Course description

Course type

Advanced

Course description

The course will provide a comprehensive overview of invasive and non-invasive approaches to the assessment and selection of sperm, oocytes and embryos for ART. The first two sessions will be dedicated to sperm and oocyte assessment, with other sessions covering the morphological and functional assessment of embryos, PGT-A and mitochondrial DNA analysis, embryo culture, and novel approaches to gamete and embryo selection. Specific topics will include hyaluronate binding for sperm selection, morphological selection of oocytes, polar body analysis, fertilization markers for embryo selection, embryo metabolism, PGT-A, mitochondrial DNA analysis, and advanced imaging and machine learning. The programme will also include a debate on time-lapse imaging and its clinical impact. Many speakers are world leaders in their respective subjects. Participants will have the opportunity to participate directly in the scientific programme by submitting abstracts for presentation as poster or oral communication. 


Course objectives

  • To learn the importance of a multi-level approach to gamete and embryo selection
  • To gain knowledge in established and novel or less widespread methods of gamete and embryo assessment
  • To recognise potential (or not) of invasive and non-invasive approaches to gamete and embryo assessment
  • To be involved in current debates on highly controversial topics, such as time-lapse imaging, PGT-A and mitochondrial DNA analysis
  • To appreciate recent progress in gamete and embryo assessment


Target audience

Embryologists, clinicians, andrologists, and scientists working in reproductive medicine
 

Educational needs and expected outcomes

Gamete and embryo assessment is central to the practice of IVF. However, many relevant approaches are often adopted arbitrarily and not necessarily with an appropriate methodology. The course will seek to rectify this situation and make participants more aware of the decisions they take in their everyday practice.

Innovative aspects

In a stand-alone Campus, the theme of gamete and embryo assessment, including both invasive and non-invasive approaches, has rarely been covered so extensively.

Educational methods

  • Lectures
  • Discussions
  • Debates

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.