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Dr Phillip Matson

Dr Phill Matson has extensive experience and expertise in reproductive technology with a particular focus on andrology, endocrinology, and procedures using patient and donor gametes and embryos. He has been the Scientific Director in fertility clinics both in the UK and Australia, and is currently the Principal Scientist at Fertility North here in Western Australia. While in the UK, he became the first Consultant Clinical Scientist with full IVF responsibility in the National Health Service, being formally equivalent to a medical specialist. In addition to his work as a clinical scientist, he helped establish the Reproductive Biology Unit at Perth Zoo.

Phillwas the inaugural Chair of the Association of Clinical Embryologists (ACE) and was recently accepted as a Fellow of the Royal College of Pathology in the Specialty of Clinical Embryology. In the UK he was instrumental in establishing the world’s first External Quality Assurance Program for andrology and later helped create the External Quality Assurance Schemes for Reproductive Medicine in Australia. He has served on the committees of various professional bodies including the British Andrology Society, British Fertility Society, Fertility Society of Australia, Scientists in Reproductive Technology (SIRT), the Endocrine and Reproductive Biology Society of WA and the NHMRC Embryo Research Licensing Committee. He is currently the Chair of the Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC).

Throughout his career, Phill has undertaken research as part of supervisory duties inservice-orientated laboratories and published over 100 papers in refereed journals.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, England, 1985.

Recent Publications (within the last five years)

