Virtual World Conference on Luteinizing Hormone in ART · Second Edition
7 September - 31 December 2020

Overview

The role of luteinizing hormone (LH) during folliculogenesis has intrigued the scientific and medical community for at least three decades. There is now an emerging galaxy of research that is exploring this enigmatic subject. The availability of recombinant drugs is offering, for the first time, the opportunity to examine the role of follicle stimulating hormone and LH separately. An emerging topic during last year’s conference was the role of LH supplementation in improving outcomes in a subgroup of low prognosis patients selected according to the POSEIDON classification.

During this online journey, the management of these low prognosis patients’ was discussed in detail. Notably, we moved beyond controlled ovarian stimulation to further investigate the involvement of LH in personalizing the luteal phase and in male infertility. In addition, the extra-gonadal effects of LH, including potential immunomodulation at the endometrium, is part of the agenda.
Following the precedent set at last year’s conference, considerable time was devoted to basic science, alongside such controversial issues as progesterone rise and pharmacogenomics. This year we had attracted prominent scientists from the worlds of endocrinology, andrology, immunology, and embryology to take part in our engaging exploration of the LH galaxy.

Learning Objectives

The online journey left with the ability of users:

Target Audience

This programme was designed for clinicians and biologists working in assisted reproductive medicine, who wanted to acquire up-to date information to improve their current practice.

Virtual World Conference on Luteinizing Hormone in ART · Second Edition

7 September · 31 December 2020

Preliminary Programme

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Accreditation

An application has been submitted to EACCME for the accreditation of the 6 live Meet the Expert events.

Chairs

Carlo Alviggi

Naples, Italy
Biography

Robert Fisher

Hamburg, Germany
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Sandro Esteves

Campinas, Brazil
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Peter Humaidan

Aarhus, Denmark
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Faculty

Federico II University
Naples, Italy

Androfert – Andrology and Human Reproduction Clinic
Campinas, Brazil

Fertility Centre Hamburg
Hamburg, Germany

Paris, France

Aarhus University, Denmark

Louvain, Belgium

Heraklion, Greece

Nottingham, UK

Modena, Italy

Québec, Canada

London, UK

Rome, Italy

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Meet the Expert

> Meet the Expert 1

Moving away from earth: lessons from gonadotropins system

Marc-André Sirard / Canada

Antonis Makrigiannakis / Greece

> Meet the Expert 2

Moving away from earth: lessons from gonadotropins system

Sandro C. Esteves / Brazil

Daniele Santi / Italy

> Meet the Expert 3

Fly through the starts: how to maximize success in controlled ovarian stimulation

Sandro C. Esteves / Brazil

Carlo Alviggi / Italy

> Meet the Expert 4

Fly through the starts: how to maximize success in controlled ovarian stimulation

Jean-Noël Hugues / France

Sesh K. Sunkara / UK

> Meet the Expert 5

A new universe to explore: medical trends in ART

Nick Raine-Fenning / UK

Filippo M. Ubaldi / Italy

> Meet the Expert 6

A new universe to explore: medical trends in ART

Peter Humaidan / Denmark

Philippe Lehert / France

Funding

Med.E.A Srl educational programs are organized solely to promote the exchange and dissemination of scientific and medical information. No forms of promotional activities are permitted. There may be presentations discussing investigational uses of various products.
These views are the responsibility of the named speakers and do not represent an endorsement or recommendation on the part of Med.E.A. Srl. Our educational activities are supported by independent grants from the Healthcare business of Merck KGaA, Darmstadt, Germany; FUJIFILM EUROPE GMBH, Fujifilm Italia S.p.A., FUJIFILM France S.A.S., Androfert Andrology & Human Reproduction Clinic; MVZ Fertility Center Hamburg GmbH; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Reproductive Medicine Agency (Nova Clinic)

· 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”.

