ROUNDTABLE LUNCH TOPICS
2. Ethical Issues Surrounding Egg Donors- Catherine Tucker
Egg donation is an important fertility treatment option that offers couples and individuals the opportunity to become parents. This roundtable will address some of the ethical issues unique to the voluntary participation of egg donors in this process. Some of the topics we will cover: What ethical obligations does the medical team have toward the egg donor? Are egg donors covered by HIPAA? Are egg donors entitled to their own treatment records? Are there ethical concerns regarding shared cycles, where the eggs are split among two (or more) recipients? How is the balance drawn between obtaining sufficient eggs and protecting the donor’s own health? To what extent should a donor’s desire for anonymity and privacy outweigh the resulting child’s need for medical or other information from the donor?
3. Emerging Approaches to Rejuvinate Ovaries in Aging Women - Emre Seli, MD
4. How does oocyte development establish the embryos developmental potential? - David Albertini, PhD
How the ovarian follicle dictates the differentiation of a high quality oocyte is now recognized to depend on a timely series of cell communication events taking place between the oocyte and surrounding cumulus cells. These will be discussed in the context of COH, developmental competence acquisition and the role of mitochondria during maturation and fertilization.
5. Managing Multiple Priorities in Embryology- Barry Behr, PhD
Will discuss the increasing demands on embryologists with the changes in practice.
6. How Embryology Laboratories have evolved in complexity and intensity- Kathryn Go, PhD
The continual evolution of the discipline of embryology will be reviewed to provide the attendee with an appreciation for how this profession has evolved and the challenges it has met and will continue to meet for the provision of the most current methods for patient care.
7. Religious Ethics v. Secular Ethics- Kate Parke, MD
Does religion deserve a place in medicine? Can we be ethical without religion? How can one balance their personal values with professional practice? professional evolution.
8. NEFS Advocacy in Action: Change is Now- Melissa Thompson and Lee Collins
NEFS members have an unprecedented opportunity to use their subject-matter expertise to shape the future of access to fertility treatments. This roundtable will be an active discussion on how we can collaborate to lead efforts to expand access for patients.
9. Embryonic Mosaicism- Jenna Miller, MS
Next-generation preimplantation genetic testing technologies are identifying chromosomal mosaicism in a substantial proportion of human embryos. The best practices for use of mosaic embryos has yet to be determined. This roundtable discussion will explore the participants' opinions and practices regarding mosaic embryos.
10. Fresh or Freeze all embryo transfers: Pitfalls and Benefits - Denny Sakkas, PhD
11. Stem Cells in Reproduction - Hugh Taylor, MD
12. Errors in the Lab- C. Brent Barrett, PhD
13. Eggs Over Easy… Or Not So Easy for Some: Donor Eggs as a Reproductive Solution – Paula Dwan, RNC, WHNP