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    Day 1, September 28, 2017

Day 2, September 29, 2017

Day 3, September 30, 2017


This live activity awards 22.0 contact hours by the Middle East Fertility Society.






Thursday September 28, 2017


8:00 am- 9:00 am



9:00 am- 9:30 am

KEYNOTE LECTURE I: The Professor AboulGhar lecture (O1)   Room: Baniyas

Chair: Hassan Youssef (EGY), Jean Marc Ayyoubi (France)

Preimplantation Genetics: Moving from diagnosis to cure

Dagan Wells (UK)


9:30 am - 10:00 am

KEYNOTE LECTURE II: The Prince Sultan Bin Abdul Aziz Al Saud lecture (O2)   Room: Baniyas

Chair: Hisham Ayoub (KSA), Alsir Abdulhassan (SUD)

Bye-Bye PGS: Welcome to preimplantation genetic testing PGT

Mohammad Aboulghar (Egypt)


10:00am - 10:30 am

KEYNOTE LECTURE III (O3)   Room: Baniyas

Chair: Samir Abbas (KSA), Edgard Haddad (LEB)

Evidence-based Medicine today  view abstract

Hans Evers (The Netherlands)


10:30 am- 11:00 am

Coffee Break/ Exhibits


11:00 am - 12:00 pm





Merck Serono Symposium:     Room: Baniyas

Chair:  Awatif AlBahar (UAE)

Individualization in ART: A key to simplicity

Robert Fischer (Germany)

Controlling critical variables in ART: The Luteal Phase support

Hakan Yarali (Turkey)


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm



CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 1: Reproductive Genetics: DEBATE (O4-O6)      Room: Baniyas

Chair: Chantal Farra (Lebanon), Mona Aboulghar (EGY)

Pre-implantation Genetic Screening for All: Arguments in favor  - O4 - Time : 12:00 pm

Dagan Wells (UK)

Pre-implantation Genetic Screening for All: Pitfalls - O5 - Time: 12:20 pm

Robert Casper (Canada)

Non-Invasive Pre-implantation Genetic Screening: Are we there yet? -O6 - Time 12:40 pm

Chantal Farra (Lebanon)


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 2: Reproductive Physiology (O7-O9)  Room: Alameera 1

Chair: Amina Oumeziane (ALG), Gurkan Bozdag (TUR)

What determines ovarian reserve in a female fetus, neonate, child and adult? -O7 - Time:12:00 pm

Yahia El-Faissal (Egypt)

Genetic Predictors of ovulation induction regimes: Where we are today? -view abstract O8 - Time: 12:20 pm

Dimitrios Loutradis (Greece)

What is the optimal approach for Repeated Implantation Failure - O9 - Time: 12:40 pm

Antonis Makrigiannakis (Greece)


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 3: Reproductive Surgery I: DEBATE (O10-O12)  Room: Alameera 2

Latin-American Association of Reproductive Medicine [ALMER] and Mexican Society of Reproductive Medicine Exchange Lecture:

Chair: Yacoub Abdel Maguid (SUD), Abou Baker Alnashar (EGY)

Robotically Assisted Surgery in Reproductive Medicine: Strengths O10 - Time: 12:00 pm

Ricardo Loret de Mola (USA)

Robotically Assisted Surgery in Reproductive Medicine: Pitfalls  view abstract O11 - Time: 12:20 pm

Karim Nawfal (Lebanon)

Ovarian torsion: Management controversy  view abstract O12 - Time: 12:40 pm

Fady Moeity (Egypt)


1:00 pm- 2:00 pm

Lunch Break


2:00 pm - 3:00 pm



CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 4: Optimizing Ovarian Stimulation (O13-O15)-   Room : Baniyas

Chair: AbdulAziz Al Shahrani (KSA), Zakwan Khrait (UAE)

The use of low-dose hCG during early follicular phase improves IVF outcome view abstract   O13 -  Time: 2:00 pm 

Dimitrios Loutradis (Greece)

Triggering toward a more physiologic trigger may influence IVF outcomes view abstract O14 - Time: 2:20 pm

Mitchell Rosen (USA)

