BONUS 217: Artificial Intelligence in Assisted Reproduction

July 26, 2019

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Today’s bonus episode guest is Dr. Carol Curchoe, a clinical embryologist working in fertility medicine at San Diego Fertility Center and the founder of ART Compass.

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Dr. Curchoe and Heather discuss the future of artificial intelligence in assisted reproduction:

INTRODUCTION

  • I’d like to start by hearing a little bit about you. Tell us about your academic background and training.
  • Why did you choose to specialize in reproductive biology?
  • Take us through your career since your fellowship, including how you ended up at San Diego Fertility Center.

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE

  • Can you give a basic definition of AI?
  • How do you “train” an AI system?
  • What is the difference between machine learning and neural networks, as I have heard both terms used seemingly interchangeably?
  • How is AI already used in consumer products?
  • How does medicine use AI to power the larger trend toward precision medicine?
  • Can you give us some examples of current AI applications in medicine?
  • Why is the field of reproduction adapting AI strategies?
  • What are some of the biggest promises of AI in the reproductive field?
    • Normal (“euploid”) embryo selection
    • Stubborn undiagnosed infertility and repeated implantation failure
  • What are some of the potential pitfalls of AI in the reproductive field?
  • Tell us some of the exciting or experimental AI products for reproduction.
  • Is there anything else you’d like to add?

WRAPPING UP

  • What words of hope would you offer to someone who’s just beginning their infertility journey right now?

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