It is with great sadness that the BFS would like to inform the membership of the passing of Elpida Fragouli. A long-standing BFS member, Elpida worked in the field of PGT for more than 20 years. After earning her Master’s degree in Prenatal Genetics and Fetal medicine, she completed a PhD in Human genetics also at University College London. She held research positions at the UCL Centre for Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis, Yale University Medical School and was Laboratory Director for two preimplantation genetics laboratories, Reprogenetics UK and Juno Genetics. She was a Lecturer in Biomedical Science and the Deputy Head of Department in Bournemouth University’s Department of Life and Environmental Sciences
A highly regarded academic, Elpida published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, abstracts, and book chapters. She was responsible for the development and validation of several key PGT techniques. She was a member of the editorial boards of Human Reproduction, Fertility and Sterility and RBM Online. She won several awards including the New England Fertility Society-Pacific Coast Reproductive Society Exchange Prize for best submitted abstract (2007), Basic Science Award for oral presentation at ESHRE (2011), and the SART prize for oral presentation at ASRM, (2015).
Elpida will be greatly missed by many of us and her loss leaves a huge gap in the field.
BFS would like to pass on their best wishes to Elpida’s family and friends at this difficult time.