Kolkata hosts international IVF conference

Kolkata, Oct 28 : The Bengal Chapter of Indian Society for Assisted Reproduction (ISAR) and Bengal Obstetric and Gynecological Society (BOGS) on Sunday hosted a three day international conference on in vitro fertilization (IVF) titled, ART-AIM Update 2013.

The ART-AIM (Assisted Reproductive Technology-Advanced Infertility Management) Update 2013 is based on the theme 'Parenthood through Science and Technology.

Dr Baidyanath Chakravarty, the director of the Institute of Reproductive Medicine and the organizing chairperson of ART-AIM said, "In the last decade or so India has produced the highest number of research papers read in the two most prestigious conferences in Europe and America related to this subject. So it was a unanimous decision to hold a conference of this stature in Kolkata."

The event saw the best names in the field come together and discuss the challenges faced by the doctors and the researchers all over the world and work out better solutions.

One of the primary areas of concern was the high cost of technology involved in IVF.

Dr Chakravarty said the Assisted Reproductive Technology remained out of reach for most of the people due to various socioeconomic reasons.

On the occasion Dr Vishwendu Gupta said, "There is a necessity to change the perception of the people towards the medical fraternity. We must be able to benefit at least five couples a month with free IVF treatment."

The conference was attended by 600 delegates, which included some of the leading authorities in the field.

Several international luminaries in the field of fertility research and treatment attended the conference as faculty members.

Dr Peter Robert Brinden from UK, Prof Antonio Pellicer from Spain and Prof. Dr Paul Devroey from Brussels were among other international experts in the field to attend the conference.

In vitro fertilization is a process by which an ovum is fertilized outside the body.

IVF is a major treatment for infertility when other methods of assisted reproductive technology have failed.

Dr Subhash Mukherjee who was responsible for the birth India's first and world's second test tube baby Durga in the year 1978 was paid a warm tribute by all attending the ART-AIM Update, 2013.

Unfortunately, Dr. Mukherjee did not get honour and recognition during his lifetime and Indian Council of Medical Research recognized his work only in 2002 after 21 years of his death.

--IBNS (Posted on 28-10-2013)

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