Recently Professor Dolmans and Christiani Amorim, from the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain) in Belgium, led a workshop on the cryopreservation and transplantation of human ovarian tissue at the Pacific Society for Reproductive Medicine (PSRM) conference. The 2019 PSRM conference, which is a biennial event, was held this time in the Royal Cliff Hotel, Pattaya, Thailand.
The UCLouvain team has worked for many years on researching and developing the techniques required for the successful cryopreservation and transplantation of ovarian tissue. They now run workshops and courses around the world to help increase the understanding and use of this important fertility preservation technique.
The course, impeccably organised by Professor Paweena Thuwanut, was attended by participants from clinical centres, from the Pacific region, demonstrating that this technique, despite still being considered experimental in some countries, is growing in popularity. The worldwide number of successful live births recorded continues to grow year-on-year as this technique becomes more widely available.
The team at the University uses a Planer Kryo 360 -1.7 to perform the cryopreservation of the ovarian tissue as this has proven to provide consistent successful results. There are now many centres around the world that have reported the benefits of slow freezing when cryopreserving ovarian tissue and Planer is proud to be associated with this important technique that can result in many women going on to have children, sometimes naturally, even after cancer treatment.
The team from UCLouvain is already planning further courses, including a one day workshop on Thursday 14thNovember at the 2019 International Society for Fertility Preservation conference in New York.
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Université Catholique de Louvain (UCLouvain)
Pacific Society for Reproductive Medicine (PSRM) conference
International Society for Fertility Preservation conference
Planer Kryo 360-1.7 controlled rate freezer