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LIFE IN VITRO the journal of Reproductive Sciences and technology

Life in vitro, the mission to spread knowledge in assisted reproductive technology is pleased to announce the launch of an unique and open access online journal- LIFE IN VITRO, the journal of Reproductive Sciences and technology.  The first journal in reproductive medicine/science field having a dedicated section on video submissions (an exclusive visual journal section) Initially The journal will be published four times in a year.

LIFE IN VITRO Journal Publication aims to set the highest standards for excellence in all facets: in transparency and accessibility to the scientific community and public; and in educational value; in content, style, and aesthetics of presentation; in editorial performance at every level.

The vision of the journal is:

  • To publish research articles in all areas of  reproductive Science & Technology without financial restriction to readers using the open access model of publication.
  • We strongly believe that the open access model will spur research across the world especially as researchers gain unrestricted access to high quality research articles.
  • No author fee for publication of articles (except videos and fast track)
  • The first journal in the field with a dedicated section on Video articles (Visual Journal style)

Currently Lifeinvitro.com is popular in 160 countries among ART professionals according to Google analytics.

The Journal will have following sections:

Review articles
Original research articles
Videos (Visual Journal)
Case studies
Book reviews

The journal also plan to publish special issues on relevant topics in ART. If you wish to be the Guest editor, kindly write to the Editor-in-Chief. Moreover a special section will be dedicated to Worldwide infertility Congress Lectures (Videos)

Editorial Board

  • K. Jayaprakasan (MD, DNB, MRCOG, PhD)

    Associate Professor and Subspecialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery
    Consultant Gynaecologist

    Mr. Jayaprakasan is a Royal College (RCOG) accredited specialist in Reproductive Medicine and Surgery, working as Fertility Unit Lead at Royal Derby Hospital, Derby, UK and as Associate Professor and IVF consultant at NURTURE, University of Nottingham, UK. He obtained MBBS from the University of Calicut, India in 1994; MD from the University of Pune, India in 1998 and MRCOG from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, London, UK in 2002. He was awarded PhD in 2009 by the University of Nottingham, UK for his research work related to standardizing the methods of ovarian reserve assessment with particular focus on 3D ultrasound markers.
    His key clinical and research interests are interventions to modify the effect of ovarian ageing on reproductive function and application of advanced ultrasound in Reproductive Medicine. He is currently leading a double blinded randomized controlled trial on the efficacy of DHEA on IVF treatment in women with predicted poor response. He has widely published on topics related to fertility, IVF and ultrasound, has contributed to many fertility and ultrasound book chapters and has recently edited two textbooks titled “Ultrasound in Subfertility – Routine applications & Diagnostic challenges” and “Setting up an IVF lab, embryo culture systems and running the unit”.
Associate Editors:
  • Sandro Esteves (M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D)

    Sandro Esteves (M.D., M.Sc., Ph.D) is the Director and founder of Androfert, Andrology and Human Reproduction Clinic, in Campinas, Brazil (www.androfert.com.br). He holds this position since 1997. Androfert is a referral Center for Male Reproduction and was the first Brazilian Human Reproduction Clinic to obtain ISO 9001:2008 certifications https://pgplus.bsigroup.com/cert/default.asp?certnumber=FS+562455&crdate=18%2F01%2F2011&certtemplate=inc_pt Dr. Esteves graduated in 1990 at the University of Campinas Medical School (UNICAMP), Brazil, (https://www.alumni.unicamp.br/person/show?personId=33947) where he accomplished a residency program in General Surgery and Urology (1991-1995) http://www.fcm.unicamp.br/deptos/urologia/urologia/linha_do_tempo.html. He received his Master Degree in Surgery in 1996 from UNICAMP http://www.bv.fapesp.br/pt/pesquisador/67545/sandro-cassiano-esteves/, and a PhD in Medicine in 1998 from the Federal University of São Paulo (UNIFESP), Brazil http://pesquisa.bvs.br/unifesp/resources/epm-017313. He did his post-residency training in Andrology and Male Infertility under a fellowship from the Cleveland Clinic Foundation International Center at the Center for Reproductive Medicine of the Glickman Urological & Kidney Institute in Cleveland, Ohio (1995-1996) http://www.clevelandclinic.org/reproductiveresearchcenter/info/alumni.html. Dr. Esteves is a Board certified Urologist by the Brazilian Society of Urology. 
  • Dr. Steven D. Fleming

    Dr. Steven D Fleming is the founding Scientific Director of Assisted Conception Australia at Greenslopes Private Hospital in Brisbane, a Senior Fellow at the University of Queensland and an Honorary Associate at the University of Sydney. After completing his PhD in 1987, he undertook postdoctoral research in the Human Reproduction Unit of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. From 1993-1997 he was appointed Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Nottingham in England, where he established the world’s first Master’s degree in Assisted Reproduction Technology with Dr Simon Fishel as well as a Summer School with Prof Lars Hamberger at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden. From 1998-2008 he was the Scientific Director of Westmead Fertility Centre at Westmead Hospital in Sydney and was appointed Senior Lecturer in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Sydney. He is the recipient of research grants from the National Health and Medical Research Council, the Rebecca L Cooper Medical Research Foundation, the Fertility Society of Australia and the University of Sydney. He is an author and editor of several books, book chapters and numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Editorial board:
  • Francisco Javier Martin-Romero

