VITRIFICATION OF OOCYTES WORKSHOP, Valencia, SPAIN
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 09:00-18:00
9:00-13:00 THEORETICAL SESSION (Valencia)
A. Cobo, USA
09:05-09:40 Fundamentals of Cryobiology
S. Leibo, USA
09:40-10:30 Basic principles of vitrification
A. Arav, Israel
10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-11:45 Different approaches of Vitrification
G. Vajta, Australia
11:45-12:45 The Cryotop method for oocyte Vitrification. Description of the technique.
N. Kagawa, Japan
Live demonstration of using the Cryotop Method vitrifying oocyte with explanation by Prof. Kagawa
Aim of the theoretical session: To introduce the biophysical and biochemical principles involved in cryobiology;
- Ice formation
- Slow freezing procedures
- Freezing curves
- The physical principles of Vitrification, introduction to minimum volume methods, cooling rates and different Vitrification devices.
14:00-18:00 HANDS-ON WORKSHOP (Valencia): OOCYTE AND EMBRYO
VITRIFICATION - THE CRYOTOP METHOD:
Director: N. Kagawa, Japan
The aim of this interactive workshop is to gain the practical use of management skills to carry out the Cryotop Vitrification method providing a unique opportunity for embryologist to learn about and practice an improved method of Vitrification.
In addition to the "hands-on" laboratory program, general principles of cryobiology, minimum volume methods, cooling rates and different Vitrification devices will be discussed in a scheduled program of talks and demos performed by recognized scientists top in the field of cryobiology. Participants are embryologists and researchers working in this particular discipline.
Applicants should have the pre-requisite of embryo handling skills.
Workshop fee including Congress registration: €2,500 (Two Thousand Five Hundred Euro).