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Serono Symposia International - The human oocyte: genetics, cell signalling and in-vitro manipulation

Simon Basten

Serono Symposia International

13 January 2005

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Serono Symposia International (http://www.seronosymposia.org), a non-profit organization, is dedicated to the development of healthcare professionals through the provision of ethical, well balanced and cutting edge medical education that aims to improve clinical outcomes. We are an accredited CME provider by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education, the American Nurses Association's American Nurses Credentialing Center and the American Council on Pharmaceutical Education. We also have had our congresses accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME), the Royal College of Physicians and the Italian Ministry of Health.

We are proud to present:

The human oocyte: genetics, cell signalling and in-vitro manipulation

February 11, 2005

Turin, Italy

A bulk of knowledge about human embryo has been obtained in the last twenty years in IVF science. Surprisingly, it has not been paralleled by a similar knowledge on the human oocyte, despite it is widely recognized that embryogenesis is deeply affected by oocyte quality. The main reason for this is probably that all mature oocytes are currently used to get fertilization in IVF, and selection is applied to embryos in order to choose the best among them to be transferred in uterus. This widely practiced "embryo selection" has prevented the need to acquire skills in "oocyte selection". However in some countries, new laws and rules on IVF are forcing doctors to move toward oocyte selection and the need to identify valid tools to select the best oocytes to be used for fertilization is increasing. This training course will focus on the morphological and genetic criteria that have been proposed for oocyte selection, as well as on specific procedures involving human oocytes, like oocyte cryopreservation and in vitro maturation.

At the end of this training course the participants will be able to:

- Identify the morphological and genetic criteria suitable for the selection of the top quality human oocytes;

- Get knowledge about human oocyte cryopreservation techniques and clinical results;

- Discuss the clinical applications of in vitro maturation of human oocytes.

For more information and/or registration please go to the Serono Symposia International website at


Thank you very much.
Simon Basten

Communications Associate

Serono Symposia International

Via del Pigneto 14

00176 Rome, Italy

Tel: + 39 06 70384582

Fax: + 39 06 70384677



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