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PSYCHOLOGY AND COUNSELLING

The stress of infertility and prescription of antidepressants

A cohort study cross-linking two Danish registries finds positive correlation between infertility-related stress levels and prescribed medication over a ten-year follow-up period.

SIG EMBRYOLOGY VIENNA

Intrinsic and laboratory determinants of IVF success

Topics in this third review of embryology sessions from the oral presentation programme in Vienna include the timing of embryo transfer, extended embryo culture, paternal age, embryo arrest, and the effect of trophectoderm morphology grade - from Session 78.

EVOLUTION AND IVF

Assisted reproduction and its role in human evolution

One of several debates in Vienna argued the possibility that children born from ART have a role in the evolution of the human species. As yet, there's no data to prove anything, but it made for a lively discussion.

EIM CONSORTIUM

The challenges of registry data for a new Chair of the EIM Consortium

It's now 20 years since ESHRE European IVF Monitoring (EIM) Consortium was founded, with activity data for 1997 as its first publication. Since then the Consortium's annual reports have been some of the most widely cited in Human Reproduction, and today providing more than a mere snapshot of what's going on. In Vienna Christine Wyns, head of gynecology and andrology at the Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc and Professor at the Catholic University of Louvain in Brussels, took over as Chair of the Consortium.

France

ART LEGISLATION FRANCE

France to remove ART restrictions on single and lesbian women

Draft legislation expected to become law later this year will extend fertility treatment rights to single and lesbian women, allow elective egg freezing, and also remove strict anonymity requirements for sperm donation.

SIG EMBRYOLOGY VIENNA

New insights from time-lapse imaging

In this second review of embryology sessions in Vienna, we report from a selected oral communications session on time-lapse imaging. Six speakers presented their data on embryo assessment using various morphokinetic parameters to support their predictive value in embryo selection for transfer.

Research

VIENNA ANNUAL MEETING

New priorities in fertility research

Vienna session organised by a 'priority setting partnership' for infertility unveils ten priorities for research in the four key areas: male infertility, female and unexplained infertility, assisted reproduction and the ethics of treatment.

FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFER

The worldwide surge in FET may not be without its complications

A new cohort study suggests a higher risk of pre-eclampsia from frozen embryos transferred in cycles programmed with hormone therapy than in natural cycles.

SIG EMBRYOLOGY VIENNA

Fertilisation in research and human IVF laboratories

Fertilisation was the subject of an invited session eloquently bringing to life its very beginnings. Two outstanding speakers reviewed events documented in research and clinical laboratories covering the fusion of gametes and the 24 hours thereafter.

ExCo19

2019 ANNUAL ASSEMBLY OF MEMBERS

Minutes of the Annual Assembly of Members held in Vienna

Minutes of the Annual Assembly of Members, held on Tuesday 25 June 2019, 18.00, at Messe Wien, Vienna, Austria