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Opening Session

Monday, March 21, 2016

Chairpersons Zion Ben Rafael, Israel
Gab Kovacs, Australia
Michael Permezel, Australia


Keynote lectures:

The advantages of single embryo transfer (SET) to the long-term welfare of both mother and
child are well documented, and yet the transfer of a single embryo in an IVF cycle is still not routine worldwide. Importantly, advances in embryo cultures systems and embryo diagnosis, together with significant improvements in embryo cryopreservation, are helping to make SET the standard of care for many clinics. The journey of how the goal of SET can be attained will be discussed and the future of human IVF considered.

The road to single embryo transfer: Where have we come from and where are we heading?
David K. Gardner, Australia

Capsule Activin A was isolated for its capacity to stimulate FSH secretion but was subsequently also shown to be a critical component of the acute inflammatory response. In response to acute inflammatory stimuli such as lipopolysaccharide (LPS), activin A increases acutely and controls the subsequent inflammatory cascade.  Follistatin, which was isolated for its capacity to suppress FSH by binding activin also has dual roles in reproductive physiology as well as in the control of inflammation and the resultant fibrosis. Their pathophysiology will form the basis of my lecture.
Novel roles of reproductive hormones in the control of inflammation and fibrosis
David de Kretser,