Accreditation – CME Credits

The Hands-on Workshop has been accredited by the European Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (EACCME) with 13 European CME credits (ECMECs)

Workshop’s Objectives

  • to present an overview of the current state of daily practices and challenges in the treatment of severe male infertility in ART lab
  • to offer expert hands-on training in the available treatment options and techniques for the processing, cryopreservation and sperm selection of samples with limited number of spermatozoa
  • to presents new techniques and tools for the treatment of severe male infertility
  • to offer an insight in good clinical practice by addressing daily practices and challenges in the treatment of sperm samples with limited number of spermatozoa through networking, interaction and discussion between experts and participants.

Why should I register

  • Update on all the latest developments in the treatment of severe male infertility
  • Hands on training by experts with long experience in the treatment of severe male infertility
  • Interaction with experts and international networking
  • Certificate of attendance with CME credits
  • A free Embryolab Academy membership


Embryolab Academy is

a non-for-profit foundation, focused on education, training and research in assisted reproduction. Embryolab Academy promotes close collaboration between embryologists, andrologists, fertility specialists, scientists and human geneticists to improve quality, safety and accuracy in assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.

The objectives of the Embrylab Academy are:

  • Organise and host International Workshops, focused on state of the art assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.
  • Provide individual, hands-on courses and training in assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.
  • Promote and coordinate research in the field of assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.
  • Promote communication, collaboration and exchange of expertise between different specialist, working in assisted reproduction techniques, and reproductive medicine.


Workshop Starts on

Workshop's Agenda

Saturday 21 March 2020

1st Session: Severe Μale Ιnfertility where are we now?

1-session

2020
09:30

Severe male infertility: Definitions and Challenges

B.Woodward

FRCPath Consultant Clinical Embryologist

“This lecture aims to introduce and define severe male infertility; present the prevalence of severe male infertility and address the achievements and current challenges for diagnosis and treatment of severe male infertility.”

09:45

Pre-Conception Optimization in IVF Treatment: Clinical Aspects In Severe Male Factor

Pre-Conception Optimization in IVF Treatment: Clinical Aspects In Severe Male Factor

N.Christoforidis

MD, FRCOG, DFFP, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Academy

“This lecture will focus on all the current options for pre-conceptional optimization of severe male infertility, present the available options as well as the expected benefits”

10:00

The Management of 0% normal morphology OR 0% motility: What is possible and what are the limits?

The Management of 0% normal morphology OR 0% motility:  What is possible and what are the limits?

A.Papatheodorou

M.Med.Sci., PhD. Senior Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified

“0% motility or 0% morphology sperm samples bring the greatest challenges in the IVF lab! During this lecture all the available options, techniques and tools for the treatment of these samples as well as their expected efficiency on performance and prognosis will be presented”

10:15

Panel: Sperm selection in severe male infertility

Panel Moderator: N.Christoforidis

Panelists: A.Papatheodorou, B.Woodward, A.Stecher

“This panel will focus on all the available options for optimizing sperm selection, the tools we currently have and their efficiency on improving prognosis. Expert will openly discuss and share their knowledge and experience.”

10:45

Coffee and Networking Break

Meet and talk to our experts, greet colleagues, visit the booths and learn about their new innovative products, treatment tools and techniques of severe male infertility while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea served with traditional Greek pastries.

2nd Session: All about Testicular Spermatozoa

2 Session

2020
11:15

Testicular spermatozoa in OA and NOA males: What is to be expected?

Testicular spermatozoa in OA and NOA males: What is to be expected?

M.A. Stecher

MSc, ESHRE certified Senior Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director of NextClinic IVF Center Prof. Zech Bregenz

“One in 10 men with male infertility suffer from azoospermia. This lecture aims to present the demographics, prevalence and types of azoospermia as well as to describe all current treatment options for azoospermia and their efficiency”

11:30

The use of testicular spermatozoa in non-azoospermic male: is there a meaning?

The use of testicular spermatozoa in non-azoospermic male: is there a meaning?

