XXVI Nordic Fertility Society Meeting

Helsinki August 18th – 20th 2022

Scientific programme

Thursday 18.8.2022

8.15 – 10.00
Morning Coffee buffet for Workhops
9.00 – 12.00

Workshops organized by Nordic IVF Laboratory Society (NILS)
18th of August, 2022, 9.00-12.00
Scandic Marina Congress Center, Helsinki, Finland

Prices for workshops (booked with the registration form):
Early registration fee EUR 50, until 31st of May, 2022
Late registration fee  EUR 75, starting 1st of June, 2022

Workshop 1: Blastocyst Biopsy Workshop

The workshop is organized in collaboration with Cooper Surgical and focus will be on practical aspects of blastocyst biopsy and tubing.

A maximum of ten participants can be accepted for the workshop so it is important to register early to secure your place.

  • The workshop will start with a presentation on practical aspects, methods, tips and tricks regarding biopsy and tubing.
  • Then each participant will have the opportunity to perform a blastocyst biopsy and tubing of the material under guidance of an experienced instructor.
  • This workshop will be a unique opportunity for embryologists who are interested in learning how to biopsy blastocysts and will also be suitable for seasoned embryologists who wish to update themselves on current best practice, techniques and equipment.
Workshop 2: Oocyte vitrification: Tips, Tricks and Traps
Fully booked

Please contact for possible places of cancellation

The workshop is organized in collaboration with Novivitae and Irvine Scientific.

This short hands-on training course will provide core knowledge for vitrification of human oocytes. It will focus on the technical skills required to successfully perform vitrification.

Maximum 15 participants can be accepted for the workshop, so it is important to register early to secure your place.

Applicants should have the pre-requisite of embryo handling skills.

  • Theoretical knowledge will be provided on selection of consumables, protocols and vitrification media
  • Consideration and hands on training in the use of open and closed systems
  • Key performance indicators for cryopreservation and sample storage
  • Hands-on training in oocyte vitrification and warming

Speaker and Hands-on workshop: Dr. Joe Conaghan, USA.

Workshop 3: Quality Management in ART

NILS hands-on course. The workshop is organized in collaboration with Vitrolife and focus will be on practical aspects of Quality Management.

A maximum of 25 participants can be accepted for the workshop so it is important to register early to secure your place.

 The aim of this hands-on workshop is to educate embryologists in developing and sustaining top quality fertility care and support them who wish to update themselves on new and current best practice, techniques and equipment.

Quality management is an integrative philosophy of management for continuously improving the quality of services and processes. Through the years, this concept has become fundamental in assisted reproduction, a field in which a high standard of treatment should constantly be pursued.

 The workshop will start with a presentation on practical aspects, methods, tips and tricks, then each participant will have the opportunity to visit 4 stops:

 Stop 1: Composition and quality control of media products for clinical IVF making informed choices. Learn how deviations in temperature, pH and osmolality may affect your embryos and how to correctly measure and monitor these

 Stop 2: Quality control: Maintaining stability in the laboratory – Log and Guard and B:safe. Automated monitoring of all critical parameters in embryo culture and cryostorage.

 Stop 3: Future possibilities for Time-lapse as a QC and KPI tool.

Time-lapse using AI based tools are being developed to objectively annotate and/or rank embryos according to likelihood of implantation.  This may offer new possibilities to use Time-lapse technology to monitor embryo development linked to laboratory process quality.

 Stop 4: Laser Assisted Hatching, zona thinning, laser collapse before vitrification and – Laser Assisted Immotile Sperm Selection

12.00 – 13.00

In Exhibition Hall, Europaea Foyer


NFS President Marjut Otala, FI

Chair of The XXVI NFS meeting 2022, Sirpa Mäkinen, FI

Room: Europaea

13.10 – 14.15
Plenary Session 1 / Future trends with the pinch of past

Chairs: Juha Tapanainen, FI & Kersti Lundin, SE

13.10 – 13.40: ART: a new personalized approach – Luca Gianaroli, IT

13.40 – 14.10: Back to the future – Arne Sunde, NO

Room: Europaea

14.15 – 14.45
Coffee break

In Exhibition Hall, Europaea Foyer

14.45 – 15.45
Parallel session 1

A. Single women and ART
Chairs: Carina Weckman, FI & Stina Järvholm, SE
14.45 – 15.20: Becoming a single mother with ART – Paula Ojanen, Fi
15.20 – 15.45:  Same patient, different assessment? – comparison of psychosocial aspects regarding ART for solo-mothers in the Nordic countries, Carina Weckman, FI & Stina Järvholm, SE

