appointed as Professor and Research Coordinator, Clinical Sciences Division, Health Sciences, Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (2007)

Training in Reproductive Medicine at the Hewitt Centre for Reproductive Medicine, Liverpool Women’s Hospital (2005-2007)

Entered in the British General Medical Council (GMC) Registry in 2005

Received the Highly Skilled Specialist Sponsorship by The British Council (2004)

Training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at Hospital Civil, Guadalajara. Appointed as Chief Resident in Obstetrics and Gynaecology twice in this period (2000-2004)

Graduated with Honours from Medical School at Universidad de Guadalajara, Mexico (1998).


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Thomas Elliott is a clinical embryologist at Reproductive Biology Associates in Atlanta, USA. Prior to this he worked at the Oxford Fertility Unit, UK. He established the reproductive science resource website in 1997, and at the same time, together with Dr. Kay Elder, pioneered scientific online meetings with a series of online line conferences entitled “World Wide Conferences on Reproductive Biology”. Thomas is part of the IVF Store team and acts as technical and scientific advisor. Thomas is also the inventor and President of Cryo Sentinel, a thermographic monitoring system for cryogenic storage units. Thomas is a founding member of the International IVF Initiative.


Giles is a clinical embryologist, skilled in laboratory, business, and quality management. After graduating in Genetics at Leeds University, UK he worked as a
research officer at London's Hammersmith Hospital's acclaimed IVF unit working with Professors Lord Winston and Alan Handyside. In the following years he worked as
laboratory manager and clinic director in IVF clinics in Greece while consulting in several countries including Iceland, Nigeria, and the Balkan states.
His research collaboration with St. Sophia' s Children's Hospital (Athens University) resulted in the first births in Greece following embryo-biopsy and pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. He has published in leading scientific journals on a variety of topics including pre-implantation genetic testing for Cystic Fibrosis and B-thalassaemia, Morpho-kinetics, and Quality Management. He is a certified HCPC clinical scientist in the UK and has been accredited with Senior Embryologist Status by ESHRE.

More recently, Giles, has become a consultant for IVF clinics, Institute of Life, Athens
and Nordica Fertility Centre in Lagos and product developer in a wide range of areas
within the industry.

He is the executive director for this non profit global educational project in Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART), the International IVF Initiative.

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