M.Moysidou

BSc, MSc, Clinical Embryologist, Deputy Laboratory manager

“There is an increasing body of data that favors the use of testicular spermatozoa in certain groups of non-azoospermic men to improve prognosis. This lecture aims to present the available data and knowledge as well as the pros and cons of this approach.”

11:45

Fresh vs frozen testicular spermatozoa: Who is the winner?

Fresh vs frozen testicular spermatozoa: Who is the winner?

C.Oraiopoulou

B.Sc., M.Res. Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, accredited by ESHRE

“It is not yet clear whether frozen testicular spermatozoa perform equally to fresh and whether it is time to move to frozen biopsies only strategies. This lecture aims to present the available data and experience and attempt to name who the winner is!”

12:15

Panel: Testicular Spermatozoa: Management & Challenges

Panel Moderator: A.Chatziparasidou

Panelists: A.Stecher, M.Martha, C.Oraiopoulou, A.Papatheodorou, A.Doshi

“This panel of Experts will focus on the best lab practices on testicular spermatozoa. Approaches on selection, time of testicular biopsy searching, morphology and motility of testicular spermatozoa are only some of the topics that will be addresses and openly discussed.”

12:30

Group Photo, Lunch Break and Networking

After the group photo the participants and experts will enjoy a lunch break with a variety of Greek delicacies and a breathtaking view to the sea and Mountain Olympus.

3rd Session: The Genetic Basis of Severe Male Infertility is the biggest challenge of all!

3 Session

2020
13:30

The genetic basis of male infertility

The genetic basis of male infertility

A.Moutou

Associate Professor at University of Thessaly

“Despite the progress in the treatment of severe male infertility our knowledge and understanding of the genetic basis of male infertility is still limited. This lecture aims to present what is known, what is emerging and what still remains to be discovered on the genetic basis of male infertility.”

13:45

Is Severe Male Infertility linked to higher sperm aneuploidy? Should PGT become an integral part of the treatment of severe male infertility?

Alexia Chatziparasidou

A.Chatziparasidou

MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director of Embryolab Fertility Clinic Director of Embryolab Academy

“Spermatozoa from men with severe male infertility are known for their increased risk of chromosomal abnormalities as a result of spermatogenesis deficiencies. This lecture will present what is known already and whether the available data and knowledge justify the use of PGT for all severe male infertility cases.”

14:00

The reproductive potential of spermatozoa from men with abnormal karyotype, Y microdeletions, or cystic fibrosis carriers. What are the challenges?

The reproductive potential of spermatozoa from men with abnormal karyotype, Y microdeletions, or cystic fibrosis carriers. What are the challenges?

M.Papadopoulou

Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE accredited

“This lecture aims to present the current data and knowledge on the reproductive potential of spermatozoa produced from men diagnosed with different genetic conditions and what the lab practitioners should know and expect for the treatment of these spermatozoa.”

14:15

Panel: The genetic challenges in severe male infertility

Panel Moderator: M.Moysidou

Panelists: K.Moutou, A.Chatziparasidou, M.Papadopoulou, A.Doshi

“This panel of Experts will focus on what lab practitioners should know about spermatozoa carrying an increased risk for a chromosomal abnormality during sperm preparation and processing, what are the known best practices for each case and what is to be expected in terms of performance and prognosis.”

14:30

Coffee and Networking Break

Meet and talk to our experts, greet colleagues, visit the booths and learn about their new innovative products for the treatment of severe male infertility while enjoying a cup of coffee or tea served with traditional Greek pastries.

4th Session: Severe Male infertility and more…

4 Session

2020
14:45

Cryopreservation of low and very low number of ejaculated or testicular spermatozoa

Cryopreservation of low and very low number of ejaculated or testicular spermatozoa

A.Doshi

M.Sc, B.Sc.(Hons), DipRCPath, Co-Founder/ Director/ Consultant Embryologist IVF London

“This lecture dials with one of the main everyday challenges in the treatment of severe male infertility: the cryopreservation of low and very low numbers of spermatozoa and will present the current options, tools and the available data on the efficiency of these approaches.”

