Female and Male Infertility

International Hands-on Laboratory Management Activities


Video lectures: 18 December 2023

Hands-on: January 2024 - December 2024

Overview

The rationale for an international course aimed at gynaecology and clinical embryology professionals who want to acquire specific skills in reproductive medicine and biology is to meet the growing demand for specialized training in this area. This course offers a unique approach, as students will receive personal guidance from a tutor and engage in intensive hands-on activities to develop practical expertise.

The course aims to provide participants with comprehensive knowledge of reproductive medicine and biology, including assisted reproductive technologies, infertility diagnosis and treatment, genetic screening, and prenatal diagnosis. By combining theoretical and practical training, the course will equip participants with the skills necessary to provide high-quality care in their respective fields.

One of the most innovative aspects of the course is the personalized support provided to each student by a dedicated tutor. This mentorship will help participants identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop a tailored learning plan that meets their needs. Moreover, the intensive hands-on activities included in the course will allow students to put their theoretical knowledge into practice and develop their technical skills under the guidance of experienced professionals.

At the end of the course, participants will receive certification from an internationally recognized accrediting body, providing them with a valuable credential that can enhance their career prospects and professional reputation. Overall, this international course offers a unique opportunity for gynecology and clinical embryology professionals to gain specialized expertise and advance their careers.

Learning Objectives

Participants will be able to demonstrate advanced knowledge and practical skills in embryology techniques, including fertilization methods, embryo culture, embryo biopsy, and cryopreservation.

Participants will be able to develop and implement laboratory management and quality control protocols to ensure optimal conditions for assisted reproduction procedures and to minimize errors.

Participants will be able to provide effective patient counseling and support services to patients undergoing assisted reproduction procedures, including addressing emotional and psychological needs and providing accurate and clear information about procedures, risks, and outcomes.

Participants will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of regulatory compliance requirements and legal issues relevant to assisted reproduction procedures, including informed consent, confidentiality, and ethical considerations.

Participants will be able to identify and handle rare and complex cases in assisted reproduction, including cases involving multiple gestations, genetic disorders, and complex medical histories.

Participants will be able to effectively communicate and collaborate with other healthcare professionals involved in the care of patients undergoing assisted reproduction procedures, including gynecologists, urologists, genetic counselors, and mental health professionals.

Overall, this advanced course aims to provide assisted reproduction operators with the skills and knowledge necessary to provide high-quality care to their patients and to advance the field of assisted reproduction.

Accreditation

This program will be submitted for CME accreditation to EACCME® (European Accreditation Council for Continuing for Medical Education).

Certification of competence (optional)*

This program is preparatory to the certification of competences to be attained after a specific exam once the course is completed.

The certification of competence for professionals in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF) is crucial to ensure the highest standards of care and expertise in assisting couples and individuals with fertility issues. A comprehensive scheme for competence certification in IVF professionals aims to validate their knowledge, skills, and ethical conduct, promoting patient safety and the delivery of effective reproductive healthcare.

By implementing a robust scheme for competence certification in IVF professionals, the field can uphold the highest standards of care, protect patient interests, and advance the science and practice of reproductive medicine.

(*this exclusive scheme has been designed and realized by Artemide in cooperation with a major International Institute for Certification of Competence and Training)

Language

The official language of this live educational conference will be English.

Target audience

The target audience for this advanced course is assisted reproduction operators, including embryologists and clinical personnel involved in assisted reproduction procedures. This course is designed for professionals who have completed basic training in assisted reproduction techniques and are seeking to advance their knowledge and skills to provide higher-quality care to patients.

The course is open to assisted reproduction operators in various healthcare settings, including private and public hospitals, fertility clinics, and research institutions. The course is also open to professionals from different countries and regions, as it aims to provide an international perspective on assisted reproduction.

Participants in this course are expected to have a strong foundation in the basic principles of assisted reproduction techniques and procedures, including fertility testing, in vitro fertilization, embryo transfer, and cryopreservation. Participants should also have a basic understanding of laboratory management and quality control protocols.

Overall, this advanced course is designed for motivated professionals seeking to advance their knowledge and skills in assisted reproduction techniques and procedures to provide the best possible care to their patients.

