THE Medical Art Centre (MART) Maryland, Ikeja, Lagos, has started a Pre-implantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) with 25 In Vitro Fertilisation (IVF) patients.
Co-pioneer of IVF technology in Nigeria and Consultant Reproductive Endocrinologist at MART, Prof. Oladapo Ashiru, at the monthly clinical meeting of the Nigerian Society of Endocrinology and Metabolism (NSEM), hosted by the Centre last week, presented the technique for pre-implantation genetic screening, which was currently used for 25 IVF patients at the Medical Art center between April 21st to April 28, 2009.
"MART has commenced the technique of pre-implantation genetic selection for genetic abnormalities and sex selection in Maryland Ikeja. The first batch went through oocyte recovery, Intra Cytoplasmic Sperm Injection (ICSI), PGD biopsy, and Embryo Transfer between April 22nd to April 28th, 2009," he said.
Ashiru, who is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, United States, in his lecture titled "Highlights of Assisted Reproductive Technology and The place of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis in Nigeria", said PGD is the next focus of cutting edge work in the IVF field. He said PGD is for the elimination of abnormal genes and gender selection.
MART, in January 2009, announced the establishment of pre-birth genetic screening for sex selection and sickle cell disorder.
His colleague from Mumbai Dr. Satish Sharma, who is the only person in India running a satellite PGD, amplified the presentation in details.
The meeting was chaired by Prof. Oladapo Ladipo, the President /Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Family Health, Ibadan.
The other speaker was Dr. Satish Sharma, who spoke on the technique of pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. Those present at the seminar included Prof. Osato Giwa-Osagie, who with Ashiru recorded the first IVF delivery in 1989, Prof. Akin Osibogun the Chief Medical Director of LUTH, several other professors and senior doctors from the NSEM.