Time interval between hCG administration and oocyte retrieval significantly influences IVF-ET results view abstract  O15 - Time:2:40pm

Teddy Tadros (France)



2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 5: Poor Ovarian Response: Management Strategies (O16-O18)  Room: Alameera 1

Chair: Omar Sefrioui (MOR), Mamdoh Eskandar (KSA)

Stimulation options for poor ovarian response?   view abstract O16 - Time: 2:00 pm

Marcelle Cedars (USA)

Is there evidence for increasing mitochondrial activity in oocytes?  O17 - Time: 2:20 pm

Robert Casper (Canada)

Can autologous oocyte precursor cells create new follicles for women with premature ovarian insufficiency?  view abstract O18- Time: 2:40 pm

Rawad Bassil (Canada)



2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 6:  Reproductive Surgery II (O19-O22)   Room: Alameera 2

Chair: Jean Marc Ayoubi (FRA), Karim Nawfal (LEB)

Latin-American Association of Reproductive Medicine [ALMER] and Mexican Society of Reproductive Medicine Exchange Lecture

Current management of Ovarian Endometriomas in Reproductive Medicine O19 - Time: 2:00 pm

Ricardo Loret de Mola (USA)

Surgical management of isthmocele: Does it improve reproductive outcome? view abstract  O20 - Time: 2:20 pm

Karim Nawfal (Lebanon)

Endometriosis vs Adenomyosis: Are they the same entity? O21- Time: 2:40 pm

Antonis Makrigiannakis (Greece)

The role of imaging techniques in diagnosis of endometriosis  view abstract O22- Time: 3:00 pm

M Ebrahim Parsanezhad (Iran)


3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Coffee Break/ Exhibits

3:30 pm - 4:30 pm



ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 1: Genetics in Reproduction (O23-O26) Room: Baniyas

chair: Elias Dahdouh (CAN), Nouf Al Asmari (KSA)

Is there a correlation between Sperm DNA Fragmentation Index (DFI) and Blastocyst Aneuploidy Rate in Egg Donor Cycles? view abstract  O23 - Time: 3:30 pm

Khaled Zohni (Canada)

Fine mapping of chromosomal aberrations and mosaicism in embryos derived from donor oocytes  view abstract  O24 - Time: 3:45pm

Svetlana Madjunkova (Canada)

The development and clinical evaluation of non-invasive chromosomal screening (NICS) assay view abstract O25- Time: 4:00 pm

Yiyun Chen (China)

Evaluation of secreted microRNAs (miR661-372-191) for embryo derived ICSI and in vitro culture of routine laboratory and examination of their correlation with pregnancy rate  view abstract O26- Time: 4:15 pm

Bahran Eslami Farsani (Iran)


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 2: Biomarkers in Reproduction (O27-O30)     Room: Alameera 1

Chair: Omer Erbil Dogan (Tur), Fady Fahd (Leb)

Analysis and comparison of morphokinetic parameters in embryos created from fresh and frozen surgically retrieved testicular sperm (TESE)  view abstract  O27- Time : 3:30 pm

Maria Banti (EUA)

Analysis of endometrial blood flow with color Doppler energy in predicting outcome in GnRH antagonist down regulated ICSI/IVF cycles: A prospective cohort study  view abstract O28 - Time: 3:45 pm

Andy Tan WK (Singapore)

Effect of Activin A, Fibrillin-3, and Follistatin on oocytes quality and embryonic development following ICSI cycle view abstract O29 - Time: 4:00 pm

Saad Al-Dujaily (Iraq)

The investigation of VEGF genetic variations in unexplained Recurrent Pregnancy Loss cases  view abstract  O30 - Time: 4:15 pm

Vedat Ugurel (Turkey)


3:30 pm - 4:30 pm


ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 3: Bioethics in Reproduction(O31-O34)    Room: Alameera 2

Chair: Mohamad Awad (SUD), Nafiye Karakas Yilmaz (Tur)

Exploring Jahrom residents' awareness of treatment through embryo donation and of moral and legal issues associated with it in 2015  view abstract O31 - Time :3:30 pm

Navid Kalani (Iran)

Understanding the Concept of Voluntary Childlessness  view abstract O32 - Time: 3:45 pm

