Congress 2018

This meeting is the third of what is now a bi-annual event for fertility specialists following highly successful events in 2015 and 2016. The scientific programme has been designed to encompass all aspects of gradual and most recent developments in the field of assisted reproductive technology and will address the educational and professional needs of physicians, scientists, nurses, managers and allied professionals within reproductive medicine.


The venue for 2018 will be the Park Royal Hotel, Cheshire, which is convenient for the international airports of both Manchester and Liverpool, mainline train stations and the motorway network.


Congress accommodation will be at the Park Royal Hotel, Cheshire (www.qhotels.co.uk/our-locations/the-park-royal/).


Accommodation Package – £350

Includes one nights accommodation (Friday 19th October) at the Congress hotel on a bed and breakfast basis Lunch and coffee breaks on both days Congress dinner on Friday evening

Congress Package – £250

As above but without accommodation

Trainee / student Package – £150

Includes lunch and coffee breaks on both days, Congress dinner on Friday evening

Overseas students Package – £350

Includes two nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis (18th & 19th October), lunch and coffee breaks on both days, Congress dinner on Friday evening

Payment Methods


Cheques should be made payable to ‘Reproductive Health Group Limited’ and sent to: Annette Eckersley, Organising Secretariat, Reproductive Health Group, Centre for Reproductive Health, Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4GE, UK

Bank transfer (BACS)

Account details: Yorkshire Bank
Sort code: 050573
Account number: 68171042
IBAN: GB39 YORK 050573 68171042
Reference: RHG Congress

Credit / Debit Card

For payment by credit or debit card please call +44 (0)1925 202 180 quoting RHG Congress

Places will be confirmed once remittance is received.

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Congress Programme

Day 1 – 19 October 2018

Session I Chair: Luciano Nardo
09.30 – 09.45 Welcome & Introduction
Luciano Nardo
09.45 – 09.15 Clinical significance of diminished ovarian reserve
Richard Anderson
10.15 – 10.30 Discussion
10.30 – 11.00 Coffee break
11.00 – 11.30 Testicular versus ejaculated sperm should be used for ICSI in cases of failed fertilisation
Rene Woderich
11.30 – 12.00 Time to change sperm preparation methods?
Jason Kasraie
12.00 – 12.15 Discussion
12.15 – 13.15 Lunch
Session II Chair: Karen Schnauffer
13.15 – 14.00 Cell and gene therapies in IVF patients
Alan Thornhill
14.00 – 14.45 Evolution of the penis
Michael Carroll
14.45 – 15.15 Coffee break
15.15 – 16.00 Use of mitochondrial DNA assessment as an adjunct to PGS
Elpida Fragouli
16.00 – 16.15 Close of day 1

Day 2 – 20 October 2018

Session III Chair: Lamiya Mohiyiddeen
09.15 – 11.00 Maximising success in IVF – the marginal gains concept
Embryologist: Rachel Cutting
Nurse: Alison McTavish
Clinician: Andrew Drakeley
11.00 – 11.30 Coffee break
Session IV Chair: Karen Schnauffer
11.30 – 12.00 Developments in embryo culture media
Christine Leary
12.00 – 13.00 Future of IVF
Embryologist: Rachel Cutting
Nurse: Alison McTavish
Clinician: Andrew Drakeley
13.00 – 13.15 Closing remarks
13.30 – 15.00 Lunch