Partnership Universities
and Clinics

Federico II University of Naples

IVF Red

Centro Fertilità Assistita

Genesis Medicina della Riproduzione

International Hands-on Laboratory Management Activities

Female & Male Infertility


Video lectures: 18 December 2023

Hands-on: January 2024 - December 2024

Video lectures
18 December 2023

The participants can follow twelve on-demand video lectures by top experts, available on Med.E.A. E-learning platform.

Main Video Lectures

Lecture 1
Andrology basic

Elisabetta Baldi, Italy
· Anatomy of testis and seminifer tubule, type and function of cells involved in spermatogenesis, Hormonal control.

· Spatial and functional organization of seminifer tubule during spermatogenesis.

· Anatomy and function of the epididymis.

· Anatomy and physiology of the seminal vesicles, prostate and bulbourethral glands. · The complete ejaculate

Lecture 2
Folliculogenesis


Carlo Alviggi, Italy
· From primordial follicles to the antral stages and ovulation

· Hormonal control

· Tips on protocols for ovarian stimulation including protocols for in vitro maturation (natural or minimal stimulation cycles)

· Oocyte maturation and morphology

Lecture 3
Embryo colture

Jacques Cohen, USA
· Incubator roles, types, and settings

· IVF lab: temperature role, the pH

Lecture 4
Freezing and Thawing or Rewarming

Roberto Gualtieri, Italy
· Principle and theory of the cryopreservation

· Freezing biodynamics

· Slow freezing and Vitrification

· Freezing and thawing media and cryoprotectant

· Freezing devices

· Fertility preservation (oocyte and ovarian tissue)

Lecture 5
PGT-A; PGT-M and PGT-SR


Romualdo Polese, Italy
· ESHRE and ASRM Guidelines

· The new PGT (Non-invasive NiPGT)

· Pros and Cons

· Embryo mosaicism and self-repair

Lecture 6
Quality Control

Federico Regoli, Italy
· The quality and safety of the IVF lab

· How to set up the IVF lab

· The instruments: principal care and checking

· The Key Performance indicators (KPI)

· The witness

· The paperwork and certifications

· Quality controls and quality assurance

Advanced Video Lectures

Lecture 7
New frontiers of sperm selections

Christopher Barratt
• New methods of sperm selection

• What do they add to classic methods?

• What should be improved?

• AI and sperm selection

Lecture 8
COC and oocyte quality


Satish Kumar Adiga, India
• How to assess oocyte quality

• Should we inject bad quality oocytes?

• Is there a way to improve outcome in subpar oocyte?

• PCOS, AMA and oocyte quality

Lecture 9
AI embryo selection

Mina Alikani, USA
• AI parameters used to assess embryo quality

• Improvements brought by AI in embryo selection

• Time lapse vs conventional incubation and AI

Lecture 10
How safe is it to freeze?

Lodovico Parmegiani, Italy
• Epigenetic effect

• DNA fragmentation

• Freezing without cryoprotectant

• What could be done to improve results

Lecture 11
PGT testing advancement and value

Jonathan Van Blerkom, USA
• AI in PGT testing

• NiPGT: is it worth it? How can it improve?

Lecture 12
Physiology of Fertilization


Brian Dale, Italy
• In vivo versus in vitro fertilization

• Molecules involved in sperm egg interaction Oocyte activation and resuming of meiosis

Modules descriptions
January 2024 - December 2024

The participants will be able to select the Hands-on they would like to register for.

Total days of the 5 modules (with the possibility of one additional module): 30 working days in 3 clinics CFA Naples; Genesis Day Surgery Caserta; the University of Naples and IVF red.

