Female and Male Infertility

Nurses' Virtual Workshop in medically assisted reproduction:

Advancing education & training, pharmacological management and evidence-based practice (novel investigations & treatments)

29 November 2024 (CME)
from 13.00 to 17.00 CET


This online workshop focuses on the real-world application of research evidence, clinical guidelines and management systems, to improve the diagnosis, treatment and support of people seeking medically assisted reproduction (MAR). After reviewing the evidence, attendees will evaluate markers of infertility and select responses they perceive to be important for specific situations. They will also consider expert opinions and debated topics in relation to current evidence-based medicine. Measures of success will be discussed that support patient engagement, development of individualised treatment plans and best clinical practices. The ultimate goal of the workshop is for fertility nurses (and midwives with an interest in fertility medicine) to promote patient-centred care, through delivering holistic, advanced fertility nursing/midwifery practice.

Demand for MAR is increasing, globally, in part because of the well-described almost global decline in birth rates and the increasing female age at first pregnancy. While advances in MAR have improved thediagnostic and treatment options available in many countries, novel processes and add-ons have also increased patient expectations for treatment success. Managing individual’s expectations is among the extended roles of fertility nurses and midwives, and for people who are undergoing MAR it demands a higher level of post-registration education and training. Such training includes advanced understanding of the pathophysiology, justification, intended effects, side-effects and contraindications of pharmaceutical products used in MAR: this is essential to provide fertility care safely. Fertility nurses and midwives have key roles in the MAR team, where multidisciplinary teamwork is essential for the delivery of integrated quality patient care. There is an expectation that all health professionals involved in MAR will attain – and maintain – their full potential in accordance with their job description, role, clinical knowledge and professional competency.

The extended roles and responsibilities of fertility nurses and midwives also entail excellent communication skills with patients and the wider multidisciplinary team (i.e., clinical, laboratory, administrative and counselling colleagues), in addition to specialists in oncology, gynaecology, endocrinology departments as appropriate. Therefore, it is essential that nurses and midwives have a good awareness of current evidence-based investigations and treatments that are allied to fertility services, so that they know how to support individual patients with multiple needs appropriately.This unique MedEA programme is CME- and Royal College of Nursing (RCN)-accredited and provides continuous professional development (CPD) credits that meet the requirement for assessment and competency in professional practice (in accordance with professional nursing standards). 

Learning Objectives

After participating in this workshop and related activities, delegates will:

Target Audience

Nurses and midwives working in fertility or early pregnancy settings who wish to advance their professional and clinical practice; update their knowledge of advanced, evidence-based techniques; and improve their understanding of the pathophysiology and role of pharmaceutical products used in medically assisted reproduction (MAR).

The content of this activity is not intended for nurses and midwives practicing in Italy.


An application for this worskhop will be made to the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) – Accreditation applies only to the educational content and not to any product. The RCN cannot confirm the competence of any practitioner.

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

This programme will be submitted for accreditation to The CPD Certification Service, UK.

Nurses' Virtual Workshop in medical assisted reproduction

Continuing Medical Education (CME)

29 November 2024
from 13.00 to 17.00 CET


Robert Fischer

Robert Fischer

Fertility Center Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany
Helen Kendrew

Helen Kendrew

CARE fertility Bath
Bath, UK
Valerie Peddie

Valerie Peddie

University of Aberdeen
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Aberdeen, Scotland


Kate Brian

The Fertility Alliance

Tim Child

Medical Director
Oxford Fertility Unit
Oxford, UK

Hilde Cotton

Fertility Nurse at Klinikk Hausken
Oslo, Norway

Robert Fischer

Fertility Center Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Helen Kendrew

CARE fertility Bath
Bath, UK

Susan Dorothy Lee

Global Partners in Nursing
Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Valerie Peddie

University of Aberdeen
School of Medicine, Medical Sciences & Nutrition
Aberdeen, Scotland

Jennifer Ulyatt

Fertility Nurse Specialist and Sedationist
NHS Tayside
Dundee, Scotland

International Committee

Baris Ata

Baris Ata

ART Fertility Center
Koc University Istanbul
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Alvaro Ceschin

