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Dear colleagues,

It is our great pleasure to invite you to Thessaloniki, Greece for the state of the art Hands-on Workshop “Severe Male Infertility: Management and Challenges in the ART lab” organized by Embryolab Academy on 21st & 22nd March 2020.

The target audience consists of Clinical Embryologists, Andrologists, Geneticists and Lab technicians working in IVF, interested in improving their theoretical and hands-on skills in recent advances on the treatment of severe male infertility in the ART lab.

Lectures will be given by a panel of experts who are actively involved in the treatment of severe male infertility and will provide a clear insight of the up to date knowledge and efficiency of the available techniques and tools.

Special emphasis will be given in the hands on session where participants will have a hands on experience on the available treatment options and techniques for the processing, cryopreservation and sperm selection of samples with limited number of spermatozoa.

For maximum exposure to hands-on experience and interaction, a limited number of participants will be able to attend.

Looking forward to welcoming you at our 9th Hands-On Workshop.

On behalf of Embryolab Academy,

Alexia Chatziparasidou,
MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist,
Co-Founder and Director of
Embryolab Academy

Nikos Christoforidis,
MD, MRCOG, DFFP, Dr, Fertility
Specialist, Co-Founder and Board
Member of Embryolab Academy

Glykeria Samolada,
Biologist, MSc, Cytogeneticist,
ErGenetic Counsellor, Board Member
of Embryolab Academy

Workshop's Objectives
  • to present an overview of the current state of daily practices and challenges in the treatment of severe male infertility in ART lab
  • to offer expert hands-on training in the available treatment options and techniques for the processing, cryopreservation and sperm selection of samples with limited number of spermatozoa
  • to presents new techniques and tools for the treatment of severe male infertility
  • to offer an insight in good clinical practice by addressing daily practices and challenges in the treatment of sperm samples with limited number of spermatozoa through networking, interaction and discussion between experts and participants.
Why should i register
  • Update on all the latest developments on the treatment of severe male infertility
  • Hands on training by experts with long experience in the treatment of severe male infertility
  • Interaction with experts and international networking
  • Certificate of attendance with 13 European CME credits (ECMECs)
  • A free Embryolab Academy membership
Target Audience

The target audience consists of Clinical Embryologist, Geneticists and Lab technicians working in IVF, interested in improving their theoretical and hands-on skills on recent advances in the treatment of severe male infertility in the ART lab.

Prominent Speakers
The Workshop will take place at Makedonia Palace Hotel

2 M. Alexandrou Avenue
546 40, Thessaloniki, Greece
el: +30.2310.897197
www.makedoniapalace.gr

Saturday 21st March 2020
Sunday   22nd March 2020

Important Dates:
Deadline for Early bird registration: January 31st, 2020

The official language of the Workshop is English. No simultaneous translation will be provided.
The Hands-on Workshop “Severe Male Infertility”, Thessaloniki, Greece, 21/13/2020-22/03/2020 has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) with 13 European CME credits (ECMECs). Each medical specialist should claim only those hours of credit that he/she actually spent in the educational activity.
According to the Panhellenic Medical Organization, certificates will be provided after the completion of attendance of 60% of the Scientific Program. Thus, a barcode system will be implemented during the Workshop in order to register all delegates’ attendance time.
Registration badges will be used during the Workshop. Participants will receive their badges upon check-in on arrivals day. For identification purposes and admission to session hall, as well as for accreditation purposes participants are requested to wear their badges at all times. Admission to Workshop areas will not be allowed without badge identification.

Registration includes:

  • Workshop Registration
  • Theoretical Sessions
  • Hands-on Sessions
  • Workshop Syllabus
  • Coffee Breaks
  • Lunch Break
  • Workshop Dinner
  • Certificate of Attendance with 13 European CME credits (ECMECs)
  • Embryolab Academy Membership

Accomodation :
Makedonia Palace is a 5 star hotel situated right on the seafront and next to Thessaloniki City Centre and features two restaurants of high taste. All suites and rooms are lavishly decorated, including a satellite TV and free WiFi. The classically decorated units open to balconies with views of the city or the sea. Each features a well-stocked, bathroom with lavish amenities, bathrobe and slippers. Suites are individually designed. Interconnecting rooms are also available 

Registration Fees

Early Bird: Until 31st January 2020: 450

Regular Fee: From 1st February 2020: 550

Currency

All fees are calculated in EUR (€). Participants from countries where currency restrictions prevent them from sending registration fees in advance are asked to inform the Organizing Secretariat, in order to avoid being charged late registration fees.

