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Session 29: Cryopreservation/Vitrification in Human Assisted Reproduction: Experts’ Review

International IVF Initiative

Session 29: Cryopreservation/Vitrification in Human Assisted Reproduction: Experts’ Review

Session 29: Cryopreservation/Vitrification in Human Assisted Reproduction: Experts’ Review


Moderators: Dr. Alison Bartolucci & Dr. Zsolt Peter Nagy

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 


Dr. Jeremy Chang

Dr. Jeremy Chang

Jeremy (Ching-Chien) Chang obtained his BSc (1994) and MSc (1996) at the National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan. From 1998 to 1999, he was an embryologist at Lee Women’s Hospital in Taiwan. Then he joined the xenotransplantation project of porcine cloning at the Animal Technology Institute, Taiwan (1999–2001). He joined the Center for Regenerative Biology at the University of Connecticut in 2001 and obtained his PhD in 2005. He is currently an embryologist at Reproductive Biology Associates, Atlanta, USA. His main research interests lie in the areas of oocyte and epigenetic reprogramming.

Dr. Ana Cobo

Dr. Ana Cobo

Ana graduated from the University del Valle in Colombia in 1988. She obtained her Master degree of Biological Sciences in Reproduction Biology at the University of Chile in 1994. She moved to Spain in 1995, when she joined the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad (IVI) and obtained a Master’s degree in Human Reproduction at the University of Valencia, Spain, in 1998. She completed her doctorate in 2008 when she received her PhD. degree from the University of Valencia. She has worked as an embryologist for more than 20 years and became interested in oocytes cryopreservation in the early 1990s, while completing her Master’s degree and doctoral thesis works on this subject. She is currently a senior embryologist at the IVI in Valencia, where she is the Director of the Cryobiology Unit in the IVF lab. She has published over 100 articles and book chapters, mostly on cryopreservation in IVF. Her teaching activities focus on directing the continuous training program in the vitrification of oocytes and embryos at the IVI learning center. She is a professor in the postgraduate master course in Human Reproduction at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos and in the master course in Infertility- psychosocial aspects at ADEIT ascribed to the University of Valencia.

Professor Anja Pinborg, MD, DMSc

Professor Anja Pinborg, MD, DMSc

Anja Pinborg specialized in obs/gyne in 2010 and is expert in clinical reproductive medicine and professor at the University of Copenhagen since 2013. She was professor and consultant in Obs/Gyne at Hvidovre Hospital from 2013-2018. Since 2018 she has been professor and medical and science director at the Fertility Clinic at Rigshospitalet. She has published 196 original papers and authored seven book-chapters. She has an h-index of 40 (Web of Science). She has been EHSRE EXCO member since 2017 and is member of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Vancouver group) since 2015. She was president for the Nordic Fertility Society (2011-2015). She was appointed editor in chief for Danish Medical Journal in 2015 and she is former associate editor of Human Reproduction Update, RBMOnline and Acta Obs Gynecol Scand (AOGS). Her main scientific focus areas are reproductive epidemiology including safety and quality aspects of ART with focus on child health and clinical research on optimizing ART and minimizing risks

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