Scientific Program

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Sunday, May 27, 2018
09:00-16:00 Fertility Preservation Hands-On Workshop Director – Dror Meirow
Preregistration needed
09:30-15:00 Industry sponsored session
Preregistration needed
15:00-18:00 Sponsored 1st Hands-on Workshop
Preregistration needed
19:00 Welcome Reception
Monday, May 28, 2018
08:30-10:30 Session 1A: Fertility Preservation Chairs: Eitan Lunenfeld, Israel, Kamini Patel,India, Seang Lin Tan, Canada 08:30-10:35 Session 1B: Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) Chairs: Gheona Altarescu, Israel, Ariel Hourvitz, Israel, Lee Shulman, USA 08:30-10:30 Workshop: That’s The Way We Do It 
08:30-08:50 Use of Dried Sperm in Large Mammals’ Assisted Reproduction
Joseph Saragusty, Italy
08:30-08:55 Basic Genetic Principles for Non-Genetics Professionals
Yuval Yaron, Israel
08:50-09:15 Fully Automated Vitrification System
Amir Arav, Israel
08:55-09:20 From Expanded Carrier Screening to PGD
Nathan Treff, USA
09:15-09:40 Frontiers in Fertility Preservation – Merging Biology and Technology Francesca Duncan, USA 09:20-09:45 PGD from Theory to Practice
Andreas Schmutzler, Germany
09:40-10:05 Ovarian Transplantation: Single Center Results and World registry
Dror Meirow, Israel
09:45-10:10 Cancer Genes and Fertility Treatment: Where Oncofertility and PGD Intersect Avner Hershlag, USA
10:05-10:30 Creation of Artificial Testes: The State of the Art
Yoni Baert, Belgium
10:10-10:35 Demystifying Genetics for Patients – The Role of the Internet & Social Media
Ron Harman King, USA
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
 11:00-13:15 Session 2: Opening Session – Reproductive Medicine, IVF and Genetics: Past, Present and Future
11:00-11:05 Welcome and Opening Note
Zeev Shoham, Israel
11:05-11:20 Greetings
Michael Alper, USA, Taliah Eldar Geva, Israel, Avner Hershlag, USA
11:20-11:35 A prelude to IVF
Bruno Lunenfeld, Israel
11:35-11:50 The Really First Step
Simon Fishel, UK
11:50-12:10 Past, Present and Future of IVF
Alan DeCherney, USA
12:10-12:40 The First IVF Child in Israel – The Fifth in the World
Shlomo Mashiach, IsraelJehoshua Dor, Israel
12:40-12:55 Introduction of IVF to the State of Israel
Joseph Schenker, Israel
12:55-13:15 On the Shoulders of Giants: How Israel Became an “IVF Nation”
Neri Laufer, Israel
13:15-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Session 3A: Recombinant vs. Biosimilar Gonadotropin
Chairs: Adan Nabel, Argentina, Ariel Weissman, Israel, Matan Yemini, USA
14:00-16:05 Session 3B: Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS)
Chairs: Taliah Eldar Geva, IsraelIlan Tur-Kaspa, USA
14:00-14:30 14:30-15:00


