3rd Annual Reproductive, Genetic & Biotechnology Conference

About conference

Date: October 20, 2017

Time: 8:15 – 18:30

Venue: Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel (Elizabetes 55, Riga, LV-1010)

TIP: 8.0 (TIP2017/495) Further education points (TIP) will be granted to all conference participants.

Welcome to the conference!

On October 20, 2017, Infertility Treatment and Reproductive Genetics clinic iVF Riga together with iVF Riga Stem Cell Centre will organize and host the Third Annual International Reproductive, Genetic & Biotechnology Conference that has already become a traditional. The venue of the conference - Radisson Blu Latvija Conference & Spa Hotel.

Leading experts from Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, England, Israel, Spain, Belgium will tell the participants of the conference about the new research and advanced techniques in the field of genetics, cell therapy and reproductology.

The conference program includes two sessions. During the first session, dedicated to cellular technologies and regenerative therapy, the possibilities of using induced pluripotent stem cells in neurodegenerative diseases will be considered. Fillipo Zambelli, the representative of Vrije University, Brussel (Belgium) will share his knowledge about the clinical application of stem cells in the treatment of gynecological diseases. Adomas Bukauskas from the Vilnius University Hospital will talk about the possibilities of applying mesenchymal stem cells in graft-versus-host disease. Attention of the conference participants will also be paid to the questions of cellular products quality control and the effectiveness of their application. Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD, Associate Professor from Karolinska Institute and University Hospital (Sweden) will tell how far is the science in the field of using stem cells as a potential source for male gametes. Dr. Zita Krūmiņa, Rīga Stradiņš University, Department of Biology and Microbiology specialist will share case reports about stem cell transplantation in rare genetic disorders.

During the second session, dedicated to genetics and reproductive medicine, experienced specialists from Latvia, Spain, United Kingdom and Sweden will talk about their achievements using preimplantation genetic testing (PGS and PGD) to increase the chances of getting a pregnancy and give birth to a genetically healthy child. Special attention will be paid to the problems of miscarriage. Speakers will also focus on quality control in genetic researches.

Participation in the 3rd annual international conference "Reproductology, Genetics and Biotechnology" will give an opportunity to specialists of various fields of medicine and biology to get acquainted with the most advanced scientific achievements in reproductive medicine and cellular technologies. It is also a possibility to get answers to many scientific and medical questions, to obtain new knowledge in order to use in daily practice.

Please pay attention: 8.0 TIP points, as well as the Certificate of the participant will be granted to all conference participants.

Preliminary programme of the conference

8:15 – 9:15 Registration

9:15 – 9:30 Opening ceremony/ Dr. Violeta Fodina, Head of the Infertility Treatment and Reproductive Genetics clinic iVF Riga, Latvia

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First session: Stem Cells / Chairman: to be announced

9:50 – 10:15 iPSCs-based modeling of neurodegenerative disease. / Alexandra A. Aizenshtadt, PhD, Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research, Oslo University Hospital, Department of Molecular Medicine, Institute of Basic Medical Sciences, University of Oslo, Norway
10:15 – 10:40 Stem Cell as a potential source for male gametes – Where are we today? / Jan-Bernd Stukenborg, PhD, Associate Professor. Department of Women’s and Children’s Health Pediatric Endocrinology Unit, Karolinska Institute and University Hospital, Sweden
10:40 – 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 – 11:25 Stem cell therapies in the reproductive tract /Fillipo Zambelli, PhD, Research Group Reproduction and Genetics, Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vrije University, Brussel (VUB), Belgium
11:25 – 11:50 Mesenchymal stromal cells for steroid refractory acute graft versus host disease/Adomas Bukauskas, Vilnius University Hospital, Lithuania
11:50 – 12:15 To be announced. / Dr. Gareth J. Sullivan, Norwegian Center for Stem Cell Research, Oslo University Hospital, Norway
12:15 – 12:40 Labelling of cells with paramagnetic nanoparticles - a tool for cell products kinetic study/Natella Enukashvily, PhD, Senior Researcher, Institute of Cytology RAS, Russia
12:40 – 13:05 Flow Cytometer Application for Stem Cells / Sergey Nikulshin, Dr. Md., Children's Clinical University Hospital laboratory, Latvia
13:05 – 13:30 – Discussion
13:30 – 14:30 – Lunch

Second session: Medical Genetics / Chairman: To Be Announced

14:30 – 14:55 Quality improvement in prenatal and preimplantation genetic diagnostics/ Rosalind Hastings, PhD, Cytogenetics External Quality Assessment Service, United Kingdom
14:55 – 15:20 Implementation of molecular investigation results in clinical practice /Dr. Liene Korņejeva, clinical geneticist, iVF Riga, Latvia

15:20 – 15:45 Genetics of infertility. What should we test? /Luis A. Alcaraz, BIOARRAY, Spain
15:45 – 16:10 Results of PGS-aCGH for women of advanced maternal age with many embryos. /Elena Fedorova, PhD, Head of the Laboratory of Genetics, AVA-PETER Ltd., Russia
16:10 - 16:35 Coffee Break
16:35 – 17:00 Stem cell transplantation in rare genetic disorders. Case reports. / Dr. Zita Krūmiņa, Riga Stradiņš University, Department of Biology and Microbiology, Latvia
17:00 – 17:25 What's hot and new in Immunogenetics and transplantation? / Dr. Moshe Israeli, Director of Tissue Typing Laboratory, Rabin Medical Center, Israel
17:25 – 17:50 Genetic and cytogenetic testing of haemato-oncological malignancies. / Katrina Rack, PhD, Cytogenetics External Quality Assessment Service, United Kingdom
17:50 – 18:15 Genetic startup of the human embryo. / Virpi Tohonen, PhD, Karolinska Institute and University Hospital, Sweden
18:15 – 18: 30 Discussion
18:30 – 18: 40 – Closing Ceremony

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