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Marc Van den Bergh 17 January 2023

DATE :  7th to 14th May 2023

LOCATION : Switzerland  ITCART

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International IVF Initiative 16 January 2023

Tuesday, 24th January (3 pm EST / 8 pm UK / 9 pm CET)

Please join us for the first I3 webinar of the year. We'll be discussing Embryo biopsy best practice, techniques and practicalities!

Thomas Elliott and Dr. Tony Anderson with Dr. Peter Nagy and Mariana Cadavid 

Debbie Venier “Embryo biopsy techniques”

Dr. Charlene Alouf “Biopsy or re-biopsy following vitrification – a chilling circumstance”

Dr. Bec Holmes " “Opportunities for errors" in the embryo biopsy procedure”
A talk sponsored by IMT Matcher


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News: Just four percent of sperm donor applicants become donors

Ana Vasconcelos 16 January 2023

Fewer than one in 20 men who applied to become sperm donors in the USA and Denmark in 2018 and 2019, were accepted by a sperm bank, a recent study has shown.

The number of sperm-donor-conceived children born in the UK has tripled in the past 13 years in the UK, meaning demand for sperm donors outstrips supply. Recent figures from the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority show half of donor sperm used in the UK is imported, often from Denmark. In a study published in Human Reproduction of over 11,000 men who applied to be sperm donors to the sperm and egg bank Cryos in the USA and Denmark, researchers looked at the points in the application process men dropped out or were rejected by the clinic. They also looked at the impact of being asked to waive anonymity on willingness to donate and acceptance.

Lead author – and Progress Educational Trust (PET) trustee – Professor Allan Pacey from the University of Sheffield, pointed out that although sperm donors can choose to retain their anonymity in the USA and Denmark (though not the UK since 2006), over a quarter of donors shifted from an initial decision to remain anonymous, to be identifiable, over the course of the donation process. He said: 'What's particularly fascinating is that more donors, who initially wanted to remain anonymous, were willing to be identifiable as the screening and donation process continued. This is particularly good news for patients in the UK undergoing fertility treatment, as it is a legal requirement for sperm donors to be identifiable to any children born from their donations.'

Around half of applicants dropped out or were rejected before being invited to provide a sperm sample, for the second stage of the application process, researchers found. Of the men who provided a sample 21 percent did not have a high enough quality semen, according to the clinic. Of men accepted after semen analysis and invited to complete a medical questionnaire, just 18 percent continued to the next stage.

A report published by PET in June 2022 Fertility, Genomics and Embryo Research: Public Attitudes and Understanding showed that 64 percent of the UK public would consider sperm or egg donation with identity release.

Professor Pacey said: 'In the UK you can only become a donor if you agreed to be identifiable and there simply aren't enough guys in the UK that are willing to do that, or we haven't managed to tempt them enough, because we haven't got an advertising system that targets them.'

He went on: 'The study with Cryos highlights how hard it is to become a sperm donor. It's not like blood donation where once it's done you can have a cup of tea and go home. Sperm donation is a regular commitment with lots of screening and regular testing as well as life-long implications for the donor if any children are born from their sample.'

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: 7th IUI Symposium & Hands-on Workshop 2023, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Zamri Ahmad Yusof 04 January 2023
7th IUI Symposium & Hands-on Workshop 2023, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


  • To learn about selection of patients & preliminary work up for IUI
  • To understand on factors affecting male fertility
  • Introduction to different techniques and factors determining the outcome of IUI
  • To understand basic principles of semen processing & analysis for IUI
  • Hands-on pratice for semen processing, density gradient & swim-up methods
  • To learn and understand about setting up of an IUI laboratory



  • Reproductive medicine specialist & trainees
  • Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • O&G trainees, registrars and medical officers
  • Family medicine specialist, primary care physicians, trainees, registrars and medical officers
  • General practitioners
  • Embryologist, scientific officer, medical laboratory technologist
  • Nurses and allied health care professionals


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News: ART & Embryology training program

Chennai Fertility Center and Research Institute 02 January 2023
ART & Embryology training program

Feburary 2023 Training Batch Schedule - 6th Feb To 20th Feb 2023

The International School of Embryology was established to offer training for  Clinicians in advanced Reproductive Technologies. Our skill and precision to all aspirants help them to know in-depth knowledge and experience. The members of our teaching faculty aim to bring doctors and embryologists to the highest level of knowledge about reproductive techniques and practical capability in the field.

Our courses cover basics in Andrology, embryology, ICSI, and cryosciences (Hands-on).

Limited Seats. For admission Contact  9003111598 / 8428278218

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Dr Yogitha Rao 11 December 2022



Santasa IVF &Endosurgery Institute is a forefront healthcare organization with a goal to render progressive healthcare service to every childless couples.

Santasa has been in the process of training future ART and OBG clinicians to develop their technical skills and knowledge in the field of reproductive medicine.

Clinical courses offered:

  • IUI Protocols
  • Mastering Follicular Scans (TVS).
  • Basic infertility course.
  • Advanced ART Course.
  • Setting Up IVF Laboratory.
  • Setting Up Andrology Lab.
  • Embryo loading techniques.
  • Optimizing embryo transfer.

In addition to the above short courses, santasa offers  Fellowship in reproductive medicine affiliated to RGUHS which is of 18 months duration.

For queries contact,

Dial: 8904253475

Whatsapp : 9845688608

Mail :[email protected]

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Dr Yogitha Rao 11 December 2022


Santasa IVF &Endosurgery Institute established in 2008, is a pioneering health care organization with a mission to provide advanced healthcare affordable to every woman.  Its main domain of care includes fertility specialists, Embryologists & Andrology lab technicians.

