Scientific Program

Thursday, January 10, 2019

11.00-12.00 Registrations
12.00-13.00 Round Table Ι:
“Bioethics in IVF”
Moderators: A. Fountedaki, T. Mantzavinos, N. Petrogiannis, A. Garavelas

  • The rights of the unbοrn child
    F. Panagopoulou-Coutnatzi
  • The Greek law for the mitochondrial replacement method
    G. Lekkas
  • The Greek law for the surrogate mother
    M. Nikolakopoulou
13.00-14.30 Round Table IΙ:
“New aspects in Assisted Reproduction”
Moderators: T. Prokopakis, A. Daponte, St. Grigorakis, E. Dedoulis

  • Cryopreservation of all embryos(freeze all) in IVF
    G. Partsinevelos
  • The role of the uterus in the success rate of IVF
    S. Papadopoulos
  • Do the endometriomas affect success rates in IVF?
    L. Klentzeris
  • Low responders in IVF
    C. Chiniadis
  • The role of ultrasound in human reproduction
    K. Domali
14.30-16.00 Round Table IΙΙ:
“Various approaches in Infertility / IVF”
Moderators: K. Dimitropoulos, S. Fotopoulos, I. Christopoulos, St. Maragou

  • Endoscopic surgery prior to IVF
    S. Chandakas
  • Music Therapy: an emerging new specialty in Medicine and Human Reproduction
    I. Tzafetas
  • New protocols for induction of ovulation in IVF
    G. Ioannidis
  • The natural cycle in IVF
    P. Karantzis
  • Fibroids and therapy options in the infertile patient
    K. Nouri
16.00-16.30 Coffee Break – Exhibition visit
16.30-17.30 Round Table IV:
“IVF: Complications and prognosis”
Moderators: K. Legakis, I. Sousis, Th. Stefos, P. Petropoulos

  • Pregnancies in advanced maternal age
    A. Antsaklis
  • Constructing ANN (Artificial Neural Network) for predicting IVF outcomes
    C. Syristatidis
  • The role of leptin in IVF cycles
    N. Nikoletos
  • The role of adrenals in human reproduction
    P. Xekouki
17.30-19.00 Round Table V:
“Factors affecting IVF outcome”
Moderators: S. Sarris, G. Creatsas, N. Papantoniou, Th. Moustakarias

  • Oocyte competency
    C. Kostaras
  • The evidence-based best stimulation protocol for elderly women candidates to ART
    E. Kolybianakis
  • The role of AIH in infertility
    K. Zikopoulos
  • Obesity and infertility
    G. Antonakis
  • Luteal phase support
    G. Kontopoulos
19.00-20.00 Round Table VI:
“IVF: Children’s health and future perspective”
Moderators: G. Stamatiou, E. Diakomanolis, I. Vassilopoulos

  • The health status of IVF children
    C. Kanaka
  • Age and reproduction
    D. Loutradis
  • Future perspectives in Assisted Reproduction Techniques
    V. Tarlatzis
20.00-21.00 Opening ceremony – Welcome addresses
Chairs: T. Mantzavinos, D. De Ziegler, P. Psathas, C. Kostaras

  • Opening lecture
    The role of stress in IVF
    G. Chrousos
21.00 Welcome Reception

Friday, January 11, 2019

09.00-10.30 Round Table VII:
“Innovations in IVF Lab”
I. Georgiou, K. Agapitou, T. Triantafyllou, L. Evgeni

  • Immunology of reproduction
    A. Argyriou
  • Prognostic Factors for sperm retrieval in non-obstructive azoospermia
    E. Kontogianni
  • Time-lapse: Reducing time to pregnancy
    E. Nikitos
  • Embryo and oocyte cryopreservation: safety and future perspectives
    I. Panagiotidis
10.30-11.00 Coffee Break – Exhibition visit
11.00-12.15 Round Table VIII:
“Εndometriosis and Infertility I”
Moderators: G. Kallipolitis, T. Theodoridis, P. Tromboukis, K. Mavrommatis

  • Association between endometriosis and adenomyosis: diagnosis and management
    C. Chapron
  • Endometriosis: the strategy for a long term management
    F. Petraglia
  • Adenomyosis and quality of life
    F. Carmona

Questions and Discussion

12.15-13.30 Round Table IX:
“Εndometriosis and Infertility II”
Moderators: E. Deligeoroglou, Th. Dimitriadis, K. Sillas, D. Mathiopoulos

  • Does peritoneal excision of the ovarian fossa reduce recurrences in women with ovarian endometriotic cysts?
    E. Dimitriou
  • Ovarian reserves in women with endometrioric cysts: where to draw the line?
    G. Pados
  • Adenomyosis and infertility: which types are operable and risks?
    G. Grimbizis

Questions and Discussion

13.30-15.00 Round Table X:
“Εndometriosis and Infertility III”
Moderators: I. Matalliotakis, K. Zikopoulos, K. Mavrelos, A. Daniilidis

  • Endometrial receptivity in women with endometriosis, before and after medical treatment
    A. Makrigiannakis
  • Minimal endometriosis in women with infertility: medical or endoscopic treatment?
    P. Vakas
  • Ovarian endometriomas: when to operate and when to cryopreserve first
    N. Vlahos

