2022 Company sponsored NILS Workshop at XXVI NFS Congress

We are happy to welcome You to the XXVI Nordic Fertility Society (NFS) meeting in August 18th to 20th 2022 in Helsinki Finland.


Pre-Congress Workshops organized by Nordic IVF Laboratory Society (NILS) will take place the 18th of August, 2022, 9.00-12.00, at Scandic Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland.


Registration

To register for the workshops, conference and to make an accommodation reservation, please complete the on-line registration form.


All workshops are fully booked!


Prices for workshops (booked with the registration form):


Early registration fee EUR 50, until 31st of May, 2022.
Late registration fee  EUR 75, starting 1st of June, 2022.



Pre-Congress Workshops; 18th of August, 2022, 9.00-12.00

Workshop 1: Blastocyst Biopsy Workshop


The workshop is organized in collaboration with Cooper Surgical and focus will be on practical aspects of blastocyst biopsy and tubing.


A maximum of 10 participants can be accepted for the workshop so it is important to register early to secure your place.


  • The workshop will start with a presentation on practical aspects, methods, tips and tricks regarding biopsy and tubing.
  • Then each participant will have the opportunity to perform a blastocyst biopsy and tubing of the material under guidance of an experienced instructor.
  • This workshop will be a unique opportunity for embryologists who are interested in learning how to biopsy blastocysts and will also be suitable for seasoned embryologists who wish to update themselves on current best practice, techniques and equipment.



Workshop 2: Oocyte vitrification: Tips, Tricks and Traps 


The workshop is organized in collaboration with Novivitae and Irvine Scientific.

This short hands-on training course will provide core knowledge for vitrification of human oocytes. It will focus on the technical skills required to successfully perform vitrification.


Maximum 15 participants can be accepted for the workshop, so it is important to register early to secure your place.


Applicants should have the pre-requisite of embryo handling skills.


  • Theoretical knowledge will be provided on selection of consumables, protocols and vitrification media
  • Consideration and hands on training in the use of open and closed systems
  • Key performance indicators for cryopreservation and sample storage
  • Hands-on training in oocyte vitrification and warming


Speaker and Hands-on workshop: Dr. Joe Conaghan, USA. https://www.pacificfertilitycenter.com/fertility-specialists/joseph-conaghan-phd



Workshop 3: Quality Management in ART


The workshop is organized in collaboration with Vitrolife and focus will be on practical aspects of Quality Management.


A maximum of 25 participants can be accepted for the workshop so it is important to register early to secure your place.


The aim of this hands-on workshop is to educate embryologists in developing and sustaining top quality fertility care and support them who wish to update themselves on new and current best practice, techniques and equipment.

Quality management is an integrative philosophy of management for continuously improving the quality of services and processes. Through the years, this concept has become fundamental in assisted reproduction, a field in which a high standard of treatment should constantly be pursued.


The workshop will start with a presentation on practical aspects, methods, tips and tricks, then each participant will have the opportunity to visit 4 stops:


Stop 1: Composition and quality control of media products for clinical IVF making informed choices. Learn how deviations in temperature, pH and osmolality may affect your embryos and how to correctly measure and monitor these.


Stop 2: Quality control: Maintaining stability in the laboratory – Log and Guard and B:safe. Automated monitoring of all critical parameters in embryo culture and cryostorage.


Stop 3: Future possibilities for Time-lapse as a QC and KPI tool.

Time-lapse using AI based tools are being developed to objectively annotate and/or rank embryos according to likelihood of implantation.  This may offer new possibilities to use Time-lapse technology to monitor embryo development linked to laboratory process quality.


Stop 4: Laser Assisted Hatching, zona thinning, laser collapse before vitrification and – Laser Assisted Immotile Sperm Selection