The 2nd Scientific Symposium on Assisted Reproduction, held from January 10 to 12, 2019 at the “Megaron-The Athens Concert Hall”, was as huge success and a great opportunity for major scientific announcements. The main theme of the symposium was the latest advances in the field of assisted reproduction and surgical treatment of common gynecological diseases.

The opening ceremony of the conference was honored by Mrs. Marianna Vardis Vardinoyannis, who addressed the Symposium and congratulated the Greek scientists and the Model IVF Center-Institute of Life on their efforts to invest in new techniques and innovative technologies as well as on their contribution to the dissemination of scientific knowledge.

The Scientific Symposium of Institute of Life was a major attraction for scientists from all over the world, in its purpose to achieve international scientific co-operations on hot topics related to medically assisted reproduction. The conference was attended by distinguished scientists from all over the world, who presented innovative ways of dealing with fertility problems and exchanged their scientific experience with Greek fertility specialists.

Within the framework of the symposium, a roundtable discussion was also held by top scientists on the revolutionary subject “The role of mitochondria in reproduction”, which was live streamed by the American Society for Human Reproduction (ASRM), publisher of the journal “Fertility–Sterility”, to reach 7,000 scientists in 100 countries. During this worldwide video conferencing, the scientific team of Institute of Life announced the results of the pioneering Clinical-Laboratory Research conducted in Greece over the last 2 years, which confirm the safety of the mitochondrial replacement technique in human eggs. In this context, Dr. Nuno Costa-Borges, scientific associate to Institute of Life, announced the 1st pregnancy achieved with Maternal Spindle Transfer (MST) in a Greek woman.

This method allows functional restoration of the eggs by keeping their genetic characteristics unchanged. This enables specialists to deal with problems in women suffering from rare mitochondrial genetic conditions or women suffering from infertility and recurrent implantation failures secondary to mitochondrial dysfunctions.

The impressive results presented by the Institute of Life team are expected to positively influence the future of assisted reproduction. The members of Institute of Life Board of Directors issued the following announcement: “The Maternal Spindle Transfer (MST) technique, with which a pregnancy was first achieved in Greece, can be a breakthrough in the field of Assisted Reproduction. We are very proud to have been given the opportunity to share all the latest developments in the industry with colleagues from around the world. Innovation is the food of science, and we at Institute of Life direct all our efforts towards the newest, the best and the most effective.

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