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8th Postgraduate Course in Reproductive Medicine and Reproductive Biology

Geneva WHO Collaborating Center in Human Reproduction

in collaboration with

Special Programme of Research, Development & Research Training in Human Reproduction

Individual or all lectures listed here are public and can be attended by anyone interested in the field.

Lectures will be held in the Amphithéâtre de l’Ophtalmologie or at WHO in Room M. 505 *


September 1, 1998 09.00h Get together, formalities
09.30h A. Campana (Geneva) J.D. Vassalli (Geneva)P. Van Look (WHO)F. Santschi (Geneva) Introduction
10.00h E. Diczfalusy (Rönninge) Reproductive health, gender equity and an aging humankind
14.30h Presentation of the course and discussion
September 2, 1998 09.00h P. Van Look (WHO) Reproductive health research at WHO
10.00h J. Kasonde (WHO) Reproductive health in developing countries: Key features and key issues
11.00h C. Myntti (WHO) Gender issues in reproductive health research
14.30h Visit of the CMU library
September 3, 1998 09.00h J.-D. Vassalli (Geneva) Gametogenesis
10.00h J.-D. Vassalli (Geneva) Fertilization
11.00h P. Bischof (Geneva) Implantation
14.00h Visit of the WHO library
September 4, 1998 09.00h J.-D. Vassalli (Geneva) Embryo development
10.00h J.-D. Vassalli (Geneva) Experimental embryology
11.00h A. Mauron (Geneva) Ethical aspects of gene therapy
14.00h A. Mauron (Geneva) Ethical aspects of reproductive health
September 7, 1998 09.00h P. Bischof (Geneva) The menstrual cycle
10.00h P. Bischof (Geneva) Hormone receptors
11.00h E. Tribolet (Geneva) Oxytocin in reproductive biology
14.00h H. Wagener and G. Santschi (Geneva) IAMANEH
September 8, 1998 09.00h J.M. Dubuis (Geneva) Sexual differentiation
10.00h J.M. Dubuis (Geneva) Puberty: Physiology
11.00h J.M. Dubuis (Geneva) Puberty: Pathology
September 9, 1998 09.00h R. Gaillard (Lausanne) The hypothalamo-pituitary-gonadal axis
10.00h F. Pralong (Lausanne) Leptin and reproduction
11.00h M. Aubert (Geneva) Regulation of GnRH secretion
September 10, 1998 09.00h C. DeLozier (Geneva) The genetics consultation: who, why, how
10.00h S. Dahoun (Geneva) Chromosomal pathology
11.00h DeLozier (Geneva) Principles of genetic DNA diagnosis I
September 11, 1998 09.00h S.E. Antonarakis (Geneva) Principles of genetic DNA diagnosis II
10.00h S.E. Antonarakis (Geneva) The human genome project and its impact in clinical medicine
11.00h M. Neerman (Geneva) Genes implicated in sexual differentiation
September 14, 1998 * 09.00h J. Villar (WHO) Evaluation of reproductive health medical and non-medical interventions
10.00h J. Villar (WHO) Unbiased estimation of effectiveness of preventive interventions and treatments
11.00h J. Villar (WHO) Randomized controlled trials
September 15, 1998 * 09.00h A. Morabia (Geneva) Clinical epidemiology/screening in reproductive health
10.00h O. Meirik (WHO) Case-control studies
11.00h O. Meirik (WHO) Cohort studies
14.00h E. Ezcurra (WHO) Reproductive health in Latin America and the Caribbean
September 16, 1998 * 09.00h T. Farley (WHO) Strategies for data analysis: I. Observational studies
10.00h T. Farley (WHO) Strategies for data analysis: II. Randomized controlled trials
11.00h O. Frank (WHO) Fertility and infertility: Developing country patterns
14.00h Visit of the Division of Medical Genetics
September 17, 1998 * 09.00h M. Gülmezoglu (WHO) Summarizing evidence of effectiveness of reproductive health care activities (systematic reviews)
10.00h M. Gülmezoglu (WHO) The Cochrane Library: Practical aspects
11.00h M. Gülmezoglu (WHO) The WHO Reproductive Health Library: Practical aspects
14.00h H. Bathija (WHO) Reproductive health in Africa and Eastern Mediterranean
September 18, 1998 * 09.00h S. Bott (WHO) Contraceptive use in different regions of the world
10.00h S. Bott (WHO) Contraceptive choice
11.00h F. Lüdicke (Geneva) Medical eligibility criteria for contraceptive methods
16.00h A. Campana (Geneva) Internet and Medline
September 21, 1998 * 09.00h E. Ezcurra (WHO) Oral contraceptives
10.30h E. Ezcurra (WHO) Risks and benefits and metabolic effects
September 22, 1998 * 09.00h C. d’Arcangues (WHO) Long-acting hormonal methods for women
