Novel technologies in human reproduction

Precongress Course 13

SIG Stem Cells Special Interest Group Stem Cells

Course type

Course co-ordinator
Susana M. Chuva de Sousa Lopes (The Netherlands)

Course description
This Precongress Course will focus on several innovative novel technologies that are changing the landscape of the tools available to perform in vitro modelling on relevant aspects of human reproduction and fertility. We will compare the use of mesenchymal stem cell versus pluripotent stem cells in human reproduction and provide an update on the current use of human embryonic stem cells in the Europe. The scientific topics to be discussed include updates on gene-editing in human embryos, advances in human embryo-like structures, microfluidics in devising artificial ovaries and how single-cell sequencing is contributing to a cell atlas of the ovary.


Target audience
Embryologists, stem cell researchers, reproductive genetic researchers, clinicians

Educational needs and expected outcomes

This course will:

  • review future how novel technologies could impact human reproduction
  • discuss the use of mesenchymal stem cells and pluripotent stem cells
  • debate recent breakthroughs of artificial ovaries and human reproductive organs, gene editing in human embryos and human embryo-like structures



Monday 28 June 2021

09:00 - 09:30
New insights to early development and cellular reprogramming
Juha Kere, Sweden
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
Human embryonic-like structures: how far is the science?
Jianping Fu, U.S.A.
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 - 11:30
Divergent ESC policies in Europe: overview & practical difficulties for international collaboration
Heidi Mertes, Belgium
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
What stem cells will prove more efficient in the future: Mesenchymal vs Pluripotent?
Cristina Eguizabal, Spain
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
13:30 - 14:00
Organs-On-Chip models of the female reproductive system
Virginia Pensabene, United Kingdom
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:45
Current status of transplantable artificial ovaries
Christiani Amorim, Belgium
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
Single cell technologies: mapping the cell types in human ovaries
Pauliina Damdimopoulou, Sweden
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45
Bioinfomatics to detetermine gene variants implicated in disorders of sexual development
Daniel Rodriguez Gutiérrez, Switzerland
16:45 - 17:00