COGI - The Multidisciplinary Gynecology Congress

The 25th World Congress on Controversies in Obstetrics,
Gynecology & Infertility (COGI)

Vienna, Austria - November 30 - December 2, 2017

http://cogi-congress.org/

PASSING OF PROFESSOR ROBERT G. EDWARDS

WE AT THE INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF IN VITRO FERTILIZATION ARE SADDENDED TO LEARN OF THE PASSING OF PROFESSOR ROBERT G. EDWARDS, OUR PATRON AND FOUNDING MEMBER OF OUR SOCIETY.

Edwards_RobertProfessor Edwards was a great human being, and a unique scientist who revolutionized the field of reproductive medicine.

He was one of these rare scientists whose work had such an immediate impact both in his own field of research and the human society at large. More than 4 million children in the world today owe their existence to in vitro fertilization.

Our 16th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization held in Tokyo Japan celebrated Professor Robert G. Edwards, the 2010 Nobel laureate in medicine and physiology; a recognition greatly deserved and much overdue for the foremost pioneer of IVF. A year later, he was knighted for "services to human reproductive biology".

Our heartfelt condolences go out to his wife Ruth Edwards, their five daughters and family.

Lectures of the 2011 Tokyo Congress

A brief review of the 16th World Congress on IVF held in Tokyo Japan in September 2011

The 16th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization was successfully held in Tokyo, Japan. Over 1,000 delegates gathered at Keio Plaza Hotel, Tokyo, over a four-day period starting from September 10, 2011. It was a vibrant and intellectually stimulating event. This comprehensive meeting of the International Society for In vitro Fertilization (ISIVF) was organized in collaboration with The Japan Society for Fertilization and Implantation. This event maintains a 27 yearlong continuous tradition of World Congresses on IVF. Once again leading clinicians, scientists, and embryologists from all over the world were brought together in order to discuss and debate the hottest topics relating to Assisted Reproduction and reproductive medicine.

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This year's congress president was Dr. Osamu Kato, the world renowned Director of Kato Ladies Clinic. He was greatly aided by the unsurpassable congress Vice-President Prof. Hisao Osada, who was constantly present, relaxed and comfortably smiling, in all congress functions and venues.

The congress was held only a short time after the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck the Tohoku District of Japan on March 11, 2011. All the members of the executive committee, who addressed the audience in the opening ceremony, expressed their admiration for the bravery and resilience of the Japanese people, in the face of unspeakable tragedy, and congratulated the local organizing committee, headed by Osamu Kato and Prof. Hisao Osada, for their vision, courage, commitment and determination in organizing a remarkable and unforgettable event despite the grave circumstances. The large number of participants to the congress from all over the world was a testament of confidence and support to the congress organization, and an expression of respect to the Japanese people.

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The 16th World Congress on In Vitro Fertilization celebrated Professor Robert G. Edwards, the 2010 Nobel laureate in medicine and physiology; a recognition greatly deserved and much overdue for the foremost pioneer of IVF. The joy we all felt by this great honor bestowed upon Prof. Edwards, the honorary patron and a founding member of the Society, was marred by his absence due to his current health issues. He was greatly missed.

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It was noted by Professor Victor Gomel, Secretary and Vice-President of the International Society of In vitro Fertilization that the prestigious award not only deservedly honors Prof. Robert Edwards, but also honors the whole field of reproductive medicine, which has been transformed by him. As the Nobel Foundation wrote: "Today, Robert Edwards' vision is a reality and brings joy to infertile people all over the world." Prof. Gomel made a very personal review of Prof. Edwards the man and his numerous important scientific contributions in his address during the opening ceremony of the congress. As many of those attending the ceremony were well acquainted with Professor Edwards this was a truly moving inauguration.

Scientific Program

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The scientific sessions were so rich and encompassing that any attempt to summarize and review even the major highlights will be unfair to the many superb lecturers that maybe left without well-deserved acknowledgement. Overall, participants were offered an outstanding overview of the important and the latest topics in the ever-developing field of reproductive medicine in well-attended sessions. Most notable were:

  • Natural and mild stimulation IVF cycles, an approach advocated and practiced in Japan for sometime;
  • Non-invasive assessment of embryo quality;
  • Fertility preservation;
  • Cryopreservation and vitrification for oocytes, embryos and ovary;
  • In vitro maturation and its numerous applications, including fertility preservation;
  • New developments in stem cell research and current clinical trials using stem cells;
  • The current role of reproductive surgery in the era of ART;
  • New developments in pre-implantation genetic diagnosis;

In addition, several national IVF and/or Reproductive Medicine societies presented sessions at the congress.

Social Program

Faculty and participants alike were greatly impressed by the exquisite traditional Japanese welcome and hospitality they received throughout their stay. This was evident already from the cocktail and dinner that followed the opening ceremony and from the superb social program every day thereafter. Memorable dinners accompanied with wonderful traditional Japanese shows of music and dance.

The Kato Clinic

One of the exceptional opportunities offered to the participants of the Congress was a guided tour of the famous Kato Ladies clinic. This is the world's largest IVF clinic, performing well over 22,000 procedures each year. The participants were able to view the clinic at large, the Operating Rooms and IVF lab, and were informed about the natural and minimal stimulation approach strongly advocated by, and used in this institution. In addition, the friendly and knowledgeable staff of the clinic willingly answered the many questions of the impressed visitors from all over the world.


The videos of the Opening lecture and Plenary lectures and the final program and abstracts booklet have been released.

>> Click here to watch those excellent, exciting lectures <<


Annual Dues

The constitution of ISIVF requires our members to be current members of the Society. Therefore, in order to be reappointed as a member it is necessary not to be in arrears with respect to annual dues. The dues remain a modest $50 US, for a period of two years.

Steps to pay your dues

  1. In the main menu, please click on membership, and then membership renewal.
  2. Use the login form to access your account. Your user name is your email address.
  3. Then please follow directions.

We do look forward to hearing from you, as we do value your membership in our Society.

Newsletter - October 24, 2010 - Volume 1 - Issue 1

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

Frydman_ReneI am honored and pleased to assume the presidency of the International Society for In Vitro Fertilization (ISIVF), and look forward to realizing the goals of the society together with our able executive and board members, which will be facilitated with the launcing of our new website.

I join in congratulating Professor Robert Edwards on being the recipient of the Nobel Prize in medicine.

Read more: Newsletter - October 24, 2010 - Volume 1 - Issue 1

ESSENTIAL NEW BOOK! Reconstructive and Reproductive Surgery in Gynecology by Professor Victor Gomel

The ISIVF has arranged for a 20% discount on the latest book by Professor Victor Gomel:

Illustrated by a high-quality artwork program and colour photographs of operative procedures, this is an essential source of reference for Gynecologic Surgeons, Gynecologic Oncologists and Reproductive Surgeons.

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The constitution of ISIVF requires our members to be current members of the Society. Therefore, in order to be reappointed as a member it is necessary not to be in arrears with respect to annual dues. The dues remain a modest $50 US, for a period of two years.

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