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Day-to-Day Workflow in the IVF Laboratory: What You Need to Know

Day-to-Day Workflow in the IVF Laboratory: What You Need to Know
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    World population prospects were presented at the United Nations in 2013 and addressed directly global fertility projections. Fertility rates for ma...

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    • Overview

      World population prospects were presented at the United Nations in 2013 and addressed directly global fertility projections. Fertility rates for many developed countries continue to decline and are projected to do so for the foreseeable future. As part of updating of the WHO Global Guidelines for infertility diagnosis, management and interventions for treatment initiated in January 2012, Guideline Development Groups were assembled. These focus on female subfertility; male subfertility, ovarian stimulation for ART, IVF and ICSI, IUI with and without ovarian stimulation, polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS); endometriosis, fertility interventions; and environmental effects on fertility, with the call to enhance fertility awareness at the country, if not regional, level.

      Substantial educational and practice needs have been identified demonstrating how poor understanding of myriad causes of infertility by clinicians results in their failure to appropriately consider the full value offered to affected women through assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs).

      With this as backdrop, the Global Fertility Academy presents this e-learning module, entitled "Day-to-Day Workflow in the IVF Laboratory: What You Need to Know." This module addresses the day-to-day working of the IVF laboratory, focusing on responsibilities once sperm and egg have been retrieved, including scoring, fertilisation, culture, cryopreservation, and use of time lapse technology.

    • Learning Objectives

      At the completion of this module, participants will be better able to:

      1. Prepare and determine sperm quality
      2. More capably perform IVF and ICSI techniques
      3. Evaluate oocyte morphology, perform fertilisation checks and assess embryo morphologic quality marker
      4. Identify embryos of high implantation potential
      5. Appreciate the value time lapse technology brings to the IVF laboratory
      6. Perform cryopreservation of sperm, oocytes, and embryos
    • Target Audience

      This course is designed to meet the Continuing Medical Education needs of reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, and fertility treatment specialists.

    • Commercial Support

      This activity is supported by an independent educational grant from Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany.

      Original Release Date: 19 December 2014

      Expiration Date: 19 December 2016

       

      For technical needs, contact: info@globalwomenshealthacademy.org

    • Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

      COURSE DIRECTOR

      Pasquale Patrizio, MD, MBE, HCLD
      Professor Obstetrics and Gynecology 
      Director, Yale Fertility Center
      Yale University
      New Haven, CT
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      Advisor: EMD Serono

      AUTHORS

      Başak Balaban, MSc
      Head of IVF Laboratory
      VKF American Hospital
      Istanbul, Turkey
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      No relationships reported

      Natalia Basile, MSc
      Madrid, Spain
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      No relationships reported

      Marcos Meseguer, PhD
      Scientific Supervisor and Senior Embryologist
      Clinical Embriology Laboratory
      IVI – VALENCIA 
      Valencia, Spain
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      No relationships reported

      REVIEWER

      Michael J. Tucker, PhD, FIBiol, HCLD
      IVF Laboratory Director
      Shady Grove Fertility RSC
      Rockville, MD
      Financial Relationship Disclosure
      No relationships reported

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