Fakih IVF Successfully Concludes 7th UAE Reproductive Symposium

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Dr. Michael Fakih – Managing Director of Fakih IVF Dubai and Abu Dhabi

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Fakih IVF has successfully concluded the seventh edition of its UAE Reproductive Symposium accredited by the Dubai Health Authority. During the symposium, Fakih IVF welcomed fertility experts from across the globe to share and discuss the latest techniques, innovations and trends in the field of reproductive medicine.

Dr. Michael Fakih, Managing Director of Fakih IVF Dubai and Abu Dhabi, commented: “Over the years, our UAE Reproductive Symposium has grown into an international platform where the latest research findings in human reproduction and embryology are disseminated to the general public, scientists, clinicians and patients to promote interest in, and understanding of, reproductive biology and medicine. The symposium also promotes improvements in clinical practice and provides guidance to improve safety and quality assurance in clinical and laboratory procedures, which is an essential part of our efforts to establish Dubai as a global hub for medical excellence in line with the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.”

This year’s agenda featured keynote speeches from Dr Sue Hammoud, who provided a deep dive into the cellular and molecular aspects of spermatogenesis, and Professor Robert Rebar, who shared his vast experience in common and complex reproductive disorders such as premature ovarian failure and functional hypothalamic amenorrhea. Other speakers included Dr. Heather Gibson Huddleston, a world expert in polycystic ovarian syndrome who touched on fertility treatment of PCOS and other less-studied aspects of this disorder such as depression, anxiety and eating disorders, and Dr. Hugh Taylor from Yale University, who discussed novel aspects in the diagnosis and care for patients with endometriosis. Along similar lines, Professor Howard Sharp tackled the complex topic of diagnosis and management of pelvic pain in reproductive age females.

Reproductive immunology and its relation to pregnancy health were discussed with Dr. Zeynep Alpay-Savasan from Michigan, while Dr. Ghassan Lotfi walked participants through progesterone in threatened and recurrent miscarriages, and Dr. Kirtly Parker Jones explored the care and management of women undergoing menopause. Dr. Ayman Al-Hendy and Professor William Catherino shared their latest work on the treatment of uterine fibroids and Dr. Atsushi Tanaka, Dr. James Hotaling, Dr. Rupin Shah and Dr. Hussein Kandil spoke about the newest advances and understanding in treating male infertility.

A highlight of the symposium was a series of presentations on preimplantation genetic screening (PGS), a tool that promises to increase the success of IVF and reduce miscarriage rates, and has uncovered a high frequency of mosaicism in human embryos. Dr. Santiogo Munne shared his expertise in PGS and showed how it can serve as a quality control for the lab, Dr. Alpesh Doshi discussed embryology aspects in PGD and PGS, and Ms. Russias shed light on VeriSeq PGS by Illumina.

To return to the IVF roots of the symposium, Professor Paul Devroy shared the latest on an OHSS free clinic through IVF segmentation and adequate luteal phase supplementation for Luprolide trigger cycles, while Professor Mohamad Abulghar revisited an age-old debate regarding the transfer of blastocyst versus cleavage stage embryos. Also on the topic of IVF, Dr. Fady Sharara spoke about IVF in the US, Dr. Elias Dahdouh gave tips and tricks in random start ovarian stimulation, Professor Julia Koloda discussed triggering ovulation and luteal phase support in the IVF cycle, and Dr. Monikaa Chawla explained why oocyte numbers matters in IVF. Finally, Dr. Sonia Hassan, a leading expert in preterm birth, shared her insights on prevention of preterm labour.

About Fakih IVF Fertility Center:

Fakih IVF Fertility Center is one of the leading Infertility, Gynecology, Obstetrics, Genetics and IVF centers in the GCC Region.

Fakih IVF Fertility Center opened the first private IVF center in Dubai in 2011. The second UAE location was opened in Abu Dhabi in April 2013. In 2014, Fakih IVF Fertility Center’s medical partner’s – Fakih Medical Center – opened in Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and Dubai. Fakih IVF Fertility Center is the only IVF center in the Middle East with a full service Genetics Laboratory – the only Genetics Laboratory in the UAE.

Fakih IVF Fertility Center started with the vision of Dr. Michael Fakih, a Consultant in Reproductive Endocrinology and IVF who began his career in 1987. Dr. Fakih prides his staff on their original and innovative approach in treating all cases of infertility. At Fakih IVF Fertility Center, each couple is assessed and a treatment plan is designed specifically for them. Fakih IVF Fertility Center continually strives to improve medical protocols and invests in the newest technologies in order to excel in their commitment to helping families grow and ultimately achieve the highest success rates.

  • Continuously improving medical protocols and practices to increase our high success rates.
  • Fakih IVF Fertility Center is the only IVF center in the Middle East with an in-house Genetics Laboratory.
  • Investment in the latest technology. Fakih IVF Fertility Center introduced the first EmbryoScope in the UAE, a groundbreaking technology in the field of reproductive medicine.
  • Fakih IVF Fertility Center was the first center in the UAE to perform a MicroTESE, a procedure that allows for sperm to be found even if sperm retrievals done earlier did not produce viable sperm for IVF.
  • Fakih IVF Fertility Center is the first center in the UAE to achieve an ongoing pregnancy for a Single Gene Disorder and HLA Matching for a leukemia sibling looking for a bone marrow donor.