Journal Articles

  • Liu, Y., Feenan, K., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2017), Intracytoplasmic sperm injection using hyaluronicacid or polyvinylpyrrolidone: a time-lapse siblingoocyte study. Human Fertility, 20(epub ahead of print), epub ahead of print, DOI:
  • Hamilton, K., Hadlow, N., Roberts, P., Sykes, P., McClements, A., Coombes, J., Matson, P., (2017), Longitudinal changes in thyroid hormones during conception cycles and early pregnancy. Clinical and Medical Biochemistry, 3(1), 1-7, DOI: DOI: 10.4172/2471-2663.1000125.
  • Peirce, K., Roberts, P., Ali, J., Coombes, J., Matson, P., (2017), A survey of scientists? awareness of and attitudes to the use of human blood products and alternatives in human assisted reproductive technology. Human Fertility, 20(6 June 2017), 9p., United Kingdom, Taylor & Francis Ltd.
  • Stemp, M., Roberts, P., McClements, A., Chapple, V., Matson, P., (2016), Serum concentrations of the biomarkers CA125, CA15-3, PSA and PAPP-A in early pregnancy. Journal of Reproductive Biotechnology and Fertility, 5(1), 1-6, Sage Publishing, DOI: 10.1177/2058915816672102.
  • Hamilton, K., Hadlow, N., Roberts, P., Sykes, P., McClements, A., Coombes, J., Matson, P., (2016), Longitudinal changes in maternal serum concentrations of antimullerian hormone in individual women during conception cycles and early pregnancy. Fertility and Sterility, 106(6), 1407-1413, Elseiver, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2016.07.1113.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Feenan, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2016), Time-lapse deselection model for human day 3 in vitro fertilization embryos: the combination of qualitative and quantitative measures of embryo growth. Fertility and Sterility, 105(3), 656-662e1, Philadelphia, USA, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.11.003.
  • Willers, N., Martin, GB., Matson, P., Mawson, PR., Morris, K., Bencini, R., (2015), Finding the balance: Fertility control for the management of fragmented populations of a threatened rock-wallaby species. Animals, 5(4), 1329-1344, Basel, Switzerland, MDPI AG, DOI: 10.3390/ani5040414.
  • Stemp, M., Roberts, P., McClements, A., Sykes, P., Chapple, V., Matson, P., (2015), The serum concentration of seven molecular biomarkers (CA15-3, CA19-9, CA72-4, CYFRA21-1, NSE, PCT, S-100) in women during natural and stimulated ovarian cycles and early pregnancy. Journal of Life Medicine, 3(1), 1-5, American V - King Scientific Publishing.
  • Liu, Y., Copeland, C., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Feenan, K., Matson, P., (2015), The relationship between embryo quality assessed using routine embryology or time-lapse videography and serum progesterone concentration on the day of ovulatory trigger in in vitro fertilization cycles. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 4(2), 140-146.
  • Peirce, K., Roberts, P., Ali, J., Matson, P., (2015), The preparation and culture of washed human sperm: a comparison of a suite of protein-free media with media containing human serum albumin. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 4(3), 221-227.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Feenan, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2015), Time-lapse videography of human embryos: using pronuclear fading rather than insemination in IVF and ICSI cycles removes inconsistencies in time to reach early cleavage milestones. Reproductive Biology, 15(2), 122-125, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2015.03.002.
  • Liu, Y., Copeland, C., Stevens, A., Feenan, K., Chapple, V., Myssonski, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2015), Assessment of human embryos by time-lapse videography: a comparison of quantitative and qualitative measures between two independent laboratories. Reproductive Biology, 15(4), 210-216, DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2015.09.001.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Feenan, K., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2015), Clinical significance of intercellular contact at the four-cell stage of human embryos, and the use of abnormal cleavage patterns to identify embryos with low implantation potential: a time lapse study. Fertility and Sterility, 103(6), 1485-1491, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2015.03.017.
  • McEvoy, A., Roberts, P., Yap, K., Matson, P., (2015), The Relationship between the Halosperm Assay and Semen Analysis Performed According to the 4th and the 5th Editions of the World Health Organization Guidelines. Andrology, 4(1), Article no. 1000127, Los Angeles, California, United States, Omics Publishing Group, DOI: 10.4172/2167-0250.1000127.
  • Stemp, M., Roberts, P., McClements, A., Chapple, V., Natalwala, J., Black, M., Matson, P., (2014), Serum concentrations of the biomarkers CA125, CA15-3, CA72-4, tPSA and PAPP-A in natural and stimulated ovarian cycles. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 3(2), 90-96, Hong Kong, Hongkong Gangmao Group Company, DOI: 10.1016/S2305-0500(14)60010-5.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Matson, P., (2014), Prevalence, consequence, and significance of reverse cleavage by human embryos, viewed with the use of the embryoscope time-lapse video system. Fertility and Sterility, 102(5), 1295-1300, New York, USA, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.07.1235.
  • McEvoy, A., Roberts, P., Yap, K., Matson, P., (2014), Development of a simplified method of human semen storage for the testing of sperm DNA fragmentation using the Halosperm G2 test kit. Fertility and Sterility, 102(4), 981-988, Elsevier Inc., DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2014.07.737.
  • Liu, Y., Chapple, V., Roberts, P., Ali, J., Matson, P., (2014), Time-lapse videography of human oocytes following intracytoplasmic sperm injection: Events up to the first cleavage division. Reproductive Biology, 14(4), 249-256, Elsevier Urban & Partner Sp., DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2014.08.003.
  • Hadlow, N., Longhurst, K., McClements, A., Natalwala, J., Brown, S., Matson, P., (2013), Variation in antimullerian hormone concentration during the menstrual cycle may change the clinical classification of the ovarian response. Fertility and Sterility, 99(6), 1791-1797, United States, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.fertnstert.2013.01.132.
  • Stemp, M., McClements, A., Sykes, P., Chapple, V., Matson, P., (2013), The measurement of oestradiol, progesterone, LH, FSH and hCG for assisted reproduction: A comparison of the Siemens Centaur CP and Roche e411 automated analysers. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 2(4), 321-325, DOI: 10.1016/S2305-0500(13)60171-2.
  • Zuvela, E., Walls, M., Matson, P., (2013), Within-laboratory and between-laboratory variability in the measurement of anti-mullerian hormone determined within an external quality assurance scheme. Reproductive Biology, 13(3), 255-257, Poland, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/j.repbio.2013.04.005.
  • Zuvela, E., Walls, M., Matson, P., (2013), Two case studies assessing the effect of oral contraceptive pills upon serum AMH concentrations: Results from an external quality assurance (EQA) scheme. Asian Pacific Journal of Reproduction, 2(1), 80-81, Hong Kong, Elsevier, DOI: 10.1016/S2305-0500(13)60122-0.

Research Student Supervision

Co-principal Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  The Serum Concentrations Of Anti-mullerian Hormone (amh), Thyroid-stimulating Hormone (tsh), Free Triiodothyronine (ft3) And Free Thyroxine (ft4) During Early Pregnancy

Associate Supervisor

  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  Biomarkers Of Disease: Concerntrations In The Serum Of Women During Natural And Stimulated Ovarian Cycles And During Early Pregnancy
  • Master of Science (Human Biology),  The Clinical Utility Of The Halosperm Assay And The Development Of A Simplified Method Of Human Semen Storage For The Testing Of Sperm Dna Fragmentation.

Adjunct Supervisor

  • Doctor of Philosophy,  Human Oocytes And Embryos Viewed By Time-lapse Videography, And The Development Of An Embryo Deselection Model
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