PG06: The Male Is Half The Picture: Emerging Clinical And Laboratory Issues Affecting Male Reproductive Competence
Time:8:15 am - 5:00 pm
Location:Room 2 - San Diego Convention Center
Grace M. Centola, Ph.D., H.C.L.D. (Chair), CryoBank Compliance Services
Gerald P. Schatten, Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh
Peter T.K. Chan, M.D., McGill University Health Center
Paul J. Turek, M.D., The Turek Clinic
Developed in Cooperation with the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology
NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND COURSE DESCRIPTION
Less common clinical scenarios, toxins and diet, clinical relevance of lab findings, and genetics continue to be important topics in the management of infertile males. New technologies that have implications for the treatment of male infertility are developing rapidly, and healthcare professionals need the latest information in order to incorporate these technologies into clinical practice.
This course is designed for all clinicians, including urologists, reproductive endocrinologists, geneticists, embryologists and even mental health practitioners, all of whom should be aware of developments in technology that may have an impact on treatment for male infertility at the present time or in the future. Topics to be covered include: unusual and rare sperm morphologies and their genetic basis; testicular tissue processing and cryopreservation; testicular tissue versus severely oligozoospermic specimens in ART; the role of the sperm in early embryo quality and testing in cases of fertilization failure; paternal age effects on pregnancy achievement, congenital illness and disease in the offspring; and copy number variation and whole-genome sequencing in the infertile male. Experts in the field will address these issues and answer participants’ questions about their experiences with management of the less common clinical issues.
At the conclusion of this course, participants should be able to:
- Explain the processes of spermatogenesis and oogenesis, including recombination and mismatch repair.
- Discuss the effects of paternal age and anabolic steroid use on male fertility.
- Outline methods for testicular and epididymal sperm processing.
- Discuss the differences between testicular sperm and severely oligozoospermic ejaculated sperm on assisted reproduction.