Meurig and Jackson have been successfully invited to join SETsquared Partnership ICURe Cohort 38 to validate the market for some of the research the ChRS team have been doing.
1 in 6 couples worldwide suffer from infertility, and in over half of these cases there is a problem with the man’s sperm.
In natural reproduction sperm are selected by their ability to swim, but this has yet to be fully exploited in fertility treatments.
Sperm tail motion acts like a fitness test, it tells us that everything is functioning correctly and allows us to check the health and potential of an individual sperm in a population. There is already evidence that picking the right sperm can also reduce miscarriage rates by up to 40%.
We have created a consumable sperm preparation device, and software for analysing tail motion, which exploit these natural selection mechanisms to obtain the best sperm for treatment.
If you’d like to know more or book an appointment to discuss with the team, you can contact Meurig directly on firstname.lastname@example.org
The ChRS are happy to announce the publication of our work on Flagellar Analysis and Sperm Tracking – FAST. Find the full article – doi.org/10.1093/humrep/dez056.
The project aims to improve how we analyse semen samples. Computer aided semen analysis (CASA) systems which track the head of each sperm to produce a sperm count and a measure of swimming speed (motility) are readily available, however these systems are not accurate or informative enough to replace human assessment.
To solve this problem, FAST is designed to capture more detail from each sample by studying the sperm tail, or flagellum, which provides the mechanical force that propels sperm towards the egg. The free to use research software, developed with our mathematics team enables accurate, detailed and crucially, automated, capture of the waveform and mechanics of the flagellum, with the aim of underpinning a new generation of motility assessments.