2018 Kampala
2018 International Symposium - Kampala, Uganda

The International Federation of Fertility Societies is proud to announce the 2018 International Symposium will be held in partnership with the African Fertility Society and the Uganda Fertility Society in Kampala, Uganda in March 2018 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.

Conference Dates:  1-2 March 2018

Pre-Conference Date:  28 February 2018


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08:00 - 17:00

Pre-conference 1 (Full Day)

Ovarian Stimulation / How To?

Organizer: Paul Devroey

08:00 - 17:00

Pre-conference 2 (Full Day)

How to Set-up an IVF Laboratory.

Organizer: Carin Huyser

08:00 - 17:00

Pre-conference 3 (Full Day)

Fertility Clinic Challenges:

Counselling, Psychosocial aspects, Prevention/ Health Promotion.

Organizer: Jacky Boivin.

08:00 - 12:00

Pre-conference 4 (Half Day)


Organizer: Gabriel de Candolle

08:00 - 12:00

Pre-conference 5 (Half Day)

Abstract Writing.

Organizer: Joe Leigh Simpson

13:00 - 17:00

Pre-conference 6 (Half Day)

IVF Data Software Training Workshop.

Organizer: Ethan Wantman

14:00 - 17:00

Pre-Conference 7 (Half Day)

Media and Reproductive Health

Organizer: James Olobo-Lalobo

08:00 - 09:30

Scientific Session 1 - Scientific Basis of the Reproductive Revolution in sub Saharan Africa: Challenges and Opportunities

08:00 Establishing the Need (Thabo Matsaseng, WHO Headquarters)

08:20 Fertility and Maternal Health (Joe Leigh Simpson, United States)

08:40 The Scientific Basis of the Reproductive Revolution in sub Saharan Africa (James Olobo-Lalobo, Uganda)

09:00 Panel Discussion

09:15 - 09:45
Mid-Morning Break
09:45 - 11:30

Presidential Session

10:00 Ugandan Fertility Society (UFS) (Robert Busingye, Uganda)

10:05 African Fertility Society (AFS) (Oladapo Ashiru, Nigeria)

10:10 International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) (Richard Kennedy, United Kingdom)

10:15 World Health Organization (WHO Headquarters) (Ian Askew, Switzerland)

10:20 World Health Organization (WHO Africa Region) (Felicitas Zawaira, Congo)

10:30 My Personal Experience. (HRH Crown Princess Azizah of Pahang, Malaysia)

10:40 Minister of Health of Uganda Address (Minister of Health Hon Dr. Jane Aceng, Uganda)

10:45 President of Uganda Address (HE President Yoweri Museveni, Uganda)

11:30 Merck Symposium: Partnering Towards Better ART Outcomes for Africa Thomas D’Hooghe, VP & Head, Global Medical Affairs – Fertility, Merck Serono, Global HQ, Germany, Essam Abdallah, Medical Director – Fertility, Merck Serono, Middle East and Africa

13:00 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 14:30

Keynote Lecture

WHO, NSA’s and Corporate Cooperation

(Ian Askew, WHO Headquarters)


14:30 - 16:05

Scientific Session 2 - Blood Borne Infections and Reproductive Care

14:30 Reproductive Options for Couples Affected by BBVs (Sheryl Vanderpoel, Switzerland)

14:50 STD Prevention – Reducing the Global Infertility Burden (Leopold Ouedraogo, WHO African Region)

15:10 Semen Preparation Techniques (Carin Huyser, South Africa)

15:30 Clinical Safety, Lab Management, and Cryostorage (Verena Nordhoff, Germany)

15:50 Panel Discussion.

16:05 - 16:03
Mid-Afternoon Break
16:30 - 17:45

Scientific Session 3 - Environmental Concerns in Reproductive Health

16:30 Endocrine Disruptors and Reproduction (Jorma Toppari, Finland)

16:50 Male Infertility and Environmental Factors (Antti Perheentupa, Finland)

17:10 Managing Environmental Exposure in Practice (Oladapo Ashiru, Nigeria)

17:30 Panel Discussion.

08:00 - 10:05

Plenary Session 1 - Improving Access – Implementation

08:00 Simplified Culture Systems for IVF (Willem Ombelet, Belgium)

08:25 INVOcell a Vaginal IVF Incubator: An In-body & By-pass System (Kevin Doody, USA)

08:50 The Place of ART in Africa (Gamal Serour, Egypt)

09:15 The Role of Non-medical Health Workers in Fertility Care (Francesca Steyn, United Kingdom)

09:40 Implementation Lessons from Maternal Health (Richard Lilford, United Kingdom)

10:05 - 10:30
Mid-Morning Break
10:30 - 12:30

Plenary Session 2 - Family Building in Africa - Opportunities and Challenges

10:30 Quality of Life in Infertility (Jacky Boivin, United Kingdom)

11:00 Third Party Reproduction: Legal and Ethical Challenges (James Olobo-Lalobo, Uganda)

11:30 Regulation and the Right to Family (Richard Kennedy, United Kingdom)

12:00 Presenting the Results of Infertility Treatment (Alan DeCherney, United States)

12:30 - 14:00
Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:40

Scientific Session 4 - Strengthening Clinical Management and Research through Data Collection

14:00 Strengthening the Reporting of IVF Data Registry through Software (Kevin Doody, USA)

14:20 The Danish Registry (Anna-Karin Aaris Henningsen, Denmark)

14:40 National, Regional, and Global Registries (Silke Dyer, South Africa)

15:00 Birth Defects Following ART (Joe Leigh Simpson, United States)

15:20 Panel Discussion

15:40 - 16:10
Mid-Afternoon Break
16:10 - 17:50

Scientific Session 5 - Improving Outcomes of Infertility Care in Low-to-Middle Income Countries (LMICs)

16:10 Optimizing Ovarian Stimulation (Basil Tarlatzis, Greece)

16:30 Quality Control in the Laboratory (Verena Nordhoff, Germany)

16:50 Surgery to Improve Fertility (Gabriel de Candolle, Switzerland)

17:10 Genetic Factors influencing Reproductive Health (Tina Buchholz, Germany)

17:30 Panel Discussion

17:50 - 18:00
Closing Remarks

Vice President
Kampala, Uganda

Kampala Serena Hotel

The International Federation of Fertility Societies is proud to announce the 2018 International Symposium will be held in partnership with the African Fertility Society and the Uganda Fertility Society in Kampala, Uganda in March 2018 at the Kampala Serena Hotel.


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