Andrology is a profoundly important and sensitive area of health research. Many different factors can lead to a decrease in male fertility, for example, cancer treatments, illnesses, and age, so studying and storing healthy sperm samples from such males becomes an important measure in ensuring their potential to father children in the future.
The Association of Biomedical Andrologists (ABA) is a group dedicated to aiding andrologists in male health research. We recently attended the 11th ABA annual general meeting in Cardiff from the 18th to 19th May, where many topics such as semen analysis and preservation were explored.
The event was held in The Angel Hotel, which is a stone’s throw away from Cardiff Castle. The castle is one of the biggest heritage attractions in Wales and boasts a rich history dating back almost 2000 years, featuring Romans, Normans and Victorians. Beautifully sculpted stone animals designed by William Burges line the outside walls of the castle. It is a stunning site with the ancient architecture still withstanding the forces of time.
We showcased our upright and inverted WS37 warm stage systems, both designed with andrology in mind. The systems proved very popular among the attendees, many of whom commented on the practicality of the features. The extremely accurate temperature control, data logging and the liquid crystal validation slide make the WS37 warm stages the ideal solution to provide repeatable conditions for Sperm analysis – a necessary feature for the andrology community.
In the evening, a lovely Welsh-themed conference dinner was held for the attendees, serving potato and leek soup, Welsh roast lamb and Barabrith honey cheesecake – which tasted surprisingly like Christmas pudding!
The final day saw some much anticipated events such as ‘Question Time’, the annual general meeting and the andrology debate: ‘Is the routine testing of antisperm antibodies clinically useful in the management of the sub-fertile male?’
It proved to be another exciting and successful trip for Linkam. We would like to thank the ABA for holding a superb event and thank you to all those who came over for a chat. We hope to see you all again next year.
By Tabassum Mujtaba