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Since their early days, Assisted Reproduction techniques greatly benefitted from the precious contribution deriving from veterinary studies. Thanks to this, these procedures are currently use to treat several reproductive problems and they led to the birth of more than 10 million babies worldwide.    

 Unfortunately, basic research and clinical practice gradually drifted apart, and numerous add-ons are being used without univocal proof of their potential benefits due to the lack of high-quality scientific evidence and to a limited knowledge of basic physiology. 

Some of the most eminent Italian and international experts in the fields of Reproductive Medicine and Veterinary got together in the enchanting Oratorio dei Fiorentini for a unique scientific event aimed at restoring a collaboration which could allow the pursuit of further innovations to improve efficacy, effectiveness and safety of treatments. 

They were joined by 9 young researchers, selected to present innovative projects they are developing.



Friday 25th November 2022

14.00 The rationale of an unusual meeting: the weaknesses of ART  – L. Gianaroli

14.30 Discussion

The impact of polluting agents on fertility 

Discussant: B. Balicchia

15.00 Animal nutrition – E. Iacono

15.20 Environmental pollution – G. Oubiña

15.40 Discussion

Ovulation induction

Discussant: C. Tabanelli

16.20 Innovations in the veterinary field – B. Merlo

16.40 Innovations in the clinical field – A. P. Ferraretti 

17.00 Discussion 

The fertilization process

Discussant: C. Tabanelli

17.20 The fertilization process from sea urchins to humans – B. Dale

17.50 Discussion

Young researchers and their ideas

Discussant: L. Gianaroli

18.00 ATP-Citrate Lyase down-regulation negatively affects sheep preimplantation embryos –  M. Moncada

18.10 Long-term fertility preservation of spin-dried ram spermatozoa stored at room temperature – M. Lo Sterzo

18.20 Use of transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β) to improve blastocyst quality in sheep – F. Boffa

18.30 Studying endometrial dysfunctionin PCOS with a prenatally androgenized mouse model – L. Luyckx

18.40 Human endometrium in vitro 3D models: applications in reproduction – F. P. Luongo

18.50 Blastocentesis: a novel way to select human embryos – B. Magni

19.00 Identification of novel genomic variants in idiopathic premature ovarian insufficiency by high-resolution array-CGH – I. Gazzo 

19.10 Advanced paternal age determines an increased sperm  mitochondrial vulnerability to cryopreservation –  M. Orini 

19.20 HPV and male infertility: a study on the impact of this infection on semen parameters and IVF outcomes – G. Carullo 

19.30 Conclusions 


Saturday 26th November 2022

How to select the best possible embryo?

Discussant: B. Dale

9.00 In animal species – P. Loi 

9.20 In humans – S. Munné

9.40 Discussion

Innovations in embryo culture

Discussant: B. Dale

10.00 3D scaffolds – T. Brevini 

10.20 From the smart incubator to microfluidics – D. Perruzza

10.40 Discussion 

Cryopreservation: new technical perspectives and new clinical applications 

Discussant: E. Porcu

11.20 In animal species – A. Arav

11.40 In humans: freeze all – H. Fatemi

12.00 Discussion

ART in the era of Genetics

Discussant: M. Seri

12.20 ART in the era of Genetics – D. Griffin

12.40 Discussion

13.00 Conclusions