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Eugin Clinic presents its innovative studies on gamete quality at the UK National Fertility Congress

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The work was carried out at Eugin’s basic research laboratory located in the Barcelona Science Park

This week, Birmingham has played host to the 9th biennial National Fertility Congress UK. Eugin took part in the event as a guest speaker, represented by its Scientific Director, Dr. Rita Vassena, and doctor and biologist Aïda Pujol, who presented two studies on fertility before hundreds of experts.

The conference, which is held every two years, is organised by the main British Fertility Societies: the Association of Clinical Embryologists, the British Fertility Society and the Society for Reproduction and Fertility.

From January 7-9 the ninth biennial attracted over four hundred international experts in fertility, assisted conception, sexual health and reproductive biology.

Oocyte quality after vitrification

Dr. Vassena, during her presentation at the conference

During the first day of the conference, Dr. Vassena presented the study on the Effect of vitrification and warming on imprinted genes and DNA methyltransferases expression in MII oocytes from young fertile women, which was carried out in its entirety at Eugin’s basic research laboratory, located in the Barcelona Science Park.

In this paper, oocyte quality after the vitrification process was evaluated, concluding that there was no direct relationship between both factors.

Semen quality: oxidative level

Also on the first day of the conference, Dr. Aïda Pujol, a biologist at Eugin’s embryology laboratory, presented the paper Oxidative stress in sperm does not affect sperm parameters and reproductive outcomes in ICSI cycles.

Dr. Pujol, during her presentation at the conference

The study assessed the level of oxidative stress in semen, that is to say, the presence of substances generated by the organism itself which may go as far as to impair its quality.

According to the paper, the presence of high levels of oxidative stress in semen does not influence the outcome of a treatment for Assisted Reproduction, provided that the insemination is performed by the technique of In vitro fertilisation with ICSI and the oocytes are of good quality.

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