Jacques Cohen discusses the current role of PGD and PGS in embryo selection.
Jacques Cohen, PhD. is the founder and president of Galileo Research Laboratories, LLC. Dr. Cohen has served as the Scientific Director of Assisted Reproduction at the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in Livingston, New Jersey since 1995 and is associated with several laboratories involved in IVF and PGD, both in Europe and throughout the US.
Dr. Cohen was trained at Erasmus University in Rotterdam, Holland as a Reproductive Physiologist specializing in in vitro fertilization and cryobiology. His initial studies of human embryology occurred in the late 1970s and he was one of the first embryologists in Bourn Hall Clinic in the UK. Dr. Cohen moved to the US in 1985 after having studied the application of IVF in male factor infertility and the cryopreservation of blastocysts. In Atlanta, Georgia, he and colleagues developed methods for micro-surgically assisting human fertilization, precursor methods to ICSI. The same team was responsible for the development of assisted hatching and co-culture techniques. In 1989, Dr. Cohen became the Laboratory Director for the IVF program at Cornell University Medical College in New York, where aneuploidy and mosaicism diagnosis, as well as fragment removal, were added to the list of technologies in use in assisted reproductive medicine. Dr. Cohen and his team have continued their work on the development of new methods in cryobiology and preimplantation genetics at Saint Barnabas Medical Center and in the various other centers with which they are affiliated.
Dr. Cohen travels extensively and is a frequent lecturer at conferences and seminars on topics in human fertility research worldwide. He has authored more than 200 publications, serves on the editorial boards of numerous peer-reviewed publications and is widely recognized as a leader in the science of reproductive medicine. Dr. Cohen has held faculty appointments at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, at Cornell University Graduate School of Medical Sciences and at Cornell University Medical College, where he was a tenured Associate Professor of Embryology in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Dr. Cohen holds a faculty appointment at the College of Physicians & Surgeons at Columbia University.