Insurance

Voyager Travel & Congress cannot accept any responsibility for any personal loss, accidents and/or damages to participants and/or accompanying persons. Participants are strongly advised to acquire personal insurance to cover any eventuality that may occur during the Workshop.

Greece is a Member-State of the European Union and has signed the Schengen Agreement. While traveling within the E.U., you only need your Identity card. However, a passport is necessary for a number of other transactions, such as currency exchange, purchases, etc.

Visas are not required by European citizens from countries that are part of the Schengen Area. Greece as a member of the Schengen Agreement has abolished controls on common internal lands, at air and sea borders and allows Member-State citizens to travel around without a visa for a short stay period of up to three (3) months. However, keep in mind that airlines and other carriers require a valid passport and/or identity card.

Citizens coming from countries that have not yet joined Schengen Area may require a visa to enter Greece. The E.U. visitors from these countries can acquire further information from the Hellenic Embassies or Consulates in their countries, or from their travel agencies. Before visiting Greece, please consult the detailed information on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ website and find out whether you require a Visa (www.mfa.gr)

Note: During your stay in Greece, if you require a Visa, you are advised to have suitable insurance coverage for emergency medical or other need.

Delegates that require an official Invitation Letter in order to attend the Workshop may address the Organizing Secretariat, specifying the necessary details. This service is provided only to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the Workshop. It should not be considered as an official invitation covering fees or any other expenses. Please note that registration to the Workshop is a prerequisite for delegates to receive an official letter of invitation from the Organizing Secretariat.
Thessaloniki is the second largest city of Greece and is located on the Thermaic Gulf, in the northern part of the country. It is Greece’s second major economic, industrial, commercial and political center.

The main area of interest to visitors is between the ferry port and the city’s emblem, the White Tower. It is the gateway to some fascinating parts of northern Greece, such as renowned beaches, beautiful islands like Thassos, and refreshing mountains like Mount Olympus.

The city is considered to be Greece’s cultural capital since it is renowned for its festivals, events and vibrant cultural life in general. The City’s trademark is its ability to blend the past with the future through its countless picturesque spots around the historical town and monuments that witness its glorious past. Offers the cosmopolitan culture and energy of a big city with the friendly ambience and charm of a smaller town. It’s a wonderful destination to experience the real Greece without the crowds and congestion of Athens.

  • Roman Rotunda (Saint George’s Church)
  • The White Tower
  • Church of Saint Demetrius
  • Arch of Galerius
  • Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum
  • Ano Poli (Upper Town)
  • Byzantine Walls (Ancient Ramparts)
  • Church of Saint Sophia
Makedonia Palace is a 5 star hotel situated right on the seafront and next to Thessaloniki City Centre and features two restaurants of high taste. All suites and rooms are lavishly decorated, including a satellite TV and free WiFi. The classically decorated units open to balconies with views of the city or the sea. Each features a well-stocked, bathroom with lavish amenities, bathrobe and slippers. Suites are individually designed. Interconnecting rooms are also available
Airport: 7km, 10min (by car)
City Center (White Tower): 7,7km, 18min (by car)
Hotel: 8,2km, 20min (by car)
Facilities

The Workshop will take place in Embryolab Academy Meeting Room (MR1 & MR2).

Internet

High-speed Internet is available at venue unit. Wireless Internet on site

Getting to the Workshop Venue

There will be transportation from Hotel to the Embryolab Academy Venue.

Coffee and Lunch breaks

Traditional Greek delicacies, coffee and lunch breaks will be served during the sessions.

Why should I register

1. Update on all the latest developments in the treatment of male infertility.

2.Hands on training by experts with long  experience in the treatment of severe male infertility

3. Interaction with experts and international networking

4. Certificate of attendance with 13 European CME credits (ECMECs)

5. A free Embryolab Academy membership

WORKSHOP’S AGENDA

Saturday, 21st March 2020

1st Session: Severe Μale infertility where are we now ?

09:30-09:45

Severe Male Infertility: Definitions And Challenges.

