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Announcement: Admission Open 2024 for MSc ( Clinical Embryology & Pre Implantation Genetics)

Asia Pacific Institute of Embryology 04 March 2024
Admission Open 2024 for MSc ( Clinical Embryology & Pre Implantation Genetics)

Eligibility Criteria 

•    B.Sc (Science) 
•     MBBS
•     BDS
•     BAMS
•     BHMS
•     Pharmacy
•    Any other equivalent degree

 •    B.Sc Nursing 
•    BVSc 
•    Dairy
•    Fishery 
•    Engineering with Science (Biotechnology and Life science related)

For application form and prospectus
Email: [email protected]                                                                                                                  Website : www.embryologytraining.com                                                                                                             Contact: 9108849758 

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Announcement: MSc Clinical Embryology

Liverpool John Moores University 02 March 2024

The MSc Clinical Embryology program at Liverpool John Moores University, in collaboration with CARE Fertility, is designed for those aiming for a career in fertility treatment and reproductive research. This unique course combines academic and practical experiences, offering state-of-the-art lab training in IVF technologies and a deep understanding of fertility research advancements. Graduates will be well-prepared for the fertility treatment job market but should note that the program does not lead to Clinical Scientist registration. For more detailed information, please visit the course page.

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News: Alabama Legislature Advances Bills to Safeguard IVF Services

IVF.net Newsdesk 02 March 2024

In a decisive move, the Alabama Legislature, comprising both the Senate and the House, has approved measures designed to secure in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. This legislative action comes in the wake of a significant ruling by the state Supreme Court, which categorized embryos as children, thereby placing IVF procedures at risk of legal complications.

The approved bills, heralded by Republican lawmakers, aim to specifically safeguard IVF patients and medical professionals from potential legal actions. This step is crucial for resuming the operations of IVF clinics that were forced to suspend services following the court's decision.

Key Provisions and Legislative Journey

The Senate passed bill SB 159, offering civil and criminal immunity to individuals and entities involved in IVF services from any lawsuits related to the damage or death of an embryo. A similar bill, HB 237, received approval in the House, mirroring the Senate's intentions.

Despite extensive debates that spanned nearly six hours and saw objections from various quarters, the bills received overwhelming support. However, concerns were raised by both Democrats and Republicans. Democrats pointed out the lack of clarity on whether an IVF-created embryo should be legally considered a child, a core issue stemming from the Supreme Court's verdict. On the other hand, some argued that the proposed immunity might be overly broad, potentially leaving women without legal recourse in cases of adverse effects during IVF treatments.

The Path Forward

Republican sponsors of the bills have admitted to the imperfections in their proposals but emphasized their necessity as an interim solution to allow the reopening of IVF clinics. This legislative action underscores a pressing need to address the complications introduced by the Supreme Court's ruling and reflects a commitment to revisiting and refining the legal framework surrounding IVF.

Reactions and Broader Implications

The proposed bills have been met with criticism from reproductive rights advocates, who argue that they fall short of comprehensively safeguarding IVF care against the implications of the recent court decision. Critics, including Planned Parenthood Southeast, highlight the limited scope of these measures in fully addressing the challenges posed by the ruling, which has sparked a nationwide debate on reproductive rights and IVF practices.

As Alabama lawmakers work towards a unified version of the bill to present to Governor Kay Ivey for her signature, the broader conversation around IVF and reproductive rights continues to evolve. This legislative effort represents a crucial step in ensuring the availability and safety of IVF treatments in Alabama, amidst ongoing discussions on the legal and ethical considerations of reproductive technologies.



NBC News - Alabama Senate and House pass bills to protect IVF after court ruling

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News: ART & Embryology training program

Chennai Fertility Center and Research Institute 01 March 2024
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Webinar: RBMO LIVE 7

International IVF Initiative 21 February 2024

3pm EST/ 7pmUK/ 8pm CET, Tuesday 12th March 2024.

Hot Topics and Editors’ Choices

Prof. Juan A Garcia-Velasco and Prof. Nick Macklon

“Effect of ejaculatory abstinence period on fertilisation and clinical outcomes in ICSI cycles: a retrospective analysis of 6,919 cycles” - Ms Greta Cermisoni

“Oocyte rescue: in vitro maturation does not adversely affect chromosome segregation during the first meiotic division" - Dr. Marga Esbert

"Publishing Pro Tips: Submitting your manuscripts" - Duncan Nicholas, Development Editor RBMO 

Q and A

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International IVF Initiative 21 February 2024

3pm EST/ 8pmUK/ 9pm CET, Tuesday 5th March 2024.

This webinar is kindly sponsored by Future Fertility

Ms. Jullin Fjeldstad and Dr. Dan Nayot

Fast and Furious: New strategies in oocyte and embryo vitrification and warming- Dr. Juergen Liebermann

Long-term preservation of germ cells and gonadal tissues at ambient temperatures- Dr. Pierre Comizzoli

Techniques of Cryopreservation for Ovarian Tissue and Whole Ovary: vitrification vs slow-Dr. Amir Ara

Q and A


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I3 Revisited: 24hr QC

International IVF Initiative 21 February 2024

A presention on the imporance of QC and redundancy in IVF by Dr. Jean M. Popwell of Inception Fertility.

Including the latest in Monitoring with Thermographic Technology

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News: Alabama's Frozen Embryo Verdict Ignites Concern Among Patients and Physicians

IVF.net Newsdesk 21 February 2024

In an unprecedented ruling, the Alabama state supreme court has classified frozen embryos as "extrauterine children," generating a wave of uncertainty and concern among individuals seeking or providing in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatments. This decision has cast a shadow of confusion and apprehension over IVF practitioners and their patients, as they grapple with the ramifications of this landmark verdict.

