Course description

Course type

Advanced

Course description

This Campus Course will focus on the genomic basis of embryo selection and its potential use in the IVF clinic. We will discuss current approaches, with clinically relevant information, and potential future applications aiming to improve embryo selection for transfer in an ART cycle. There will be four main sessions. The first session will describe what defines a "good quality" oocyte and sperm and provide an understanding of the molecular basis underlying development from an oocyte to a blastocyst. Session 2 will discuss the genomic parameters of embryo viability, session 3 the use of omics technology to assess embryo viability, and the last session embryo selection in the prevention of genetic disease. The course is designed for all scientists working in reproductive medicine, including geneticists, basic researchers, embryologists and clinicians. The course will allow the submission of abstracts, either for presentation as a short oral communication or as a poster.


Course objectives

  • To provide an understanding of the molecular characteristics of preimplantation development
  • To provide an overview of methods of embryo selection for viability
  • To provide an overview of current approaches of embryo selection against genetic disease
  • To update the latest genetic developments in ART


Target audience

Geneticists, basic researchers in reproductive genetics, embryologists, clinicians
 

Educational needs and expected outcomes

At the conclusion of this course participants should be able to describe the characteristics of a good quality oocyte, sperm and embryo, describe the molecular events governing fertilisation and implantation, describe the methodologies and technologies that can be employed by a genetics and embryology lab to assess embryo viability, and describe the methodologies and technologies that can be employed by a genetics lab to diagnose a genetic disorder in an embryo

Innovative aspects

A knowledge quiz will take place at the end of the course so attendees can test the new knowledge acquired during the course. Abstracts can be submitted for selection for oral/poster presentations.

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • oral and poster presentation of selected submitted abstracts
  • knowledge quiz at the end of the course

Language

The official language of the course is English. 

Certificate of attendance

Participants can obtain a certificate of attendance after completing the workshop evaluation on the App. After the course, ESHRE will send an e-mail with the link and more information.