Precongress Course 7
Special Interest Group Reproductive Genetics
Claudia Spits (Belgium), Ursula Eichenlaub-Ritter (Germany), Tania Milachich (Bulgaria), Georgia Kakourou (Greece), Signe Altmäe (Estonia)
In this course we will give an overview of current knowledge on the role of mitochondria in human fertility and reproduction. The course is structured with the morning sessions being of a more ‘basic science’ nature, and the afternoon rather of ‘applied’ science, with the idea of appealing both to basic scientists and clinicians.
Researchers active in reproduction and genetics, embryologists and scientists involved in preimplantation genetic diagnosis/screening.
Educational needs and expected outcomes
The role of mitochondria in early human development is increasingly becoming the centre of attention of many researchers in the field of reproductive medicine. In this course, we will provide an overview of fundamental knowledge on mitochondria in gametogenesis and human development, as well as insight on the latest developments in PGD for mitochondrial disease, and the use of mitochondrial DNA copy number as a marker of embryo viability.