On October 12, 2018, the 4th Annual Reproductive, Genetic & Biotechnology Conference traditionally took place.
The conference was organized by iVF Riga Holding, which includes Reproductology clinic, Genetic center and Stem cell center. Reproductive specialists, genetics, stem cell specialists from Austria, Great Britain, Holland, Georgia, Greece, Germany, Spain, Russia and Latvia took part in this annual meeting and shared their experiences and also reported on new products in their field.
More than 150 specialists, including gynecologists, genetics, oncologists, family doctors, immunologists, embryologists, biotechnologists, laboratory specialists, midwives, etc. attended the conference.
In her welcoming speech at the opening ceremony, Dr. Violeta Fodina, medical director and leading specialist of iVF Riga Holding, focused attention of the audience on the development of regenerative medicine in the world, on the need to develop modern technologies in Latvia. Dr. Fodina also spoke about the establishment of the Association of Specialists in Cellular Technologies and invited all the conference participants to take part in its work.
The first part of the conference was dedicated to stem cells. The participants were given a great opportunity to see the results of the stem cells application in the treatment of autism, neuroregenerative and neuroimmunomodulating diseases, for the bones restoration.
Of great interest was the report of Dr. W.-D. Grimm, PhD, MSc, Senior Professor of Periodontology, Periodontology, Department of Dental Medicine, Faculty of Health, Witten/Herdecke University, Germany, on the application of stem cells in dentistry.
Gocha Shatirishvili, MD, PhD, medical Director of family Cord Blood Bank Geocord and Chief Scientific Officer of Department for Cell Technologies and Therapy at Cancer Research Center, Tbilisi, Georgia, told about the achievements in the treatment of children with autism. Dr. Shatirishvili presented to the participants of the conference the results achieved by the Georgian colleagues in the treatment of autism.
Maria Mihailova, PhD, molecular biologist, biotechnologist of iVF Riga Stem Cell Center, drew the audience's attention on the need and importance of quality control when working with stem cells.
The second part of the conference was devoted to genetics and reproductology. Specialists from different countries presented their results on the application of the latest technologies for the development of new genetic panels for inherited diseases, diagnosis of cancer, for fertility treatment.
Andrew Read, Emeritus Professor of Human Genetics at the University of Manchester (UK), emphasized the importance of medical genetics, told about capabilities of genetic screening, about the need to strictly determine in which cases it is possible to assess and interpret test results correctly, and in which cases it cannot be done with reliable accuracy.
Karen Temple, Professor of Medical Genetics, Director of the Academic Unit of Human Development and Health, Faculty of Medicine, University of Southampton (UK), in her presentation emphasized the role of genetic imprinting for IVF and described the influence of epigenetic factors on the development of embryos and their ability to be inherited.
Conference participants also had the opportunity to see modern equipment for medical institutions and laboratories, products and services provided by our partners: Merck, Origio, Hydrox, Biosan, Gedeon Richter, Vitrolife, GenMedica Baltic, BENU, Interlux, ViaMedPharma.
It is worth emphasizing that this international conference was of great interest; its participants and guests noted the high level of organization, appreciated the importance of such events for the development of Latvian medicine.