Major advances in IVF labs in the last few decades

Since the introduction of in vitro fertilisation several decades ago, many developments have been made in the field, and the main part of that development has taken place in the lab.

Kersti Lundin, associate professor in reproductive medicine at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, has worked for more than thirty years in the field of IVF. Besides clinical work and research, she also works closely with the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, ESHRE, to develop guidelines regarding quality and safety. She is one of the speakers at this year’s Lab & Diagnostics of the Future conference and will talk about the technological advances that have been made in the last few decades and where we are today.

“When it comes to IVF, a large part of that development has occurred in the lab,” says Kersti Lundin to Life Science Sweden, and continues: 

“But it goes hand in hand with the clinical application. For example, we started getting better and better at handling embryos but continued transferring several embryos, which resulted in more twins, triplets and so on. So, it is all about having a balance between effective and safe. The better we are on one side, the more we have to hit the brakes on the other to get good treatment”.

She emphasises that the whole field has become a lot bigger and broader than it was from the beginning and that the IVF labs have continuously adapted and developed to fit the needs.

In your opinion, what are the most remarkable advances that have been made within the field in the last few years?

“There are so many! But we have had a fantastic development when it comes to cryopreservation. Now we can freeze embryos and eggs with very good results, which we couldn’t ten years ago. We have also improved the embryo culture, and this means that today we can transfer one embryo at a time and keep the rest in the freezer for a possible new attempt”.

Lab & Diagnostics of the Future

Kersti Lundin will be one of the speakers at Lab & Diagnostics of the Future, which highlights tomorrow's innovative lab techniques in different types of diagnostics. The event will take place on April 12th at Life City in Stockholm. More information: www.labdiagnostics.eu

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