David Gardner on Australian Queen's Birthday Honours List

Alpha Scientists in Reproductive Medicine congratulate our Past President, Professor David Gardner FAA, on his well-deserved appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in recognition of his significant service to reproductive medicine and to education.


Dear Friends and Colleagues

It has been a long, long time since we have been able to meet in person. We are grateful for your continued support through this hiatus, and for your attendance at our International IVF Initiative (I3) presentations. Now that things are opening up again, we are delighted to announce that the next Alpha Conference will be held in the beautiful city of Seville, Spain, on October 6-9, 2022.

As always, we have worked to create an innovative program that covers advances in the understanding and practice of human ART. The program is designed to be engaging, and to promote interaction and discussion both within the lecture hall and in the beautiful gardens.

For those of you who have experienced an Alpha Conference before, you know that this will be a great opportunity to reconnect with old friends from around the world, and to create new opportunities for collaboration. For those of you who have not attended one of our meetings before, please consider joining us in Spain for what promises to be a most enjoyable and highly educational experience!

On behalf of the Executive and Organising Committees, we look forward to meeting you in Seville in October.

Sharon Mortimer
President of Alpha

Mina Alikani
Vice President of Alpha

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…

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