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Scientific Programme

Thursday, November 1, 2018

13:30-18:30 Fertility preservation hands-on workshop
Workshop Director: Dror Meirow
Preregistration needed (limited seats are available)
15:30-18:30 Free Industry Sponsored Course
 18:30 Welcome reception

Friday, November 2, 2018

08:30-10:05 Session 1: On the forefront of human oocyte biology: aging, bioenergetics, and epigenetics
Chairs: Milton Leong, 
Hong Kong and Zeev Shoham, Israel
08:30-09:00 Much more than the spindle: a new perspective on cytoplasmic maturation
Gerald Schatten, USA
09:00-09:30 Comparative biology of oocyte aging
Pierre Comizzoli, USA
09:30-10:00 Human immature oocytes can be grown to maturity in vitro: next steps towards clinical application
Evelyn Telfer, UK
10:00-10:05 Q&A
10:05-10:30 Coffee break
10:30-13:00 Session 2: Gamete reconstruction
Chairs: Micheline Misrahi, France and Johan Smitz, Belgium
10:30-11:00 Testing the potential of in vitro grown oocytes
Helen Picton, UK
11:00-11:30 Drug-free IVA as an infertility treatment for aging poor responders
Kazuhiro Kawamura, Japan
11:30-12:00 Direct gamete differentiation from somatic cells?
Pasqualino Loi, Italy
12:00-12:30 Autologous stem cell ovarian transplantation
Sonia Herraiz, Spain
12:30-13:00 Unraveling the human ovary to make new eggs: A tale of two cell types
Evelyn Telfer, UK
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Session 3: Embryo development
ChairNorbert Gleicher, USA
14:00-14:30 Impact of assisted reproduction on genomic imprinting
Mellissa Mann, USA
14:30-15:00 Advances in understanding the mechanisms regulating human oocyte activation and growth
Helen Picton, UK
15:00-15:30 Primordial follicle recruitment and saving ovarian reserve
Sherman Silber, USA
15:30-16:00 A noninvasive approach for human oocyte and embryo selection in IVF derived from new insights into the relationship between developmental competence and bioenergetics
Jonathan Van Blerkom, USA
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:00 Session 4: Are we ready for genome editing in human embryos FOR CLINICAL PURPOSES?
Moderator: Alan Handyside, UK
16:30-17:15 For
Gerald Schatten, USA
17:15-18:00 Against
Joyce Harper
, UK

Saturday, November 3, 2018

08:30-10:30 Session 5: Implantation, luteal support and tissue cryopreservation
Chairs: Jacques Donnez, Belgium and Matan Yemini, USA
08:30-09:00 How do we choose the best progesterone to support the luteal phase?
Herman Tournaye, Belgium
09:00-09:30 The role of polar body genetic testing for aneuploidy in ART treatment
Robert Fischer
, Germany
09:30-10:00 Freeze-dry: are we reaching the clinical stage?
Amir Arav, Israel
10:00-10:30 Four simple minimum rules to follow for generating a mammalian blastocyst
Joshua Brickman, Denmark
10:30 -11:00 Coffee break
11:00-13:00 Session 6: Stimulation, oocyte maturation and ovarian tissue freezing
Chairs: Robert Fischer, Germany and Ariel Weissman, Israel
11:00-11:30 A more physiological approach to stimulation
Milton Leong, Hong Kong
11:30-12:00 First clinical results of capacitation culture preceding in vitro maturation of human oocytes from small antral follicles in PCOS
Johan Smitz, Belgium
12:00-12:30 Single center success in freezing ovarian tissue: How we overcome the various obstacles
Dror Meirow, Israel
12:30-13:00 A critical review of ovarian tissue freezing
Jacques Donnez, Belgium
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Session 7: 40 years of IVF: Best practices with respect to outcome, based on accumulated outcome results
Chairs: Samir Hamamah, France and Sherman Silber, USA
14:00-14:30 Managing young women approaching menopause, with high FSH and low AMH
Norbert Gleicher
14:30-15:00 Ovarian stimulation for freeze-all: is it just the same?
Ariel Weissman, Israel
15:00-15:30 What causes genomic instability in preimplantation human embryos?
David Keefe, USA
15:30-16:00 It is now confirmed: No additional risk of ovarian, breast, and corpus uteri cancer in women treated with ART in Great Britain, data including 2.2 million-person years of observation
Alastair Sutcliff, UK
16:00-16:30 Coffee break
16:30-18:30 Session 8: The embryo
Chairs: Milton Leong, 
Hong Kong and Zeev Shoham, Israel
16:30-17:00 Hormonal regulation of embryo transport
Kenneth Korach, USA
17:00-17:30 Nuclear transfer: Clinical applications
Valery Zukin, Ukraine
17:30-18:00 New challenges of mitochondria research in ART
Chii Ruey Tzeng, Taiwan
18:00-18:30 MicroRNAs beyond gene expression to detect implantation window
Samir Hamamah, France