World fertility experts to meet in Montreal - IVF and IVM patients to provide first-person accounts at 14th World Congress

    MONTREAL, Sept. 12 /CNW Telbec/ - The Montreal-based International
Society for In-Vitro Fertilization (ISIVF) will host the 14th World Congress
on In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and the Third World Congress on In-Vitro
Maturation (IVM), at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal from
September 15 to 19, 2007. The event will bring together the world's leading
researchers, clinicians and embryologists in the field of human fertility.
    "As IVF and assisted reproductive technologies (ART) continue to advance
rapidly and grow in complexity, it has become vital to take a
multidisciplinary and international approach to the field," said Dr. Seang Lin
Tan, President of the Congress Organizing Committee. "That is the raison
d'être behind these congresses."
    The two Congresses will review major scientific breakthroughs and new
clinical procedures in the area of ART. Renowned international experts will
present the latest information on stem-cell research, preimplantation genetic
diagnosis, minimally-invasive surgery, implantation, endometriosis, male
infertility, in-vitro maturation of oocytes and fertility preservation and the
ethical and social aspects of IVF.
    Among the honored guests will be Professor Robert Edwards, who developed
the IVF technology which produced the world's first IVF baby, Louise Brown,
29 years ago.
    The Congresses will also feature the participation of several patients,
who will present their personal odysseys into the area of fertility
preservation after having being diagnosed with cancer, severe endometriosis or
autoimmune diseases. Among those who have agreed to speak are the parents of
the world's first baby conceived from an in-vitro matured and previously
cryopreserved oocyte. "Courageous patients play a vital role in the
advancement of fertility treatments, which is why we wanted them to tell their
stories," added Dr. Tan, Director of the McGill Reproductive Centre and
James Edmund Dodds Professor and Chair of McGill University's Department of
Obstetrics and Gynecology. "Whether they have been through oocyte
cryopreservation, or have given birth to an 'in vitro' baby, they are the
human face of the latest advances in human reproductive science."
    For more information and the agenda of conference activities please

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