Bryan Woodward
MBSc, MMedSci, PhD, FRCPath, Consultant Clinical Embryologist

“This lecture aims to introduce and define severe male infertility; present the prevalence of severe male infertility and address the achievements and current challenges for diagnosis and treatment of severe male infertility.”
09:45-10:00
Pre-Conception Optimization In IVF Treatment: Clinical Aspects In Severe Male Factor
N.Christoforidis
MD, FRCOG, DFFP, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Academy
“This lecture will focus on all the current options for pre-conceptional optimization of severe male infertility, present the available options as well as the expected benefits”
10:00-10:15
The Management Of 0% Normal Morphology OR 0% Motility: What Is Possible and what are the Limits?
Achilleas Papatheodorou
M.Med.Sci., PhD. Senior Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified
“0% motility or 0% morphology sperm samples bring the greatest challenges in the IVF lab! During this lecture all the available options, techniques and tools for the treatment of these samples as well as their expected efficiency on performance and prognosis will be presented”
10:15-10:45
Panel: Sperm Selection In Severe Male Infertility Panel Moderator: Nicholas Christoforidis
Panelists: A.Papatheodorou, B.Woodward, A.Stecher
“This panel will focus on all the available options for optimizing sperm selection, the tools we currently have and their efficiency on improving prognosis. Expert will openly discuss and share their knowledge and experience.”
10:45-11:15
Coffee And Networking Break
Meet and talk to our experts, greet colleagues, visit the booths and learn about their new innovative products, treatment tools and techniques of severe male infertility while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea served with traditional Greek pastries.
2nd Session: All about Testicular Spermatozoa
11:15-11:30
Testicular Spermatozoa In OA And NOA Males: What Is To Be Expected?
Mag. Astrid Stecher
Bereichsleiterin – IVF-Labor – ESHRE certified Senior Clinical Embryologist
“One in 10 men with male infertility suffer from azoospermia. This lecture aims to present the demographics, prevalence and types of azoospermia as well as to describe all current treatment options for azoospermia and their efficiency”
11:30-11:45
The Use Of Testicular Spermatozoa In Non-Azoospermic Male: Is There A Meaning?
Martha Moysidou
BSc, MSc, Clinical Embryologist, Deputy Laboratory manager
“There is an increasing body of data that favors the use of testicular spermatozoa in certain groups of non-azoospermic men to improve prognosis. This lecture aims to present the available data and knowledge as well as the pros and cons of this approach.”
11:45-12:15
Fresh Vs Frozen Testicular Spermatozoa: Who Is The Winner? 
Chara Oraiopoulou
B.Sc., M.Res. Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, accredited by ESHRE
“It is not yet clear whether frozen testicular spermatozoa perform equally to fresh and whether it is time to move to frozen biopsies only strategies. This lecture aims to present the available data and experience and attempt to name who the winner is!”
12:15-12:30
Panel: Testicular Spermatozoa: Management & Challenges
Panel Moderator: Alexia Chatziparasidou
Panelists: A.Stecher, M.Martha, C.Oraiopoulou, A.Papatheodorou, A.Doshi
“This panel of Experts will focus on the best lab practices on testicular spermatozoa. Approaches on selection, time of testicular biopsy searching, morphology and motility of testicular spermatozoa are only some of the topics that will be addresses and openly discussed.”
12:30-13:30
Group Photo, Lunch Break And Networking
After the group photo the participants and experts will enjoy a lunch break with a variety of Greek delicacies and a breathtaking view to the sea and Mountain Olympus.
3rd Session: The Genetic Basis of Severe Male Infertility is the biggest challenge of all!
13:30-13:45
The Genetic Basis Of Male Infertility
Aikaterini Moutou
Associate Professor at University of Thessaly
“Despite the progress in the treatment of severe male infertility our knowledge and understanding of the genetic basis of male infertility is still limited. This lecture aims to present what is known, what is emerging and what still remains to be discovered on the genetic basis of male infertility.”
13:45-14:00
Is Severe Male Infertility Linked To Higher Sperm Aneuploidy? Should PGT Become An Integral Part Of The Treatment Of Severe Male Infertility?
A. Chatziparasidou
MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist, Co-Founder
and Director of Embryolab Academy
“Spermatozoa from men with severe male infertility are known for their increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities as a result of spermatogenesis deficiencies. This lecture will present what is known already and whether the available data and knowledge justify the use of PGT for all severe male infertility cases.”
14:00-14:15
The Reproductive Potential Of Spermatozoa From Men With Abnormal Karyotype, Y Microdeletions, Or Cystic Fibrosis Carriers. What Are The Challenges?
M.Papadopoulou
Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE accredited
“This lecture aims to present the current data and knowledge on the reproductive potential of spermatozoa produced from men diagnosed with different genetic conditions and what the lab practitioners should know and expect for the treatment of these spermatozoa.”
14:10-14:30
Panel: The Genetic Challenges In Severe Male Infertility
Panel Moderator: M.Moysidou

