Ms Shimona Lai (’12)
While studying for a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2017 Shimona took the opportunity to undertake a year-long Bachelor of Medical Science (Hons) degree at Monash, to conduct research into in the field of obstetrics, and more specifically-assisted reproductive technologies and in-vitro fertilisation(IVF). Shimona compared clinical outcomes following single-and double-embryo transfers, with a focus on embryo quality.
As part of this research Shimona presented to the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Annual Meeting held in Geneva, Switzerland. The results from this project challenged the precedent that transferring multiple embryos compensates for low implantation and pregnancy rates. The findings suggested that they may cause worse outcomes and even harm.
‘The attitudes towards single and double embryo transfer are slowly changing, but our work has the potential to spur this on a little quicker - which is very exciting from a clinical perspective.’
This is a significant achievement for Shimona, who only left Ruyton in 2012, and we look forward to following her progress in the years ahead.