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Novel Avenues in ART

Date: October 14th, 2018

Time: 09:00 – 15:00 including a lunch break

Location: Riocentro – room to be confirmed

Language: English

Organisers: FIGO Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Committee


Prof. Edgar Mocanu (Ireland)

Prof. Dov Feldberg (Israel)

The FIGO REI Committee invites you to a pre-Congress Workshop where global experts will discuss Novel Avenues in ART.  The topics are avantgarde aiming to bring to the fore important clinical questions and explore what is known to date and what is left to establish.  It will benefit clinicians, nurses, embryologists and social workers.  Invited to participate are also policy makers, ethicists and training Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


  • Lecture 1: Genetic and Morphokinetic Aspects in Embryo Selection for ART (35 mins. including Q&A)
    Zev Rosenwaks, USA
  • Lecture 2: Laboratory and Clinical Aspects in Fertility Preservation for Oncological Patients in ART (35 mins. including Q&A)
    Edgar Mocanu, Ireland
  • Lecture 3: The Impact of Mitochondrial Diseases in Human Reproduction (35 mins. including Q&A)
    Smeets Bert, Netherlands
  • Lecture 4: Cytoplasmic Replacement: Past, Present and Future (35 mins. including Q&A)
    John Zhang, USA
  • Lecture 5: IVA: In Vitro Activation: New Infertility Treatments in Patients with Primary Ovarian Insufficiency (POI) (35 mins. including Q&A)
    Kazuhiro Kawamura, Japan
  • Lecture 6: Ethical and Religious Aspects of Surrogacy Around the World (35 mins. including Q&A)
    Dov Feldberg, Israel

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this workshop, participants should be able to:

  • Understand new ways of linking morphologic and genetic assessment of embryos with a view to identifying the most competent ones for transfer.
  • Critically explore new technologies like cytoplasmic replacement and in vitro activation as means to reduce burden of disease transmission and premature ovarian failure, respectively.
  • Explore oncology cryopreservation as a well-established and ethically justified method of helping patients with malignancy retain their reproductive potential.
  • Discuss how mitochondrial disease impacts human reproduction and what new technologies are here to help.
  • Dwell into the world of surrogacy and how practices and social acceptance vary across the globe.
  • Discuss these innovations in the clinical application of assisted reproductive technologies.

Competency Skills

  • Patient care and continuous improvements
  • Understanding novel technologies