Patients at the Alabama Fertility clinic, where Dr. Mamie McLean practices, are inundated with concerns about the future of their parenthood dreams. They are eager to make informed decisions about their frozen embryos without the supreme court's intervention. Dr. McLean, amidst this turmoil, admits the lack of clear guidance has left them uncertain about how to proceed with patient care. The ruling challenges the legality of standard IVF procedures, including the freezing, thawing, and transferring of embryos, raising questions about the disposal of unused embryos.

The IVF community fears this could signal the end of IVF practices in Alabama, as the legal risks may drive providers and patients to seek services elsewhere. Sean Tipton, from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, criticizes the ruling for its lack of consideration for the real-world impacts, which he describes as profound and potentially devastating.

The process of IVF, which involves stimulating egg production, fertilizing eggs in a lab, and possibly freezing embryos for future use, is now fraught with legal risks. The possibility of being legally penalized for the natural failure of an embryo during the freezing and thawing process has raised alarms. Experts are concerned that this may lead to the necessity of transferring all created embryos, increasing the risks of multiple pregnancies and associated health complications.

The already high maternal mortality rates in the United States, particularly among Black women, could be exacerbated by this ruling. With Alabama's maternal health outcomes among the worst in the nation, the implications of the supreme court's decision are particularly alarming.

IVF procedures, including the crucial step of testing embryos for abnormalities, are now in jeopardy. This could lead to significant ethical and medical dilemmas for patients and providers alike. The state's stance on abortion further complicates decisions for pregnancies with significant abnormalities.

Despite the confusion, Dr. McLean and her colleague Dr. Michael C Allemand continue to offer IVF services while awaiting legal guidance. The desire to provide patients with the opportunity to have genetically related children remains strong, despite the potential need to relocate practices out of state.

This ruling reflects a broader trend of granting embryos and fetuses legal rights, often driven by anti-abortion advocacy. It marks a significant challenge to IVF, a concern long anticipated by reproductive rights advocates.

For individuals like Gabrielle Goidel, who began her IVF journey coinciding with the ruling, the decision is deeply personal and frustrating. The Goidels are now reconsidering their future in Alabama, underscoring the ruling's immediate and profound impact on families seeking IVF.

This landmark decision by the Alabama supreme court has ignited a critical debate on the intersection of reproductive rights, legal definitions, and the future of IVF, leaving many to navigate a complex and uncertain path forward.

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International IVF Initiative 23 January 2024

Tuesday, 30th January (3 pm EST / 8 pm UK / 9 pm CET) 


Jen Barcroft, Lyndon Miles, Staci Lyn Wyatt


Pippa Woolven and Felicity Devey


" Risky Occupations, tough conditions and Endurance activities" Shaun Rogers

“Gym lifestyle factors and male reproductive health: a study into young adult usage and perceptions” Dr. Meurig T. Gallagher

“Relative Energy Deficiency in sports (RED-S), hormonal disturbances and reproductive issues” Dr. Ifigeneia Giannopoulou

Q and A

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News: The Link Between Preconception Stress and Pregnancy Blood Sugar: Insights from a Fertility Center Study

IVF.net Newsdesk 23 January 2024

Understanding the Impact of Stress Before Conception on Pregnancy Glucose Levels 
Research Findings from the National Study of Daily Experiences and Other Sources

Recent investigations, including a pivotal study from the Journal of the Endocrine Society, have shed light on the connection between stress prior to conception and elevated blood sugar levels during pregnancy. This correlation suggests significant implications for maternal health, particularly in the realm of glucose regulation and cardiovascular well-being.

Rising Stress Trends: Data from the National Study of Daily Experiences, encompassing 2281 participants, indicates a noticeable increase in stress levels in the 2010s compared to the 1990s. This escalation in stress, further emphasized by a 2020 survey involving 1523 individuals from 48 countries, is likely influenced by factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic.

Gender Differences in Stress: Epidemiological studies reveal that women generally report higher stress levels than men, a trend especially pronounced in those undergoing fertility treatments. This heightened stress in women is critical to note, particularly for those using assisted reproductive technologies, due to its potential impact on metabolic conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

Focus on Fertility Treatments: The specific challenges faced by subfertile women, who often experience increased psychological stress, anxiety, depression, and diminished quality of life, highlight the need for focused research. This population is particularly susceptible to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) and impaired glucose regulation during pregnancy.

Animal and Human Studies: Research in pregnant animals, such as studies on rats and ewes, demonstrates the effect of stress on glucose metabolism. However, human studies focusing on stress during pregnancy have yielded mixed results.

Lifestyle Factors and Preconception Stress: The period before conception emerges as a critical window for predicting maternal health during pregnancy. Studies indicate that preconception factors like diet, physical activity, and exposure to air pollutants can influence the risk of GDM and other pregnancy-related conditions.

Socioeconomic Factors and Stress: The study also delves into how socioeconomic status might affect the relationship between stress and pregnancy glucose levels. Income and education, for instance, have shown varying associations with stress levels across different demographic groups.

Study Methodology and Results: The study involved 398 women from the Environment and Reproductive Health (EARTH) Study at the Massachusetts General Hospital Fertility Center. It examined preconception stress using the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS-4) and assessed pregnancy glucose levels post a glucose load test. The findings underscore a positive correlation between higher preconception stress and increased pregnancy glucose levels, with variations noted based on the mode of conception and socioeconomic factors.

Implications and Further Research: These insights emphasize the importance of considering preconception stress in relation to cardiovascular health during pregnancy. While the study offers valuable perspectives, its generalizability may be limited, necessitating further research in more diverse populations.

This study not only contributes to our understanding of the relationship between preconception stress and pregnancy glucose levels but also underscores the need for additional research to deepen our knowledge in this area.


Endocrine Society


Journal of the Endocrine Society


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