10.00h C. d’Arcangues (WHO) Natural methods
11.00h P. Rowe (WHO) Intrauterine devices and barrier methods
14.00h Y.F. Wang (WHO) Reproductive health in Asia and Western Pacific
September 23, 1998 * 09.00h H. Von Hertzen (WHO) Induced abortion
10.00h H. Von Hertzen (WHO) Emergency contraception
11.00h D. Griffin (WHO) Immunocontraception
14.00h M. Rice (WHO) Communication techniques in training
September 24, 1998 * 09.00h H. Bathija (WHO) Female sterilization
10.00h H. Bathija (WHO) Control of fertility in adolescence and premenopause
11.00h M. Mbizvo (WHO) Male contraception
14.00h M. Boulvain (Geneva) Protocol development
September 25, 1998 09.00h A. Campana (Geneva) Definition, prevalence and etiology of infertility
10.00h A. Campana (Geneva) Evaluation of the infertile couple
11.00h A. Campana (Geneva) Spontaneous abortion
September 28, 1998 09.00h P.G. Bianchi (Geneva) Diagnostic methods in female infertility
10.00h D. Chardonnens (Geneva) Hormonal treatment of female infertility
11.00h G. de Candolle (Geneva) Surgical treatment of female infertility
14.00h G. Benagiano (Geneva) Reproductive health: a new dimension for gynecologists
September 29, 1998 09.00h R. Martin-du-Pan (Geneva) Diagnostic methods in male infertility
10.00h A. de Agostini (Geneva) Semen analysis
11.00h G. de Boccard (Geneva) Treatment of male infertility
September 30, 1998 09.00h A. Stalberg (Geneva) Assisted reproductive technologies
10.00h F. Urner (Geneva) Embryo development in vitro
11.00h J. Philippe (Geneva) Diabetes and reproduction
October 1, 1998 09.00h D. de Ziegler (Geneva) The menopause
10.00h D. de Ziegler (Geneva) Hormone replacement therapy
11.00h J.-Ph. Bonjour (Geneva) Osteoporosis
October 2, 1998 09.00h S. Nazeer (Geneva) Cancer screening programmes - Basic principles
10.00h E. Megevand (Geneva) Treatment of cervical dysplasia. (Grade to treat - Methods of treatment)
11.00h S. Nazeer (Geneva) Reproductive Tract Infections. (Classification - Diagnostics and Treatment - Syndromic Management)
October 5, 1998 09.00h F. Beguin (Geneva) Labor and delivery
10.00h P. Hohlfeld (Lausanne) Operative obstetrics
11.00h M. Boulvain (Geneva) Maternal morbidity
14.00h H. Bossart (Lausanne) Obstetrics: past, present and future
October 6, 1998 09.00h Y. Vial (Lausanne) Ultrasounds in obstetrics
10.00h Ph. Extermann (Geneva) Prenatal diagnosis
11.00h O. Irion (Geneva) Pre-eclampsia/Eclampsia
October 7, 1998 * 09.00h R. Guidotti /M. Usher-Patel (WHO) Safe Motherhood Initiative. General Review
10.00h R. Guidotti /M. Usher-Patel (WHO) Introduction to country case work
11.00h Groups created to discuss country case work
October 8, 1998 * 09.00h Group work on country case work (Supported by WHO Secretariat)
October 9, 1998 * 09.00h Group I presentation
09.20h Panel discussion
09.45h Group II presentation
10.10h Panel discussion
10.30h Short break
11.00h Group III presentation
11.20h Panel discussion
11.45h Group IV presentation
12.10h Panel discussion


The lecture plan is divided in modules. Each person in charge of a module will present it the first day and a student will make a summary at the end of the module.

Pre-screening of students to determine specific interests (clinical or research). On the basis of this procedure, tentative groups and topics allocation will be determined.

Lectures will end on October 9, 1998.

During the course the students will be asked to prepare a research project on a topic of personal interrest chosen among those proposed. For initial assistance the student can contact the tutor responsible for the topic. The student will combine a bibliographic research with the research project.

Each student should deliver his research project at the latest Friday October 9, together with a diskette.

The student will present the results of this bibliographic research review after the course in an oral presentation.

The presentations will take place on October 12 and on October 13

A written examination consisting in a multiple choice test and 2 open questions will be held on October 14, 1998.

This bibliographic research review and its presentation will contribute with the multiple choice test to the final evaluation of the students.