15:00

Artificial activation for severe male infertility

Mary Karagianni B.Sc., M.Sc., Clinical embryologist. Mary Karagianni graduated from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her Master degree in ‘Reproductive-Regenerative Medicine’ in the Department of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. Her theses in each degree are related with a) DNA fragmention of human spermatozoa and b) in vitro maturation of oocytes (IVM) and vitrification of oocytes. She has been working in medically assisted reproduction Clinics since 2010 in Thessaloniki and Athens and was Lab director of the embryology and andrology laboratory for 6 years. In 2017 she became a member of the Embryolab team. She is a member of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE) as well as European Society of Human for Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) from 2013.

M.Karagianni

B.Sc., M.Sc., Clinical embryologist

“Artificial activation is a method to overcome oocyte activation deficiencies. Is this strategy a valid option for improving fertilization rates in cases of severe male infertility? This lecture will present the method and the concept of artificial activation, as well as the available data and current experience from the implementation of artificial activation to overcome sperm related fertilization deficiencies.”

15:15

Seminal microbiome in severe male infertility cases

B.Woodward

FRCPath Consultant Clinical Embryologist

“Seminal microbiome is an emerging study field and may play a key role for the fertilizing capacity of spermatozoa. This lecture aims to shed light on what is known as normal and abnormal seminal microbiome, what is known about the seminal microbiome in cases of severe male infertility and what lab practitioners should know and expect when treating sperm samples with a positive seminal culture?”

15:30

The management of sperm samples with increased oxidative stress and sperm DNA fragmentation

TBA

“Is severe male infertility at higher risk for sperm DNA structural deficiencies? This lecture aims to present the available data and the best lab practices and tools for the processing of these spermatozoa to maximize in vitro performance and prognosis for these cases.”

15:45

Panel: All there is to know and do when it comes to the treatment of severe male infertility

Panel Moderator: A.Papatheodorou

Panelists: A.Stecher, B.Woodward, A.Doshi, G.Samolada, M.Karagianni

“During this panel the experts will discuss about the emerging lab technologies and innovations on the treatment of severe male infertility and address what needs to be determined and developed in the future!”

16:45

Conclusion remarks, take home messages and last minute comments

19:30

Sunset Cocktail Dinner

Sunday 22 March 2020

hands-on

2020
09:00

Four Hands on Sessions

Groups A, B, C and D

• Testicular Tissue processing: participants will learn how to process testicular tissue pieces before micromanipulation or cryopreservation
• Sperm cryopreservation in severe oligospermia and azoospermia
• Sperm selection in severe male infertility cases
• Fish technique

13:00

Lunch Break, Networking and Group Photo

14:00

Four Hands on Sessions

Groups A, B, C and D

• Testicular Tissue processing: participants will learn how to process testicular tissue pieces before micromanipulation or cryopreservation
• Sperm cryopreservation in severe oligospermia and azoospermia
• Sperm selection in severe male infertility cases
• Fish technique

18:00

Conclusion remarks, Meet and discuss with the Experts

Speakers

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A.Moutou

Associate Professor at University of Thessaly

Marianna Papadopoulou

BSc, Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE accredited

Marianna Papadopoulou is a clinical biologist. She graduated in 2012 from the Department of Biology of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. In 2011, she started her internship at Embryolab
In 2012, she conducted her research project on male infertility at the Institute of Reproductive Sciences of the University of Oxford in Great Britain.
Upon completing her studies she became a member of the Embryolab laboratory team, where she was trained in all up-to-date laboratory techniques of IVF and cryopreservation.
Marianna attends scientific conferences and is briefed on all the latest developments in assisted reproduction. She actively participates and supports all the actions and conferences organized by the Embryolab Academy.
Since 2016 it has been certified by ESHRE as a Clinical Embryologist.