Module 1
Andrology

Venue: CFA Naples
Duration: 4 days
Dates: 15-18 April 2024
• Physiology of the Spermatogenesis part one

• Physiology of the Spermatogenesis part two

• Semen analysis

Module 4
Embryology (3rd part)

Genesis Day Surgery Caserta
Duration: 5 days
Dates: 9-13 September 2024
• Ooocyte , embryo and blastocyst Freezing and Thawing or Rewarming

• Fertility preservation

• Ovarian tissue cryopreservation

Module 2
Embryology (1st part)


Venue: CFA Naples; Genesis Day Surgery Caserta
Duration: 5 days
Dates: 20-24 May 2024
• Setup the embryology lab

• Preparing for egg collection

• Sperm selection

• IVF

• Embryo culture

• Time-lapse system

• Embryo evaluation and selection

Module 5
PGT

Venue: CFA Naples
Duration: 5 days
Dates: 21-25 October 2024
• PGT-A; PGT-M and PGT-SR

• Transfer of human embryos and blastocysts: live observation of at least ten ultrasound-guided transfers performed with catheters of different types.

Module 3
Embryology (2nd part)

Venue: University of Naples and IVF red
Duration: 6 days
Dates: 24-29 June 2024
• Micronanipolation

• Equipment set up

• Sperm selection

• ICSI

• Embryo transfer

Module 6
Clinical Module

Venue: University of Naples and IVF red
Duration: 5 days
Dates: 18-22 November 2024
• Ovarian stimulation

• Ovum PK

• Simulation of the human ovum collection procedure with PickUpSim™

• Embryo Transfer (ET) Protocols

venues

CFA Naples

Naples, Italy

centrofecondazioneassistita.com

Genesis Day Surgery Caserta

Caserta, Italy

iatropolis.it

University of Naples and IVF red

Naples, Italy

ivfred.com

Chairs

Brian Dale

CFA Naples
Naples, Italy

Raffaele Ferraro

Genesis Day Surgery Caserta
Naples, Italy

Federico Regoli

Artemide
Vincenza, Italy

Riccardo Talevi

University of Naples and IVF red
Naples, Italy

Faculty

Satish Kumar Adiga

Kasturba Medical College
Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Manipal, India

Carlo Alviggi

University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy

Mina Alikani

Reproductive Science Center of New Jersey
Eatontown, NJ, USA

Elisabetta Baldi

University of Florence
Azienda Ospedaliero - Universitaria Careggi (AOUC)
Florence, Italy

Christopher Barratt

University of Dundee
Dundee, Scotland
United Kingdom

Jacques Cohen

Althea Science and ART Institute of Washington
Hudson, NY, USA

Brian Dale

CFA Naples
Naples, Italy

Roberto Gualtieri

University of Naples Federico II
Naples, Italy

Lodovico Parmegiani

Nextclinics International
Bologna, Italia

Romualdo Polese

CFA Naples
Naples, Italy

Federico Regoli

Artemide Srl
Vicenza, Italy

Jonathan Van Blerkom

University of Colorado, Boulder
Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology Rose Medical Center
Denver, CO, USA

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Video Lectures

12 Video Lectures

Lecture 1

Andrology basic

Lecture 2

Folliculogenesis

Lecture 3

Embryo colture

Lecture 4

Freezing and Thawing or Rewarming

Lecture 5

PGT-A; PGT-M and PGT-SR

Lecture 6

Quality Control

Lecture 7

New frontiers of sperm selections

Lecture 8

COC and oocyte quality

Lecture 9

AI embryo selection

Lecture 10

How safe is it to freeze?

Lecture 11

PGT testing advancement and value

Lecture 12

Fisiology of Fertilization
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12 video lectures by top international experts in the field
Online Forum
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3 participants per module

Module 1

1.800€ - 4 days

Module 2

1.800€ - 5 days

Module 3

2.500€ - 6 days

Module 4

2.000€ - 5 days

Module 5

2.000€ - 5 days

Module 6

2.000€ - 5 days (upon request)
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3 participants per module

10% discount

on the registration for 2 modules

15% discount

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20% discount

on the registration for 4 modules

25% discount

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30% discount

on the registration for 6 modules
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12 video lectures by top international experts in the field
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Q&A section
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*If requested, the certification of competence for a single module may be possible with an additional fee.
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This educational activity is supported by independent sponsorships from FERRING FARMACEUTICI, IBSA FARMACEUTICI ITALIA SRL, MERCK SERONO SPA (2023 Video lectures), S&R FARMACEUTICI SPA

