Sponsored Workshop

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Capsule: The impact a poor sperm can have on the outcome of an IVF cycle is slowly gaining more importance. In addition, the overall role of the paternal genome in failure to achieve a term birth is also becoming more appreciated. The aim of this workshop is to introduce the participant to the concepts of the paternal effect on reproduction covering concepts such as the role of sperm in IVF but also in recurrent miscarriage and how sperm change with the aging of the male.
In relation to IVF the theory behind the different sperm selection strategies available to the laboratory will be addressed. Practical demonstrations and participation by attendees will also be offered so that workshop participants can be made familiar with some of the sperm selection strategies available. A comparison between how sperm are selected in nature compared to the strategies being developed or in use by IVF laboratories will also be discussed. Finally, the clinical evidence and utility of sperm selection strategies will be presented and a consensus discussed by participants on when and how to use sperm selection. The final objective will be to provide participants a take home strategy on what type of sperm selection strategies are useful and in which patients to use them on.
14:30-14:40 Introduction
Denny Sakkas
14:40-15:10 Why select the best sperm?
Denny Sakkas
15:10-15:40 Which Sperm Selection techniques to Select!
Lodovico Parmegiani
15:40-17:30 Practical Demonstration of Sperm selection techniques
Lodovico Parmegiani & Denny Sakkas
16:30-17:00 Coffee Break
17:30-18:00 Nature versus the lab for selecting sperm
Denny Sakkas, USA
18:00-18:30 Clinical and Laboratory questions about sperm selection.
Panel Discussion
in parallel

Capsule: The goal of the workshop is to make a detailed review of Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) to know the technological evolution and the blastocyst biopsy strategy as the best current approach for a more accurate genetic diagnosis. Many IVF labs worldwide are still performing blastomere biopsy and the chromosome analysis by FISH. It is important to disseminate the knowledge in this area, covering other important aspects of IVF lab, such as the embryo culture conditions and the embryo cryopreservation in order to maximize the benefits of PGS and to establish a successfuly PGS program at the IVF laboratory.
15:00-15:05 Introduction of the Workshop
María Eugenia Póo, Spain
15:05-15:45 The evolution and the future of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis
María Eugenia Póo, Spain
The best strategies for trophoectoderm biopsy. Difficult Biopsy Scenarios: Video Review of Real World Biopsy
Nuno Costa-Borges, Spain
Coffee Break
17:00-17:45 Optimizing the IVF lab culture conditions for PGS
Gloria Calderon, Spain
17:45-18:30 How to improve the PGS outcomes with vitrification
Ana Cobo, Spain