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Scientific Program

October 1, 2021

Nurses Program 11:00-13:15 CEST

Supported by an unrestricted grant by Ferring Pharmaceuticals

  Welcome Milton Leong,  Hong Kong, Zeev Shoham, Israel
11:00-11:15 Session 1: Fertility Nursing past and present
Judith Smith, UK
Session 2: The role of the Fertility Nurse in the UK, education, and development now
Katie Best, UK
11:30-11:50 Session 3: The neuroendocrinology control of the reproductive system
Dominique de Ziegler, France
11:50-12:35 Session 4: The protocols for ovarian stimulation
Ariel Weissman, Israel
12:35-12:50 Session 5: The experience of the nurse from OR
Preparing for OPU, Set-up Tips for Success
Sophie Hall – Registered Nurse, Royal Women’s Hospital, Sydney, Australia
An Egg’s Journey, from OPU to Laboratory
Sarah Dalati – Senior Embryologist, Fertility & Research Centre, Sydney, Australia
12:50-13:15 Session 6: The different procedures that take place in the IVF Lab
Jessica Bailey, USA

Main Program – starting at 14:00 CEST
(Paris – 14:00, Cairo 15:00, Hong Kong – 20:00, San Diego – 05:00, New York – 08:00, Buenos Aires – 09:00)

  Welcome Milton Leong,  Hong Kong, Botros Rizk, USA, Zeev Shoham, Israel
14:00-14:25 Special lecture
14:00-14:25 The Corona 19 virus and the reproductive organs. Summarizing almost two years of unknown consequences and different guidelines. What information are we still missing?
Virgilio Novero, Philippines
 14:25-16:00 Session 1: Embryo formation and development
14:25-14:50 How the concept of eugenics has evolved from idea to reality
David Albertini, USA
14:50-15:30 Imaging how cells change their fate, shape and position to form the preimplantation embryo
Nicolas Plachta, USA
15:30-16:00 Reproducing and the End of Life: Genesis through Deuteronomy, α to Ω
Gerald Schatten, USA
16:00-16:30 Special Lecture
16:00-16:30 For receiving special honor by Her Majesty, the Queen of the United Kingdom
Commanders of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) for Services to Female Reproductive Biology
A personal Journey towards developing In Vitro Follicle Growth Systems (IVG): It takes a community
Evelyn Telfer, UK
 16:30-18:30 Session 2: Innovation In the field of Reproductive Medicine
16:30-17:10 Genetic innovations from the standpoint of Precision Medicine in Reproductive Medicine
Carlos Simon, Spain
17:10-17:45 Artificial intelligence technologies in ART: Future role
Charles Bormann, USA
17:45-18:05 The future is bright, the future is frozen
Charles Kingsland, UK
18:05-18:30 Evidence-based ET timing
Tsafrir Kolatt, Israel
 18:30-19:35 Session 3: Improving efficacy and efficiency in your clinic
Supported by Vitrolife
18:30-18:55 Optimization of oocyte collection: efficacy and safety
William Ledger, Australia
18:55-19:20 Workflow efficiency related to iDAScore
Marcos Meseguer, Spain
19:20-19:35 Peculiarities of work with EmbryoGlue for successful results
Olga Morozova, Russia
Closing remarks of the first day

October 2, 2021

Nurses Program 11:00-13:00 CEST

Supported by an unrestricted grant by Ferring Pharmaceuticals

11:00-11:20 Session 7: The role of monitoring the stimulation treatment
Seang Lin Tan, Canada
Session 8: The journey of the sperm
Sherman Silber, USA
11:50-12:20 Session 9: Genetics for nurses
Discuss basic genetic concepts, recognize common genetic tests in the ART setting, evaluate common genetics issues that may arise in the ART setting and when referrals are indicated
Yaron Yuval, Israel
12:20-12:50 Session 10: Making eggs and sperm from a person’s skin cells
Sherman Silber, USA

Main Program – starting at 14:00 CEST
(Paris – 14:00, Cairo 15:00, Hong Kong – 20:00, San Diego – 05:00, New York – 08:00, Buenos Aires – 09:00)