· Brian Dale ·

Brian Dale, graduated in Zoology from the University of Manchester, U.K., and later received his Ph.D. and subsequently his D.Sc. for his contribution to the understanding of basic processes in fertilization and early embryology. In 2010 he was nominated Fellow of the Royal College of pathologists in London, UK. Dr Dale is attributed with the discovery in 1983 of a soluble factor found in spermatozoa that is responsible for the activation of oocytes. His studies span animals and humans from the identification of ion channels in the plasma membrane of gametes to the processes leading to the formation of the human blastocyst. With over 150 publications in international journals and 9 books on the topic, he is also founder and editor of the International Journal “ Zygote” published by Cambridge University Press and founder of Alpha, an International Society for Clinical Embryologists.

· Riccardo Talevi ·

Riccardo Talevi earned his Master’s in Biology in 1981 and his Ph.D. in Biology of Reproduction in 1985 from the University of Naples Federico II. Throughout his doctoral and post-doctoral studies, his research focused on the physiology of fertilization in marine invertebrates and lower vertebrates. He was invited as a researcher at the Zoological Department, University of California, Davis, USA; the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, UK; and the Marine Biological Laboratory in Woods Hole, Massachusetts, USA. Additionally, he served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

In recent years, his research at the University of Naples has been dedicated to studying the mechanisms that regulate the interaction and selection of spermatozoa inside the female reproductive tract, the effects of cryopreservation on the biological structures of human oocytes and ovarian tissue, and the optimization of in vitro folliculogenesis. His laboratory is currently developing a methodology for an innovative culture system to enhance human ovarian follicles’ in vitro progression and health.

Riccardo Talevi has been the Principal Investigator of several funded grants. President of the Italian Society of Embryology, Reproduction, and Research, the Italian Federation of Scientific Societies of Reproduction, and the scientific director of public and private assisted reproduction units. He has organized several national conferences on assisted reproduction and has delivered numerous invited talks at national and international conferences. Presently, he holds the position of a professor in reproductive biology and serves as the director of the post-graduate course in biology and biotechnology of assisted reproduction at the University of Naples Federico II, Italy.

· Satish Kumar Adiga ·

Professor in the Department of Reproductive Science at KMC Manipal Clinical Embryology, Assisted Reproductive Technology, Andrology, Fertility Preservation.

Professional Affiliations & Contributions

  • Research Ambassador, German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany
  • Recipient of Gold Medals for excellence in medical research
  • Sir CV Raman young scientist award (medical science), Karnataka Government 2014
  • Fellow, Humboldt foundation, Germany
  • Fellow, Japanese Society for Promotion of Science (JSPS), Japan
  • Fellow, UICC, Switzerland
  • Best research award by the Vision Group on Science and Technology (VGST), Department of IT, BT, Science and Technology Government of Karnataka, 2011-2012.
  • Active Member of UICC- International Cancer Technology Transfer Fellowship, 2000.
  • Active Member of MACE- Founder President, Manipal Association of Clinical Embryologist, India.
  • Member of ISSRF- Indian Society for Study in Reproduction and Fertility, India.
  • Member of ISAR- Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction, Coordinator for Clinical Research, 2006-2008, India.
  • Active Member of ISRB- Indian Society for Radiation Biology.

· Carlo Alviggi ·

Carlo Alviggi earned his MD degree in 1994, from the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Naples “Federico II” in Naples, Italy; he specialized in obstetrics and gynaecology in 1998, and gained a PhD in 2001, from the same university. During his career, he collaborated with: The Imperial College of London, in London, UK; the Laboratory of Immunology of the Italian National Research Council in Naples; and the Autoimmunity and Tolerance Laboratory of the University of California in Los Angeles, CA, USA. This network resulted in various publications, some of which concern new hypotheses on the pathogenesis of pelvic endometriosis. He is now an associate professor in reproductive medicine at the Fertility Unit of the University of Naples “Federico II”. Professor Alviggi’s current research interests are the role of luteinizing hormone (LH) in folliculogenesis; the use of LH-containing drugs in patients undergoing ovarian controlled stimulation for IVF; the pathogenesis of pelvic endometriosis; oncofertility; reproductive endicrinology and the genetics of human reproduction. He has participated in several national and international (phase 2 and 3) multicentric, prospective randomized trials. Professor Alviggi has published extensively and has been invited to lecture at over 200 international meetings dealing with reproductive medicine and gynaecological endocrinology; he is also starter and co-founder of the Poseidon group, an international collaborative network dedicated to low prognosis patients in Assisted Reproductive Technology and vice-President of the “Società Italiana di Fertilità e Sterilità – Medicina della Riproduzione”.

