IVF Webinar Series

Here is the schedule of meetings with times.

Past Sessions

Session 1: IVF in the Time of COVID-19

Host / Moderator Dr Jacques Cohen 

A close look at viruses and their relevance to ART 
Dr Kay Elder

Covid-19 in Liquid Nitrogen: a potential time-bomb?
Dr Lodovico Parmegiani

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Session 2: Breakthroughs In Cryostorage Technology

Host / Moderator Dr Jacques Cohen 

Thermographic Imaging: A Breakthrough Invention Providing an Effective and Reliable Cryogenic Storage Monitoring
Dr Zsolt Peter Nagy

Directly tracking biological samples at cryo-temperatures using a retrofit system to automate auditing and billing
Alex Parker

A robotic cryostorage solution that provides comprehensive software for both specimen and inventory management; novel labware; and, proactive environmental monitoring.
Cynthia Hudson

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Session 3: Artificial Intelligence in ART

Host / Moderator Dr Liesl Nel-ThemaatAlex Parker

Introduction to AI in ART
Dr Dean Morbeck

AI and Embryo Selection
Dr Alejandro Badiola-Chavez

AI in PGT-A Decision-Making
Dr Mike Large 

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Session 4: SARS-CoV-2 and IVF Revisited

Host / Moderator Dr Jacques Cohen & Dr. Dara Berger

A round table discussion to answer some of the many questions from "IVF in the time of COVID-19".

Panelists include: Dr Kay Elder  Dr Lodovico Parmegiani  Dr Pavlo Mazur  Dr Alan ParkerDr Dean MorbeckDr Alison Campbell & Dr Kimball Pomeroy.

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Supplemental MaterialQ&A

Session 5: In vitro growth (IVG) of human ovarian follicles: future developments

Host / Moderator Dr Colin Howles & Professor Richard Anderson

In vitro growth (IVG) of human ovarian follicles: Background
Professor David Albertini

Moving IVG towards clinical application.
Professor Evelyn Telfer

Organized by the International IVF Initiative


Q&A

Session 6: Introduction to Quality Control - Part I

Host / Moderator Anthony Anderson, DHSc, ELD and Eva Schenkman, MS, TS

Does Temperature Really Matter?
Thomas “Rusty” Pool, PhD, HCLD  
Quality Control in the Digital Age-
- Quality Control in the Cloud by Giles Palmer, BS
- Enhancing Quality Systems with Digital Methods by Carol Curchoe, PhD

Organized by NYMES and START Embryology Societies

Session 7: Assisted reproduction in 2049: will there still be human embryologists?

Host / Moderator Dr Jacques Cohen & Giles Palmer

Soft robotics and potential applications in assisted reproduction
Prof Mini Saaj

Automated annotation of time-lapse
Dr. Arnaud Reignier

A simple and automatic procedure of IVF and Vitrification
Dr. Amir Arav

The robotic embryology lab in a tiny box
Ana Garcia Poyo

Organized by International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 8: Rebuilding Ovarian Function

Host / Moderator David Russell & Dr. Cassandra Roeca


Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation-Transplantation technique for Fertility Preservation- clinical management, success rates and future directions
Professor Dror Meirow

Creating an artificial ovary
Professor Christiani Andrade Amorim

Organized by University of Colorado Advanced Reproductive Medicine

Q&A

Session 9: Get Your DNA Fragmentation Out of My Uterine Microbiome

Host / Moderator Anthony Anderson, DHSc, ELD and Eva Schenkman, MS, TS


"The Relevance of Uterine Microbiome in IVF Treatment"
Dr. Inmaculada Moreno 

“Sperm DNA Fragmentation and it’s Impact on IVF Outcomes"
Dr. Alicia Broussard 

Panelists: Cynthia Hudson, Dr. Shawn Breen, Dr. Sharon Anderson, & Dr. Dara Berger

Organized by AAB College of Reproductive Biology (CRB)

Q&A

Session 10: Introduction to Quality Control - Part II

Friday 1 May, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Host / Moderator Anthony Anderson, DHSc, ELD and Eva Schenkman, MS, TS


Indicators, KPIs and Benchmarking
David Mortimer, PhD

Our second talk is Vienna Consensus and KPIs in Action
Elizabeth Hammond, PhD 

Organized by NYMES and START Embryology Societies

Q&A

Session 11: Moving Sperm Forward

Hosts Dr. Jacques Cohen and Dr. Denny Sakkas


AI Driven Innovations in Automated Semen Analysis: Building A Better Mousetrap.
Dr. Ashok Agarwal