Seyed E. Ahmadi (Iran)

Violence agent women and Unintended Pregnancy: A study from Iran view abstract O33- Time: 04:00 pm

Safieh Jamali (Iran)

The Relationship between marital satisfaction and job status in women working in hospital  view abstract O34- Time:4:15 pm

Safieh Jamali (Iran)


 5:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Meeting at Exhibit





Friday September 29, 2017

8:30 am - 9:00 am

KEYNOTE LECTURE IV (O35)    Room: Baniyas

Chair: Mohammad Aboulghar (Egypt)

Repeated Implantation Failure (RIF): Does it exist? view abstract

Hans Evers (The Netherlands)

9:00 am - 9:30 am

KEYNOTE LECTURE V (O36)    Room: Baniyas

Chair: Peter Rizk (USA)

Reproductive Aging: Window on general aging  view abstract

Marcelle Cedars (USA)

9:30 am - 10:30 am




CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 7: Oncofertility: Management of the cancer patient (O37-O39)       Room: Baniyas

Chair: Omar Sefrioui (MOR), Mohamad Bugnah (KSA)

Current options for fertility preservation  view abstract O37- Time : 9:30 am

Elias Dahdouh (Canada)

Ovarian stimulation strategies for the cancer patient view abstract O38 - Time : 9:50 am

Mitchell Rosen (USA)

GnRH agonists during chemotherapy: hope or hype? view abstract O39 - Time : 10:10 am

Elias Dahdouh (Canada)



9:30 am - 10:30 am


CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 8: Controversies in ART (O40-O42)       Room: Alameera 1

Chair: Suleiman Dabbit (JOR), Sahin Zeteroglu (Tur)

Subtle medical illnesses and reproductive functions: Still much to unveil? view abstract O40 - Time : 9:30 am

Ahmad Nasr (Egypt)

IVF or IUI as first-line treatment in unexplained infertility O41 - Time : 9:50 am

Bassam El Helw (Egypt)

ICSI for non-male infertility: Where is the evidence? O42 - Time : 10:10 am

Aboubakr El Nashar (Egypt)



9:30 am - 10:30 am


CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 9: Male Infertility I: DEBATE (O43-O45) Room: Alameera 2

Chair: Marwan Halabi (SYR), Mohamad Al Deeb (EGY)

Medical management of Idiopathic Male Infertility: The case in favor  O43 - Time : 9:30 am

Bassel Bachir (Lebanon)

Medical management of Idiopathic Male Infertility: The case against O44 - Time : 9:50 am

Johnny Awwad (Lebanon)

Varicocele repair for Azoospermia: To do or not to do O45 - Time : 10:10 am

Shedid Ashour (KSA)



10:30 am - 11:00 am

Coffee Break/Exhibit


11:00 am - 12:00 am


Industry Sponsored Symposium (Roche): AMH Scientific Educational Workshop      Room: Baniyas

Chair: Michel Abou Abdallah (LEB)

New automated antimullerian hormone assays are more reliable than the manual assay in patients with reduced antral follicle count  - Time : 11:00 am

Teddy Tadros (France)

Clinical utility of AMH for fertility management: The case in favor   - Time : 11:20 am

Teddy Tadros (France)

Clinical utility of AMH for fertility management: The case against   - Time : 11:40 am

Eman El Gindy (Egypt)



11:00 am - 12:00 am

CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 10: Safety of ART treatment (O46-O48) Room: Alameera 1

Chair: Abeer Annab (JOR), Yehia Al Faisal (EGY)

Effect of maternal environment on IVF outcomes - view abstract O46 - Time : 11:00 am

Marcelle Cedars (USA)

Perinatal outcome of IVF pregnancies: Fresh or Frozen… Does it matter? - O47 - Time : 11:20 am

Fadi Mirza (Lebanon)

Update on prediction and management of OHSS - O48 - Time : 11:40 am

Peter Rizk (USA)



11:00 am - 12:00 am


CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 11: Male Infertility II: DEBATE (O49-O51) Room: Alameera 2

Chair: Edwan Bargouti (PAL), Khaldoun Khamaisah (JOR)

