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News: Sperm bank warns against tracing anonymous donor via DNA test

04 February 2019 by Martha Henriques

A woman in Portland, Oregon, has been issued a warning from the sperm bank she used to conceive her child, after finding and contacting her donor's family via a 23andMe DNA test. 

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22 January 2019 by Marc Van den Bergh

The University of Zurich  is organizing between April and  November 2019 4 times a full week of hands on training in the International Training Centre for Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ITCART). The workshop is designed for young embryologists  and people interested in assisted reproductive technologies, who want to acquire the basic techniques to be able to work independently in an ART laboratory.
Participants dispose of their individual ICSI-workstation and other equipments. A total of 48 hours (6 hours a day) laboratory practice  is programmed during the course. The number of participants is limited to 2, enabling a personalised and individual follow-up by their individual instructor. A certificate of attendance is provided by the University of Zürich.

April 21st to 28th :  1 place left
June 17th to 24th:   1 place left
September  16th to 23rd :  2 places left
November 4th to 11th:  2 places  left

The fee includes . Course fee & material, Hotel & breakfast, hot lunches, transport, lab excursion, social activity.

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News: HFEA: patients should not pay for unproven IVF 'add-ons'

21 January 2019 by Rikita Patel

The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has published a final consensus statement advising that IVF clinics should not charge patients for add-on treatments that are not proven effective by clinical trials.

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News: The future of fertility law: what must change and when?

21 January 2019 by Dr Kirsty Horsey

The final session at the Progress Educational Trust's annual conference 'Make Do or Amend: Should We Update UK Fertility and Embryo Law?' continued the theme of looking to future reform of fertility law, as had the keynote address given by Sir James Munby. Chaired by Fiona Fox, on her last outing as the Chair of Trustees of PET, the session ranged from personal experience, through issues arising in legal cases and socio-legal research, right to the idea of 'ripping up the rulebook' and starting again.

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News: Repeat miscarriages could be due to faulty sperm

15 January 2019 by Jennifer Willows

Both partners should be offered tests when a couple experiences repeated pregnancy loss, according to new research.

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News: IVF & Embryology Training

11 January 2019 by Chennai Fertility Center and Research Institute

February training batch schedule - 4th - 18th February 2019

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 044 45588822 / 9003111598

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Announcement: Endometrial preparation for frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET)

09 January 2019 by Matt Noble

I am a registrar in obstetrics and gynaecology and am completing a doctorate in reproductive medicine with the title endometrial preparation for frozen-thawed embryo transfer (FET). The survey is a UK-wide survey of practice. I am hopeful for one response per clinic. The results are entirely confidential and will form the first chapter of my doctorate thesis.


I am very grateful for your help.

Best wishes,
Matt Noble

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News: Father's appeal denied over forged IVF consent

07 January 2019 by Jennifer Willows

A man whose ex-partner forged his signature on consent papers to become pregnant using their frozen embryos after they had separated has lost his appeal for damages. 

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News: Irish government to set aside funds for IVF treatment

07 January 2019 by Ruth Retassie

The Irish government has said that it will dedicate funding to couples needing IVF and assisted reproduction treatments. 

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Article: Comprehensive assessment of cryogenic storage risk and quality management concerns: best practice guidelines for ART labs

19 December 2018 by Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics

M. C. Schiewe & M. Freeman & J. B. Whitney & M. D. VerMilyea & A. Jones & M. Aguirre & C. Leisinger &G. Adaniya & N. Synder & R. Chilton & E. J. Behnke

Recent publicized events of cryogenic storage tank failures have created nationwide concern among infertility patients and patients storing embryos and gametes for future use. To assure patient confidence, quality management (QM) plans applied by in vitro fertilization (IVF) laboratories need to include a more comprehensive focus on the cryostorage of reproductive specimens. The purpose of this review is to provide best practice guidelines for the cryogenic storage of sperm, oocytes, embryos, and other reproductive tissues (e.g., testicular and ovarian tissue, cord blood cells, and stem cells) and recommend a strategy of thorough and appropriate quality and risk management procedures aimed to alleviate or minimize the consequences from catastrophic events.

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