“Nature doesn’t use a centrifuge: Microfluidics and the future of sperm preparation”
Matt Feldman 

Sperm DNA Fragmentation – Unlocking the secrets for the ART professional
Dr. Sandro Esteves 

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 12: Patient-friendly and minimal approaches in assisted reproduction

Friday 8 May, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Hosts Dr. Dean Morbeck & Dr. Jacques Cohen


Streamlining and Affordability of Assisted Reproduction
Dr Kevin Doody

Telemedicine and Home Ultrasonography of Follicular Development
Professor Jan Gerris 

At-home sperm collection. The future of semen analysis, sperm storage, and diagnostic services.
Tom Smith

Assisted reproduction and IN VIVO embryo development
Dr Kevin Doody

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 13: "Differentiation, Isolation, Fertilization and Monopronucleation CRB Abstract Presentations While On Coronacation"

Tuesday 12 May, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Hosts Dr. Tony Anderson & Dr. Dara Berger


Growth Differentiation Factor 9 (GDF-9) levels in spent culture media and pregnancy outcome
Khalied Kaskar, MS, TS(ABB)

Isolation, Purification and Initial RNA Sequence Analysis of Seminal Fluid Exosomes between Pregnant and Non-Pregnant Intrauterine Insemination Pregnancies
Renee J. Chosed, Ph.D.

The relationship between age and rates of abnormal fertilization following intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
Brent Hanson, M.D

Clinical Benefits of Culturing Monopronucleated Zygotes Derived from Intracytoplasmic Injection Cycles
Kathryn Wozniak, M.Sc.

Panelists:
Dr. Kimball Pomeroy, Dr. Arthur Chang, Dr. Melanie Clemmer, & Dr. Scott Purcell

Organized by AAB College of Reproductive Biology (CRB)

Q&A

Session 14: Under Pressure: Mental Health in Reproductive Science

Hosts Giles Palmer & Dr. Marlane Angle


Embryologists: Occupational Demand & Resultant Stress Outcomes (EODRSO)
Bryan Tully 

Pressure points: UK survey data and practices
Helen Priddle 

Staying Sane: A Guide on Mind/Body Strategies for the Laboratory Professional
Alice Domar

Panelists: 
Dr. Jacques CohenShaista Sadruddin,  Dr. Jose Castilla & Lisa Duran

Organized by International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 15: Decision-Making, AI and ART

Hosts Alison Campbell & Charlene Alouf


Non-Invasive Embryo selection through Deep learning AI and Time-lapse imaging
Daniella Gilboa 

AI Technology to Improve Embryo Selection using Still Images
Dr. Michelle Perugini

Using Artificial Intelligence to Assess Egg Quality - Innovative Technology and Clinical Applications
Dr. Dan Nayot

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 16: To ICSI or Not to ICSI: How to Maximise Success

Friday 22 May, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Hosts Dr. Alison Bartolucci & Dr. Mina Alikani


Introduction
Dr. Dean Morbeck 

Minimalist Approach to ICSI Use
Dr. Caroline McCaffrey

Maximizing Fertilization Rates
Dr. Joe Conaghan

How does the sperm trigger oocyte activation and what can be done if activation fails?
Dr. Karl Swann

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 17: Roundtable Discussion with Experts: Daily Hands on Management of IVF Laboratory / What Works and How

Tuesday 26 May, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Hosts Dr. Zsolt Peter Nagy & Dr. Dawn Kelk


Panelists: Dr. Alison CampbellDr. Barry BehrDr. Dean MorbeckDr. Maria Jose De Los Santos,  Dr. Yelena Pasman,  Dr. Dawn Kelk

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Special Session: 56th Meeting of the Society for Low Temperature Biology

Host Prof Christiani Amorim - UCLouvain & Dr. Glyn Stacey


Cryobiology of ovarian tissue
Prof Ram Devireddy, Louisiana State University, USA

An overview on ovarian tissue transportation
Dr Janice Vilela, Université Catholique de Louvain, Belgium 

Panelists: Prof Carolina Lucci, Universidade de Brasília (Brazil)

In collaboration with I³, SLTB will organize a session on ovarian tissue cryopreservation.

Q&A

Session 18: Breakthroughs in Placental and Uterine Technologies

Hosts Dr. Liesl Nel-Themaat & Dr. Thomas Jansson


Great expectations: Development of an Artificial Placenta for Extremely Preterm Infants
Professor Matthew W. Kemp 

Uterus transplantation: research and clinical aspects today and in the future
Professor Mats Brännström 

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 19: Interview with Dr. Catherine Racowsky  The President of ASRM &
Dr. Cristina Magli, Chair of ESHRE

Host Dr. Jacques Cohen & Professor Kersti Lundin


i3 Special Interview: The 2 most powerful women IVF!
Listen to their career history, how they got where they are, and their hope and visions of the future for ASRM and ESHRE.

