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Precongress Course 15

Controversies in Assisted Reproduction Technology

  Middle East Fertility Society Exchange course 

Is the oocyte the main determinant of embryo quality? Strategies for the selection of the most competent oocyte

Course type


Course co-ordinators

Yacoub Khalaf (United Kingdom) 


Course description

This is an advanced course addressing some of the most controversial topics in reproductive medicine and surgery that directly affect patient care. The aim of this course is the to bring the audience up to date with the evidence based assessment of some of the commons intervention used in assisted reproduction treatment with an additional emphasis on risk benefit analysis as well as cost-effectiveness of the addressed interventions. The course educational material is delivered by world -class experts who are renowned for their expertise in the filed of human reproduction in general and in their respective topic in particular. Speakers are authorities who have contributed to the science and practice and ethics of assisted reproduction through their distinguished track record of plenary talks, outstanding publications in major journals including Nature, NEJM, Lancet, BMJ, Nature Cell Biology, Human Reproduction Update, American Journal of Obstetrics & Gyanecology, Human Reproduction, Fertility & Sterility, British Journal Of Obstetrics & Gyanecology, Reproductive biomedicine online and other medical journals
The course particular emphasis is on providing authoritative assessment of the evidence base of some common important interventions that are used with a view to improving the outcome of assisted conception treatment and highlighting the fundamentals of applying evidence based medicine in practice.


Target audience

Assisted conception practitioners (physicians, nurses and embryologists) as well as researchers and those interested in advances in assisted reproduction practice, ethics and research.

Educational needs and expected outcomes

The topics chosen are widely used in clinical practice despite variable level of evidence in their support and the emerging strong evidence against the use of some of these interventions. These interventions are not free of harm from medical, emotional and financial point of view.
The needs assessment process included different national and international scientific meeting through which it has become clear that the majority of practitioners are unclear about the added value of these intervention and expressed their need for further education on these areas where they can be better equipped to counsel patients about the appropriate application of these technologies and their risk benefit analysis.
By highlighting the mismatch between theory and practice in some of these interventions it is expected that the audience will refrain to substitute robust clinical evidence with mere biological plausibility. The course will enable the audience to discuss the ethics of applying experimental intervention in practice before a solid evidence base has been established.



Sunday 01 July 2018

09:00 - 17:00

PCC15: MEFS exchange course: Controversies in assisted reproduction technology


Chairmen    Mohamed Aboulghar, Egypt

09:00 - 09:30      Blastocysts Culture - Is it time to stop and rethink?

                               Mohamed Aboulghar, Egypt

09:45 - 10:15      Pre-implantation Genetic Screening - What are we doing?

                               Sjoerd Repping, The Netherlands

11:00 - 11:30      Mitochondrial donation and reproduction

                               Peter Braude, United Kingdom

11:45 - 12:15      Hysteroscopy in IVF

                               Tarek El-Toukhy, United Kingdom

                               Yacoub Khalaf, United Kingdom

13:30 - 14:00      In vitro embryo culture, what have we learned?

                               Marta Shahbazi-Alonso, United Kingdom

14:15 - 14:45      Endometrial Scratching - Do we have enough evidence?

                               Yacoub Khalaf, United Kingdom

15:30 - 16:00      Natural Killer Cells and Reproductions: Are we chasing a shadow?

                               Srividya Seshadri, United Kingdom

16:15 - 16:45      Poor Responders - Have we made any progress?

                               Johnny Awwad, Lebanon