2019 World Congress - Friday Agenda
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April 12, 2019


8:00 – 17:00           Registration Opens


8:00 – 19:30           Exhibits Open


8:00 – 9:30             ASRM Embryo Transfer Session 1

Hosted by the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), these sessions will feature an introductory, hands-on simulation workshop on embryo transfer.

*Closed session; pre-registration required

Room: TBA

William Hurd, MD, MPH

Keith Ray, BA

Richard Reindollar, MD

Samantha Pfiefer, MD


9:00 - 9:30              Keynote Lecture 2: Genetics, Epigenetics and Diagnosis of Human Pre-implantation Embryo

Location: Red Hall

Chairs: Hefeng Huang, MD; Robert Norman, MD; Jie Qiao, MD, PhD


9:30 - 10:00            Keynote Lecture 3: Genome Engineering and Germline Gene Therapies

Location: Red Hall            

Chairs: Hefeng Huang, MD; Robert Norman, MDHui Yang, PhD


10:00 – 10:15         Coffee Break


10:15 - 11:00          David Healey Endowed Lecture: Evidenced-based Medicine

Location: Red Hall               

Chairs: Basil Tarlatzis, MD; Jiayin Liu, MD; Johannes L.N Evers, MD, PhD


11:00  - 12:30         Parallel Session 1


Trilogy 2 – Toxicants

Location: Blue Hall

Chairs: Oladapo Ashiru, MBBS, PhD; Yun Sun, MD


11:00 - 11:30           Epidemiology of Reproductive Outcomes

Tracey Woodruff, PhD, MPH


11:30 – 12:00         Sperm Counts, Testicular Cancers, and the Environment

Neils Skakkebaek, MD


12:00 – 12:30         What to Tell Patients

Jaideep Malhotra, MD


Trilogy 3 – Embryo Selection

Location: Gold Hall

Chairs: Richeng Qian


11:00 – 11:30          Non-invasive Embryo Assessment

Catherine Racowsky, PhD


11:30 – 12:00         Embryo Biopsy

Luca Gianaroli, MD


12:00 – 12:30         Priemplantation Genetic Testing (PGT) using In Vivo Embryos recovered by Uterine  Lavage

John Buster, MD


European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Society Symposium

Location: TBA

Chair: Roy Farquharson, MD


11:00 – 11:30           Is Sperm Selection Feasible and Does it Improve ICSI Outcome?

 Jackson Kirkman-Brown, MD


11:30 – 12:30          Are Differences in the Formulation of Commercial Culture Media Justified by Evidence?

Roger Sturmey, PhD


ASRM Embryo Transfer Session 2 (Closed session; pre-registration required)

Location: TBA

William Hurd, MD, MPH

Keith Ray, BA

Richard Reindollar, MD

Samantha Pfiefer, MD


12:30 - 13:30          Lunch and Exhibits in Gold Hall


12:30 – 14:00         IFFS General Assembly I


14:00 – 15:30         Parallel Session 2


Trilogy 4:  Endometriosis

Location: Red Hall

Chairs: Rishma Pai, MD


14:00 – 14:30         Genetics and Relationship to Pathogenesis

Krina Zondervan, Dphil


14:30 – 15:00         Epidemiology and Associated Disorders

Stacey Missmer, ScD


15:00 – 15:30         Pain and Reproductive Surgery

Neil Johnson, MD


Trilogy Session 5:  Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT)

Location: Blue Hall

Chairs: Luca Gianaroli, MD; Catherine Racowsky, PhD


14:00 – 14:30         Spectrum of Single Gene Disorder and Implementation

Svetlana Rechitsky, PhD


14:30 – 15:00         Next Generation Sequencing and Detection of Aneuploidy

David Cram, PhD


15:00 – 15:30         Who Should (and Should Not) Undergo PREIMPLANTATION GENETIC TESTING (PGT)?

