In 2014

The 7th Advanced Course in Embryology

Date and venue: June 28th, 2014, Munich, Germany

A course developed by EXCEMED (Excellence in Medical Education, the former Serono Symposia International Foundation) in collaboration with Alpha.

The 2014 live educational course will be dedicated exclusively to the most important aspects of ART laboratory procedures, providing a comprehensive view of advanced techniques.

One of the topics is embryo culture media. The fundamental role of the laboratory and therefore the culture media has been to support preimplantation embryo development and to maintain the inherent viability of the gametes/embryos before replacement to the mother. Over the last 10-15 years there have been major advancements in this area, with culture media having developed from simple salt solutions into highly complex defined media, specifically designed to reduce stress to the embryo and maintain high pregnancy rates. Preimplantation Genetic

Screening (PGS) seeks to improve the efficiency of ART by ensuring that the embryos chosen for transfer are chromosomally adequate (euploid). The principle behind it is that, since numerical chromosomal abnormalities in the embryo are the causes of most pregnancy losses, and it is established that a large proportion of the human embryos are aneuploid, the selective replacement of euploid embryos should increase the chances of a successful IVF treatment. Future prospectives are based on SET (single embryo transfer) that needs to be adopted as standard procedure, in order to reduce risks to mother and fetus associated with multiple implantations. Methods for selecting topquality embryos must continue to improve and must be communicated through embryologist education. Criteria and scoring for assessing embryo quality need to be firmly established and followed internationally.

The aim is to give participants both the latest knowledge and the opportunity to share their experiences with renowned scientists and embryologists.

For more information, please read the attached pdf or visit the webpages of EXCEMED.


Human Reproductive Cell/tissue

Tips and Tricks for Improving Success and Safety

An Advanced Hands-On Workshop
Date: November 7-8, 2014
Venue: Rome, Italy

Read more about the workshop here