John D Biggers, PhD, DSc Professor Emeritus, Harvard Medical School died peacefully on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 at Brookhaven in Lexington, Massachusetts, USA.

The Vienna Consensus Report

In association with ESHRE Special Interest Group Embryology, Alpha Scientists in Reproductive Medicine conducted an international workshop in Vienna in September 2016, designed to establish consensus on definitions and recommended values for ART Laboratory Performance Indicators. The report of this meeting is now published in Reproductive Biomedicine Online, presenting 19 Indicators, including 12 Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), 5 Performance Indicators (PIs), and 2 Reference Indicators (RIs).

You can download the full publication by clicking the link below:

The Vienna consensus: report of an expert meeting on the development of ART laboratory performance indicators

Distinguished Researcher Award

The 2017 recipient of the ASRM Distinguished Researcher Award is David K. Gardner, Ph.D., Professor, School of BioSciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. Dr. Gardner’s accomplishments as a clinical scientist, leader, inventor, mentor, and citizen to the scientific community have been outstanding, leading to the development and clinical introduction of blastocyst culture that has transformed how the majority of human in vitro fertilization cases are performed. This transition has facilitated the move to single embryo transfer that has reduced the incidence of multiple gestations…

12th Biennial Alpha Conference

Dear Alpha Colleagues,

On behalf of Alpha, we would like to welcome you to the 12th Biennial Alpha Conference which will be held between 17th and 20th of May, 2018.

This time, we invite you to join us in a truly spectacular venue;  Iceland. On this island of ice and fire we welcome you to take part in our congress that will bring you up-to-date with what is going on in the field of human embryology. As always we promise you an exciting scientific program as well as the possibility to meet old friends and make new ones.

The meeting will be held at the Hilton Nordica which is situated close the center of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

See you in 2018!

Best regards

Thorir Hardarson
President of Alpha 
David Gardner
Head, Scientific Committee

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