Reproductive medicine in the era of high throughput sequencing

Precongress Course 11

SIG Reproductive Genetics  Special Interest Group Reproductive Genetics

Course type



Course Co-ordinators

Georgia Kakourou (Greece), Claudia Spits (Belgium), Francesco Fiorentino (Italy), Antonio Capalbo (Italy), Filippo Zambelli (Italy), Stephane Viville (France)

Course description
The course will enhance knowledge on the expanding application of high throughput sequencing -NGS- technology in providing care for all reproducing couples (naturally reproducing or requiring fertility treatment) before and during pregnancy or after childbirth. The course will begin with an introduction to the technology of high throughput sequencing and will seek to address a variety of its applications in reproductive medicine, such as preconception carrier screening, assessment of infertility, preimplantation and prenatal testing and also provide information on how to deal with the data obtained following this test.


Target audience
Gynecologists, embryologists, geneticists, reproductive health counsellors, researchers


Educational needs and expected outcomes
Participants will have to opportunity to discuss and require a basic knowledge on:

  • Applications of high throughput sequencing technology in reproductive medicine
  • Advantages, limitations and controversies surrounding high throughput sequencing analyses
  • Information relevant to genetic counseling prior to pregnancy or fertility treatment


Monday 28 June 2021

Session 1
Antonio Capalbo, Italy
Stéphane Viville, France
09:00 - 09:30
An introduction to the high throughput sequencing technology: past, present and future
Speaker invited, but not confirmed
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
Whole exome sequencing-based preconception carrier test (PCT): objectives, strategies and outcomes
Suzanne Sallevelt, The Netherlands
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
Session 2
Signe Altmäe, Spain
Georgia Kakourou, Greece
11:00 - 11:30
High throughput sequencing for the assessment of male and female fertility
Stéphane Viville, France
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
High throughput sequencing for Preimplantation Genetic Testing
Dagan Wells, United Kingdom
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
Session 3
Francesco Fiorentino, Italy
Signe Altmäe, Spain
13:30 - 14:00
High throughput sequencing for prenatal testing
Brigitte H.W. Faas, The Netherlands
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:45
High throughput sequencing for newborn screening
Julia C van Campen, United Kingdom
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
Session 4
Georgia Kakourou, Greece
Stéphane Viville, France
15:30 - 16:00
Understanding strengths and weaknesses of high throughput sequencing analysis and results reporting
Joris Vermeesch, Belgium
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45
Reproductive counselling in the high throughput sequencing era (pre-test and post-test considerations)
Faustina Lalatta, Italy
16:45 - 17:00