· Mina Alikani ·

Dr. Mina Alikani is an Embryologist, certified by the American College of Embryology (EMBCOL) as a Reproductive Embryologist and by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) as a High Complexity Laboratory Director. She currently serves as the Director of the IVF Laboratory and Tissue Bank at the Center for Human Reproduction of North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, New York, USA.

She started her career in the field of assisted reproduction in 1983, two years after the birth of the first IVF baby in the United States. Her long career includes appointments at The Center for Reproductive Medicine at Cornell University Medical Center-New York Hospital in New York (1989 – 1995), and the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey (1995 – 2004). Dr. Alikani proudly worked alongside Dr. Jacques Cohen, a pioneer in IVF, and the excellent medical teams at these two distinguished institutions to establish their IVF programs as major centers of excellence.
 
She completed her PhD in 2006 through the external PhD program of Monash University at Monash Immunology and Stem Cell Laboratories, in Clayton, Australia, under the mentorship of the internationally renowned scientist and current President of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM), Professor Alan O. Trounson.  Her PhD research was supervised by Dr. Steen M. Willadsen, a pioneer in many areas of embryology including cloning and embryo cryopreservation. Her dissertation on the origin and consequences of abnormal cell division in human embryos was reviewed and approved by two preeminent scientists, Professor Martin Johnson of Cambridge University (UK), and Professor Jean Paul Renard of Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (France). Dr. Alikani takes special pride in the fact that she has had the opportunity to work with and learn from such exceptional scientists.
 
Dr. Alikani has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters on assisted reproduction and lectured extensively around the world on ART-related topics. She undertook several research projects while working as a Senior Research Scientist at Tyho-Galileo Research Laboratories (2006 – 2011), including derivation and cryopreservation of human embryonic stem cells. Dr. Alikani’s areas of interest include spindle and division dynamics in mammalian eggs and embryos, fragmentation and other abnormalities of human embryo development in vitro, mitigating human gamete and embryo abnormalities, and improving IVF laboratory outcomes.
 
She is an active member of several professional organizations, including the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, the New York Academy of Sciences, and the Union of Concerned Scientists.  She serves on the Advisory Board of the American College of Embryology. Dr. Alikani serves as a Section Editor for the journal Reproductive Biomedicine Online. She also serves on the Editorial Board of the Open Reproductive Science Journal and functions as an ad hoc reviewer for many leading scientific and medical journals including Fertility and Sterility, Human Reproduction, Reproduction, Future Drugs, Cell Biology International, Human Fertility, Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, and Regenerative Medicine, among others. The editors of Human Reproduction recently recognized Dr. Alikani as a ‘best reviewer’ based on her contributions to the Journal in 2011.

· Elisabetta Baldi ·

Elisabetta Baldi is currently Associate Professor of Medical Pathology at the University of Florence (Italy). She is Responisble of the Andrology Laboratory/SemenCryopreservation Bank and of the Assisted Reproduction Laboratory of the University Hospital of Careggi (Florence). Prof. Baldi has been long working on various aspects of sperm biology, including molecular mechanisms of capacitation, acrosome reaction and DNA damage. She is Authors of more than 150 publications in peer review journals, with a Hirsch index of 46. She has been recipient of serval grants in the field of sperm biology and male infertility. She served as associated Editor of Andrology, Human Reproduction and other journal in the field of reproduction. Currently she is associate Editor of Human Reproduction Update. 

· Christopher Barratt ·

Professor Barratt is Head of the Division of Post Graduate Medicine at the Medical School,  Head of the Reproductive Medicine Group at the University of Dundee as well as a clinical scientist (Hon) with NHS Tayside. He graduated with an Honours degree in Zoology and then completed a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (University of Wales, Swansea). His PhD, also in Zoology, was under the supervision of Jack Cohen at the University of Birmingham.

