December 15th at 5pm (GMT)
Chair: Mário Sousa, ICBAS
Title: Clinical implications of sperm DNA damage in ART
Professor Juan G. Alvarez received his Medical Doctor degree at the University of Santiago of Compostela in Spain, has a Ph.D in Physical-Chemistry by the University of Villanova, Pennsylvania, and is Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School. During over three decades he has developed his scientific career in world leading research centers such as the Reproductive Biology Unit at the University of Pennsylvania and Harvard Medical School, where he was Director of Research at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Co-Director of the Women’s Health Research Institut at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. He was also Scientific Director of Institut Marques in Barcelona, one of the leading IVF centres in Spain. He carried out basic and clinical research in the field of infertility with particular emphasis in oxygen radical chemistry and biochemistry in mammalian spermatozoa and free radical-induced sperm DNA damage in human spermatozoa. Proof of that are his more than 200 scientific articles published in top journals specialized in reproduction. Professor Alvarez is ad hoc reviewer of over twenty scientific journals including those journals of highest impact in human reproduction. He is the inventor of the test FertilMARQ™, the first at home male infertility test approved by the FDA.
Currently, he is Director of Centro ANDROGEN, one of the leading male infertility clinics in Spain. He combines his clinical activities with research in the area of male infertility. He is currently collaborating with the Cleveland Clinic Glickman Urological Institute, Harvard Medical School, Yale University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), the University of Leipzig, the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), one of the top research institutions in Spain.