A Symposium on

Optimal Approaches to Safe and Efficient IVF

Sponsored by The Catherine Foundation


The Mandarin Oriental

October 13-14th, 2016

New York, NY USA



John Zhang


Kutluk Oktay


Evelyn Telfer


Keiichi Kato


Hui Liu


Atsushi Tanaka


Santiago Munne


Jacques Cohen


Milton Leong


Sumanta Goswami


Twink Allen


Xiaoyan Liang


YanPing Kuang


Zaher Merhi


Zeev Shoham

Join the 8th Annual American Reproductive Technology World Congress in New York City and be a part of discussions between today’s world leaders in the field of reproductive medicine. Discussions will encompass a variety of topics including: Mechanisms and Potential Treatments for Aging, the latest on stem cell research, PGS/PGD/NGS/aCGH and qPCR, and breakthroughs in IVF technology.


October 13th, 2016

Time Speaker Talk
8:30 – 9:00

Arrival and Opening Ceremony

Session Chair: Dr. David Keefe

9:00 – 9:30 Yuji Hirao, PhD(National Agriculture and Food Research Organization, Tsukuba, Japan) Complete in vitro generation of fertile oocytes from mouse primordial germ cells
9:30 – 10:00 Andrea Jurisicova, PhD(Lunenfeld Tanenbaum Research Institute, Mt Sinai Hospital) Animal models of reproductive aging and oocyte aneuploidy
10:00 – 10:30 Kutluk Oktay, MD, PhD(NY Medical College) DNA, Repair, BRCA gene function, telomeres and oocyte aging
10:30 – 11:00 Xiaoliang Xie, PhD(Harvard University) High precision single-cell whole genome sequencing for PGD/PGS
11:00 – 11:15

Coffee Break

Session Chair: Dr. Jacques Cohen

11:15 – 11:45 Evelyn Telfer, PhD(University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK) In vitro follicle growth and germ stem cells: an alternative approach to improving oocyte population?
11:45 – 12:15 Milton Leong, MD(The Women’s Clinic) Is there a clinical utility for immature oocyte collection and in vitro maturation in infertility?
12:15 – 1:00

Lunch Break

Session Chair: Dr. Milton Leong

1:00 – 1:30 Alejandro Chavez, MD, PhD (New Hope Fertility Center, Mexico) Spindle assessment as predictor for embryo viability
1:30 – 2:00 Valery Zukin, MD, PhD, MBA(Clinic of Reproductive Medicine “Nadiya”) Two pregnancies achieved by pronuclear transfer in the patients with the recurrent absence of blastulation
2:00 – 2:30 Keiichi Kato, MD(Kato Ladies Clinic Japan) Natural cycle IVF: 10 year experience
2:30 – 2:45

Coffee Break

Session Chair: Dr. Mark Hughes

2:45 – 3:15 Mark Hughes, MD, PhD(Genesis Genetics) Current and future molecular diagnostic technologies for PGS and PGD
3:15 – 3:45 Santiago Munne, PhD(Reprogenetics) An appraisal of PGS Outcomes- Data from the Two Largest PGS Providers
3:45 – 4:15

Open Discussion



October 14th, 2016

Time Speaker Talk
8:15 – 8:30

Arrival and seating of guests

Session Chair: Dr. Jacques Cohen

8:30 – 8:45 Lin Liu, MD(College of Life Sciences Nankai University) Ovarian stem cells and therapeutic potential
8:45 – 9:15 Jacques Cohen, PhD(Reprogenetics) Design and quality control of future IVF laboratories
9:15 – 9:45 David Keefe, MD(NYU Langone Medical Center) Telomere dynamics during early development
9:45 – 10:00

Coffee Break

Session Chair: TBA

10:00 – 10:30 John Zhang, MD, PhD(New Hope Fertility Center) First live birth using human oocytes reconstituted by spindle nuclear transfer for mitochondrial DNA mutation causing Leigh Syndrome
10:30 – 11:00 Hui Liu, MD(New Hope Fertility Center) Techniques in germinal vesicle, spindle, and pronuclear transfers
11:00 – 11:30 Taosheng Huang, PhD(Cincinnati Children’s Hospital) Mitochondria in Reproductive Medicine
11:30 – 12:00 Zaher Merhi, MD(New Hope Fertility Center) Universal embryo screening and freezing: its pros and cons
12:00 – 12:30

Lunch Break

Session Chair: Dr. Kutluk Oktay

12:30 – 1:00 Seang Lin Tan, MD, MBA(McGill Reproductive Centre) Latest advances in IVM collection and treatment protocols
1:00 – 1:30 Jinsong Li, PhD(Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences) Artificial Sperm: Generation and Application
1:30 – 2:00 Zeev Shoam, MD(IVF-Worldwide) Time-lapse technology in improving embryo selection
2:00 – 2:30 Nao Suzuki, MD, PhD (Marianna University, Japan) Recent topics of ovarian tissue cryopreservation using vitrification on fertility preservation for the young cancer patients
3:00 – 3:30 Kutluk Oktay, MD, PhD(NY Medical College) Do mitochondrial treatments improve IVF outcomes?

Two Days of Discussions

We are honored to host the annual ART world congress with distinguished specialists from around the globe representing not only the best, but the most forward thinking collaborators in the field of Assisted Reproductive Technology.


Since one of the best ways to visit the 2016 ASRM meeting is to hub through NYC, we have positioned this symposium as a preface to ASRM.

For all our visiting friends and colleagues, we have arranged preferential rates with accommodations nearby. For more details, check below.

Food And Drinks

We will be providing breakfast and lunch throughout the conference as well as structured coffee breaks.

We may also provide a list of preferred restaurants nearby for anyone choosing to explore the vast cityscape of New York.


In the heart of Manhattan, the international Mandarin Oriental Hotel will be the site of our largest ART World Congress to-date.

Where to Stay

New York is the city that never sleeps. But that doesn’t mean you have to stay awake! Here is a brief guide to our list of preferred accommodations around our conference.

Reserve a Ticket

To ensure your spot in the 8th annual ART World Congress please reserve your ticket today!

Become a Speaker

To become a speaker for this or next year’s event, please follow the below link to submit a brief abstract about what you would like to present. We are always happy to consider new colleagues.

Become a Sponsor

The ART World Congress’s past successes has always been due, in part, to our professional sponsorships. For various levels of contributions and more information, please click below!

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