Dr Nicola Dean has been working in assisted reproduction for more than 30 years and has extended experience in clinical work research, starting her career in 1988 and getting the chance to begin her training under the direction of Professor Robert Edwards, the scientific father of the first baby conceived by in-vitro fertilization (IVF). The latter gave her the management of his laboratory in London, England, for several years where she was responsible for the redesign of this laboratory following the move of the clinic. During these years, she also contributed to the success of IVF laboratories in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia and Italy.
She moved to Canada after being recruited by McGill University in 1996 to build and lead the laboratories at the MUHC Reproductive Center. During her years at the university, she completed a doctorate on the transmission and distribution model of genetic diseases in mammals. Following her Ph.D., Dr. Dean is doing clinical work in every area of IVF and research to improve techniques and improve assisted reproduction outcomes at the MUHC Reproductive Center thereafter at the Ovo fertility clinic until 2011. At the same time, she worked with the Centre hospitalier de l’Université de Montréal (CHUM) since 2008 as head of Andrology laboratory.
When the Quebec assisted program begins, Dr. Dean agrees to participate in the implementation of the new Assisted Reproduction Clinic at the CHUM and then assumes the leadership of the new laboratories. She was the prime contractor for the creation of a laboratory dedicated to assisted procreation for couples affected by HIV, hepatitis B or hepatitis C. After the closure of the clinic in 2016, she worked with the CHUM Research Center on a study of the causes of aneuploidy in human oocytes.
Since September of 2018, Dr. Dean is very pleased to be a member of Procrea Fertility team as Director of Embryology and Andrology laboratories in Montreal, Quebec and Gatineau. She participates at both clinical and managerial level to assist in the continuous improvement of treatment in order to give all of our clients the best chance of success.
Dr. Dean’s special interest include measuring and improving the quality of the embryo, preimplantation genetic diagnosis and the genetic components of infertility, the optimization of techniques for serodiscordant couples and cryobiology.
Dr. Dean has been involved in the publication of more than 50 scientific articles, she is a reviewer for international scientific journals, has written books chapters, has presented at several international meeting and taught to university students. She is also a member of the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS)