Achrafieh, Beirut , Lebanon

Middle East Fertility Society

MEFS Exchange course & Symposium- ESHRE2013

Optimizing IVF outcome

Pre-congress course 15

Middle East Fertility Society exchange course

Course co-cordinator
Mohamed Aboulghar (Egypt)


Course description, teaching aims and course description
How to optimize IVF results based on high quality evidence.


Course description and characteristics
This is an advanced course in IVF.
Steps to optimize IVF before starting the procedure by identification of the conditions which may negatively affect the results of IVF, it should recognized and treated. The optimum stimulation protocol for IVF will be discussed. Optimizing culture conditions for oocytes and embryos is essential for generating high quality embryos. Optimum culture conditions will be explained. The number of embryos transferred with emphasis on the current and future role of single embryo transfer is essential for a current IVF program. Results of single embryo transfer will be evaluated.
The technique of embryo transfer is critical to the success of IVF. The methodology of embryo transfer, how to choose the embryo transfer catheter in addition to the importance of mock embryo transfer will be discussed.
The prevention of the most serious complication of ovulation induction which is ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome is an important step to ensure safety of IVF.
Implantation is the critical step for improving pregnancy rate, explanation of the unclear aspects of implantation will be discussed and possible future steps to improve implantation rate will be explored.
Vitrification which gained widespread use in cryopreservation of embryos and oocytes became the method of choice for freezing embryos. Details and advantages will be explained.


Target audience
Physicians, ART specialists, registrars in Ob/Gyn, Fellows in assisted reproduction, embryologists and biologists


CME Credits
This course was granted 6 European CME credits (ECMEC) by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME).




Chairman: Johnny Awwad - Lebanon 


09:00 - 09:30 

Identification and management of conditions detrimental to IVF outcome 



Johnny Awwad - Lebanon 


09:30 - 09:45 






09:45 - 10:15 

Optimizing the stimulation protocol for IVF 



Bart C.J.M. Fauser - The Netherlands 


10:15 - 10:30 






10:30 - 11:00 

Coffee break 





11:00 - 11:30 

Is single embryo transfer going to be the future? 



Siladitya Bhattacharya - United Kingdom 


11:30 - 11:45 






11:45 - 12:15 

Optimizing culture conditions 



Antonio Capalbo - Italy 


12:15 - 12:30 






12:30 - 13:30 






13:30 - 14:00 

Prevention of OHSS 



Johnny Awwad - Lebanon 


14:00 - 14:15 






14:15 - 14:45 

Techniques and Technologies for Embryo Transfer: Does it Really Matter 



Johnny Awwad - Lebanon 


14:45 - 15:00 






15:00 - 15:30 

Coffee break 





15:30 - 16:00 

Improving Implantation -The endometrial factor matters!!! 



Carlos Simon Valles - Spain 


16:00 - 16:15 






16:15 - 16:45 

Optimizing the outcome of cryopreservation 



Safaa Al-Hasani - Germany