His formative post-doctoral studies and ART experience was gained at the University of Sheffield [with Ian Cooke] where they specialized in natural cycle IVF. From 1997-2005 he was the Scientific Director of the ART Centre at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

Professor Barratt has been awarded a number of honours for outstanding contributions to the discipline e.g. Young Andrologist of the Year, the Professor Sir Robert Edwards keynote lecture at ESHRE. He was awarded a DSc from University of Birmingham and has a h index of 54 (Scopus 2021). Professor Barratt is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

He is a regularly invited speaker at national and international scientific conferences/workshops. He was a member of the WHO Male Fertility Semen Analysis Taskforce (for both the 4th and 5th editions) and director of the WHO (2012-2017) Male Fertility Expert Working Group which devised a new system for the diagnosis and treatment of the infertile male. He was a member of the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority for 6 years until 2009.

Professor Barratt has been appointed to editorial board of WHO for development of new Semen Analysis manual (6th edition, publication date late 2021). He recently published the global WHO guidelines for semen reference ranges.

He has been on the Editorial Board of Human Reproduction, Human Fertility, Biology of Reproduction, Human Reproduction Update, Journal of Andrology and was Editor-in-Chief of Molecular Human Reproduction  from 2013-2018. Currently he is a member of the Editorial board of Physiological Reviews.

Professor Barratt is coordinating the Global Initiative on Male Reproductive Health.

His life’s ambition is to see – live – Wales comprehensively beat the All Blacks.

· Jacques Cohen ·

Dr. Cohen has a distinguished career as a reproductive scientist and innovator for IVF methodologies and devices in use in embryology laboratories. Jacques Cohen was born in The Hague, the Netherlands, and graduated in biology of reproductive science at Leiden University, Leiden, the Netherlands. He earned his PhD from Erasmus University in Rotterdam in various aspects of in vitro fertilization and male factor infertility. His postdoctoral studies were performed at Cambridge University and Bourn Hall Clinic under the guidance of the Nobel Laureate Sir Robert Edwards.

Dr. Cohen is product developer and cofounder of Althea Science, which develops software solutions for laboratories and clinics. He was cofounder of Reprogenetics, a preimplantation genetic diagnostic (PGD) service, now known as Cooper Genomics. He was a cofounder and product developer of Life-Global/IVF-Online. He has authored more than 300 peer-reviewed publications, several textbooks, and 12 patents. He is Emeritus Chief Editor of Reproductive Biomedicine Online. He was one of the founders of Alpha – Scientists in Reproductive Medicine and one of the founders of Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society (PGDIS). Dr. Cohen still serves as president of the ART Institute of Washington in Bethesda, MD, and interim CEO of Althea Science Inc. in New York, NY.

As guest editor, Dr. Cohen has assembled authors who are recognized for their special expertise in gamete biology and embryo storage. The manuscripts are timely, but they also reveal timeless essential principles that govern both the biology and practice of gamete storage for the field of assisted reproduction. Readers will be provided with both practical tips and an up-to-date understanding of this important and crucial growing dimension of ART.

· Roberto Gualtieri ·

Roberto Gualtieri is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Biology, University of Naples Federico II (Naples, Italy). He graduated with honors in Biology in 1982 and gained his PhD in 1988 in Evolutionary and Differentiation Biology. Since 2001, he has been Scientific Responsible of the annual post graduate course “Biology and Technologies of Assisted Reproduction” at the University of Naples and co-organizer of several hands-on courses on reproductive cells cryopreservation, embryo culture microenvironment and micromanipulation. He has been member and vice president of the directive board, and Scientific Coordinator and member of the scientific committee of the Italian Society of Embryology, Reproduction and Research (SIERR). He has been Director of the Electron and Confocal Microscopy Center of the University Federico II. Prof. Gualtieri has been working in the field of basic and applied Reproductive Biology in humans and animal models with particular reference on oocyte and ovarian tissue cryopreservation. He authored more than 100 publications in peer reviewed reproductive journals. He is reviewer for the main reproductive journals and academic editor of Cells. 

