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

High relative deoxyribonucleic acid content of trophectoderm biopsy adversely affects pregnancy outcomes

This study is based on the assumption that in quantitative PCR, the number of PCR cycles required to reach a signal threshold CT for a given genomic locus is inversely related to the amount of DNA at that locus. Thus, samples reaching the threshold at a lower cycle number than others contain more DNA. In the first phase of the study a standard curve was established using a euploid fibroblast cell line taking into account both known cell number as well as mean CT value.

What Does Your Sperm Say About Your Health?

If a men and his female partner are having trouble conceiving, or if his doctor has said that his sperm counts are low, they may wonder what this says about his health in general. How does his health relate to his fertility? The fact is, semen quality — or a lack thereof — directly relates to his health and well-being, so we need to pinpoint what's causing problems even if the patient is not thinking of having children right now. This report by Dr. Ashok Agarwal from the Cleveland Clinic’s American Center for Reproductive Medicine, throws light on a neglected and poorly talked aspect of male infertility – the lifestyle choices and other health conditions.

New Photo & Video Gallery

Executive Committee board members of Alpha - Scientists in Reproductive Medicine would like to draw your attention to a new feature of the Alpha homepage. A new photo and video gallery has been established which may assist users in their embryological training. It should be noted that the images are titled strictly according to the Alpha/ESHRE consensus meeting on embryo assessment (Reprod Biomed Online 2011; 22: 632-646). Members are invited to submit images of suitable quality which will be considered by the Alpha EC board members.

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