President's Message

Welcome to ISIVF

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

I am very pleased and greatly honored to assume the presidency of the ISIVF. I am prepared to put all my effort to increase the visibility and standing of our society during my mandate. I also look forward to the support and contribution of the members the Executive Committee and the Board of ISIVF. I trust the members of the society will do the same by communicating their expectations and giving us the necessary feed back when the going is good and not so good.

I wish to express my sincere gratitude to ISIVF those who preceded me in office for their contribution in bringing our Society to its present standing.


The following are my goals in order to increase the visibility and to further the standing of our Society:

To make the Board of Directors a more active organ; and establish prompt communication between the Executive and Board members.

To attract as members, both leading figures and promising young colleagues in our profession. To increase membership will be one of our primary goals.

To set up special interest groups including: Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Embryology, Reproductive Surgery, Safety and Quality, Ethics, etc. This will attract additional members to the Society.

To increase workshops, regional meetings and congresses offered by the ISIVF. To do so especially in countries that will benefit mire from this educational effort. And collaborate with industry in order to be able to achieve this goal. This in addition will permit us to collaborate with local societies.

To improve our relations and increase collaboration with some of the leading societies such as ESHRE, ASRM, IFFS, MEFS and MSRM and attempt to organize collaborative educational and training activities with these institutions.

To create committees, that will improve the functioning of our society.

To use social media and the Internet in order to better promote our Society; and to set up an e- learning platform, in the near future.

To eventually organize multicenter studies and worldwide data collection system in collaboration with some other bodies such as EIM and ICMART, if it is possible.,


We are now working on our 19th World Congress to be held in at Antalya Turkey, from Oct 4th-8th 2017,Regnum Carya Resort Hotel. You will all be kept up to date on the latest developments regarding this important event.


I thank Zev Rosenwaks, our immediate past President, as well as Victor Gomel our Executive Director, for ensuring that we had many distinguished clinicians and scientists as part of our scientific program. As a result, this Congress encompassed all aspects of contemporary ART. More than 500 participants enjoyed the scientific program. Highlights of the Congress included regenerative medicine, somatic cell nuclear transfer and stem cell technology; advances in laboratory techniques; embryo selection methods; IVF and the endometrium; preimplantation genetic testing (PGD/PGS); male reproduction; aging and IVF; and fertility preservation, among others. Special thanks to Svend Lindenberg for hosting this congress. Please send me your personal suggestions and ideas; we look forward to them to enrich our future strategic plans.

COMMUNICATION I will be reaching out to you, our valued members, to ask for your support and assistance, to ensure that we have a society dedicated to assisted reproduction, a society that brings together the various disciplines that this field encompasses: scientists, clinicians, embryologists, geneticists, psychologists, nurses and other auxiliary and support personnel. Thank you once again for electing me President of your Society, you can expect to hear from me on an ongoing basis, as communication and transparency are essential.

Timur Gurgan President/ISIVF 2015/2017

Timur Gurgan
President, International Society for In Vitro Fertilization