· 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)

· Sandro C. Esteves ·

Sandro C. Esteves, MD., PhD. is a reproductive urologist who specializes in treating male infertility, particularly its connection with assisted reproductive technology (ART). He is the founder and medical director of ANDROFERT, a Fertility Center based in Campinas, Brazil, dedicated to male reproductive health. He is also a Collaborating Professor of Urology at the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil, and an Honorary Professor of Reproductive Medicine at Aarhus University, Denmark.

He obtained his MD. degree in 1990 from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of UNICAMP, Brazil. Subsequently, he completed his Urology residency at the same institution and a postdoctoral fellowship program at the Glickman’s Urological Institute at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in the United States. He earned a master’s in Surgery from UNICAMP and a Ph.D. in Urology from the Federal University of S o Paulo (EPM-UNIFESP). Dr. Esteves has contributed to our understanding of male infertility with over 25 years of experience in clinical and academic settings. He has emphasized the limitations of basic semen analysis, the importance of assessing sperm DNA fragmentation in male infertility evaluations, and highlighted the relevance of varicocele and its treatment in enhancing male fertility prospects. He has also published extensively on his clinical experience with microsurgical treatment of infertile men, as well as on hormonal therapy for improving sperm retrieval success of men with non-obstructive azoospermia. Dr. Esteves has helped design novel stratification systems for infertile men with testicular dysfunction, for whom fertility prospects may improve after hormonal therapy, and for low prognosis infertile women undergoing ART. Dr. Esteves is a prolific author, and his research comprises over 350 published papers, numerous book chapters, and textbooks. With a Hirsch index of 71 and a citation count of around 17K, he is ranked among the top 1% of global researchers by the Science-Wide Author Databases of Standard Citation Indicators (Elsevier). Prof. Esteves plays an active role in the scientific community as a member of the Faculty Opinions in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and as a founding member of the POSEIDON group for reproductive medicine. Additionally, he holds positions as Associate Editor/Section Editor in several journals, including Human Reproduction, Andrology, Reproductive Biomedicine Online, Frontiers in Endocrinology, and the International Brazilian Journal of Urology. He also serves on the editorial boards of many scientific journals, including Nature Reviews Urology. Dr. Esteves’ clinic has been at the forefront of implementing cleanroom technology in the ART laboratory and adhering to ISO 9001 quality standards in Brazil. The ANDROFERT team is renowned for its strict quality standards and remarkable success rates in treating couples with male factor infertility. As a seasoned speaker, Dr. Esteves delivers over 50 lectures annually in Brazil and internationally. He has received multiple research grants and awards from national and international societies and currently holds the position of head of the Department of Andrology at the Brazilian Society of Human Reproduction.

· Peter Humaidan ·

Professor Peter Humaidan is a specialist in reproductive endocrinology, professor at The Fertility Clinic Skive Regional Hospital, Aarhus University, Denmark and Honorary professor at Odense University, Denmark. During his scientific work he has primarily focused on developing individualized treatment protocols for the infertile patient. His doctoral thesis (DMSc) explored the role of LH during the follicular and luteal phases in controlled ovarian stimulation. His main fields of interest are triggering of ovulation with GnRH agonist, role of LH during the follicular and luteal phases, role of the female genital tract microbiota for reproductive outcomes, OHSS prevention, and role of sperm DNA fragmentation for spontaneous and assisted reproduction. He is the founder of the international society “The Copenhagen GnRHa Triggering Workshop Group” who introduced the GnRHa trigger in modern IVF, changing trigger policies worldwide. He is co-founder of the POSEIDON group which suggested a new stratification of the poor responder patient, and a past board member of the ESHRE SIG Endocrinology Group. Finally, he is also co-founder of the APHRODITE group which suggested a new classification of the infertile male into five sub-groups who might benefit from medical treatment in terms of spermatogenesis. He is in the Elsevier, Stanford global list of 2% top scientists, and he authored and co-authored 270 + articles (H-index 70, Google Scholar) in international peer reviewed journals as well as chapters in textbooks and the Danish guidelines for OHSS prevention. Peter Humaidan has a wide international scientific network and is frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences.