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Hands-On Vitrification Workshop

Dr. Yona Barak

24 January 2013

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You are invited to join the

 Hands-On Vitrification Workshop 

organized by
Dr. Amir Arav and Dr. Yona Barak

March 20th 2013
at the Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research

Address: Alfred-Kowalke-Strasse 17, D-10315 Berlin

The workshop will introduce the participants to vitrification of oocytes and embryos in open and closed system in slush of LN2.


09:00-13:00: Lectures


*  Principles on Vitrification of Oocytes and Embryos - Amir Arav, DVM PhD


*  Human Oocytes Vitrification - Yona Barak, PhD


*  Cryopreservation of Gametes and Embryos in Wild Animals - Joseph Saragusty, DVM PhD


*  Overview on research of Zoo and Wildlife reproduction - Thomas B. Hildebrandt, DVM PhD


13:00-14:00 Lunch


14:00-17:0       Hands-on Vitrification of Oocytes/Embryos


The session will include hands on practical and demonstrations.  During the session the participants will be introduced to the following:

             * Usage of various devices of open and closed systems. 

* The usage of slush (VitMaster) 

* Cryo-microscope as a tool for the evaluation of vitrification outcome

* Trouble shooting during cooling and warming 

And a demonstration of Ovarian Tissue cryopreservation


Objective: By the end of the workshop, participants should have increased their knowledge of vitrification and will have some experience of the practical aspects. However, to become competent in these procedures, they will have to develop proficiency testing in their own laboratories.


Fees:  The early bird fee for the workshop  is only 1000 euros.  Early bird registration closes 18th February, 2013.  Fees then increase to1200 euros. Registration fee includes coffee break & lunch on the day of the workshop.


Registration: To register – please email to: or to Call your email – ‘workshop. A registration form will be sent to you.

Number of places is limited and registrations will be treated on a first comes first served basis. A minimum of 15 registrations is required for the workshop to take


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