Varicocele repair: The case in favor  - O49  - Time : 11:00 am

Bassel Bachir (Lebanon)

Varicocele repair:The case against - O50 - Time : 11:20 am

Johnny Awwad (Lebanon)

Samir Abbas Award Winner:

A mild ovarian stimulation strategy in women with poor ovarian reserve undergoing IVF: A multicenter randomized non-inferiority trial  -O51-  view abstract - Time : 11:40 am

Mohamed Youssef (Egypt)



12:00 am - 1:00 pm

Lunch Break / Exhibit


1:00 pm - 2:00 pm



CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 12: Endometrial receptivity: Improving Implantation (O52-O54)  Room: Baniyas

Chair: Jassim El Hijji (KUW), Ariana Barzanjl (Iraq)

Luteal supplementation: what is beyond progesterone? O52 - Time : 1:00 pm

Peter Rizk (USA)

Recurrent pregnancy loss: A comprehensive genetic approach- view abstract  O53 - Time : 1:20 pm

Elias Dahdouh (Canada)

Luteal Phase support: Time to change? - O54 - Time : 1:40 pm

Antoine Abu Musa (Lebanon)



1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 13: Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (O55-O57)   Room: Alameera 1

Chair:  Abdellatif Ashmig (SUD), Joseph Abi Chedid (LEB)

hCG for clomiphene Citrate resistant PCOS patients - O55  - Time : 1:00 pm

Mahmoud Gehad (KSA)

  PCOS: what are the optimal stimulation protocols in IVF/ICSI  cycles ?   - O56  - Time : 1:20 pm

Eman El Gindy (Egypt)

Volume expanders for the prevention of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome - view abstract O57 - Time : 1:40 pm

Mohamed Youssef (Egypt)



1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 14: Embryology: Embryo Selection (O58-O60)  Room: Alameera 2

Chair: Howaida Hashim (KSA), Susan Sousou (JOR)

Has morphokinetics become an essential component of every IVF laboratory? - view abstract O58 - Time : 1:00 pm

Amparo Mifsud Giner (Spain)

Antioxidants modulation of sperm genome and epigenome - view abstract O59 - Time : 1:20 pm

Fadi Choucair (Lebanon)

Time-lapse: The validation process each IVF laboratory should undergo? - view abstract  O60 - Time : 1:40 pm

Amparo Mifsud Giner (Spain)



2:15 pm - 3:15 pm




CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 15: Assisted Reproduction (O61-O63)   Room: Baniyas

Chair:  Antoine Abou Mousa (LEB), Khaled Terras (TUN)

Oocyte cryopreservation: Tips and tricks - O61 - Time : 2:15 pm

Hesham El Inany (Egypt)

Optimizing Embryo Transfer: Evidence-Based Clinical Practice - O62-- Time : 2:35 pm

Marwan Alhalabi (Syria)

Single embryos transfer based on the data at the Lister Fertility Clinic and regulations in the UK  view abstract  -O63 - Time:2:55 pm

Sara Hassan Youssef (KSA)



2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 16: Reproductive Endocrinology (O64-O66)   Room: Alameera 1

Chair:  Moamar Al Jefout (UAE), Samaan Samaan (SUD)

Amenorrhea: Modern Algorithms for diagnosis and treatment view abstract - O64 - Time : 2:15 pm

T. Belokrinitskaya (Russia)

Obesity reproductive circle  view abstract - O65 - Time : 2:35 pm

Natalia Artymuk (Russia)

Management of patients with hyperprolactinemia - O66 - Time : 2:55 pm

L. Suturina (Russia)



2:15 pm - 3:15 pm

CONCURRENT SCIENTIFIC SESSION 17: Reproductive Sciences: past and present  (O67-O69)        Room: Alameera 2

Chair: Mohamad Hafiz (SUD), Said Lazrak  (MOR)

History of Reproductive Sciences - O67 - Time : 2:15 pm

Sarmed Khunda (Iraq)

How to read and interpret a scientific article - O68 - Time : 2:35 pm

Dalia Khalifeh (Lebanon)

Evidence-based management of poor Ovarian Response - O69-  - Time : 2:55 pm

Suleiman Ghunaim (Jordan)