Laboratory training offered at santasa imparts solid knowledge of basics as well as intricate technologies. The course also helps in getting updated with the new ART regulations.

Laboratory courses:

  • Optimizing semen analysis & DNA fragmentation
  • Semen preparation methods for different procedures (IVF/IUI/ICSI)
  • Sperm function tests
  • Quality control & documentation in IVF & Andrology laboratory
  • Optimizing disposables and consumables in IVF & Andrology lab
  • Tips and tricks in cryopreservation
  • Embryo loading techniques

For queries contact,

Dial: 8904253475

Whatsapp : 9845688608

Mail :[email protected]

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International IIVF Initiative 06 December 2022

6th Dec 2022, 3pm EST LIVE, 8pm UK, 9pm CET

Mina Alikani, Alison Campbell, Sharon Mortimer, Dean Morbeck and Christophe Blockeel

Introduction by Sharon Mortimer

Alessandra Alteri – Winner Best Free Communication
"The effect of laser assisted hatching on vitrified-warmed blastocysts: a multicentric randomized controlled trial"

Ainhoa Larreategui – Winner Best Poster Presentation
"Centrosome failure and peri-centrosome fragmentation in the first cell division of non-rodent mammalian zygotes"

Anja Pinborg – Most critically important invited lecture
"FET offspring health"

Closing Remarks by Mina Alikani and Dean Morbeck introducing the Alpha Forum!


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News: 30-year-old embryos result in live birth

David O'Rourke 05 December 2022

Twins have been born from embryos that had been frozen for 30 years, the longest any embryo has been frozen before leading to a live birth to date.

The embryos were created for an anonymous married couple using IVF in 1992. The man was in his 50s and the couple reportedly relied on a 34-year-old egg donor. The embryos were kept at a fertility lab on the West Coast until 2007, when the couple who created them donated them to the National Embryo Donation Centre (NEDC) in Knoxville, Tennessee, hoping that another couple might choose them.

They were selected by couple Philip and Rachel Ridgeway who had requested that the non-profit Christian NEDC provide embryos that had 'special consideration', meaning they had proved difficult to place with couples who wished to use a 'donated' embryo. 'We weren't looking to get the embryos that have been frozen the longest in the world,' Philip Ridgeway said. 'We just wanted the ones that had been waiting the longest.'

Two of the five thawed embryos were nonviable. Of the three that were transferred, two successfully implanted 29 years and ten months after they were frozen, resulting in the live birth of Lydia and Timothy Ridgeway on 31 October'. The couple considers the twins to be their 'oldest children' even though they are less than a month old: they already had four naturally-conceived children aged eight, six, three and one.

Theoretically, embryos can remain in cryostorage in liquid nitrogen at a temperature of -196C indefinitely. The birth of Lydia and Timothy is further evidence of this theory. On 1 July 2022, the rules on how long you can store eggs, sperm or embryos in the UK changed. Before this date, people in the UK could usually only store their embryos for up to ten years (though there were a few medical exceptions allowing for 55 years).

The law now permits storage of embryos for use in treatment for up to a maximum of 55 years from the date the embryos are first placed in storage.

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News: Analysis suggests decline in human sperm counts

David Cansfield 05 December 2022

Global sperm counts have declined in the last 50 years, an analysis of data published since 1973 has indicated.

Published in the journal Human Reproductive Update by an international team led by Professor Hagai Levine of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, the data suggests that between 1973 and 2018 the average sperm concentration fell by 51.6 percent and total sperm count also fell by 62.3 percent. Previously the same team had previously published data in Human Reproduction demonstrating a decline in sperm count since 1981, but that analysis had been underpowered for demonstrating this decline in South and Central America, Asia and Africa. However, their latest analysis has indicated the trend is global.

'Overall, we're seeing a significant worldwide decline in sperm counts of over 50 percent in the past 46 years, a decline that has accelerated in recent years' Professor Levine explained.

Meta analysis of 223 studies, yielding 288 estimates based on semen samples collected between 1973-2018 was conducted among two groups of men, from North America, Europe, Australia and South and Central America, Asia, Africa. Sperm concentration was found to drop from an estimated 101 million per ml to 49 million per ml during that time period. Data suggested this decline had accelerated with a 2.6 percent per year decrease in sperm count observed since 2000, compared to an overall decline of 1.2 percent per year since 1973. Data on sperm movement and shape, which can both affect fertility and are considered when analysing sperm, were not included in this analysis.

The authors of the paper called for more urgent research into the causes of the decline in sperm count they had observed. 'The main suspects are global warming and air pollution, but also exposure to chemical substances and smoking before birth, and exposure to pesticides, smoking, mental stress and poor nutrition in adult life' summarised Professor Levine.

However, although this study accounted for factors such as age and excluded men known to suffer from infertility, there were limitations on the conclusions that could be drawn from this study. Improvements had been made in sperm analysis in the 50 years pointed out Allan Pacey, professor of andrology at the University of Sheffield and Progress Educational Trust trustee.

'I remain concerned about the quality of the data in the papers that were published (particularly in the far past) and upon which this new (and previous) analysis was based,' he warned.

'Counting sperm, even with the gold standard technique of haemocytometry, is really difficult. I believe that over time we have simply got better at it because of the development of training and quality control programmes around the world. I still think this is much of what we are seeing in the data.

'There have been a couple of other interesting articles which have raised other concerns about this approach, so I am not alone in my skepticism.'

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