Recombinant: Manuela Simoni, Italy
Biosimilar: Beate Gertz, GermanyUse of a new Human rFSH with AMH as a Companion Diagnostic: Evidence from a Prospective RCT and Implementation Into Daily Clinical Practice: Stuart Lavery, UK
14:00-14:25 Should PGS Be Implemented into Routine IVF Practice? Raoul Orvieto, Israel
14:25-14:50 Non-inherited chromosomal and genomic abnormalities in human embryos and how to prevent them
Santiago Munne, USA
 15:30-16:00 Breast Cancer: Non-Gonadal Effects of Gonadotropins
Andrea Genazzani, Italy
14:50-15:15 The ASRM Committee Opinion on PGT for Aneuploidy – Our Conclusions and How We Drew Them
Alan Penzias
15:15-15:40 What Causes Genomic Instability During Preimplantation Embryo Development?
David Keefe, USA
15:40-16:05 Genomics in Women’s Health that Would Encompass Prenatal, Cancer, Adult Disease
Lee Shulman, USA
16:00-16:30 Coffee Break
16:30-18:00 Session 4A: Stem Cells; the CEO of Our Bodies
Chairs: Dalit Ben Yosef, Israel, Joseph Itskovitz-Eldor, Israel, Gerald Schatten, USA
Session 4B: Optimizing Egg Yield for IVF
Chairs: Neri Laufer, Israel, Milton Leong, Hong Kong, Daniel Seidman, Israel
16:30-17:00 Human Embryonic Stem Cells – from the IVF Tube to Clinical Transplantation
Benjamin Reubinoff, Israel
16:30-17:00 Safety in IVF: Lessons From Aviation
Michael Alper, USA
17:00-17:30 Making Human Oocytes from Stem Cells
Evelyn Telfer, UK
Norbert Gleicher, USA
17:30-18:00 Can We Stop Ovarian Aging?
Helen Picton, UK
Tuesday, May 29, 2018
09:00-11:00 Session 5A: Reproductive Surgery
Chairs: Motti Goldenberg, Israel, Chen Goldschmit, Israel, Ishai Levin, Israel
09:00-11:00 Session 5B: Recent Developments in Genomic Science and ART
Chairs: Arik Kahane, Israel, Johnny Younis, Israel
Workshop: That’s The Way We Do It
 09:00-09:30 Advanced Laparoscopy for Endometriosis-Associated Infertility Camran Nezhat, USA  09:00-09:30 Optimizing CRISPR/Cas9 Genome Engineering Efficiencies in the Mouse Zygote
Ben Davies, UK
09:30-10:00 Optimizing Uterine Fibroid Management in the Infertile Patient Ceana Nezhat USA 09:30-10:00 Primordial Follicle Recruitment and Ovarian Reserve
Sherman Silber, USA
10:00-10:30 Hysteroscopy and Infertility: State of the Art Attilio Di Spiezio Sardo, Italy 10:00-10:30 Human Immature Oocytes Can Be Grown to Maturity In Vitro: Next Steps Towards Clinical Application Evelyn Telfer, UK
   10:30-11:00 Laparoscopic and Hysteroscopic Cesarean Niche Resection Motti Goldenberg, Israel    10:30-11:00 New Genes and Pathways in Ovarian Development and Maintenance – From the Clinic to the Laboratory Bench and Back David Zangen, Israel
11:00-11:30 Coffee Break
11:30-13:15 Session 6A: Uterus Transplantation
Chars: Inbar Ben Shachar, Israel, Foad Azem, Israel, Sherman Silber, USA
11:30-13:00 Session 6B: Support the Luteal Phase and Implantation
Chairs: Martha Dirnfeld, Israel, Ariel Revel, Israel, Adrian Shulman, Israel
Sponsored 2nd Hands-on Workshop

Preregistration needed
11:55-12:20 From Vision to Healthy Babies:
Pernilla Dahm-Kähler, Sweden Uterus Transplantation – Lessons Learned:
Falcone, USA
 11:30-12:00 Searching for the Optimal Vehicle and Dose of Progesterone to Support the Luteal Phase in ART Howard Carp, Israel
12:20-12:45 Uterine Transplant: Can the Promise Be Fulfilled?
Robert Stillman, USA
 12:00-12:30 A Survey on Luteal-Phase Support: An IVF Worldwide Survey Results
Ariel Weissman, Israel
12:30-13:00 PIF Monotherapy in Allotransplant with Return to Function
Eytan Barnea, USA
12:45-13:15 SARG in 2058 CE: Anticipating the Next Forty Years of IVF Innovations
Gerald Schatten, USA
13:15-14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-15:30 Session 7A: Male Infertility
Chairs: Hananel Holzer, Israel, Arieh Raziel, Israel
14:00-15:30 Session 7B: Into the Future: The British Session
Chairs: Shevach Friedler, Israel, Oya Gokmen, Turkey, Zev Rosenwaks, USA
Sponsored 3rd Hands-on Workshop
Preregistration needed
14:00-14:30 Time-Lapse Reloaded; An Embryologist Dream
Marcus Meseguer, Spain
14:00-14:25 Where Does PCOS Come From?
Roy Homburg, Israel
14:25-14:50 The next 40 years….the ART of the possible
Gillian Lockwood, UK
14:30-15:00 The Use of Microfluidic Sperm Sorting Chip May Increase Pregnancy Rate
Bulent Tiras, Turkey
Debate: Global Freezing:
For: Charles Kingsland, UK
Against: Tony Rutherford, UK
15:00-15:30 Advances in Semen Testing: The New Old Benjamin Leader, USA
15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-17:30 Session 8: Maximizing Reproductive Options and Success
Chairs: Benny Fisch, Israel, Avner Hershlag, USA, Eliyahu Levitas, Israel
16:00-16:25 Maximizing Successful Implantation: TLI, PGS and AnxaV M2 Haptlotype
Simon Fishel, UK
16:25-16:50 Third-Party Reproductive Medicine
Tomer Singer, USA
16:50-17:15 Color Doppler 3D-4D in Human Reproduction
Laurel Stadtmauer, USA
17:15-17:30 Closing remarks