BAS Annual Meeting 2017 – 19th June – Save the Date!

Please save the date in your diary for the BAS Annual Meeting 2017, which will take place on Monday 19th June at The Linnean Society in central London.


During the day current research will be discussed.  The evening event will be on, “ICSI – will there be a future cost for current care?”


Full programme and registration details to follow soon!

March 29, 2017

Andrologist Vacancy at TDL

An opportunity has arisen for an Andrologist to work within the Andrology Department of the Doctors Laboratory (TDL) located at 76 Wimpole Street, London W1G 9RT. TDL is a CPA accredited diagnostic laboratory offering a comprehensive range of diagnostic services to doctors, including fertility specialists and other healthcare professionals.


You will be required to perform semen analysis, post vasectomy semen analysis, determination of retrograde ejaculation, sperm swim-ups etc. and preparation of samples for sperm DNA fragmentation and aneuploidy. You will also assist in developing and validating new diagnostic tests where appropriate. The position involves liaising with both patients and healthcare professionals on a daily basis.


Duties include booking appointments, preparing patient rooms, receiving, analysing and reporting the results of semen samples submitted for analysis and ensuring that the highest levels of quality and service are maintained.


Involvement with Quality processes will be key, such as monitoring internal and external quality assurance schemes, ensuring optimal storage of all samples and other data as required by the CPA/TDL, and liaising with TDL’s Quality Management Group during audits and helping to implement the required action.  The role will include using computerised reporting systems


You should be a HCPC-registered biomedical or clinical scientist, with a science degree or equivalent, and have experience of working within the healthcare field, with report writing experience, and be fully familiar with the purpose and day-to-day laboratory organisation of the TDL Andrology service.


For further information, please contact Aideen Killeen by email,


If you would like to formally apply for this position, please complete an application form which you can download from the careers page on our website ( and send to along with a copy of your CV quoting reference number AN2409.


Closing date:   9th April 2017

March 23, 2017

Obituary: David Iwan Lewis-Jones, 25/01/1948–23/10/2016

The death of Iwan Lewis-Jones at the age of only 67, took from the Andrology community a greatly loved and respected scientist and clinician who is deeply mourned by all who knew him. Throughout his career, Iwan was instrumental in developing the careers of others, supervising 11 post-graduate students to their degrees and inspiring countless others through his exceptional teaching or his force of character at conferences. He published 109 peer-reviewed full papers and made important contributions to the practice of Andrology.


Having graduated in Medicine from the University of Liverpool, he worked as a GP in Liverpool for a couple of years before joining the university as a Demonstrator and Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology. He taught head and neck anatomy and his class was very popular among medical students for the clarity of his teaching and his ability to enliven such a dry discipline. Alongside this, he started his PhD studying immunoglobulins in human breast milk but his life as an Andrologist began after that when he went on to study anti-sperm antibodies.


This new interest in reproductive dysfunction led him to specialise in the area in his clinical work at the Royal Liverpool University Hospital, where he established the regional sperm bank to support the assisted reproduction programme. At the same time, he served as Academic Sub-Dean for the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Liverpool, which involved considerable pastoral work, a role for which he was supremely well suited owing to his charisma, empathy and warmth of personality. His research during this period led to the establishment of the Sperm Deformity Index as a valuable adjunct to sperm morphology that is still recommended by the WHO. He also made a whole string of advances in our understanding of the nature and impact of anti-sperm antibodies.


Iwan chaired the BAS from 2000 to 2004 and with his colleague Nabil Aziz organized the annual scientific meeting in Liverpool on three occasions (1992, 2003, 2013). It was in this role and more generally as a senior member of the Society that he touched the lives and careers of many of us working in the field today. He gave the impression of being inexhaustibly good-humoured and was always encouraging to younger scientists. He was a constant source of clear-sightedness and wisdom and used his depth of knowledge and breadth of experience to the great benefit of UK Andrology. The sense of loss felt by all who knew him is matched only by the huge affection and respect he commanded.


On behalf of the BAS Committee. We are grateful for additional contributions from Nabil Aziz, Steve Troup and members of Iwan’s family.

March 7, 2017