The Ovarian Club is a unique meeting that brings together leading experts to share knowledge and experience in all facets of ovarian function. The meeting is a gathering of scientists, clinicians and embryologists who have a common interest in oocyte and early embryo development and the implantation process.
The 2018 meeting addressed the challenge of bridging science and clinical practice, focusing on ovarian function from oocyte recruitment to the stages of implantation and embryo development.
Prior to this meeting in Paris, a fertility preservation workshop was held under the direction of leading Fertility Preservation expert Professor Dror Meirow from Israel. The workshop was a hands-on clinical and laboratory program designed for medical doctors, embryologists and scientists who are interested in learning, discussing and practicing principals, clinical issues and different techniques of fertility preservation.
The workshop focused on the cryopreservation and transplantation of ovarian cortical tissue. Lectures focused on tissue harvesting, laboratory techniques, tissue transport, tissue evaluation and storing and documentation.
Ovarian Tissue Preservation is becoming well established as a viable technique for fertility preservation especially for pre-pubescent teenagers and patients undergoing cancer treatment. There have now been over 130 successful births worldwide. Cryopreservation, from controlled slow freezing, proving to provide the greatest chance of success with over 125 of the births resulting from ovarian tissue preserved using this technique.
The Planer Kryo 360 freezer has been at the forefront of the development of ovarian tissue cryopreservation and continues to be used by clinics throughout the world that are offering this option to their patients.