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CAMPUS: EGG DONATION

Artificial sperm cells to remove the genetic worries of sperm donation

A Campus meeting in November reviewed the arguments for and against donor conception, and the sometimes difficult ethical arguments raised by the prospect of a donor-conceived child. 'Artificial' sperm cells derived from testicular tissue or stem cells may resolve some of those arguments.

SPANISH REGISTRY DATA

Spain continues to set pace in European ART

Total cycles increase by only 2%, with the majority of transfers derived from frozen embryos. Egg donation represents around one-third of all activity and around half of all cross-border treatments.

GUIDELINES OVARIAN STIMULATION

The ideal response to ovarian stimulation

Dr Sesh Sunkara, whose study in 2011 set a benchmark for the optimal number of eggs retrieved in an IVF cycle, remains firm in her view that 'around 15' is the ideal total in an initial cycle. She reviewed the various studies - and their findings - for Focus on Reproduction.

QUALITY MANAGEMENT

Quality management systems in ART are not just about compliance and legislation

A well attended Campus meeting in October heard that quality standards in an IVF centre - on embryo culture, traceability, risk management and evidence-based practice - depend on multiple factors, from the laboratory environment to the application of guidelines.

CAMPUS: EGG DONATION

Biological or donor parenthood in the treatment of infertility

A Campus meeting in November reviewed the arguments for and against donor conception, and the sometimes difficult ethical arguments raised by the prospect of a donor-conceived child. About the latter, opinion now seems universally in favour of early disclosure of biological origins.

GUIDELINES OVARIAN STIMULATION

Moving towards agreement in ovarian stimulation

A well attended Campus meeting in October reviewed themes of debate in ovarian stimulation following publication of ESHRE's new guidelines. Not all were simple matters of consensus, especially in those areas where evidence was thin or 'conditional'.

GUIDELINES OVARIAN STIMULATION

In search of consensus in ovarian stimulation

A Campus meeting reviewed the recently published ESHRE guidelines on ovarian stimulation for IVF. Chairman of the guideline development group Frank Broekmans explained the key recommendations - and their strength - in conversation with Focus on Reproduction.

LEGISLATION GERMANY

Germany: embryo protection laws need overhaul, says national academy

Germany's National Academy of Science, Leopoldina, has issued a new proposal to update ART legislation in line with social changes and technical developments. Included in the proposals are egg donation and embryo selection. Meanwhile, legislation in France is about to change.

SEMEN ANALYSIS

Machine learning in the prediction of sperm motility

A new study from Norway suggests that machine learning via multimodal image understanding may improve on manual methods of semen analysis. Michael Riegler, a young ambassador for ESHRE and member of the Oslo research group, proposes a wider role for machine learning in male infertility.

EU regulation of clinical practice

QUALITY MANAGEMENT

European regulation in ART still lags behind clinical progress

A Campus meeting in October covered a broad range of subjects each aiming to ensure a high-standard framework for ART. Among them was the EU's regulation of clinical practice and its systems of reprovigilance.