Failures in reproduction-how to handle - and to prevent

Precongress Course 6

SIG Implantation and Early Pregnancy Special Interest Group Implantation and Early Pregnancy

Course Coordinator

Henriette Svarre Nielsen (Denmark), Danilo Cimadomo (Italy)


Course type


Course description

The course is designed to provide a comprehensive understanding of the various challenges and failures that can occur in the process of reproduction and strategies to overcome and prevent them. This course will delve into the intricacies of reproductive health, exploring both physiological and psychological factors that can contribute to difficulties in conceiving, maintaining a healthy pregnancy, and achieving successful childbirth.

Target audience

Clinicians and basic reasearchers with an interest in implantation and early pregnancy loss

Educational needs and expected outcomes

There is a need to understand all the failures potentially happening in the proces of live creation from the very early stages until live birth.

By the end of the course, participants will have developed a comprehensive understanding of the complexities surrounding reproductive failures and will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to handle and prevent these challenges. This course will empower individuals to make informed decisions, seek appropriate medical care, and provide support to those experiencing difficulties in reproduction.

Innovative aspects of the course

While technologies develop this course go back to the origin of large failures along the reproductive time line from embryo to live birth



Sunday 07 July 2024

Session 1 - The sperm and the egg. is reproductive failure predetermined?
Henriette Svarre Nielsen, Denmark
Bettina Toth, Austria
09:00 - 09:30
Beyond "fertilization failure": DNA-fragmentation, seminal plasma, and other factors of influence in male fertility disorders
Marc Yeste, Spain
09:30 - 09:45
09:45 - 10:15
Maternal genomic hallmarks of oocyte incompetence
Antonio Capalbo, Italy
10:15 - 10:30
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee break
Session 2 – Definition of the odds of (in)success and treatment personalization
Kilian Vomstein, Denmark
Danilo Cimadomo, Italy
11:00 - 11:30
What are the odds and how to define when it is too late: Data-driven estimates in IVF
David McLernon, United Kingdom
11:30 - 11:45
11:45 - 12:15
An individualized approach on the treatment of recurrent IVF failure
Rekha Pillai, United Kingdom
12:15 - 12:30
12:30 - 13:30
Lunch break
Session 3 – Errors in IVF: causes, consequences, and management
Chair to be announced
Danilo Cimadomo, Italy
13:30 - 14:00
Mishaps and their prevention during oocyte pickup and embryo transfer
Bettina Toth, Austria
14:00 - 14:15
14:15 - 14:45
Errors and their prevention in the IVF lab
Alessandra Alteri, Italy
14:45 - 15:00
15:00 - 15:30
Coffee break
Session 4 – ART failure: causes, consequences, and management
Chair invited, but not yet confirmed
Kilian Vomstein, Denmark
15:30 - 16:00
Confronting IVF treatment failure & managing patient’s expectations– how to communicate with empathy and clarity
Emily Koert, Denmark
16:00 - 16:15
16:15 - 16:45
Dealing with second trimester loss, stillbirth, and neonatal death following IVF treatment
Holger Maul, Germany
16:45 - 17:00