Stem cells in reproductive medicine: ready for the patient?
Research in stem cells and regenerative medicine is growing in scope, and its translation to the clinic is heralded by the recent initiation of controlled clinical trials with pluripotent derived cells. Unfortunately, stem cell ‘treatments’ are currently offered to patients outside of the controlled framework of scientifically sound research and regulated clinical trials. Both physicians and patients in reproductive medicine are often unsure about stem cells therapeutic options. Are there effective and clinically validated stem cell-based therapies for reproductive diseases?
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Record impact factor for Human Reproduction Update
For the first time ever a journal from the citation categories of Reproductive Biology and O&G has achieved a double-digit impact factor. Human Reproduction Update, for many years the leading title in both categories, has now seen its impact factor rise from 8.657 to 10.165 in the latest citation analysis released in June.
Another of ESHRE’s three titles also increased its impact factor from last year. Molecular Human Reproduction rose from 3.483 to 3.747, which included for the first time listing in the category of O&G. ESHRE's flagship title Human Reproduction confirmed its high-ranking status with an impact factor of 4.569, a figure very similar to that achieved in 2014. "The new impact factor for Human Reproduction Update fulfils the dream of any journal in the field of O&G," said its Editor-in-Chief Felice Petraglia. ‘It's a truly historical achievement."
Watch the ESHRE 2015 webcasts
The ESHRE 2015 webcasts are now available to registered participants and ESHRE members.
You can find the presentations listed per day here.
Howard Jones, 1910-2015
It was with great sadness that ESHRE learned of the death of Howard Jones. He was 104 years old and a pioneer of IVF in the USA in much the same way as his friend and colleague Robert Edwards was in Britain.
However, Howard, with his wife Georgeanna, did not begin their IVF programme until 1980. Following 'retirement' from Johns Hopkins in Baltimore in 1978, they were moving to a new division of reproductive endocrinology at the Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, Virginia, on the very day of Louise Brown’s birth in England. Invited to comment on the news by a local journalist, and asked what it would take to have a test-tube baby in the USA, Howard replied in his characteristic laconic way, 'Just a little money'. That proved enough to set the Norfolk programme in motion and, after a frustrating year pursuing pregnancies in a natural cycle, Norfolk finally achieved its first success in its 13th patient to receive gonadotrophins. Delivery by Cesarean section followed on 28th December 1981.
Mathematical model major aid in family planning
At what age should couples start trying to conceive if they want one, two, or three children?
Erasmus MC researchers, participating in an international study, have developed a mathematical model that can assist couples in having the number of children that they would ideally like.
The model predicts the age at which couples should start having children depending on whether they want one, two or three kids. The results have just been published in the journal Human Reproduction.
Human Reproduction : Editor's Highlight
Prof. Hans Evers, Editor-in-Chief of Human Reproduction casts an eye on the August 2015 issue and choses his own highlight.
This month's highlight 'Stop the epidemiological bonanza!' refers to four articles. Common point: database linkage studies for epidemiologic research.
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Print your ESHRE 2015 certificate of attendance
|You can find the access code in your registration confirmation letter or on your entrance badge. With this form, you can also print a certificate for your oral or poster presentation (if applicable).
Swiss referendum voters in support of PGD
Switzerland voted on 14 June to allow PGD for the detection of single gene disorders and PGS for detecting aneuploidy in IVF embryos. The referendum vote - with 62% in support of PGD and PGS - would effectively amend the existing constitution to include the two previously outlawed procedures. With successful challenges to anti-PGD legislation in Italy and Austria, Switzerland in maintaining its ban was looking increasingly isolated in Europe.
The referendum will also kick out restrictions on the number of embryos generated in an IVF cycle, which have so far been limited to those that "can be immediately implanted". The vote, if confirmed and incorporated into the constitution, will now make embryo freezing legal and encourage single embryo transfer.
Focus on Reproduction May 2015
Jan Kremer on putting patients centre stage
The future of fertility counselling
What patient organisations can do
Clare Lewis-Jones on the benefits of getting together
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Guideline on psychosocial care in infertility and MAR is published
"Routine psychosocial care in infertility and medically assisted reproduction – A guide for fertility staff"
is the new ESHRE guideline developed by the psychology guideline development group.
The guideline development group is proud to announce that the new guideline is now available on the ESHRE website.
You can read the guideline and find all available details on this page.