Joe Leigh Simpson, MD, PhD     


Japanese Society of Reproductive Medicine (JSRM) Society Symposium – Recent Advance of Reproductive Medicine in Japan

Location: TBD

Chair: Osamu Ishihara, MD, PhD; Tomohiko Ichikawa, MD, PhD


14:00 – 14:30         Assisted Reproductive Technology in Japan: Investigation of the Latest Japanese Nationwide Registry of 2016

Seung Chik Jwa, MD, PHD


14:30 – 15:00         A novel device for male infertility screening with smartphone semen analysis

Yoshitomo Kobori, MD, PhD


15:00 – 15:30         Improving in vitro spermatogenesis with organ culture methods

Takehiko Ogawa, MD, PhD


African Fertility Society (AFS) Society Symposium

Location: TBD

Chair: Oladapo Ashiru, MBBS, PhD


14:00 – 14:30


14:30 – 15:00


15:00 – 15:30


ASRM Embryo Transfer Session 3 (Closed session; pre-registration required)

Location: TBD

Chair: William Hurd, MD, MP

Keith Ray, BA

Richard Reindollar, MD

Samantha Pfiefer, MD


14:30 – 15:30         ORAL ABSTRACT SESSSIONS 1 


Location: TBD

Chair: Antti Perheentupa, MD, PhD


OR01:    Follicle-stimulating hormone receptor polymorphism and seminal anti-Müllerian hormone in fertile and infertile men.

Ashraf Hassan, Mansoura University; Adel Zalata; Hoda Nada; Ashock Agarwal; A. Bragais; Taymour Mostafa    


OR02:    Cholesterol and desmosterol in two sperm populations separated on Sil-Select gradient

Ashraf Hassan, Mansoura University; Adel Zalata; A. Christophe; Frank Comhaire; Taymour Mostafa  


OR03:    NP95 is essential for spermatogenesis and suppresses retrotransposon and cooperates with PRMT5 and piRNA pathway in male germ cell development

Juan Dong, Tongji Medical College, Huazhong University of Science and Technology; Shuiqiao Yuan; Yujiao Wen     


OR04:    Self-Prostatic massage as an alternative to Surgical Sperm Recovery in Spinal cord injured man with anejaculation.

Satija Roshi, Dr Sunderlal Memorial Hospital; Gordon Uma


OR05:    Laser Assisted Selection of Immotile Testicular Spermatozoa

Huanhua Chen, Maternal and Child Health Hospital of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region; Jinhui Shu; Hong Zhou; Ruoyun Lin


14:30 – 15:30         ORAL ABSTRACT SESSSIONS 2


Location: TBD

Chair(s): TBD


OR06:    Evaluating the prevalence, management, and the psycho-social impact of premature ovarian insufficiency on patients attending an Academic Hospital Reproductive Endocrine Clinic

Mmaselemo Tsuari, Tygerberg Academic Hospital, Cape Town, South Africa; Thabo Matsaseng


OR07:    Pregnancy And Birth Outcomes Of Single Versus Multiple Embryo Transfer In Gestational Surrogacy Arrangements: A Systematic Revie

Jutharat Attawet, University of Technology Sydney; Alex Wang; Cindy Farquhar; Elizabeth Sullivan     


OR08:    Fertility knowledge of women in China

Lesley Foster, SPD Swiss Precision Diagnostics GmbH; Sarah Johnson; Giulia Zanzi; Celine Mollard   


OR09:    Clinical feathers and outcomes of nonobstructive azoospermia patients with different etiology undergoing ICSI-MicroTESE treatment

Xiangfeng Chen, Center for Reproductive Medicine, Renji Hospital, School of Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University; Yi Ma; Ping Ping       


OR10:    Real-world study of recombinant human follicle stimulating hormone/luteinizing hormone (r-hFSH/r-hLH) for controlled ovarian stimulation in assisted reproductive technology treatment in routine practice in Russia

Yuliya Koloda, Russian Medical Academy of Continuous Professional Education, Moscow, Russia; Vladislav Korsak; Aydar Abubakirov; Elena Kalinina; Alesya Lvova; Emilia Richter; Joan Schertz; Thomas D'Hooghe; Oleg Rozenson   


15:30 - 16:30          Parallel Session 3


Panel 1: Management of Mosaic Embryos

Location: TBD

Chair:  Tina Buchholz, MD

Panelists: David Cram, PhD; Sventlana Rechitsky, PhD; Yan Wen Xu, MD


Panel 2: Ovarian Induction with Diminished Ovariant Reserve (DOR)

Location: TBD

Chair: Anna Smirnova, MD, PhD

Panelists: Klaus Diedrich, MD; K.K. Iswaran, MD


Panel 3: Adjunct Therapy for Poor Oocyte Quality

Location: TBD

Chair: Xiaoxi Sun, MD

Panelists: TBD


Panel 4: From Conception To Birth, How To Have A Healthy Baby Home Following ART

Location: TBD

Panel Leader: Gian Carlo di Renz, MD

Panelists: Fady Sharara, BS, MD; Scott Nelson, MD; Liona Poon, MD; Yariv Yogev, MD