Alvaro Ceschin

President of Brazilian Association of Assisted Reproduction (SBRA)
Brasilia, Brazil
Adriano Fregonesi

Adriano Fregonesi

Associate Professor Urology of State University of Campinas Brazil (UNICAMP) and Jundiai School of Medicine
Head of the Department of Urology / Andrology State University of Campinas Brazil
Delegate Sociedade Brasileira de Urologia São Paulo (SBU SP)
Joaquin Llácer

Joaquin Llácer

Madrid, Spain
Kevin McEleny

Kevin McEleny

Queen Elizabeth Hospital
Gateshead and the Freeman Hospital
Newcastle, UK
Habib Midassi

Habib Midassi

Polyclinique Ibn Annafis
Sfax, Tunisia
Paula Navarro

Paula Navarro

Ribeirão Preto Medical School
University of Sao Paulo,
Sao Paulo, Brazil
Amina Oumeziane

Amina Oumeziane

Tiziri IVF Center
Algiers, Algeria
Emre Pabuçcu

Emre Pabuçcu

Ufuk University School of Medicine
Ankara, Turkey


Scientific Programme


· Robert Fischer ·

Robert Fischer is the founder and Medical Director of the Fertility Center Hamburg (FCH) in Hamburg, Germany. Dr Fischer trained in obstetrics and gynaecology at the University Hospital of Münster, Germany, from 1979 to 1982 and at the Queen’s Medical Centre, University of Nottingham, UK. In 1983, Dr Fischer pioneered the first German outpatient IVF unit in Hamburg and became its Medical Director. The unit moved to a new location in 1998, and its name was changed to the “Fertility Center Hamburg”.

In July 1998, the Fertility Center Hamburg was one of the first centres, both in Germany and worldwide, to introduce quality management, and it was certified according to the ISO 9001 and accredited for IVF laboratories (ISO 17025). Dr Fischer’s main research interests are in the development of stimulation protocols, luteinizing hormone supplementation, and gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonist triggering, as well as further development of quality management systems in IVF centres. He is a founding member of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE); a founding member of the POSEIDON (Patient Oriented Strategies Encompassing IndividualizeD Oocyte Number) group);  Member of the  Scientific Committee of Excellence in Medical Education (EXCEMED- formerly the Serono Symposia International Foundation) and Scientific director of  Med.E.A.( Medical Education Academy)

· Helen Kendrew ·

Helen Kendrew is the Clinic Director at CARE Fertility Bath. She has worked at the clinic in Bath for over 20 years and is a registered nurse with wide experience in the field of fertility. As well as supporting and caring for patients going through treatment she has held a number of professional committee posts including the British Fertility Society, the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority and the NICE Fertility Guideline Development Group.

“We always strive to offer our patients the best chance of creating their family”.

· Valerie Peddie ·

I have been involved in Fertility Nursing since 1993 and chaired of the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) Midwifery & Fertility Nurses Forum from 2008-2011. I currently hold the position of Nurse Consultant, Fertility Preservation (NHS Grampian), member of the European Society of Human Reproduction & Embryology (ESHRE) Nurses & Midwives Certification Committee and Editorial Board (Human Fertility) in addition to peer reviewer for several fertility and oncology related journals. Overall, I have a specialist interest in exploring reproductive potential and decision-making within a variety of settings – including oncology – contributing to the RCN clinical professional resource ‘Fertility Preservation’ (2017). I have designed analysed and published numerous applied qualitative and clinical studies in reproductive health care, written several book chapters, and continue to support the Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen in providing teaching sessions in Fertility and Reproduction for 3rd Year Midwifery Students.
MSc; BA (Hons); ADM; RM; RGN

· Kate Brian ·

Kate Brian is co-founder of The Fertility Alliance, a UK-wide fertility charity offering information and support. Kate is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists where she was the first Women’s Voices Lead, putting the patient perspective at the heart of the work of the College. Kate is Editor of the Journal of Fertility Counselling and a Lay Editor of Reproduction and Fertility. She is a lay representative for NHS England, and a lay examiner for the RCOG. Kate began her career as a television journalist and has written five books about fertility and pregnancy. She was a lay member of the HFEA where she chaired the Licence Committee and is currently a member of the NICE group working on the fertility guideline.