Room: Europaea

B. Gene regulation in the embryo
Chairs: Timo Tuuri, FI & Garreth D Greggains, NO

14.45 – 15.15: DUX4 regulates oocyte to embryo transition in humans – Sanna Vuoristo, FI
15.15 – 15.45: miRNAs in oocytes and early embryos – Pauliina Paloviita, FI

Room: Nordia

C. Stimulation
Chairs: Piia Poikkeus, FI & Pia Saldeen, SE

14.45 – 15.15: In vitro activation of follicles in low responders – Stine Aagaard Lunding, DK
15.15 – 15.45: DuoStim – to whom, how and why? – Peter Humaidan, DK

Room: Nautica

15.50 – 17.20
Plenary Session 2 / Epigenetics

Chairs: Terhi Piltonen, FI & Arne Sunde, NO

15.50 – 16.20: Epigenetic reprogramming during human pre-implantation development – Gareth D Greggains, NO

16.20 – 16.50: Lifestyle and epigenetics – Noora Kotaja, FI

16.50 – 17.20: Epigenetics and male fertility and next generation’s health – Carlos Guerrero-Bosagna, SWE

Room: Europaea

17.20 – 18.00
Nordic IVF Laboratory Society, NILS, General meeting

Room: Europaea

19.00 – 24.00
Get together party

Wanha Satama

Friday 19.8.2022

8.15 – 8.50
Poster promenade

with Anja Pinborg, DK

Room: Lämpiö

9.00 – 10.00
Plenary session 3 / About pregnancies and babies

Chairs: Maarit Niinimäki, FI & Shabana Sayed, NO

9.00 – 9.30: Why everything goes right but the patient does not deliver a healthy baby? – Luca Gianaroli, IT

9.30 – 10.00: Monozygotic twinning after different ART procedures – Anja Pinborg, DK

Room: Europaea

10.00 – 10.30
Coffee break

In Exhibition Hall, Europaea Foyer

10.30 – 12.00
Parallel session 2

A. Challenging patients
Chairs: Eini Nikander, FI & Hildegunn Stoum, NO

10.30 – 11.00: AMH in the crystal ball – What does it tell you? – Terhi Piltonen, FI
11.00 – 11.30:  Findings in RIF-patients – Where to go from here? – Malene Hviid Saxtorph, DK
11.30 – 12.00:  IVF in patients with autotransplanted ovarian tissue. What are the challenges? – Peter Humaidan, DK

Room: Nordia

B. Sperm handling – what’s new?
Chairs: Paula Peltopuro, FI & Aisling Ahlström, SE

10.30 – 11.00: Handling of TESE samples for ICSI – Verena Nordhoff, DE
11.00 – 11.30:  New ICSI techniques – Joe Conaghan, US
11.30 – 12.00: AI in sperm analysis – Trine B Haugen, NO

Room: Europaea

C. The Good, The Bad and The Tiny, “#Influencers of the new ERA”
Chairs: Marika Mikola, FI & Þorbjörn Have Jónsson, IS

10.30 – 11.00: The microbiome in reproduction – Henriette Svarre Nielsen, DK
11.00 – 11.30: ERA – to whom and when – Niklas Simberg, FI
11.30 – 12.00: Reproductive failure – A pathological condition or selection against genetic incompatibility? – Jukka Kekäläinen, FI