Video 1: Session 19 - Edited interviews with live Q&A
Video 2: Dr. Catherine Racowsky, President of ASRM - Full interview
Video 3: Dr. Cristina Magli, Chair of ESHRE - Full Interview

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 20: The future of embryology. Technological advant-gardes in embryo selection


Lucia De Santis (President of SIERR) - 5 min introduction of the webinar

Marcos Meseguer - 20 min
"The importance of an enhanced and standardized embryo grading in the IVF laboratory: is AI the way forward?"

Maurizio Poli - 20 min
"Past, present and future strategies for enhanced assessment of embryo's genome and reproductive competence in IVF"

Open discussion - 25 min

Panelists:
Catello Scarica (Vice-president of SIERR)
Antonio Capalbo (member of the SIERR SIG in reproductive genetics)
Organized by the SIERR and the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 21: PGT-A in the Lab - Improving Outcomes and Techniques

Hosts: Dr. Gary Harton & Shaista Sadruddin

Next Generation PGT-A with NGS
Dr. Gary Harton

PGT-A for embryo selection and Concordance after Re-biopsy
Dr. Peter Nagy

How IVF Lab conditions affect PGT-A results: Biopsy and Tubing
Dr. Dawn Kelk

How IVF Lab conditions affect PGT-A results: Embryo Culture Conditions
Dr. David McCulloh

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 22: Why does osmolality matter? Observations, drift, explanations, and counter measures

Hosts: Dr. Kimball Pomeroy & Brian LoManto


Laboratory Conditions Impacting Media Osmolality and pH
Dr. Jason Swain

Toward a Predictive Model for Osmolality Dynamics During Non-Humidified Incubation
Dr. Steven F. Mullen

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

This session was sponsored by COOK Medical

Q&AWhite Paper

Session 23: Laboratory Planning, Maintenance and Engineering Now and in the Future

Hosts: Dr. Jacques Cohen & Giles Palmer


What we know and do not know about requirements for lab design
Giles Palmer

IVF laboratory planning, refurbishment and new design: an architect’s perspective
Chip Calcagni

Particle and Pressure Control: A Mechanical Engineer’s Perspective
Tucker Matthews

Supervision during IVF laboratory construction or renovation
Antonia Gilligan presented by Jacques Cohen

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Q&A

Session 24: New England Fertility Society VIRTUAL MEETING SERIES ~ Part I



Donor “Anonymity” and Confidentiality in the Era of Direct-To-Consumer DNA Testing and Social Media
Presented By:
Andrea Braverman, PhD
Clinical Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Clinical Professor of Psychiatry & Behavioral Medicine
Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA

"Legally Speaking 2020": An Update on ART Law”
Ongoing developments in reproductive technologies, repro-genetics, and 3rd Party ART all create legal tensions for courts and legislatures. This presentation will update attendees on legal developments that may impact their current and future practices.
Presented By:
Susan Crockin, JD 
Crockin Law & Policy Group, PLLC
Senior Scholar, Adjunct Professor, The O'Neill Inst. for National and
Global Health Law, Georgetown Law Center
Research Assistant Professor, Kennedy Inst. of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Moderators:
Evelyn Neuber, Ph.D. HCLD (ABB) 
Paula Dwan, RNC, MS, WHNP-BC 
Organized by the NEFS

Q&A
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Session 25: How to Keep Gametes and Embryos from Environmental Harm

Moderators: 
Mina Alikani, USA 
Sharon Mortimer, CANADA 
David Gardner, AUSTRALIA


Speakers:
“The germline and the environment"
Patricia Ann Hunt, USA

"Sperm on Drugs"
David Mortimer, CANADA

"Is the Climate Crisis Affecting Reproductive Health?"
Linda Giudice, USA

Organized by ALPHA - Scientists in Reproductive Medicine

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Session 26: Assisted Reproductive Technology in Endangered Species Conservation

Moderators Liesl Nel-Themaat & Thomas Elliott


Fertility Preservation and Genome Resource Banking for Rare and Endangered Animal Species
Dr. Pierre Comizzoli 

The ART of Conserving Endangered Species
Dr. Barbara Durrant

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Session 27: Preimplantation Genetic Testing, Recent Advances in Reproductive Medicine

