Mild, moderate and severe male infertility: What is it all about? – An urgent call for consensus

Precongress Course 1

Andrology Special Interest Group Andrology


Course coordinators
Jackson Kirkman-Brown (United Kingdom), Willem Ombelet (Belgium) and Stefan Schlatt (Germany)


Course type
Advanced

 

Course description
In this course we aim to update the actual situation considering semen analysis in clinical practice. The objective is to give an overview of the most important reasons of semen abnormalities, the value of a routine semen analysis, the pros and cons considering the WHO-criteria, the huge methodological problems associated with sperm examinations worldwide, the value of sperm function tests and genetic screening and the use of semen parameters in predicting success in assisted reproduction including intrauterine insemination. Methodological differences in semen analyses have to be solved urgently, the possible strategies will be discussed. Scientific studies on male infertility will always be biased by methodological differences in interpreting semen. The need for a more appropriate scoring will be discussed.

 

Target audience
All clinicians, biologists, scientists, IVF laboratory technicians and paramedicals interested in male infertility.

 

Educational needs and expected outcomes 

The course aims to provide you with:

 

  • An insight in the most important reasons associated with semen abnormalities
  • An update on the pros and cons of the WHO criteria
  • An update on the value of sperm function tests and genetic screening in an ART programma
  • An overview of the methodological problems linked to semen analysis
  • A plea for a clear definition of mild, moderate and severe male infertility

Programme




Monday 01 January 1900

Chairs
Willem Ombelet, Belgium
09:00 - 09:25
Abnormal semen quality - causes and consequences
Aleksander Giwercman, Sweden
09:25 - 09:50
Methodological problems associated with semen analysis: why and how to solve the problem
Lars Björndahl, Sweden
09:50 - 10:10
Sperm analysis and prediction of success in an ART programme
Willem Ombelet, Belgium
10:10 - 10:30
Discussion
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
Debate: 2010 WHO-criteria for semen analysis: sense or non-sense
11:00 - 11:15
Value of WHO guidelines for semen analysis: A plea for new interpretation of results
Jan Willem van der Steeg, The Netherlands
11:15 - 11:30
Value of WHO guidelines for semen analysis: a plea for standardized methodology
Ebo Nieschlag, Germany
11:30 - 11:50
Discussion
11:50 - 12:15
Computer-assisted sperm analysis (CASA): potential developments
Sharon Mortimer, Canada
12:15 - 12:30
Discussion
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
Jackson Kirkman-Brown, United Kingdom
13:30 - 14:00
Do we need other investigations in the andrology laboratory: the value of sperm function testing
Chris Barratt, United Kingdom
14:00 - 14:15
Discussion
14:15 - 14:45
Do we need other investigations in a the andrology laboratory: the value of DNA damage tests
Elisabetta Baldi, Italy
14:45 - 15:00
Discussion
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 15:55
Sperm preparation techniques anno 2017: an update
Martine Nijs, The Netherlands
15:55 - 16:05
Discussion
16:05 - 17:00
Round Table: The urgent need for a consensus on male infertility terminology in scientific papers
Jackson Kirkman-Brown, United Kingdom
16:05 - 17:00
Round Table: The urgent need for a consensus on male infertility terminology in scientific papers
Willem Ombelet, Belgium
16:05 - 17:00
Round Table: The urgent need for a consensus on male infertility terminology in scientific papers
Stefan Schlatt, Germany