SIG EMBRYOLOGY

Further updates planned for embryology atlas

Evaluating approaches to gamete and embryo assessment

Last year ended with two consecutive and well attended Campuses in Edinburgh and Ljubljana. The videos and handouts of the presentations from both have now been uploaded and are available on the ESHRE e-campus platform.

Planning ahead, we are looking forward to three major events. In May 2018, Athens is host to a Campus meeting on Evidence based practice in the IVF laboratory. This event will review the clinical efficiency, safety and biological basis of several techniques, older and novel, which are widely used in the embryology lab, despite controversial data or insufficient evidence.

Our precongress course in Barcelona will discuss the foundations and developments in IVF culture systems. Top speakers will offer a comprehensive review of the systems currently used, suggest ways of optimisation, address challenges and limitations, and describe the effect of various components of these systems, including time-lapse monitoring. In the main programme, which has now been finalised and is available online, there are many interesting sessions with top-quality abstracts selected as oral presentations.

Our autumn Campus will be held in Nice, France, on 1-3 November 2018. This course will focus on gamete and embryo assessment and provide an overview of the different approaches, invasive and non-invasive. The most controversial methods will be debated and special attention will be given to a multi-level approach to gamete and embryo selection. Please note that young researchers/embryologists are invited to submit an abstract for poster or oral presentation during this meeting. Abstracts should be submitted online by 7 October 2018 and will undergo peer review by the Scientific Committee, so plan ahead and submit your best research in time.

Atlas of Human Embryology
Another ongoing project has been the update of the Atlas of Human Embryology. The atlas was released online in 2016 and is an invaluable study and reference resource. We intend to further develop and improve the atlas, in terms of content, accessibility and user experience. In this respect, we launched a survey inviting comments and suggestions from our members. Response has been very good and we thank all participants for taking the time to share their needs and expectations.

Finally, in terms of guideline development, the next SIG-E recommendation will be on time lapse monitoring, which is expected to be published in 2019. This has been approved by ESHRE and the work will begin later this year.

We remain open to all our members, and strive to promote a two-way communication. Please follow the SIG-E page on Facebook and check regularly our ESHRE webpage for our latest news and forthcoming activities.

Susanna Apter, Co-ordinator
Ioannis Sfontouris, Deputy
Giovanni Cotticchio, Past co-ordinator