Questions and Discussion

15.00-16.00 Lunch Break – Exhibition visit
16.00-17.30 Round Table XI:
“Εndometriosis and Infertility IV”
Moderators: A. Rodolakis, A. Protopappas,
M. Paschopoulos, I. Koutoukos

  • How radical should we be in women with severe DIE trying for pregnancy?
    J. English
  • Endometriosis and cancer
    F. Fanfani
  • Laparoscopic management of pelvic neuro-endometriosis
    V. Chiantera
  • Deep infiltrating endometriosis: surgery with skill and experience vs IVF
    J. Keckstein

Questions and Discussion

16.30-18.00 Meet the experts: Interactive peer to peer session
(MC 3.3 HALL)
(in a parallel meeting room – limited number of participation)

  • D. Stoop
  • H. Fatemi
  • M.J. De Los Santos

Organized by: MSD

17.30-18.00 Closing remarks of Endometriosis and Infertility Sessions
G. Pistofidis
18.00-19.00 Global Teleconference with the ASRM Fertility – Sterility Journal Club
The role of mitochondria in reproduction

  • Kurt Barnhart
  • Dominique De Ziegler
  • Elpida Fragouli
  • Shoukhrat Mitalipov
  • Richard Scott
  • Nuno Costa Borges
19.00-20.30 SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM I (the Symposium will be live broadcasted)
“The changing face of ART”
I. Vassilopoulos, E. Nikitos

  • New insights in follicular recruitment
    D. Stoop
  • The role of progesterone in Controlled Ovarian Stimulation
    H. Fatemi
  • The laboratory point of view
    M.J. De Los Santos

Organized by: MSD

20.30-21.00 Lecture
Moderators: D. De Ziegler, G. Pistofidis, I. Vassilopoulos

  • Fertility preservations: state of the art
    J. Donnez

Saturday, January 12, 2019

09.00-10.30 Round Table XII:
“Genetics and IVF”
Moderators: V. Tarlatzis, D, De Ziegler, S. Kalantaridou, K. Pagalos

  • Regenerating failing ovaries: the stem cell approach
    A. Pellicer
  • The one-embryo, one-pregnancy philosophy
    R. Scott
  • Gene editing
    B. Heindryckx
  • Maternal KIR haplotype in donor egg ART
    D. Alecsandru
  • Latest developments of gene editing in human embryos: challenges and perspectives
    Th. Karnavas
J. Traeger-Synodinos, L. Evgeni 

  • SOPHIA GENETICS: Answering big questions in genomic diagnostics with the use of big gene panels
    G. Stamoulis
  • Genetic screening for donors: the holistic approach from mandatory screen to extensive matching and counceling
    P. Constantoulakis


11.00-11.30 Coffee Break – Exhibition visit
11.30-12.30 Round Table XIII:
“Mitochondrial improvement techniques”
Moderators: D. Loutradis, N. Vlahos, S. Kitsiou, L. Florentin

  • Mitochondrial contribution
    E. Fragouli
  • Mitochondrial genome inheritance and replacement
    S. Mitalipov
  • Spindle transfer at IOL progress report
    N. Costa Borges
  • Aneuploidy screening and mtDNA carryover analysis in spindle transfer embryos
    K. Spaeth
12.30-13.30 Round Table XIV:
“New approaches and techniques in IVF”
Moderators: D. De Ziegler, A. Makrygiannakis, I. Zervomanolakis, G. Galazios

  • Fresh or frozen embryo transfer
    K. Barnhart
  • Human oocytes in stem cell research
    D. Egli
  • Human pluripotent stem cells … The Greek experience
    E. Goussetis
“Individualization and Precision in ART”
Ι. Vassilopoulos, Κ. Κostaras  

  • Number of oocytes and Cumulative Life Birth Rate
    P. Drakopoulos 
  • Clinical evidence for rhLH in ART
    N. Vlahos 


Organized by: MERCK

14.30-15.30 Light Lunch – Exhibition visit
15.30-16.30 Round Table XV:
“Modern aspects in improving IVF outcomes”
Moderators: D. De Ziegler, P. Psathas, I. Vassilopoulos, K. Kostaras

  • In vitro activation of the ovary
    K. Kawamura
  • PGT in IVF
    J. Traeger-Synodinou
16.30-17.00 Coffee Break – Exhibition visit
17.00-19.00 Round Table ΧVI:
“Application of recent techniques in IVF”
Moderators: P. Polyzos, E. Doulgerakis, A. Vlachousis, I. Kalogirou

  • Fertility preservation in young women with cancer
    I. Zervomanolakis
  • Different protocols in induction of ovulation in IVF
    P. Drakakis
  • Ovarian stimulation with or without GnRH analogs
    I. Messinis
  • IVF in PCO patients
    K. Dafopoulos
  • Social egg freezing
    N. Vlahos
«From the early innovation age to the era of hard evidence»
S. Kalantaridou, K. Kostaras, Th. Papageorgiou 

  • The making of amazing molecules: The past, present and the future of gonadotrophins
    V. Kontopoulos
  • Stimulated and unstimulated cycles in the contemporary ART
    E. Labarta

Organized by: FERRING

20.00-21.00 Closing Lecture
Moderators: G. Chrousos, S. Kalantaridou, N. Vlahos

  • Modern genetics and reproductive medicine: The new frontier.
    C. Stratakis
21.00 Closing remarks