Some ART diagnostic devices are already available and offer objective tools of evaluation. However, automation of the entire spectrum of ART procedures is yet to come and can only be imagined as a platform capable of integrating all the separate technologies, successfully interconnecting them to guarantee a continued chain of custody of the gametes and embryos. The current potential for automation within the in vitro fertilization laboratory, with attention to sperm and oocyte manipulation and selection and to oocyte insemination with standard in vitro fertilization or intracytoplasmic sperm injection is unknown.
The Journal Club Global will discuss the article “Are we approaching automated assisted reproductive technology? Sperm analysis, oocyte manipulation, and insemination,” recently published in F&S Reviews.
Dr. Tom Price and the Duke University REI Fellowship program will host the event with special guest Dr. Anne Steiner, Editor-in-Chief of F&S Reviews. The authors will be represented by Dr. Valentina Casciani, Dr. Jason Franasiak and Dr. Marcos Meseguer. Expert discussants include Dr. Sangita Jindal, Dr. Santiago Munné, and Dr. David Sable.
Questions and issues to be discussed include:
- How close is automation to routine clinical usage?
- What are the future directions of automation research?
- What is the role of AI in developing automation?
- What is the role of the embryologist in the automated laboratory?
- What are the challenges of developing AI and automation in ART compared to other industries?
- Can AI and automation lower ART costs or will they be another add on charge?