· Baris Ata ·

Baris Ata graduated from the Istanbul School of Medicine in 1998. He completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2003. During medical school and residency training he attended courses on research methodology, assisted reproduction and gynecological endoscopy around the world. His keen interest to improve his research skills led to acquisition of a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials from the prestigious London School of Hygiene and of Tropical Medicine. He completed a three years long clinical and research fellowship program in Reproductive Gynecological Endocrinology and Infertility at McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 2011. Upon returning to Turkey he founded and assumed the directorship of the assisted reproduction unit of the Uludağ University, a highly successful program that grew to over 500 IVF cycles per annum in less than two years. He recently moved to Koç University. He has several awards of excellence as a resident, fellow, clinician and scholar. His research is on clinical aspects of female infertility including but not limited to ultrasound imaging of female reproductive tract, luteal phase physiology and support, prevention and management of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and in vitro maturation. Baris has over 100 publications on various aspects of assisted reproduction. He is sitting on the editorial board of six journals including Human Reproduction, and is a regular ad hoc reviewer for leading journals in his field. He is a member of the executive board of the Turkish Society of Reproductive Medicine and the board of directors of the International Society of In Vitro Fertilization.

· Alvaro Ceschin ·

Graduated in Medicine from the Federal University of Paraná (UFPR), in 1985.

Training in Human Reproduction at the Huntington Reproductive Center in Pasadena, California/USA, in 1991.

PhD in Principles of Surgery, in the area of concentration in Molecular Biology, from UFPR, completed in 2006, with the theme: “Comparative study of the viability of ovaries cryopreserved by slow freezing and vitrification – study in rats”.

Residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Santa Brígida Hospital and Maternity Hospital, in Curitiba/PR, from 1987 to 1989.

Master’s degree in Principles of Surgery from the Research Institute of Faculdade Evangéilca do Paraná in 2002, with the theme: “Indirect hormonal assessment and study of follicular preservation in autologous ovarian tissue transplanted to the inguinal region, in rats”.

· Adriano Fregonesi ·

Free professor at the surgery department at UNICAMP. Assistant to the urology discipline at UNICAMP. Coordinator of the andrology sector of the urology discipline at UNICAMP.

· Joaquín Llacer ·

Dr. Llácer has over 30 years of experience in the field of assisted reproduction. He holds a Degree in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Valencia, specializing in obstetrics and gynecology at Hospital Universitario La Fe (Valencia) and holds a PhD in Medicine from the University Miguel Hernández of Elche. During the past 26 years Dr. Llácer has been part of the team of gynecologists at Instituto Bernabéu, where he also took part in the medical direction of the group and was a member of the Board of Directors.   

Among his professional achievements it was particularly noteworthy the extraordinary doctorate award for his thesis, as well has being awarded by the British Fertility Society and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. In addition, Dr. Llácer has combined his medical activity with academic teaching in different master’s degree at University Complutense of Madrid and University of Alicante. He has authored over 50 papers in reproductive medicine journals, both national and international, and is currently a member of the scientific committee of the Spanish Fertility Society (SEF).

· Kevin McEleny ·

Mr Kevin McEleny is a Consultant Urologist working both in Newcastle and at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead since 2009.

He is also Consultant Andrologist and Clinical Lead for the male factor clinic at the Newcastle Fertility Centre, located at the International Centre for Life, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne.

After completing his medical training and PhD at University College, Dublin, he continued his urological training in the Northern Region prior to his consultant appointment.

His main clinical interests include treating and diagnosing men with fertility problems. He organised and delivers the supra-regional Male Fertility service.

His research interests are in the field of male fertility and he is actively involved in male fertility training nationally.

· Habib Midassi ·

Assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology,Sfax university.Tunisia.(1987)

Mr Habib has completed his higher accreditation in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 1986

He works six years  as a consultant  in the Sfax teatching hospital .in 1988 he has his private office of gynecology and obstetrics.Since 2007 he also works in the IVF  center  of the polyclinic Ibn Annafis ,Sfax.Tunisia.

He has a wide experience in treating infertile couple with the first specialized fertility consultation in Tunisia (1984) .

