Add-ons and other debated interventions in the IVF lab

Precongress Course 2

SIG Embryology Special Interest Group Embryology

Course coordinators
Ioannis Sfontouris (Greece), Giovanni Coticchio (Italy), Debbie Montjean (France), Gemma Arroyo (Spain), Agnieszka Nowak (Poland), Roger Sturmey (United Kingdom), Dean Morbeck (New Zealand)


Course type

Course description
The aim of this course is to review current evidence on the efficacy and safety of adds-on treatments and other controversial interventions used in the IVF laboratory.


Target audience
Clinical embryologists, laboratory technologists, clinicians


Educational needs and expected outcomes

  • Describe and analyze the different adds-on that are available on IVF lab practice
  • Identify the cases that can benefit from the IVF adds-ons.
  • Integrate knowledge of clinical evidence, basic science, and technology governing the application of these technologies in routine laboratory practice.

By completing this course, participants should be able to better weigh the risks and benefits of the techniques presented and identify the cases that may benefit from them.


Monday 28 June 2021

09:00 - 09:30
Improving sperm selection: Hyaluronate binding, IMSI, DNA fragmentation, microfluids or MACS?
Gary D. Smith, U.S.A.
09:30 - 10:00
In vitro oocyte maturation: Current state and future prospects
Giovanni Coticchio, Italy
10:00 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee Break
11:00 - 11:30
Artificial oocyte activation
Thomas Ebner, Austria
11:30 - 12:00
Time-lapse embryo-culture: limits and profits
Thomas Freour, France
12:00 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch Break
13:30 - 14:00
Assisting implantation with sticky molecules
Kersti Lundin, Sweden
14:00 - 14:30
ICSI for all or for some?
Gemma Arroyo Cardona, Spain
14:30 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
Freezing borderline/poor quality blastocysts: is there a point?
Dean Morbeck, New Zealand
16:00 - 16:30
Embryo selection using artificial intelligence
Ioannis Sfontouris, Greece
16:30 - 17:00