Precongress Courses 2018

Surrogacy: a gift with consequences

This course will focus on surrogacy, a highly complex and controversial technique, which is either banned in several countries, or allowed by law or contract with varied conditions both for the surrogate (and her family) and intended parent(s).

Provision of an effective early pregnancy assessment and support service

Attenders of this course will get an overview of how to run a safe and effective Early Pregnancy Assessment Service

Editors of Human Reproduction journals

Editors course

Foundations and developments in culture systems for IVF

Starting from a historical perspective, the course will identify and describe the action of the various components of a culture system. It will then cover more specific and practical questions and also give a glimpse to the future of culture media

Procedure and technique for embryo transfer in humans

ASRM exchange course 

Stem cell therapies in clinical applications: progress and challenges

The precongress course will focus on the quality requirements that are necessary for stem cell based applications, the progress of actual treatments for problems releated to the reproductive field and the recent breakthroughs of clinical applications of differentiated cells derived from human pluripotent stem cells.

Genes in gametogenesis and genetically transmitted diseases: origin, function, detection and treatment

The course will provide information on origin and detection of maternally- and paternally-derived mutations, provide an update on some mechanisms of induction of chromosome abnormalities and their consequences in the embryo, and will give an overview of genes in infertility and sex determination

How do they do it?

The focus of this course will be as much as possible on the assisted reproductive techniques themselves and on trying to answer the most fundamental question for professionals working in the lab “How do they do it?”.

Infertility engagement: innovative ways to engage multiple audiences with the topic of infertility and assisted reproduction

This course explores the use of new media formats to develop innovative ways to engage different audiences (general public, health professionals, politicians, patients, etc) with the topic of infertility and assisted reproduction.

Addressing the broad scope of fertility preservation

This course will cover the wide scope of current practice in FP, highlighting some of the key issues and addressing areas where there are gaps in our understanding of how best to organise and provide an effective service.

Yes we can

This course starts by addressing the historical and the current role of nurses and midwives within European fertility clinics. It continues by providing knowledge for taking up the challenge of providing emotional support and of counseling patients on pre-implantation genetic diagnosis. The afternoon will be devoted to an exciting practical session on ultrasound scanning.

Endoscopy via the vaginal route: interest in ART

The lectures of this Precongress Course will demonstrate the interest of hysteroscopy and transvaginal endoscopy compared to ultrasound in ART and explain when these procedures are recommended. The Course will also present how these procedures are performed.

Endometriosis - from beginning to end

The aim of this course is to understand how endometriosis affects women's quality of life and the risk of diseases that occur during peri-menopausal or post-menopausal ages, from a life-course epidemiological point of view.

Controversies in Assisted Reproduction Technology

MEFS exchange course

Male gametogenesis: will new research developments change infertility management?

In this course we aim to highlight important recent developments in andrology research. The objective is to link the gathered new insights with potential future infertility diagnosis and treatment. Technical difficulties that need to be overcome before implementation into clinical practice will be discussed.

The PCO syndrome: from diagnosis to health risk management

This precongress course is aimed at making a point on one of the most attractive and controversial conditions in the field of reproductive endocrinology. The event will offer a comprehensive and state-of-art view of the multiple aspects of the polycystic ovary syndrome,