Besides laparoscopic  Surgery, his professional interests include ovarian reserve ,luteal phase support and medical treatement of uterine fibroids

· Paula Andrea Navarro ·

Associate Professor at FMRP-USP (Human Reproduction Sector, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics), President of the Scientific Integrity and Good Practices in Research Committee at FMRP-USP, Director of the Assisted Reproduction Laboratory, Deputy Coordinator of the Human Reproduction Center , Coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Gynecology and Obstetrics at FMRP-USP, President of the Brazilian Society of Human Reproduction (SBRH, biennium 2023 to 2025), Member of the Technical Chamber of Assisted Reproduction of the Federal Council of Medicine and Member of the National Commission Specialist (CNE) of Assisted Reproduction of the Brazilian Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FEBRASGO). Researcher at the National Institute of Sciences and Technology/CNPq – Hormones and Women’s Health, Ad Hoc consultant for FAPESP, CNPq and CAPES. Chief Editor of the Human Reproduction Archives, Associate Editor of Reproductive Sciences and the Brazilian Journal of Ginecology and Obstetrics, Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics and Ad Hoc reviewer for several high-impact scientific journals. Graduated in Medicine from the Faculty of Medicine of Ribeirão Preto at the University of São Paulo (FMRP-USP; 1995), medical residency in Gynecology and Obstetrics at the Hospital das Clínicas de Ribeirão Preto (HCRP-USP; 1999); master’s degree (2000), Research Fellow in Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Women and Infants Hospital, Brown University and Laboratory for Reproductive Medicine, Marine Biological Laboratory (2001-2002) and PhD (2003) in Health Sciences, Gynecology and Obstetrics, FMRP -USP. Post-doctorate at New York University (2016-2017). His main research interests include: Understanding the etiopathogenic mechanisms of endometriosis-related infertility and other infertility factors; Improving the efficiency of assisted reproduction techniques; Evaluate the efficiency and safety of new strategies (adds on) in assisted reproduction procedures; Improvement of fertility preservation strategies, especially oocyte freezing; Improving access to infertility treatment

· Amina Oumeziane ·

Dr Oumeziane has a Medical Degree from Medicine’s Faculty, Algiers in 1989 and Post Graduate Degree-Specialty in gynecology obstetrics from medicine’s faculty, Algiers in 1994.
Completed her training in reproductive medicine at Cochin hospital Assistance Publique Hôpitaux , Paris.
In 2000, received Academic Diploma of Investigation and Management of Infertility from Medicine’s Faculty Rene Descartes Paris, France in 2007 and Diploma in Basic of Reproductive Medicine and Embryology from International School of Medicine Kiel, Munich in 2012.
Head of Tiziri ivf center in Algiers since 2004.
Founder of of subspeciality certificate in infertility in 2019.
Amina Oumeziane is the founder of the Algerian Society of Reproductive Medicine (SAMERE), served as its First president from 2013 to 2016 and Scientific Director from 2016-until now.

Member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) and European Society of Human reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), Reviewer in global reproductive health IFFS journal, RBMO and MEFS journals Amina’s major interest areas: Luteal phase, Agonist triggering, Frozen strategy, poor responders .

· Emre Pabuçcu ·

Emre Göksan Pabuçcu was born in Ankara in 1981. After graduating from TED Ankara Private High School, he started his medical education in Ankara University Faculty of Medicine. He completed his residency program in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ankara University Faculty of Medicine. He has been working at Ufuk University, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology since 2013 where he received his Associated Professorship in 2017. He has worked at Houston Fertility Specialists Clinic and Texas Woman’s Hospital, Texas (2016) as an observer in the field of preimplantation genetic testing and minimal invasive surgery. He has also been working at Centrum Clinic Private IVF Center, Ankara/Turkey since 2012. He is actively interested in Reproductive Endocrinology and Reproductive Endoscopic procedures.  He is a former board member of International Society of Gynecologic Endoscopy (ISGE). Dr. Pabuçcu is currently a reviewer of several local and international journals about Reproductive Medicine, Endocrinology and Endoscopy. He has published more than 70 papers in peer reviewed journals. 

· 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 60 countries and has published 482 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.