14:00-14:20 GE Symposium
14:00-14:20 More Than Just Follicles – A Practical Guide to Expanding Ultrasound Use in Your Practice
Melissa Bunk, USA
 14:20-15:45 Session 4: Treating the unfavorable prognosis patient in IVF
Organized by: The Center for Human Reproduction (CHR), New York, N.Y
Introduction by Norbert Gleicher, USA
14:20-14:50 20 years of IVF stagnation, a main reason being automatic rejection of women above age 42-43 for autologous IVF
Norbert Gleicher, USA
14:50-15:10 Androgen-induced epigenetic modulations in the ovary
Aritro Sen, USA
15:10-15:25 Why IVF cycles in poor prognosis patients must be highly individualized
David H. Barad, USA
15:25-15:45 Why poor prognosis patients should be the last candidates for PGT-A
Pasquale Patrizio, USA
15:45-16:10 Special Lecture
15:45-16:10 Customer Experience: Utilizing a highly accurate, efficient, and reliable assay for the detection of aneuploidy in pre-implantation embryo biopsy samples
Adam Goodman, USA
 16:10-17:15 Session 5
Introduction by Botros Rizk, USA
16:10-16:35 The chamber of secrets: Indicator for embryo transfer success
Charles Kingsland, UK
16:35-17:00 Plasticity of the human embryo: lessons learned from time-lapse imaging in the IVF lab and its synergies with PGT
Alison Campbell, UK
17:00-17:15 Immortality through ART: How ART combined with space research will change the future of humanity
Ertug Kovanci, USA
17:15-17:45 Session 6: Advanced maternal age and complications of pregnancy
Introduction by Alon Ben Arie, Israel
17:15-17:45 Challenges of being pregnant above the age of 50
Edi Vaisbuch, Israel
17:45-18:05 Vaginal Progesterone to Prevent Preterm Birth
Roberto Romero, USA
 18:05-19:15 Session 7: Endometriosis and infertility
18:05-18:25 The use of oral GnRH antagonists
Ziv Tsafrir, Israel
18:25-18:45 The most promising data of using progetogens among women with endometriosis and infertility
Svetlana Dubrovina, Russia
18:45-19:15 Endometriosis: Surgical treatment for reproduction
Olivier Donnez, Belgium
 19:15-19:45 Session 8: Special lecture
19:15-19:45 Navigating Patients’ Hopes and Fertility Reality: Psychological Mechanisms to the Rescue
Talya Miron-Shatz, Israel
Closing remarks of the second day

October 3, 2021

Nurses Program 12:30-13:40 CEST

Supported by an unrestricted grant by Ferring Pharmaceuticals

12:30-12:55 Session 11: Fertility preservation
Marie-Madeleine Dolmans, Belgium
12:55-13:20 Session 12: PCOS an update: History, definition, and treatment
Raoul Orvieto, Israel
13:2013:40 Session 13: The Challenging Role of the IVF Nurse
Carol Lesser, USA
Closing remarks: Milton Leong, Hong Kong and Zeev Shoham, Israel

Main Program – starting at 14:00 CEST
(Paris – 14:00, Cairo 15:00, Hong Kong – 20:00, San Diego – 05:00, New York – 08:00, Buenos Aires – 09:00)

14:00-15:45 Session 9: Why most add-ons hurt IVF outcomes
Organized by: The International Do No Harm Group in IVF (IDNHG-IVF)
Introduction by Norbert Gleicher, USA
14:00-14:25 Defining add-ons and how they should be introduced to IVF
Joyce Harper, UK
14:25-14:55 Extended culture to blastocyst, add-on or routine IVF practice?
Demian Glujovsky, Argentina
14:55-15:20 PGT-A, the most consequential add-on to IVF of them all
Raoul Orvieto, Israel
15:20-15:45 Embryo banking/freezing another unsupported fashion of the moment
Norbert Gleicher, USA
15:45-16:40 Session 10: The sperm
Introduction by Botros Rizk, USA, Zeev Shoham, Israel
15:45-16:05 Intracytoplasmic sperm injection versus conventional in-vitro fertilization in couples with infertility in whom the male partner has normal total sperm count and motility
Ben Mol, Australia
16:05-16:25 Management of azoospermia and ART
Medhat Amer, Egypt
16:25-16:40 Molecular profiling of spermatozoa opens a new way to explore male infertility
Nino Guy Cassuto, France
16:40-17:55 Session 11: New perspective on the Luteal phase support
Introduction by Ariel Weissman, Israel
16:40-17:00 Progesterone free luteal support in IVF
Shahar Kol, Israel
17:00-17:20 GnRh analog as a sole luteal support in ART treatments
Itai Bar-Hava, Israel
17:20-17:35 Should women receive luteal support following natural cycle frozen embryo transfer?
Yossi Mizrachi, Australia
17:35-18:05 Discussion
18:05-19:40 Session 12: New approach to IVF
18:05-18:25 A new approach makes Saline Infusion Sonography (SIS) simpler and more user friendly
Dominique de Ziegler, France
18:25-18:50 Ovarian stimulation for IVF
Botros Rizk
18:50-19:20 Mini/IVF
Sherman Silber, USA
19:20-19:40 The application of progestin-primed ovarian stimulation (PPOS) in women with polycystic ovarian syndrome
Kuang Yanping, China
19:40-21:00 Session 13: Next generation ART
Organized by the Latin-American Association for Reproductive Medicine (ALMER)
Introduction by Ricardo Loret de Mola, USA & Marcelo Barrionuevo, USA
19:40-20:05 New biomarkers of embryo development
Gianpiero Palermo, USA
20:05-20:30 Future of PGT
Nathan Treff, USA
20:30-21:00 Artificial intelligence in ART
Cristina Hickman, UK
21:00-21:25 Session 14: How can we work with the social media: practical ideas for improving patient communications
Organized by Vanguard Communications, USA
21:00-21:15 Five ways to Optimize Patient Communications to Optimize Outcomes
Stephanie Wilson, USA and Selene Neuburg, USA
21:15-21:25 Fighting Fertility Myths & Misinformation on social media
Ron Harman King, USA
21:25-21:30 Closing remarks Milton Leong, Hong Kong, Botros Ritz, USA, Zeev Shoham, Israel