The COGI World Congress is designed as an umbrella for the ever-growing number of sub-disciplines of our profession. The program is especially planned to engage in controversial issues in all fields related to Obstetrics, Gynecology and Infertility, and is devised as a meeting forum for world experts from all branches of our profession. The COGI congress is divided into three sections, in accordance with the major disciplines, and is appropriate for the needs of the specialist who would like to participate in a forum that can examine and discuss the limits of our knowledge, as well as the solutions provided in situations of clinical uncertainties. The congress is also suitable for the needs of those with a more general clinical interest who strive to be updated on developments in other fields. COGI is the forum for discussion among peer experts, whose questions arise from the lack of evidence, and who wish to achieve consensus based on expert opinions.
The special event of this year’s COGI is marked by the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the birth of Louise Brown, the first IVF baby. This miraculous event was pioneered by Prof. Robert Edwards and the late Prof Patrick Steptoe. It was a step forward for the family of Louise, but a major leap for medicine and thousands of doctors that gained the opportunity to touch the lives of millions of infertile couples. However, following this event, without the series of developments and innovations by hundreds of physicians and scientists throughout the world, we would not have attained our current position, and many couples would have remained childless.
During COGI, we will salute Prof. Edwards and all the pioneers that have followed in his footsteps, many of whom have already secured their participation. We are also proud of the growing list of National Fertility/IVF Societies and the International Society of IVF (ISIVF), all of which are endorsing and participating in this event.
The program of this year’s COGI-11 is distinct, as many international societies the world over are cooperating closely with us for preparation of the most relevant questions in each sub-discipline, and are providing their suggestions for eminent speakers of the discipline, all in the spirit of what has become the hallmark of COGI.
Prof Zion Ben-Rafael Prof René Frydman Prof Zeev Shoham