Androfert 2016 – 8th May 2016

Destination: IMA Hall, Chandigarh

Dr. Vanita Gupta Director health services, Prof Vanita Suri Head Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology PGI, Prof Mandal head Department of Urology PGI and Dr. Shalini Gainder Associate prof Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology PGI and convener Greater Chandigarh chapter of Indian Fertility Society.

It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to the first meeting on andrology organized by the Chandigarh chapter of Indian Fertility Society. Andrology is a new and upcoming field. We are all well aware of the societal pressure on the female partner for reproductive failure. To certain extent we are also responsible for ignoring the contribution of male partner.

With advances in molecular biology, genetics and epigenetics the mysteries of fertilization, role of both gametes, early embryonic development and transmission of genetic and epigenetic information over generations are just beginning to unfold.

Akin to alarming Caesarian rates the usage of Assisted Reproductive Technologies is increasing exponentially. Moreover there are serious trends worldwide of declining fertility rates because of life style factors, environmental toxins and serious epigenetic modifications. All these aspects have serious evolutionary, epidemiological and economic consequences.

In the past, we have been guilty of being satisfied with any semen report conducted by any qualified or unqualified technician. A wet mount preparation judging count motility and morphology without even proper counting chambers are quoted as WHO standards. There is an urgent need of robust diagnostic modalities which can enhance specific diagnosis and directed treatment.

In addition the field of fertility preservation in various medical diseases and cancers which have now become treatable is a fast developing field.
With these few words once again I welcome you all and hope that you will enjoy the scientific program.

Androfert Press Release 2016

On the 8th of May 2016, Jindal IVF and Sant Memorial Nursing Home in association with the Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Fertility Society organized “Androfert 2016” at the IMA hall in sector 35-B in Chandigarh. The event was focused on the contribution of male factor to the etiology of unexplained infertility.

Traditionally, in India and elsewhere, infertility has been thought to be due to problems of the female partner. However, research has increasingly demonstrated the role of the male in infertility. Now, it is thought that 50% of all infertility cases are due to problems in the male partner. The study of the male infertility has taken a back seat to the procedure dominated filed of female infertility. With the development of improved diagnostics techniques, Andrology or the study of male factor infertility, has now become a major a field, opening up vistas for evidence based therapeutic interventions.

The conference brought together renowned speakers like Dr. Sohani Verma President Indian Fertility Society, Dr. Shalini Gainder Secretary Chandigarh Chapter of the Indian Fertility Society and others, who delivered lectures on the latest development in every phase of male factor of infertility. The event also witnessed speeches by Dr. Umesh N. Jindal and Dr. Sheetal Jindal, who are pioneering the study of male infertility in this region. The event also addressed the need of gynaecologists, andrologists and other specialists to review the speciality and update their knowledge about this rapidly changing and expending field of medical science.

Jindal IVF and Sant Memorial Nursing Home can claim to be the first center in the region (Punjab, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Delhi) to offer advanced diagnostic and therapeutic options in the management of male infertility. The advance lab setup is in accordance with the latest WHO (World Health Organisation) guidelines on the subject and includes CASA or computer assisted sperm analysis. Androfert 2016 serves as a medical update in this field and shows the commitment of Jindal IVF and Sant Memorial Nursing Home to develop this relatively new field and help alleviate the distress of affected parents.