Room: Nautica

12.00  – 13.00

In Exhibition Hall, Europaea Foyer

13.00 – 14.30
Parallel session 3

A. Oral communications
Chairs: Antti Perheentupa, FI & Janni Vikkelsø Jeppesen, DK
13.00 – 13.15: The effect of paternal factors on the prognosis of live birth in recurrent pregnancy loss couples – Pirkko Peuranpää, FI
13.15 – 13.30: Y-chromosome loss detected by karyotyping of men with azoospermia – Jens Fedder, DK
13.30 – 13.45: “Surviving scan to scan”: Understanding couples’ needs for health care and support during a pregnancy after prior pregnancy loss, Emily Koert – DK
13.45 – 14.00: Does the hCG trigger dose used for final oocyte maturation in IVF impact luteal phase progesterone levels? – L Svenstrup, DK
14.00 – 14.15: Vitamin D status in women with a history of infertility and decreased fecundability: a population-based study – Johanna E. Lumme, FI
14.15 – 14.30: Reproductive and endocrine outcomes in a cohort of Danish women following auto-transplantation of frozen/thawed ovarian tissue from a single center – Lotte B. Colmorn, DK

Room: Nautica

B. Chromosome errors in embryos
Chairs: Christel Hydén-Granskog, FI & Julius Hreinsson, SE

13.00 – 13.30: Chromosome errors in human eggs at different female ages – Jennifer Gruhn, DK
13.30 – 14.00: PGT-A in Denmark – Marie-Louise Grøndahl, DK
14.00 – 14.30: Mosaicism in embryos and children – Arne Sunde, NO

Room: Europaea

C. Fertility preservation
Chairs: Marjut Otala, FI & Peter Humaidan, DK

13.00 – 13.30: Male fertility preservation beyond oncological diseases – Kirsi Jahnukainen, FI
13.30 – 14.00: Family formation in male childhood cancer survivors – Randi Sylvest, DK
14.00 – 14.30: Fertility preservation in young transgenders – Kenny Rodriguez-Walberg, SE

Room: Nordia

14.30 – 15.00
Coffee break

In Exhibition Hall, Europaea Foyer

15.00 – 16.00

Room: Europaea

16.00 – 17.30
Parallel session 4

A. About gametes and embryos
Chairs: Kirsi Kananen, FI & Steinunn Thorsteinsdottir, IS

16.00 – 16.30: Vitrification – Sirpa Mäkinen, FI
16.30 – 17.00: AI and embryo selection – Reidun Kuhlmann, DK
17.00 – 17.30: Non-invasive PGT – Peter Bredbacka, FI

Room: Nordia

B. ART and children
Chairs: Aila Tiitinen, FI & Anja Pinborg, DK

16.00 – 16.30: Maternal and treatment contributions to perinatal outcomes after transfer of fresh and cryopreserved embryos in assisted reproduction – Kjersti Westvik Johari, NO
16.30 – 17.00: Long -term health in children born LGA – Åsa Magnusson, SE
17.00 – 17.30: Hypertensive disorders of pregnancy and perinatal outcome after the use of donor sperm – Eeva-Maria Pohjonen, FI

Room: Europaea

18.45 –
Congress Dinner

Scandic Marina Congress Center, Fennia I & II

Saturday 20.8.2022

9.00 – 10.00
Plenary session 4 / Errors in ART

Chairs: Niklas Simberg, FI & Astrid Sydtveit, NO
9.00 – 9.30: Clinical errors – Kenny Rodriguez-Walberg, SE
9.30 – 10.00:  Errors in the laboratory – Aisling Ahlström, SE

Room: Europaea

10.00 – 10.30
Coffee break

In Exhibition Hall, Europaea Foyer

10.30 – 12.00
Plenary session 5 / ART makes a difference

Chairs: Sirpa Mäkinen, FI & Kirsten Tryde Macklon, DK
10.30 – 11.00:  Nordic results – Christel Hydén-Granskog, FI
11.00 – 11.30:  Culture conditions and its impact on cell lineages and birth weight, Verena Nordhoff, DE
11.30 – 12.00:  Big brother is watching you: the brave new world of IVF – Nick Macklon, UK

Room: Europaea

12.00 – 12.10
Closing ceremony

Chair of The XXVI NFS meeting 2022, Sirpa Mäkinen, FI and NFS President, Marjut Otala, FI

In Exhibition Hall, Europaea Foyer