Dr Christos Venetis’ work has gained international recognition and has been instrumental in changing the clinical practice in most IVF clinics worldwide. Currently the Senior Coordinator of Clinical Research at IVF Australia and a Senior Lecturer at the
University of New South Wales, Dr Venetis gained his MD from the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece where he was also awarded his PhD for his work on the prognostic role of progesterone for the outcome of in-vitro fertilization cycles.
Furthermore, Dr Venetis has also recently conducted research on the optimal way to stimulate a woman’s ovaries. In the early days of IVF, it was shown that collecting multiple eggs by stimulating the ovaries increased the chances of IVF success compared to just collecting a single egg that a woman releases during her cycle.
But more recently, several clinicians believed stimulating the ovaries and collecting many eggs would somehow compromise their quality. This “quality over quantity” dilemma has been troubling IVF doctors and scientists for close to 20 years now.
But Dr Venetis and his colleagues conducted research here in Australia that proved the exact opposite. This work was presented in the largest annual conference of Reproductive Medicine in Europe in 2017 and, as expected, attracted significant attention.
“What we did with my colleagues here at IVF Australia was to design and execute a study where for the first time we were able to debunk the theory that ‘more is less'” he revealed to Neos Kosmos in his first Australian interview.
“It was shown that the more eggs you are able to retrieve the more genetically normal embryos you will have meaning these women have a higher chance to get pregnant.”
However, in the case that multiple eggs are not retrieved, it doesn’t mean that a pregnancy won’t occur, Dr Venetis pointed out.
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