Determinants of Gamete and Embryo Quality - Friday

Date:October 18, 2013

Time:8:00 am - 12:45 pm

Location:Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

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Sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine

Workshop Dates:
3:30 pm - 5:45 pm     Thursday, October 17, 2013 
8:00 am - 12:45 pm    Friday, October 18, 2013 

Registration Fee: $125 (covers both days of workshop)

To register go to previous day's entry here 

Organizing Committee:
Andrew R. La Barbera, Dolores J. Lamb, Kelle H. Moley, Stuart B. Moss, Neelakanta Ravindranath, Robert W. Rebar

NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND DESCRIPTION
Successful outcomes of assisted reproductive technology procedures for the treatment of infertility require developmentally competent oocytes, spermatozoa and embryos. Despite decades of research into the molecular and cellular processes of gamete and embryo development and maturation, clinicians and scientists in the area of reproductive medicine and biology are unable to reliably identify gametes and embryos likely to yield normal, live births. Gap analysis data gleaned from the responses of learners to case study questions at the 2011 ASRM annual meeting scientific and postgraduate programs indicate a distinct need for education regarding harvest, culture and assessment of gametes and embryos.

This live conference will bring together experts in molecular, cellular, developmental and reproductive biology and medicine to summarize the current state of the art. Through lectures and discussion, the conference participants will define the gaps in basic knowledge and clinical practice in assessing and selecting gametes and embryos. The goal of the activity is to identify targets for future research and funding.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES
At the conclusion of this conference, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss the impact of epigenetic modifications on gene expression in male and female germ cells and early embryos.
     
  2. Describe how genetic errors result in human reproductive disorders, including male infertility, Turner syndrome, and sex reversal.
     
  3. Summarize the evidence that the maternal nutritional environment and aging alter cellular processes in oocytes and embryos.
     
  4. Describe how exposure to environmental and occupational chemicals impacts fertility and pregnancy.
Plenary:   John D. Biggers
   
Session I:   Epigenetics
Alexander Meissner (keynote), Douglas T. Carrell, Mellissa R.W. Mann, Amander T. Clark
   
Session II:   Genetics
David C. Page (keynote), Steven A. Krawetz, Emre U. Seli, Dolores J. Lamb
   
Session III:  Metabolism and Aging
Kelle H. Moley (keynote), Mark Puder, Francesca E. Duncan
   
Session IV:  Environment
Tracey J. Woodruff (keynote), Kim Boekelheide, Dagan Wells, Russ B. Hauser

ACCME Accreditation:The American Society for Reproductive Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. 

AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™: The American Society for Reproductive Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum of 5.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.™ Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Registration Fee: $125 (covers both days of workshop)

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