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The Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank was founded in 1989 and set up by Associate Professor Gary Clarke. A/Professor Clarke was instrumental in achieving NATA (National Association of Testing Authorities) accreditation for the Laboratory, developing immunological testing in semen which has been implemented worldwide, and has made significant contributions to the scientific literature in Reproductive Medicine.
The laboratory is staffed by a team of experienced and dedicated medical scientists who are members of either the Medical Scientists Association of Victoria (MSAV) and/or the Fertility Society of Australia (FSA) and Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT). The Scientist in Charge, Dr Aideen Killeen, is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Science and Clinical Scientist with numerous years’ experience working in Fertility Clinics and Pathology Laboratories in the United Kingdom, Ireland and Africa.
The Andrology Laboratory performs more than 2,000 diagnostic tests and 400 sperm banking procedures annually. The diagnostic tests include semen analysis, and direct and indirect sperm antibody assays. Sperm banking is mainly provided to adult and adolescent males who are about to undergo treatment for cancer, which is known to have detrimental effects on sperm production. Sperm banking is also provided for the purpose of gender reassignment treatment, for couples having IVF treatment, or those undergoing surgical procedures i.e. vasectomy etc. Sperm banking can also be arranged for Australian Defence Force personnel where required.
Ongoing research in the Andrology Unit is primarily focused on oncofertility, and male reproductive pathologies associated with the impairment of sperm development. The Andrology Unit is also investigating biochemical and molecular markers in seminal fluid associated with failed fertilisation, recurrent pregnancy loss, and paediatric and child health.