Panelists: A.Moutou, A.Chatziparasidou, M.Papadopoulou, A.Doshi
“This panel of Experts will focus on what lab practitioners should know about spermatozoa carrying an increased risk for a chromosomal abnormality during sperm preparation and processing, what are the known best practices for each case and what is to be expected in terms of performance and prognosis.”
14:30-14:45
Coffee And Networking Break
Meet and talk to our experts, greet colleagues, visit the booths and learn about their new innovative products for the treatment of severe male infertility while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea served with traditional Greek pastries.
4th Session: Severe Male infertility and more…
14:45-15:00
Cryopreservation Of Low And Very Low Number Of Ejaculated Or Testicular Spermatozoa
Alpesh Doshi

M.Sc, B.Sc.(Hons), DipRCPath, Co-Founder/ Director/ Consultant Embryologist IVF London
“This lecture dials with one of the main everyday challenges in the treatment of severe male infertility: the cryopreservation of low and very low numbers of spermatozoa and will present the current options, tools and the available data on the efficiency of these approaches.”
15:00-15:15
Artificial Activation For Severe Male Infertility

Mary Karagianni
B.Sc., M.Sc., Clinical embryologist

“Artificial activation is a method to overcome oocyte activation deficiencies. Is this strategy a valid option for improving fertilization rates in cases of severe male infertility? This lecture will present the method and the concept of artificial activation, as well as the available data and current experience from the implementation of artificial activation to overcome sperm related fertilization deficiencies.”
15:15-15:30
Seminal Microbiome In Severe Male Infertility Cases

Bryan Woodward
MBSc, MMedSci, PhD, FRCPath Consultant Clinical Embryologist

“Seminal microbiome is an emerging study field and may play a key role for the fertilizing capacity of spermatozoa. This lecture aims to shed light on what is known as normal and abnormal seminal microbiome, what is known about the seminal microbiome in cases of severe male infertility and what lab practitioners should know and expect when treating sperm samples with a positive seminal culture?”
15:30-15:45
The Management Of Sperm Samples With Increased Oxidative Stress And Sperm DNA Fragmentation
Glykeria Samolada

Biologist , MSc, Cytogeneticist, ErGenetic Counsellor, Board Member of Embryolab Academy
“Is severe male infertility at higher risk for sperm DNA structural deficiencies? This lecture aims to present the available data and the best lab practices and tools for the processing of these spermatozoa to maximize in vitro performance and prognosis for these cases.”
15:45-16:45
Panel: All There Is To Know And Do When It Comes To The Treatment of Severe Male Infertility
Panel Moderator: A.Papatheodorou

Panelists: A.Stecher, B.Woodward, A.Doshi, G.Samolada, M.Karagianni
During this panel the experts will discuss about the emerging lab technologies and innovations on the treatment of severe male infertility and address what needs to be determined and developed in the future!”
16:45-19:30
Conclusion Remarks, Take Home Messages And Last Minute Comments
19:30
Sunset Cocktail Dinner
Sunday, 22nd March 2020
09:00-13:00

Four Hands On Sessions 

Groups A, B, C and D

• Testicular Tissue processing: participants will learn how to process testicular tissue pieces before micromanipulation or cryopreservation
• Sperm cryopreservation in severe oligospermia and azoospermia
• Sperm selection in severe male infertility cases
• Fish technique

13:00 – 14:00
Lunch Break, Networking And Group Photo
14:00-18:00

Four Hands On Sessions 

Groups A, B, C and D

• Testicular Tissue processing: participants will learn how to process testicular tissue pieces before micromanipulation or cryopreservation
• Sperm cryopreservation in severe oligospermia and azoospermia
• Sperm selection in severe male infertility cases
• Fish technique

18:00
Conclusion Remarks, Meet And Discuss With The Experts

A Workshop’s brochure will be soon available..

Why should I register

1. Update on all the latest developments in the treatment of male infertility.

2.Hands on training by experts with long  experience in the treatment of severe male infertility

3. Interaction with experts and international networking

4. Certificate of attendance with 13 European CME credits (ECMECs)

5. A free Embryolab Academy membership

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