Male infertility is a distressingly common condition affecting at least 1 in 20 men of reproductive age. In a vast majority of infertile patients (>80%), sufficient numbers of spermatozoa are produced to achieve fertilisation, however the functionality of these cells has become compromised, making defective sperm function the largest single defined cause of human infertility.

A major aim of my work is to understand the molecular mechanisms responsible for male infertility in order to lift laboratory andrology from its ineffective descriptive past to a molecular future where knowledge of the underlying pathophysiology will transform the  clinical assessment and management of these patients.

The purpose of my proposed travel is primarily to attend the prestigious international conference and early career researcher seminar series entitled ‘The Gordon Conference of Fertilization and
Activation of Development’ held on 16-21st of July, 2017 in New Hampshire, USA. This conference is unique as it is one of the only conferences in this field to emphasize the importance of student and early career researcher contribution to both seminars and discussion and has distinct opportunities for early career researchers to receive valuable feedback on their project goals, discoveries and grant applications. While bringing together the best minds in reproductive biology across the world, the Gordon Research Conference is run in a manner that promotes a sense of community amongst reproductive researchers that are usually separated by continents and provides a supportive environment for the very rigorous discussion of male and female gamete biology.

Researchers 

Dr Elizabeth Bromfield, Professor Brett Nixon, Laureate Professor John Aitken

Research Area 
Project type 
Travel Grant
Year of funding 
2016