An update on Genetics in Reproduction

Precongress Course 10

SIG Reproductive Genetics  Special Interest Group Reproductive Genetics


Course Coordinators

Antonio Capalbo (Italy), Efthymia Constantinou (Cyprus), Signe Altmäe (Estonia), Francesco Fiorentino (Italy),  Alberto Sola Leyva (Spain), Georgia Kakourou (Greece)


Course type


Course description

This precongress course will cover all aspects of recent advances in reproductive genetics testing from infertility investigation and preconception testing for infertility assessment to preimplantation genetic testing and fetal genetic diagnosis. Each session will be composed of one lecture on current standard practices and one on innovative applications under development.


Target audience

Reproductive geneticists, gynaecologists, andrologists , embryologists, nurses, obstetrics


Educational needs and expected outcomes

In this fast-growing field, with a great number of tests being commercially available in Reproductive genetics, it is of high importance to give an update on current practices and discuss their possible limitations. In this precongress course we will provide education about what is practiced based on evidence and clinical utility and a critical appraisal of what is under development and evaluation as potential new applications in reproductive genetics.

Participants will be able to gather information on the current advancements in reproductive genetics and critically assess their utility, validity, and possible limitations.


Innovative aspects of the course

Innovative genetic testing options will be discussed in this course for infertility assessment, preconception, and preimplantation testing, and finally for the fetal genetic diagnosis.


Sunday 07 July 2024

Session 1: current advancements on the genetics of infertility
Georgia Kakourou, Greece
Alberto Sola-Leyva, Spain
09:00 - 09:30
Genetics of male infertility
Csilla Gabriella Krausz, Italy
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
Genetics of female infertility
Stéphane Viville, France
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
Session 2: trends in preconception testing for infertility assessment
Efthymia Constantinou, Cyprus
Francesco Fiorentino, Italy
11:00 - 11:30
Add ons on female infertility: promise vs reality in endometrial receptivity and microbiome testing
Signe Altmäe, Spain
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
Add ons for male infertility: promise vs reality in sperm dna fragmentation and oxidative stress assays
Nicolás Garrido Puchalt, Spain
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
Session 3: Preimplantation genetic testing: from conventional to innovative applications
Alberto Sola-Leyva, Spain
Efthymia Constantinou, Cyprus
13:30 - 14:00
Conventional: Updates on PGT technologies
Georgia Kakourou, Greece
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:45
Innovative: whole genome/exome preimplantation genetic testing for transmitted and de novo mutations
Francesco Fiorentino, Italy
15:45 - 16:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
Session 4: genetic testing of aborted fetuses and high-risk pregnancies
Antonio Capalbo, Italy
Francesco Fiorentino, Italy
15:30 - 16:00
Genome-wide sequencing of cffDNA in early pregnancy loss
Henriette Svarre Nielsen, Denmark
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45
High throughput sequencing for prenatal testing
Brigitte H.W. Faas, The Netherlands
16:45 - 17:00