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 May, 2014

European CME credits for Alpha 2014

ALPHA 2014 - 10th Biennial Conference (Antalya, Turkey, 9.–11.05.2014) has been granted 14 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME). European Accreditation is granted by the EACCME in order to allow participants who attend the above-mentioned activity to validate their credits in their own country.

Accreditation statement:

The 'ALPHA 2014 - 10th Biennial Conference' is accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) to provide the following CME activity for medical specialists. The EACCME is an institution of the European Union of Medical Specialists (UEMS),

The 'ALPHA 2014 - 10th Biennial Conference' is designated for a maximum of 14 hours of European external CME credits. Each
medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.

Through an agreement between the European Union of Medical Specialists and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert
EACCME credits to an equivalent number of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert EACCME credit to AMA credit can be found at

Live educational activities, occurring outside of Canada, recognized by the UEMS-EACCME for ECMEC credits are deemed to be Accredited Group. Learning Activities (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification Program of The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.


April, 2014

In Memoriam

Professor Stanley Leibo, has from the start of his career at Brown University in the 1950s, devoted his research career for cryobiology. Prof. Leibo along with Profs. Peter Mazur and David Whittingham were pioneers in the research on freezing of mammalian embryos in the 70s. They explored the principals of cryobiology (such as different cryoprotectants, cooling and warming rate, final subzero temperature, mechanisms of ice formation etc.) that might influence survival of mouse oocytes. The result of his research has been extremely valuable for refinement and improvement of cryopreservation methods, to the successful attainment of current protocols in human IVF.

Professor Leibo was a man with an enormous capacity for teaching and an insatiable scientific curiosity that led him to reach great achievements in the field of cryobiology that has benefited all the millions of couples trying to achieve a pregnancy through IVF. 

It was really a pleasure to have him in the Alpha cryoconsensus meeting, where in addition to make a valuable contribution, he gave us the opportunity to enjoy his friendly proximity. 

Rest in peace
Alpha Scientists in Reproductive medicine

Dr. Leibo (second from the right), surrounded
by delegates at Alphas Cryopreservation Consensus
Meeting. Dr. Leibo contributed with his valuable 
insights that helped make the meeting highly 





Alpha concensus on the Professional Status of Clinical Embryologists

7-8 May, 2014 in Antalya, Turkey


Underlying premise:
Government regulation of ART is constantly increasing globally, including the licensing of clinics and the staff working in them, as well as expanding accreditation schemes for ART centres. Combined, these factors make it ever more apparent that the critical role of the clinical embryologist, and effective ART lab direction and management, are not always properly recognized by all regulatory authorities and professional associations.

The Alpha Board has decided that the topic for the third global Alpha Consensus meeting will be on establishing the minimum expectations for the professional status of the clinical embryologist. In doing this Alpha is not trying to dictate to regulators, but is certainly seeking to educate them in what makes clinical embryology a special and unique profession – and how we must protect the interests of infertile patients around the world and strive towards ensuring they have equitable access to the best possible care and treatment.

As with the already published reports from Alpha’s two previous consensus meetings, our goal is to establish and expand the minimum requirements for clinical embryology staff to ensure safe and effective ART lab operation, while providing a framework for achieving quality and excellence.

Based on the summary texts provided by the session presenters, discussion summaries, and the agreed consensus points, a Consensus Report will be prepared and presented to the Alpha membership at the Biennial Conference immediately which follows immediately after the consensus meeting. The Report will also be published under the authorship of Alpha (again with the names of all participants listed in the text) in our official journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online.

If you, as Alpha members, feel that a specific topic should also be reviewed/discussed during the Consensus meeting, please feel free to send your suggestion to the Alpha office ( and your request/information will certainly be taken into consideration.

By invitation only (for logistical reasons)



April 2013

"Alpha Mourns Loss of IVF Pioneer Sir Robert Edwards"

The Nobel Prize-winning brilliant scientist, IVF Pioneer Sir Robert Edwards revolutionized infertility treatment when succeeded with world’s first test-tube baby be born, in 1978. Since then, IVF helped millions of parents to experience the joy of children. Dr. Edwards also performed pioneering research on human embryonic stem cells, and advanced pre-implantation genetic diagnosis.

All of us at ALPHA mourn the passing of Bob Edwards.

We extend our condolences to his family, and friends.


To read more about Dr. Edwards life and work, please follow this link



In Memoriam


It is with deep sadness and regret that  we announce the passing of Lynette A. Scott, PhD.  We mourn the loss but celebrate her life. A life, that touched so many. 
Her energy was inspiring; her passion for what she did was compelling; and her compassion and love of patients was reciprocated in kind.
There is a photograph on a cupboard in the laboratory of a young mother holding her baby. Lynette drew an arrow attached to a card that read, “This is why we are here.”
We can think of no greater tribute to our dear friend and colleague than for each of us to rededicate ourselves to this vision that she made into reality every day. 
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family.



 Lynette A Scott PhD 1954-2012 


Alpha is proud to announce a recent collaboration with RBM Online 

(Available as of 01.01.11 only)

All Alpha related matters will be available to our members both on our website and through RBMOnline

The Alpha Newsletter as you know it will no longer be available as with previous years.

RBMOnline will now act as the main information pathway to showcase scientific publications related to reproductive medicine while the Alpha website will continue to showcase special interest articles, so visit often!

Online access to our previously published Newsletters will remain archived at this site.

Please note as of January 2011 our membership fee will be € 80 including subscription to RBMOnline.




On-line guide to laws and policies


BioPolicyWiki is an on-line guide to laws and policies governing the use of human genetic and reproductive technologies throughout the world. Areas covered include eggs for assisted reproduction and research, preimplantation genetic diagnosis, cloning, sex selection and surrogacy.

Being a ‘wiki’ format anyone can contribute, meaning that the initial collection of legal and policy information will grow in quantity and quality. The Center for Genetics and Society, who developed the resource, are inviting users to log on to explore and contribute.



IVF Podcast 2008

Executive members talk about Alpha

Basak Balaban, Lynette Scott and Alan Thornhill talk about ALPHA and how it can benefit scientists in reproductive medicine around the world.





IVF Podcast 1999

The future of IVF

Professor Robert Edwards presents at the Alpha meeting in Copenhagen, Denmark 1999.



Robert Edwards Podcast




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