Mag Astrid Stecher

MSc, ESHRE certified Senior Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director of NextClinic IVF Center Prof. Zech Bregenz

Achilleas Papatheodorou

M.Med.Sci., PhD. Senior Clinical Embryologist, ESHRE certified

Mr. Achilleas Papatheodorou is a senior clinical embryologist with an experience of more than 20.000 cycles in assisted reproduction (ART), among which a great number of cases with severe male infertility and application of embryo biopsy for Preimplantation Genetic Testing. His scientific interests focus mainly on the aspects of vitrification technique on human oocytes, embryos and the cryopreservation of human spermatozoa.

In 2004, Mr. Achilleas Papatheodorou graduated from school of Biology, in Aristotle’s University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
In 2005 he received his Master of Medical Sciences (M.Med.Sci.) degree in Assisted Reproduction Technology (University of Nottingham, UK).
In 2016 he was awarded with a PhD Degree from the Medical School of University of Ioannina. His PhD research project was the Clinical application of vitrification technique for cryopreserving human oocytes.
In 2017 he was certified by ESHRE as senior Clinical Embryologist.

Achilleas Papatheodorou has worked as a clinical embryologist in Thessaloniki, Athens, Albania and Italy. Additionally, he has worked as a scientific consultant of the IVF laboratory of San Carlo Hospital in Potenza, Italy. He has visited plenty of IVF clinics in Italy sharing his knowledge and technology with their embryology and andrology stuff. From 2019 is working in Embryolab, Fertility Clinic as Senior Clinical Embryologist.

Achilleas has done numerous oral presentations in conferences and hands on workshops and at he same time is involved in research projects and training for all the modern ART lab techniques and is the author of a number of scientific articles, posters and chapters.

He is a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE), the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), and the Greek Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE) in which currently he serves as a vice-president.

Achilleas Papatheodorou enjoys to spend time with family and friends. His favourite hobbies are photography and the collection of different types of music. He recalls his first experience with the field of Assisted Reproduction Technology as an instant crush that led to an everlasting love. He is enthusiastic about innovation that could be applied in the IVF field and could help couples reach earlier their goal, to create their family

Alexia Chatziparasidou 

MSc, Sr. Clinical Embryologist, Lab Director of Embryolab Fertility Clinic Director of Embryolab Academy

Mrs. Alexia Chatziparasidou is a senior clinical embryologist with an experience of more than 45.000 cycles in assisted reproduction (ART). Her scientific interests focus mainly on the application of modern oocyte and embryo freezing methods and treating male subfertility and azoospermia. Since 2007 she has developed a special interest in efficient Total Quality Management (TQM) and Risk Management (RM) in ART units in the context of process optimization and standardization and the implementation of risk mitigation strategies.  

In 2004, Mrs Chatziparasidou co-founded Embryolab, a well-known and modern state of the art fertility clinic, located in Thessaloniki Greece.
In 2007 she was awarded with her Master degree (MSc) on Clinical Embryology (Leeds University) and in 2008 she was certified by ESHRE as senior Clinical Embryologist.
In 2013 she co-founded Embryolab Academy and co-organized a series of international workshops on TQM and RM for ART units, cryopreservation and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGT).

Alexia Chatziparasidou travels the world as invited speaker in conferences and hands on workshops, is actively involved in research projects and training for all the modern ART lab techniques and is the author of a number of scientific articles, posters and chapters.

Her latest project is her thesis under the title: “The genetic basis of Azoospermia- The mystery that needs to be unraveled” in collaboration with the University of Thessaly. The aim of this project is to shed light in the genetic basis of azoospermia and set the basis for the development of personalized therapeutic options for men suffering from azoospermia. 
She is a member of the European Society of Human Reproduction (ESHRE), the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), Scientists in Reproductive Medicine (ALPHA) and the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE), Ambassador of the EURO-GTP II Risk assessment tool for novel applications and Inspector for the ESHRE ART Center Certification for Good Clinical Practices.

Alexia Chatziparasidou enjoys to spend time with family and friends. She regards herself as very fortunate for being able to live her passion for science and be a part of all the latest scientific developments in the field of assisted reproduction but above all she feels extremely blessed for being able to serve and support men and women in their most wonderful journey. The journey to parenthood!