3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Coffee Break/ Exhibit


3:45 pm - 4:45 pm


ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 4: Environment and fertility (O70-O74)    Room: Baniyas

chair: Hilmi Nour (SUD), Bassal El Helw (EGY)  

Pilot study examining the quality of life of infertile men and women in Sudan view abstract - O70- Time: 3:45 pm

Suleiman Osman (Sudan)

Evaluation of the impact of chemical air pollution on changes in male fertility in the province of Lublin in Poland in the years 2010-2014  view abstract  O71 - Time: 4:00 pm

Artur Wdowiak (Poland)

Lifestyle related fertility disorders: Potential for improvement  view abstract O72- Time: 4:15 pm

Jehan Hamadneh (Jordan)




3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 5:  Alternative Medicine (O75-O79)    Room: Alameera 1

chair: Toufic Nakad (LEB), Georges Al Fata (LEB)

The effect of vitamin D in the treatment of infertile PCOS patients  view abstract O75 - Time: 3:45 pm

Athar Rasekhjahromi (Iran)

Association between Serum and Follicular Fluid 25-Hydroxy Vitamin levels and Pregnancy Rate in Women Undergoing IVF/ICSI  view abstract O76 - Time: 4:00 pm

Mahbod Ebrahimi (Iran)

Comparison of ICSI results in a group of patients with and without oral L-carnitine, acetyl-L-carnitine and nutrients supplementation view abstract  O77 - Time: 4:15 pm

Mounir Ajina (Tunisia)

Effect of administration of vitamins C and E on fertilization capacity of rats exposed to noise stress  view abstract O78

Ghasem Saki (Iran) - Time: 4:30 pm



3:45 pm - 4:45 pm

ORAL PRESENTATIONS SESSION 6: Andrology (O80-O84)       Room: Alameera 2

Chair:  Batuhan Ozmen (Tur), Abdo Waked (LEB)

Varicocelectomy improves the sperm capacity to induce optimal embryonic development post-fertilization view abstract -O80- Time: 3:45 pm

Ioannis Giakoumakis (Greece) 

High levels of sperm DNA fragmentation negatively affect embryo morphokinetic development and blastocyst formation rates after ICSI -view abstract O81- Time: 4:00 pm

Dimitrios Kafetzis (EUA)

A Proteomic Analysis on Human Sperm Tail: Comparison Between normo-zoospermia and astheno-zoospermia - O82-Time: 4:15 pm

Susan Sabbagh (Iran)

Sperm fragmentation and infection effect of treatment on pregnancy outcome  view abstract- O83 - Time: 4:30 pm

Imad Abou Jaoudeh (Lebanon)

Empiric treatment impact on cryptospermic men: their ICSI outcomes - O84- Time: 4:45 pm

Mosa Al Numi (KSA)


5:00 pm- 5:30 pm

Meeting at Exhibit






Saturday September 30, 2017


Room: Al Ameera 1

9:00 am-

10:00 am


 Assisted Reproductive Technology (O85-O88)


  Hazem El Rumaih (KUW), Ali Husseini (IRQ), Fadi Choucair (LEB),

9:00 am




Evaluation of the impact of the total GnRH antagonist consumption on clinical In Vitro Fertilization outcomes view abstract

O. A. Leylek (Turkey)

9:15 am



Consecutive protocol and luteal phase egg collection: promising approach for poor responders view abstract

Najwan Abdel Fattah   (UAE)

9:30 am



Lower progesterone levels on the day of human chorionic gonadotrophine may improve live birth rates after ICSI cycles

view abstract

Pinar Aytac (Turkey)

9:45 am


Follicular aspiration vs. coasting for OHSS prevention view abstract

Nayla Bushaqer (KSA)

10:00 am-

11:00 am


Assisted Reproductive Technology (O89-O92)

10:00 am




Anti-mullerian hormone level and pregnancy outcome view abstract

Hanan Al Anazi (KSA)

10:15 am



Antimullerian Hormone is a reliable predictor of cycle cancellation in women of different age group during antagonitic protocol ICSI

I ElFortia (Libya)


Coffee Break