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Dr Basak Balaban

Amerikan Hastanesi - American Hospital
Istanbul, Turkey 
Basak Balaban obtained her Bachelor’s degree in 1993 from the University of Ankara,Turkey, working in the faculty of Biological Sciences. Following her clinical embryology training and education at the Ankara Sevgi Hospital-Turkey in between the years 1994-1996, she was certificated for the laboratory based procedural applications of IVF (In-vitro fertilization) at The Schoysman Infertility Manegement Foundation (SIMAF), Brussels, Belgium, and certificated in 1996 by the Health Ministry of Turkey, as a laboratory director for an IVF clinic. She founded and chaired the IVF laboratory in the Assisted Reproduction Unit of German Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey in 1996. She became the chief embryologist in the American Hospital of Istanbul, Turkey Assisted Reproduction Unit at the end of 1996. She is still the principal embryologist in this laboratory that performs over 1200 IVF/ICSI (ICSI-Intracytoplasmic sperm injection) cycles per year. Her major interest areas are embryo selection and in-vitro culture techniques, cryopreservation, and blastocyst culture. She has published and lectured extensively in these fields. She’s a member of ESHRE since 1996, and a board member of CNR (Committee for National Representatives) since 2008. She had been the chair of the Alpha society ; an International Society of Scientists in Reproductive Medicine from 2008 till 2012 for two terms and was a board member since 2015. She had acted as the congress president of the society’s 2008 and 2014 biennal meetings in Istanbul and Antalya, and she remained to be one of the the main organizers of other biennals in Budapest and London. She was also the main organizer of the three consensus meetings, and publications on behalf of the society. She’s a member of the board of directors of ISIVF –International Society for In vitro Fertilization since 2013. She’s one of the founders and the chair of the Turkish Society of Clinical Embryologists (KED) since 2011.