*This panel supported by Ferring


Debate 1: Mild Endometriosis should be Routinely Treated in the Infertile Patient to Help Improve Fertility

Location: TBD

Chairs: David Adamson, MD; Weisun Guo, MD

Pro: Rishma Pai, MD

Con: Neil Johnson, MD


Debate 2: All Cycles Should Be Frozen

Location: TBD

Chairs: Edgar Mocanu, MD; Dan Zhang, MD

Pro: Tin Chiu Li, MD

Con: Ho Manh Tuong, MD


14:30 – 15:30         ORAL ABSTRACT SESSSION 3


Location: TBD

Chair: Steven Ory, MD; Fernando Zegers-Hochschild, MD[GM2]

OR12:    Human Dignity: ART and the Future of Human Nature

Marisa Almeida Araujo, Lusiada University - Norte (Porto); Augusto Meireis 


OR13:    Challenges in global governance of reproductive technologies: legal and ethical issues

Sayani Mitra, University of Liverpool; Lucy Frith


OR14:    Discussions from ethical or human right aspect may confer women’s hypertension before pregnancy

Shinichiro Koga, Section for Disorders in Endocrine & Kidney Systems, Department of Medicine, Tokyo Metropolitan Police Hospital, Tokyo, Japan; Juri Ogishima; Naoko Nakazawa


OR15:    Affordability of Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART): A mixed method comparative study between the UK and Nigeria

Ada Achinanya, University of Sheffield; Robert Akparibo; Dilly Anumba


OR16:    Adaption Vs ART for non-biological child - Indian Scenario

Anuj Sharma, Prem Test Tube Baby Centre; Aarti Sharma; Saarthak Bakshi 


OR17:    Assessment of Stress and Anxiety in Infertile Women Commencing Assisted Reproductive Treatment (ART): A Comparison of UK and Nigerian Women

Ada Achinanya, University of Sheffield; Robert Akparibo; Dilly Anumba


16:30 - 16:45          Coffee Break       


16:45 - 17:15          Keynote Lecture 4: Epigenetics/Reproductive Toxicants

Location: Red Hall               

Chairs: Osamu Ishihara, MD, PhD; Linda Giudice, MD, PhD


17:15 - 17:45          Keynote Lecture 5: Stem Cells

Location: Red Hall               

Chairs: Osamu Ishihara, MD, PhD; Katsuhiko Hayashi, PhD


17:45  - 18:45         Parallel Session 4


Panel 5: Surgery to Enhance Fertility

Location: TBD

Chair: Edgar Mocanu, MD

Panelist: TBD


Panel 6: Hormonal Replacement

Location: TBD                                

Chair: Mazen El-Zibdeh, MD

Panelist: Eilene Manalo, MD; Lilo Mettler, MD; Abeer Annab, MD


Panel 7: Systemic Diseases Associated with Infertility

Location: TBD                     

Chair: Bart Fauser, MD, PhD

Panelist: William Hurd MD, MPH; Richard Legro, MD


Panel 8: Safety of ART in Africa               

Location: TBD

Chair: Faye Iketubosin, MD

Panelist: TBD


Panel 9: Managing Expectations in Fertility Care: Hope and ART

Location: TBD                       

Chair: Jacky Boivin, PhD

Panelist: Richard Kennedy, MD; Francesca Steyn, RGN; Celia Chan, MD


Debate 3: Immunotherapy Is Not For Routine Use in Treatment of Recurrent Miscarriage

Location: TBD       

Chairs: Carlos Simon, MD, PhD; K.K. Ishwaran, MD

Pro: Nandita Palshetkar, MD

Con: Sarah Robertson, MD


Debate 4: IVF Should Be Offered Only If Less Invasive Strategies, Including Expectant Management, Have Failed or Are Contraindicated

Location: TBD

Chair: Osamu Ishihara, MD, PhD

Pro: Ben Mol, MD

Con: Kurt Barnhart, MD


18:30 - 19:30          Reception with Exhibitors

Location: Gold Hall

Poster Viewing

Poser Session 2: PS139 - PS276




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