Geneticists

Giving you the best chance of a healthy baby

Melbourne IVF specialises in helping couples with a known genetic condition achieve their dream of having healthy children.

Our Genetics team plays an important role in assessing any genetic risks, and helping you understand test results and implications. In some cases we are able to provide reassurance through counselling and testing, in others we can look at possible treatment options such as IVF and PGTdonor treatments, or further testing, and their implications.

Professor David Coman, Clinical Geneticist

David graduated from the University of Queensland in 1995. He gained wide exposure to General Paediatrics, Neonatology, Clinical Genetics and Metabolic Medicine through training positions in Brisbane, Rockhampton, Melbourne, the United Kingdom and Ireland. Under the supervision of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians, David completed his General Paediatric Training in 2005 and sub-specialty training in 2006. David has an active interest in research and was awarded a Masters of Philosophy from the University of Queensland in 2007.

David’s area of expertise is in the diagnosis and management of children with rare diseases. A rare disease is a clinically serious disorder affecting fewer than 1 in 2000 people. 80% of rare diseases are genetic, with the majority affecting children. His extensive training and experience, empathy, professionalism, relaxed nature and sense of humour make him well placed to care for children and their families. David is a passionate rare disease advocate and engages with multiple rare disease support groups. He runs philanthropic Paediatric Outreach Clinics to the Helena Goldie Hospital in the Western Provence of the Solomon Islands.

David is currently involved in multiple research projects aimed at novel disease discovery, improved diagnostic testing and treatments for children with Inherited Genetic Disorders. David is a Clinical Tutor for Paediatrics for the UnitingCare Clinical School. He is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and paediatric trainees and currently holds academic appointments at The University of Queensland, Griffith University, Bond University, and Queensland University of Technology. David has a part time public appointment at the Queensland Children’s Hospital.

When not working, David enjoys spending time with his family, watching as much sport as possible and reading comics. He a life-long supporter of the mighty Manly Warringah Sea Eagles.

Professor David Amor, Clinical Geneticist

After graduating from the University of Melbourne, David trained in paediatrics at the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne. He completed subspecialty training in the field of Clinical Genetics in 2000, and then undertook a PhD in chromosome biology at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute. Since then, he has worked as a consultant clinical geneticist at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne – and here at Melbourne IVF, where he holds a monthly genetics clinic.

David’s clinical and research interests include chromosome disorders, rare genetic syndromes, genetic disorders associated with infertility, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) and the possible links between IVF conception and birth defects. In 2010, he was appointed Director of the Victorian Clinical Genetics Service. He is currently the Lorenzo and Pamela Galli Chair in the Department of Paediatrics at The University of Melbourne, he is a Group Leader in Developmental Disability and Rehabilitation Research at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute and is a

Consultant Clinical Geneticist at The Royal Children's Hospital and VCGS.

In fulfilling all these roles, David goes to great lengths to raise awareness about genetic conditions – in the community and on TV. He is also highly regarded for his ability to diagnose quickly and accurately, and to effectively communicate complex genetic information.

Loren Barron, Genetic Counsellor

Loren is an experienced associate genetic counsellor with over 8 years’ experience in numerous areas of reproductive genetics including prenatal genetic counselling, high risk obstetrics and fertility counselling, particularly in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD).  She has completed a Master’s degree at Melbourne University in Genetic Counselling and has extensive experience from a number of highly-regarded hospitals across Victoria.

 As part of the PGD team Loren counsels couples prior to starting their PGD treatment and liaises between the PGD laboratory and patients to ensure individualised patient care.  

Genetics clinic

The genetics clinic is for people who are considering treatment options because of known genetic conditions. There is a fortnightly clinic at East Melbourne for people who are considering treatment options because of known genetic conditions. To make an appointment for our fortnightly genetic clinic, you will need a referral from your GP, a clinical genetics service or from your Melbourne IVF fertility specialist. Download the fertility referral form below.

Understanding Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT)
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