Ovation Fertility Scientists Present Research at UEARS in Cairo, Egypt

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Two Ovation® Fertility scientists have been invited to lead sessions and present their research and innovations at the 5th Upper Egypt Assisted Reproduction Conference (UEARS) in Cairo. Their presentations will focus on the use of artificial intelligence in IVF and best practices in storage of cryopreserved reproductive materials.

Matthew “Tex” VerMilyea, PhD, HCLD/CC, Vice President of IVF Lab Operations, Ovation Fertility

Matthew “Tex” VerMilyea, PhD, HCLD/CC, Vice President of IVF Lab Operations, Ovation Fertility

Through ongoing collaboration and information-sharing, we can advance the state of the art in fertility care to benefit people all over the world who need fertility treatment to grow their families.

Ovation scientists have once again been honored with an opportunity to share their expertise with a global audience. Two Ovation representatives have been invited to present their research and serve as session chairpersons at the 5th Upper Egypt Assisted Reproduction Conference (UEARS), which will take place February 19-20, 2020, at the Hilton Cairo Heliopolis in Cairo, Egypt.

Matthew “Tex” VerMilyea, PhD, HCLD/CC, vice president of IVF lab operations, will chair a session titled “Cryopreservation and Gamete Biology,” and will speak in the plenary session titled “Embryo Assessment Session from Simple Morphology to Artificial Intelligence.” His talk, titled “Artificial Intelligence for Embryo Selection,” will focus on the use of artificial intelligence on static photos of Day 5 blastocysts, and its ability to better select which embryos have a higher chance of viability and therefore successful pregnancy.

Dr. VerMilyea will also present a talk in UEARS’ “ART Lab Management” session, titled “Critical Points for Witnessing Steps Throughout the IVF Process.” In this talk, he will discuss how to prevent mistakes in the lab by using a manual double witnessing and electronic witnessing system.

“It is a great honor to be invited to represent Ovation at this international conference of fertility care leaders,” says Dr. VerMilyea. “We are excited about the opportunity to share some of our own innovations, as well as to learn from others who are working to advance reproductive science. Through ongoing collaboration and information-sharing, we can advance the state of the art in fertility care to benefit people all over the world who need fertility treatment to grow their families.”

John Whitney, senior storage manager, will give two presentations focused on storage of reproductive materials. His first presentation, “Reproductive Material Storage Best Practices,” will cover everything from documents to liability, safety, inventory and patient engagement as it relates to embryo storage. His second talk, “Best Practices for Cryo-Storage Alarm Implementation,” will be focused on alarm protocols for cryostorage, including how to set up an alarm, how to ensure response and how to validate a system. Whitney will also moderate a session for submitted research.

“Through the collaborative efforts of Ovation partner physicians and scientists, we have been able to build a highly secure storage program and facilities to protect the embryos, eggs and sperm that represent future families for the patients we serve,” Whitney says. “I’m honored to have been invited to share some of our best practices and innovations to help other fertility providers advance the overall state of the art in fertility storage.”

More than 2,000 fertility professionals from all over the world are expected to attend this year’s UEARS conference, including gynecologists, andrologists, lab directors, embryologists and researchers.

Learn more about Ovation, and the groundbreaking work of Tex VerMilyea and John Whitney, at http://www.OvationFertility.com.

About Ovation Fertility

Ovation® Fertility is a national network of reproductive endocrinologists and scientific thought leaders focused on reducing the cost of having a family through more efficient and effective fertility care. Ovation’s IVF and genetics laboratories, along with affiliated physician practices, work collaboratively to raise the bar for IVF treatment, with state-of-the-art, evidence-based fertility services that give hopeful parents the best chance for a successful pregnancy. Physicians partner with Ovation to offer their patients advanced preconception carrier screening; preimplantation genetic testing; donor egg and surrogacy services; and secure storage for their frozen eggs, embryos and sperm. Ovation also helps IVF labs across America improve their quality and performance with expert off-site lab direction and consultation. Learn more about Ovation’s vision of a world without infertility at http://www.OvationFertility.com.

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