· Lodovico Parmegiani ·

Lodovico (aka Lodo) is Head of Embryology for NextClinics International (a network of ART centres), IVF Laboratory Director at the Next Fertility GynePro in Bologna, Italy and advisor for biotech companies. He has invented, developed and optimized devices and methods for human clinical embryology, and published almost 100 papers and book chapters in this field.  He also acts as editor for numerous international scientific journals. Lodo is a TED speaker, a Key Opinion Leader in Assisted Reproduction (AR) and a highly sought-after tutor for hands-on workshops and has organized and chaired many congresses.

· Romualdo Polese ·

Romualdo Polese is a dedicated instructor for the upcoming International Hands-On laboratory managment activities at Global Life. Passionate about embryology and IVF, he brings 10 years of clinical embryology experience to empower and inspire students.

He has a Master’s Degree in Embryology from the “Federico II University of Naples” and continued his search for knowledge through various professional development programs.

Throughout his career, he has worked in many IVF lab around Europe. This hands-on experience has given him a deep understanding of laboratory work and potential issues.

He is excited to share knowledge and experience with our course participants, helping them become full-fledged embryologists.

· Jonathan Van Blerkom ·

Dr. Van Blerkom performed Colorado’s first successful in vitro fertilization procedure in 1982. He is recognized throughout the world as a preeminent expert on egg and sperm physiology. He has been Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder since 1986 and IVF Laboratory Director, Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology, Rose Medical Center, Denver, CO since 1998. He is also Co-Coordinator: ESHRE/WHO Task Force on Reproductive Health in the Developing World.  

He has lectured extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Australia. He also serves on the editorial board of several international publications and has written numerous articles and books.

Soon after Dr. Van Blerkom started his IVF lab, U.S. News and World Report listed Dr. Van Blerkom’s IVF lab among the nation’s top 10 laboratories dealing with advanced reproductive technologies.

Dr. Van Blerkom earned B.S. (General Honors and Honors in Biology and Biochemistry) from College of New York City in 1969 and Ph.D. from Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from University of Colorado at Boulder, 1974.

He has held many dignified positions including Fellow of European Molecular Biology Organization, Cambridge University, Cambridge, England;  Lecturer Department of Pediatrics, B.F. Stolinsky Laboratory, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, Denver, CO; Senior Research Associate, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, University of Colorado at Boulder and Faculty Fellow, Institute of Behavioral Genetics, University of Colorado at Boulder. From 1982 to 1999, he was IVF Laboratory Director at Reproductive Genetics In Vitro, Denver, CO.  In 2012, he was Trustee, Walking Egg Foundation. His studies have focused on molecular and cellular aspects of early mammalian development including human follicles, oocytes and embryos.  His current research centers on the role(s) of mitochondria in early development, and the molecular organization of the oocyte and embryo plasma membrane as related to developmental competence.

· Martin O. Savage ·

Martin Savage is Emeritus Professor of Paediatric Endocrinology at William Harvey Research Institute, Barts and the London School of Medicine & Dentistry, Queen Mary, University of London. He was head of the Paediatric Endocrine Unit at Barts and the London School of Medicine from 1982 to 2007. He has interests in growth disorders, specifically those with abnormalities in the GH-IGF-1 axis and in phenotype-genotype relationships of GH-IGF-1 axis defects, notably GH resistance. He published the first human case of an IGF-1 gene defect in the New England Journal of Medicine in 1996.  His other interests are Cushing’s syndrome and growth in chronic inflammatory diseases. He was General Secretary of the European Society for Paediatric Endocrinology (ESPE) from 1997 to 2004. He has lectured in 61 countries and has published 472 original articles, reviews, textbook chapters and books. In 2007, he was awarded the ESPE Andrea Prader Prize for contributions to paediatric endocrinology and in 2018 he received a Visionary Award from the American Human Growth Foundation. In 2022, he received a Research Excellence Award from the Dr Sulaiman Al Habib Medical Journal in Riyadh, and the British Society of Paediatric Endocrinology & Diabetes James M. Tanner Lifetime Achievement Award. He continues to lecture nationally and internationally.