Mary Karagianni

B.Sc., M.Sc., Clinical embryologist

Mary Karagianni graduated from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her Master degree in ‘Reproductive-Regenerative Medicine’ in the Department of the Medical School of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens.

Her theses in each degree are related with a) DNA fragmention of human spermatozoa and b) in vitro maturation of oocytes (IVM) and vitrification of oocytes.

She has been working in medically assisted reproduction Clinics since 2010 in Thessaloniki and Athens and was Lab director of the embryology and andrology laboratory for 6 years. In 2017 she became a member of the Embryolab team.

She is a member of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE) as well as European Society of Human for Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) from 2013.

Chara Oraiopoulou

B.Sc., M.Res. Biologist, Clinical Embryologist, accredited by ESHRE

Chara Oraiopoulou is a clinical embryologist with long experience in the field of assisted reproduction. She is specialized in the kinetic analysis of embryonic development using a time-lapse system and in preparing embryos for PGT.

Chara graduated in 2006 from the Department of Biology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and completed her postgraduate studies in “Reproductive Biology” at the Medical College of the University of Glasgow, Great Britain.

Between 2009 and 2010, she worked at a company specializing in the isolation and cryopreservation of human stem cells in Thessaloniki.

Since 2010, she has been a member of the laboratory team of clinical embryologists at Embryolab. In 2013 she obtained certification as a clinical embryologist from the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

She is a member of the Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists (PEKE) as well as the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE).

Chara participates actively as a trainer in all of Embryolab Academy’s activities.

Moysidou Martha

BSc, MSc, Clinical Embryologist, Deputy Laboratory manager

Martha is a biologist - clinical embryologist with both clinical and research experience. Her clinical work counts up to 15,000 cycles so far.

Martha has completed her bachelor’s degree at the University of Essex, Colchester, UK in 1998. She completed her master’s degree in Human reproductive Biology at Imperial College, London, UK and graduated with Distinction in 1999.

She has received her basic embryology training at the Hammersmith Hospital, London, UK until the summer of 2002. During that time she was also actively involved in the chromosomal screening of pre-implantation embryos for patients undergoing PGD/PGT-A using the FISH method.

In 2002 Martha returned to Greece and has worked as a clinical embryologist in both Athens and Thessaloniki expanded her knowledge and expertise on the field of assisted reproduction. Her main field of interest has been the clinical application of PGD/PGT-A and severe male infertility (TESE, FNA and OAT).

In 2008 she became a member of the Embryolab team and in 2015 she has become the Deputy Laboratory manager. During that time she haw also actively participated in the Embryolab Academy workshops (both in the organizing committee and as an instructor) and in numerous publications and oral presentations.

Martha is an active member of ESHRE (European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology) since 2002, PEKE (Pan-Hellenic Association of Clinical Embryologists) since 2005 and ACE (Association of Clinical Embryologists, UK) since 2018.

Nicholas Christoforidis

MD, FRCOG, DFFP, Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, Co-Founder and Board Member of Embryolab Academy

Nicholas Christoforidis is a Consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist with a sub-specialization in Reproductive Medicine and Assisted Reproductive Techniques.

He graduated the School of Medicine of the Aristotelian University of Thessaloniki, Greece in 1995 and trained thereafter in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the United Kingdom from 1995 until 2003. In 2001 he was appointed as a Fellow in the Imperial College, London, in the IVF Unit of Hammersmith Hospital, where he trained extensively in the investigation and management of infertility and assisted reproduction techniques.

He is the Clinical and Scientific Director of Embryolab Fertility Clinic, Thessaloniki, Greece, since 2004 with a considerable and long experience in all aspects of investigation and treatment of fertility disorders, focusing on evidence-based practices and highlighting critical aspects of risk management. He is co-founder of the Embryolab Academy, a nonprofit organization, which aims to guide Fertility specialists and IVF units to grow in a systematic, effective and safe way, through continuous training and sharing of sound practices.

He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstericians and Gynaecologists, UK, and a member of European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).