Join Fertility 2021 Online

08:00 – 08:45

Gold Sponsor’s symposium: CooperSurgical


PGT-A: Does it work? What the HFEA outcome data tells us
Darren K Griffin DSc, Professor of Genetics, University of Kent and Dr Tony Gordon, VP Global Genomics Business Development, CooperSurgical

08:55 – 09:50


Chair: Professor Jason Kasraie, Chair, ARCS

Chair’s opening remarks – Professor Jason Kasraie, Chair, ARCS
The Bob Edwards Lecture: The first cleavage division in human embryos – Professor Geraldine Hartshorne, University of Warwick and Centre for Reproductive Medicine, UHCW NHS Trust, UK

10:00 – 11:15

UPDATE 4: Male fertility – outcomes and techniques

Chair: Professor Sheena Lewis, Programme Committee, ARCS



How and when to use testicular sperm – Mr Jonathan Ramsay, Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, UK
Why to use testicular sperm – ART outcomes – Dr James Nicopoullous, The Lister Fertility Clinic, UK
Are microfluidics techniques a better way to choose sperm for ART? – Professor David Smith, University of Birmingham, UK
Female ageing affects the DNA repair capacity of oocytes to amend sperm DNA damage in IVF – potential clinical implications and future directions – Dr Fabrizzio Horta, Monash University, Australia

11:15Comfort break

11:25 – 12:35

SHORT PAPERS 3: ARCS short paper session including Pre-Reg Jean Purdy and Post-Reg prizes

Chair: Professor Jason Kasraie, Chair, ARCS

8 minute talksMeta-analysis of endometrial transcriptomes – Evangeline Walker, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Exploring the maximal [Ca2+]i potential in human sperm – Morven Dean, University of Dundee, UK
Human labelling of ICSI videos is time-consuming – AI is needed to help embryologists process data they do not have time for – Peter He, Apricity, UK
Computer-assisted development of an algorithm to improve embryo selection – Mollie McGrane, Liverpool Women’s Hospital, UK
Independent assessment of an artificial intelligence-based image analysis tool to predict fertilisation and blastocyst utilisation potential of oocytes, and comparison with ten expert embryologists – Dr Alison Campbell, CARE Fertility Group, UK
Self-reported occupational health issues of UK Embryologists and implications for clinical reproductive science practice – Dr Helen Priddle, ARCS, UK
12:35 – 13:30Lunch break and sponsored Knowledge Share sessions


Merck Knowledge Share: Discussing real-world use of the Pergoveris® (follitropin alfa + lutropin alfa) Pen

Dr Robert Fischer, MVZ Fertility Center Hamburg GmbH, Germany


Cook Medical Knowledge Share: Osmolality matters: How to deal with it during IVF procedures
Dr Magdalena Depa-Martynow, PhD, EMBA, Embryologist and Clinical Specialist, Cook Medical

13:30 – 14:45

UPDATE 5: Patient focussed care

Chair: Debbie Evans, Programme Committee, BFS

How to talk to your patients about PGT – current views – Professor Darren K. Griffin, University of Kent, UK
Moving on post unsuccessful fertility treatment – how can we meet patients’ needs? – Dr Sofia Gameiro, Cardiff Fertility Studies, Cardiff University, UK
Experiences of travelling abroad for egg donation – implications for care – Professor Nicky Hudson, DeMontfort University, UK
Role of ultrasound in subfertility and assisted conception – Dr Ippokratis Sarris, King’s Fertility, UK
14:45Comfort break

14:55 – 16:10

UPDATE 6: Exosomes – cellular communication

Chair: Dr Richard Lea, Programme Chair, SRF

Capabilities of HEK293T-derived exosomes for mammalian sperm – Dr Teresa Vilanova, University of Oxford, UK
The first language – Professor Alireza Fazeli, University of Sheffield, UK & University of Tartu, Estonia
New insights into placental-maternal-fetal communication vesicles and pregnancy health – Dr Yoel Sadovsky, University of Pittsburgh, USA
16:10Comfort break

16:20 – 17:20

SHORT PAPERS 4: Biological and clinical perspectives on male fertility short papers

Chair: Professor Sheena Lewis, Programme Committee, ARCS

8 minute talksProteomic changes associated with sperm fertilising ability in meat type roosters – Dr Anaïs Vitorino Carvalho, INRAE, CNRS, Université de Tours, France
Beta-defensin119 induces extracellular calcium entry in human sperm in a mode distinct from progesterone – Shruti Kane, University of Abertay Dundee, UK
The impact of cancer on semen quality in affected men – a retrospective cohort study – Dr Tomasz Lukaszewski, University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, UK
Developing an in vitro model for toxicological study of chemotherapy on isolated mouse germline stem cells – Dr Federica Lopes, The University of Edinburgh, UK
Natural and assisted fertility outcomes in male cancer patients seeking fertility preservation – a 25-year retrospective analysis – Dr Mahua Bhaduri, Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation Trust, UK
17:20Comfort break

17:30 – 18:45


Chair: Mr Stuart Lavery, Programme Committee, BFS

Non-invasive selection of embryos – metabolomics and NI-PGT – Dr Santiago Munné, Yale University and Overture Life, USA
Big Data – promise and pitfalls – Timandra Harkness, Writer and Broadcaster, UK
18:45Visit the poster showcase

19:00 – 19:30

Calming yoga


Vitrolife social event (ticketed)