5 September 2021: International and local experts are coming together on one platform to discuss the latest scientific advances in the field of infertility diagnosis and treatments during the 3rd HealthPlus Middle East Fertility Conference which will be held in Dubai from 9 – 11 September 2021 at the JW Marriott Hotel, under the theme “Fertility Without Borders”. The conference is organized by the leading HealthPlus Fertility, part of United Eastern Medical Services (UEMedical) and a Mubadala Health Partner. In its hybrid format, the conference will allow individuals to attend in-person while applying strict safety measures or attend virtually from the comfort of their homes or offices. Healthcare professionals attending would earn 23.5 hours of Continuous Medical Education (CME) for the in-person attendance, and 19.5 CME hours for the virtual format. Targeting IVF specialists, obstetricians & gynecologists, IVF laboratory technicians, embryologists, nurses and pharmacists from the UAE and the region, the conference features key speakers from UK, Spain, Italy, Egypt and Saudi Arabia alongside numerous experts from different hospitals and fertility centers in UAE including Danat Al Emarat Hospital, Latifa Hospital, Dubai Fertility Center, Al Ain Fertility Center, Mediclinic, Kings College London Hospital, Bourn Hall Fertility Center, Fakih IVF and others. The conference will also host H.E. Dr. Mariam Matar, Founder & Chairperson of UAE Genetic Diseases Association who will present an interactive lecture on epigenetics.
Majd Abu Zant, CEO of UEMedical stated, “through this conference, we aim to share the latest in the field of infertility through numerous renowned international and local speakers and participants. There has been a special focus on fertility and the latest in IVF giving hope to many coupes seeking to get pregnant especially with the growing rates of infertility world-wide. Fertility preservation is also another important topic which should be thoroughly looked at by healthcare professionals involved in treating patients with cancer and gynecologists or family medicine physicians providing care for women who may delay pregnancy or marriage due to socio-economic reasons, who may require fertility preservation.”
“As a group, we pioneer in specialization and thus we have put special focus on fertility expanding regionally in Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Jeddah and in Riyadh, with a plan of opening 3 new centers in KSA by end of 2022. At HealthPlus Fertility, our top-notch IVF experts apply the best international standards which has resulted in making us the largest IVF provider across the region, and helped generate clinical outcomes and success rates that are comparable to international published statistics in leading IVF centers world-wide. We are proud to have performed over 24,000 IVF cycles in the past decade across our different centers using the latest technologies in state-of-the-art IVF and genetic labs; eliminating the need of couples travelling abroad for treatment and giving many couples hope,” Mr. Abu Zant said.
Dr. Bohaira Elgeyoushi, Conference President, and Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (IVF) Consultant at HealthPlus Fertility Center in Dubai said, “the 3-day conference is hosting key speakers from Europe, Middle East and UAE discussing over 26 scientific topics targeting not only IVF physicians, gynecologists, obstetricians, but also allied health professionals including nurses, pharmacists, embryologists, genetics, laboratory technicians and others. This conference is a unique platform that will bring together healthcare professionals from different public and private hospitals and fertility centers across UAE and the region. We are expecting 300 healthcare professionals to attend in-person while ensuring strict COVID-19 safety measures, and another 800 who will attend virtually from across the globe.”
“Some of the main subjects that will be discussed during the conference are the use of stem cells in medicine in general, and in the field of fertility in particular; and examining chromosomes through blood and detect genetic diseases. On the first day, one of the virtual lectures will shed light on the importance of preconception genetic screening in the Arab population in specific which supports in identifying the most prevalent genetic diseases. There will also be a lecture from Spain about examining embryos without taking a biopsy from the fetus, which is a very new technique that is currently applied in one of the international centers only. The traditional way is performed by taking a biopsy of the embryo itself on the fifth day after fertilization in the lab. With this modern technology can be done through sampling the culture media from the incubating environment of the embryo rather than the embryo itself,” Dr. Elgeyoushi added.
From his side Dr. Walid Sayed, Group Medical Director of HealthPlus Fertility in UAE stated, “After the success we have witnessed during our pervious conferences in 2018 and 2019, we were eager to host the third one this year as we aim to continue supporting medical education and update the medical community in the region on the latest technologies and advances in infertility diagnosis and treatments used at our centers and others. The conference will discuss important issues such as the importance of pre-implantation genetic testing; infertility in men; varicocele management; ICSI; IVF; how to deal with fibroids; and the challenges in diagnosing and treating adenomyosis and many other fertility-related issues.”
Dr. Wael Ismail Madkour, Medical Director of HealthPlus Fertility Center in Dubai said, “What is unique in this conference is that it is in a hybrid format allowing more people to join. It will also run three hands-on workshops on embryology, bereavement and breaking bad news to couples, and cosmetic gynecology, led by key physicians in their fields. The conference is also dedicating a session and a workshop for embryologists giving them the opportunity to debate and discuss pertinent topics. The team is highly committed to supporting continuous education specifically in the field of infertility given the vast expansions and advancements in this field in the region, and that’s what we aim to achieve through this conference.”