Responsible innovation requires making potentially risky technologies the subject of research, ideally proceeding through the steps of preclinical investigations, clinical trials and (long-term) follow-up studies. Global research on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ARTs) has been highly concentrated among the world’s richest countries which have resulted in a wide range of treatments or procedures involving in vitro handling of human oocytes, sperms or embryos for establishing a pregnancy, giving hope to the for the estimated 48.5 million couples suffering from infertility worldwide. With respect to worldwide recognition and increased demands for ART services, high quality research and key publications are still required to develop these technologies in developing countries where research has remained neglected or ranked low on national research priorities. In an attempt to address these challenges, the Department for Professional Development of Women’s Hospital, International and Fertility Centre has developed this course to introduce physicians, residents/fellows and biomedical scientists interested in ARTs to various routinely used laboratory techniques and relevant research methods in assisted reproduction and embryology.
Attendance of this course will enable the participants to develop the basic skills required to perform research in the field of reproductive biology. The course will discuss experimental design, data analysis and tools, allocation and justification of resource usage. It will support clinicians and scientists in the pursuit of their academic interests and in making an original contribution to their chosen field.
This course provides training in laboratory skills and research methods and gives participants the opportunity to undertake original research via a laboratory or desk-based research project. Participants will gain hands-on practical experience of:
Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:
Resident/fellow gynaecologists and obstetricians, andrologists, embryologists, research scientists, nurses, and graduates and students in biomedical sciences (Biology, Medicine, Veterinary, Biochemistry, Pharmacy, etc) who seek a broad and balanced view of modern issues in assisted reproduction and embryology.
An intensive five-day laboratory and lecture-based course.
The course will offer integrated blend of on-line and didactic lectures, small group discussions and laboratories exposure that comprehensively cover the paradigms, problems, and recent technologies in assisted reproduction.
CME Credits: 35.0