Tuesday 4 August, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators: Professor Darren Griffin & Dr. Gary Harton


PGT for structural rearrangements: The oft forgotten "3rd wheel”
Professor Darren Griffin 

Chromosomal profiling of preimplantation embryos: where we are and where we are going
Andrea Victor

PGT-A In the Future
Professor Joe Leigh Simpson

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Upcoming Schedule

August 10 - August 16, 2020

Session 28: What Genomics Dreams May Come

Tuesday 11 August, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators: Dr. Barry Behr & Dr. Helen O’Neill


Beyond Hacking Darwin
Dr. Jamie Metzl, USA

Practical Application of Polygenic Risk Scoring in the Human Embryo 
Dr. Nathan Treff, USA

Precision Medicine in Reproduction: Time for Prediction and Prevention
Dr. Helen O’Neill, UK

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Free Registration
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August 17 - August 23, 2020

Session 29: Cryopreservation

Tuesday 18 August, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators:


Principles of Cryopreservation and Optimization of Vitrification
Dr. Jeremy Chang

The state of ART in vitrification: the best technical approaches and outcomes
Dr. Ana Cobo

Health of offspring following "frozen" embryo transfer
Professor Anja Pinborg

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Free Registration
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August 24 - August 16, 2020

Session 30: Secrets of Implantation

Tuesday 25 August, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators: Colin Howles


Implantation - the final challenge in a complex treatment process
Juan Garcia Velasco

Zooming in on the most Fantastic Voyage
Yorgos Nikas

Is the Endometrium the new Embryo?
Professor Nick Macklon

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Free Registration
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August 31 - September 6, 2020

Session 31: Catastrophies: How do they impact our current perspectives on embryo production, cryopreservation and cryostorage management?

Tuesday 1 September, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators: Kimball Pomeroy, PhD and Dawn Kelk, PhD


"Cryostorage of Reproductive Tissues in the IVF Laboratory: ASRM Committee Opinion"
Sangita Jindahl, PhD, HCLD
Summary: Catastrophic tank failures in recent years have reinforced the importance of cryogenic management in our embryo production laboratories. Based upon scientific principles and laboratory experience, best practices/minimal standards for safe and reliable storage of cryopreserved reproductive tissue have been proposed. Considering the emphasis in embryo vitrification and fertility preservation in the field of Reproductive Medicine, our goals are to optimize cryo-viability and effectively mitigate and eliminate embryo/gamete risks associated with cryopreservation and cryostorage.

"Cryopreservation and IVF in the Time of Covid-19: What is the Best Good Tissue Practice (GTP)?"
Mitchel C. Schiewe, MS, PhD, HCLD 
Unknown risks relating to the SARS-CoV-2 virus and sperm, ova and embryos necessitate a reexamining of how human IVF is performed. Over the last decade improvements in cryosurvival and live birth outcomes have been associated with zona pellucida breaching procedures (e.g., blastocyst collapsing and biopsying). In turn, today embryos are generally no longer protected by an intact zona pellucida when vitrified and in cryostorage. Additionally, high security storage containers have proven to be resilient to potential cross-contamination and reliable for routine human sperm freezing and embryo vitrification.
Several options to current IVF practices are presented that can effectively mitigate the risks of cross-contamination and infection due to the current Covid-19 pandemic or other viral exposures. The question remains, is heightened security and change warranted where the risks of disease transmission likely remains negligible.

Organized by the SRBT

Free Registration
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September 7 - September 13, 2020

Session 32: Cytoplasmic Maturity and the Acquisition of Developmental Competence in the Human Oocyte

Tuesday 8 September, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators: Dr. Thomas Pool & Dr. Gary Smith


Speakers:
David Albertini
Giovanni Cottichio
Rebecca Krisher

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Free Registration
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September 14 - September 20, 2020

Session 33: Sperm Function

Tuesday 15 September, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators:




Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Free Registration
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September 21 - September 27, 2020

Session 34: NEFS Session II

Wednesday 23 September, 2020. 11PM GMT / 12AM CET / 6PM EST
Moderators:



Speakers:
Dieter Egli, PhD
Nikica Zaninovic, PhD

Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Free Registration
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September 28 - October 5, 2020

Session 35: Care Under COVID

Tuesday 29 September, 2020. 8PM GMT / 9PM CET / 3PM EST
Moderators:




Organized by the International IVF Initiative

Free Registration
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October 6 - October 12, 2020

October 13 - October 19, 2020

October 20 - October 26, 2020

October 27 - November 3, 2020

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