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.

 

Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Acquire proficiency in basic laboratory skills associated with research in ARTs.
  • Explore the use of a range of laboratory methods used in the reproductive sciences.
  • Perform a critical, comprehensive and systematic review of the literature on a chosen topic.
  • Acquire skills in data analysis and presentation of scientific data.
  • Demonstrate an ability to identify, write down and present a research concept and to formulate a hypothesis that could add to the body of knowledge in the theme of either reproduction, embryology or assisted reproduction technology.

 

Course Contents

  • Routine Laboratory Techniques in ART and Embryology
  • Good Laboratory Practices
  • Research methods in reproductive medicine
  • Epidemiology and Statistical tests in reproductive medicine.
  • Training in writing of scientific articles for publication
  • Et­hics in research pu­bli­ca­tions

Mode of Delivery

The course shall be delivered using a blended learning approach, which combines:

  • lectures, seminars, tutorials, interactive group discussions, presentations and problem-based-learning sessions or case studies, and self-directed learning.
  • Live observation of laboratory procedures that comprehensively cover the ART techniques.
  • Fully hands-on, one-on-one laboratory training sessions under the direct guidance of Clinical Embryologists.

 

Who Should Attend

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.

 

Application Process

Applications will be treated on two-step process. The applicants are asked to complete the online application form and upload their CV’s and personal statement. After the application closing, the CPD committee will decide with respect to qualifications and level of experience judged by the committee, according to the brief description of professional background provided by the applicant.  All applications will be evaluated and qualified candidates will be admitted to the course. Only selected participants will be able to make the make payments to confirm attendance.

Key dates

  • Application open: to be announced
  • Deadline for submissions of applications: to be announced
  • Deadline for confirmations of selected participants: to be announced

Course Fees and Payment Details

Course Fees

The course is fee $400. The fee includes course admission fee, all the educational material for the course, operating theatre & skills laboratory, lunch, coffee-breaks, social dinner and certificate of attendance.

Payment Details

  • The course fee must be paid immediately upon confirmation of attendance.
  • The payment can be processed either by credit card payment through the registration system or by bank transfer or by cash on site.
  • If the fee is not received by the due date,the position will be offered to the next suitable applicant.
  • The reservation can only be confirmed upon receipt of payment.