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Karen Schnauffer is a Consultant Embryologist with a career spanning nearly 25 years. She has a huge amount of experience within the world of IVF, and not only being a working embryologist has also been instrumental in setting up four IVF laboratories, and introducing new services and new technologies in the world of Assisted Conception. She is also responsible for providing training to many embryologists from the UK and abroad over the last 23 years. Karen has previously been responsible for leading the largest embryology team in the UK and was the first person to be appointed as a HFEA Person Responsible over two separate IVF centres. She is frequently approached by colleagues, both nationally and internationally, for advice and support, and has been invited to sit on various expert groups for the HFEA and within the commercial sector. She has held numerous positions for the Association of Clinical Embryologists and was a member of the steering group to amalgamate the professional bodies; the Association of Biomedical Andrologists (ABA), the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) and the British Andrology Society (BAS) to form the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists (ARCS). For the last four years Karen has also been the Programme Chair for the annual Fertility meetings for the Association of Clinical Embryologists and now continues this role for the Association of Reproductive and Clinical Scientists. Karen has a strong interest in research and although her passion is in the world of human IVF, she has previously successfully developed an ICSI programme in horses and produced the first time-lapse images of equine embryos.

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