Andrology SIG

The Andrology SIG has been an active participant at the annual CFAS meetings since its inception in 2008. The aim of the Andrology SIG is to promote the field of Andrology and disseminate the latest advances in this area to Canadian clinicians, scientists and allied professionals working in reproductive biology. The Andrology SIG also acts as a resource for Canadian health care professionals and promotes the exchange of ideas and information in this field. At the last three annual CFAS meetings, the Andrology and ART laboratory SIGs have held joint sessions at the ART Professionals day in order to enhance the educational experience and increase the profile of these two SIGs. Once again, the Andrology and ART laboratory SIGs will hold a joint session at the ART Professionals day at the upcoming CFAS meeting in Toronto (September 2016).

Membership Benefits Joining the Andrology SIG gives you the opportunity to:

  • Influence the direction of your profession in Canada
  • Network with other Andrologists from across Canada
  • Remain updated on the latest advances in Andrology

How to Join You need to be a member of the CFAS in good standing, and be interested or involved in the delivery or direction of Andrology services. If you would like more information, please contact:

Tamer Said, Ph.D, HCLD/CC (ABB)
Chair Andrology SIG 2016 – 2019

Tamer M. Said, Ph.D, HCLD/CC (ABB) - Chair


Director, Andrology Laboratory & Reproductive Tissue Bank
The Toronto Institute for Reproductive Medicine – ReproMed

Dr. Said graduated from Alexandria Medical School, Egypt in 1994 and received his Master degree in Andrology in 1999. He completed his post-graduate training in Andrology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.A. Dr. Said holds a doctorate degree in Medical Sciences from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands. In 2010, the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) certified him as a High-complexity Clinical Laboratory Directory (HCLD) and a Clinical Consultant (CC).

Dr. Said has been managing the Andrology Laboratory and Reproductive Tissue Bank at ReproMed, Canada’s only Sperm Bank, since 2006. He has more than twenty years of experience in the field of Andrology Laboratories and Cryo-banks.

Dr. Said is the recipient of a number of academic awards and research grants. He has published over 35 scientific papers in peer-reviewed journals. His main research interests include apoptosis and DNA fragmentation in the male germ line, sperm selection methods and gamete cryopreservation. He developed a new application for semen selection based on immuno-magnetic labeling of apoptotic sperm.

Sergey I. Moskovtsev MD, PhD - Vice-Chair


Sergey I. Moskovtsev MD, PhD is the Director of Andrology at the CReATe Fertility Clinic in Toronto, Canada. He was trained as a research physician in his native Russia followed by postdoctoral fellowship and at the Division of Andrology, Department of Urology, University of Utah and a three-year research fellowship at the Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto. He received an appointment in 2010 as Assistant Professor with the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Faculty of Medicine, University of Toronto. He has recently served for three years as Chairman of the Andrology Special Interest Group and Advisory Council of Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society (CFAS).

Sergey’s research interest is idiopathic male infertility; sperm DNA damage, telomere length and epigenetics of male infertility. He is involved in intensive research collaboration with several medical institutions across North America. His research has resulted in a number of peer reviewed papers, presentations at national and international meetings and several grants including CIHR.

Mahmoud Aarabi, MD, PhD - Secretary/Treasurer

Mahmoud Aarabi

Dr. Mahmoud Aarabi has been a CFAS member since 2009 and a member of Andrology SIG Executive Committee since 2011. He was trained in sperm biology at Queen’s University, Kingston, ON under supervision of Dr. Richard Oko. In 2013, he moved to Montreal to pursue postdoctoral fellowship in reproductive epigenomics under supervision of Dr. Jacquetta Trasler at McGill University Health Centre. Dr. Aarabi’s research focus is on the sperm contributions to normal fertilization and the impact of environmental factors on gametes and well-being of embryos. His transnational research includes collaborations with Canadian infertility clinics to improve the diagnosis and treatment of infertility. In addition to over 20 peer-reviewed publications, his research findings have been recognized by numerous awards including the CFAS Annual Meeting Best Paper in 2010 and 2015, ASRM Lamb-Lipshultz Travelling Scholar Award in 2013 and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2016.

Currently, Dr. Aarabi is the American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics Fellow-in-training in Clinical Laboratory Genetics and Genomics at the Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh, PA. In addition to clinical procedures such as PGD/PGS, NIPT and next generation sequencing-based diagnostics, he continues his research by investigating the genetic abnormalities among infertile men. He has also been the Trainee Representative Member of the American Society of Andrology Executive Council since 2015.

Armand Zini, MD, FRCS(C) - Scientific Subcommittee Chair

Zini 2016

Dr. Armand Zini is Professor of Urology at McGill University and Head of the Division of Urology at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal.  Dr. Zini is also the Director of the Andrology Fellowship program at McGill University.

Dr. Zini received his Medical degree and completed his urologic training at McGill University in Montreal. He then completed a fellowship in Male Infertility at the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Centre and The Population Council in New York.

Dr. Zini’s main expertise is in the area of male infertility. His clinical research interests include varicoceles, sperm retrieval techniques and the role of semen oxidants and antioxidants in male infertility. He has focused his basic research activity on the study of human sperm DNA damage and the impact of this damage on male fertility potential.

Alex C. Varghese, PhD - Membership Chair

Alex C Varghese is the Scientific and Laboratory Director at Astra Fertility group in Mississauga, Canada. He also hold the position as one of the Board of Directors in Life In Vitro Global, a training cum fertility care program. He is well regarded for his passion to disseminate knowledge through online platforms and also as a leader of embryology society (ACE-India). He has helped in establishing training programs and also affordable batch IVF units in many South Asian Countries. His area of interest is in developing automated systems for assisted reproduction and developing comprehensive training courses for ART professionals. He is the editor of 10 books in the field of ART and published by Springer, Taylor and Francis and Jaypee Medical.

Alex believes in “responsible reproduction” through ethical practices, low cost IVF for the mass, quality management and safe practices which safe guard the health of IVF children.