    Francisco Javier Martin-Romero obtained his Ph.D. degree in biochemistry at the University of Extremadura (Spain) in 1998. After a postdoctoral training at the National Institutes of Health (Bethesda, MD, USA), the University of Dundee (Dundee, UK), and the University of Extremadura, he established the Cell Signaling Group where he currently works as Principal Investigator. He has published over 30 book chapters, reviews, and articles in peer-reviewed journals, mostly focused on the role of oxidative stress and Ca2+ signaling in cell death. His current interests include the study of the Ca2+ signaling in different cell types and how the transport of Ca2+ modulates this signaling. He is particularly interested in the study of the store-operated calcium entry (SOCE), a Ca2+ influx pathway tightly regulated by the status of the [Ca2+] within the endoplasmic reticulum (ER).
  • Dr. Gabor Vajta

    Gabor Vajta obtained MD degree (1976), speciality (1979) and a PhD degree in human pathology (1988) in Hungary; and Doctor of Sciences degree (1999) in domestic animal embryology in Denmark. He is Adjunct Professor at University of Copenhagen, Denmark; Honorary Professor of BGI Shenzhen, China; and Research Professor at Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia.
    Dr. Vajta lives in Cairns, Queensland, Australia, but he is also permanent resident in China, and spends half of the year there and other Asian, European and American countries. He is director of a consulting company (www.gaborvajta.com), providing services in human and domestic animal embryology all over the world. He has a strong collaboration and partnership with ART, Rockhampton including scientific and commercial projects including those focusing on cattle cloning and vitrification, with the involvement of Chinese PhD students.
    He is author of more than 150 publications (books, book chapters and peer-reviewed journals, with 6000 citations); ad hoc reviewer of most journals in the field of human and domestic animal reproduction; and member of the Editorial Board of Cellular Reprogramming. Main topics of his research include cryopreservation of embryos and oocytes, somatic cell nuclear transfer, and various aspects of mammalian in vitro embryo culture
  • Dr. Nicolas Garrido

    Dr. Nicolas Garrido received his Biological Sciences Degree in 1997 from the University of Valencia in Spain. He did a pre-doctoral fellowship at the Frauenklinik, Düsseldorf, Germany. He received his Ph.D. Degree in Obstetrics and Gynaecology in 2001 from the University of Valencia, Spain, and the Extraordinary Prize for his thesis work in 2002. He also has a Master degree in Research Methods; Design and Statistics from Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain. Since 2000, he is the Director of the Andrology Laboratory and Sperm Bank at the Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad (IVI). Dr. Garrido is a member of several scientific societies and has twice received the reasearch award from the Spanish Society of Fertility, and the Prize Paper of the Spanish Society of Urology. The primary areas of his research are the molecular markers of male infertility and sperm survival after freezing/thawing, assisted reproduction in HIV/VHC serodiscordant couples, and sperm banking. Dr. Garrido is the recipient of several grants from public and private organizations in Spain. He has published over 80 articles and 40 reviews or book chapters, made almost 200 presentations at national and international congresses. He is also currently statistics assessor of IVI Valencia the biggest infertility clinic in Spain.
    Dr. Garrido coordinates the fellowship courses from the Teaching Area of the IVI group (actually 21 Infertility clinics worldwide, presenting more than 120 courses and 6 different Master studies) and is Professor, among others, of the post graduate Master in Biotechnology of the Human Reproduction from Instituto Universitario IVI, Valencia University. He is also in charge of IVICO, an IVI group company dedicated to provide with training, consulting and auditing services to assisted reproduction units.
  • Julius Hreinsson

    BSc in Biology from the University of Iceland, Reykjavik, 1987. Active in Assisted Reproduction for 21 years.
    PhD from the Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, 2003. Research interests include fertility preservation, IVM and cryopreservation. Currently focusing on decision making, management of ART-units and risk analysis. ESHRE certified Senior Clinical Embryologist since 2008.
    Laboratory Director at the Centre for Reproduction at Uppsala University Hospital, since August 2008.
    Ongoing MSc studies in business management at the University of Uppsala (since 2012).
    Active in national and international societies, especially regarding educational activities. Board member in the Nordic Fertility Society 2002-2008, current board member of the Swedish Society for Reproductive Medicine. Member of ESHRE since 1994.

    Keen on running and has participated in several half-marathon and marathons.
  • Pierre Vanderzwalmen

    Pierre Vanderzwalmen, bio-engineer, entered the field of embryology in 1978 at the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Liege, Belgium where he is achieving his PhD. He is currently working as scientific coordinator at the IVF centers of Prof Zech in Austria, and at the CHIREC IVF-Institute of Prof. Lejeune in Braine l´alleud-Brussels. His scientific investigations are focused on the selection of spermatozoa, embryo culture conditions, embryo development, and vitrification of oocytes and embryos.
  • Stefan du Plessis

    Prof. Stefan S du Plessis is Head of the Division of Medical Physiology and associate professor in the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences at Stellenbosch University, South Africa. He graduated with a B.Sc. (1989), BSc. Hon. (1990), M.Sc. cum laude (1994), Hon.B., B&A (1997), MBA (1999) and Ph.D. (2002). The title of his Ph.D. dissertation was "A study of the intracellular signaling events involved in the zona pellucida-induced acrosome reaction in human spermatozoa". Prof. du Plessis also heads up the SpermLab in the Department of Biomedical Sciences, responsible for basic research on male gametes and post graduate student training. His research interests are in the fields of oxidative stress (ROS & RNS) and anti-oxidants as well as elucidating the roles of obesity, insulin, leptin, glucose and GLUT8 on sperm parameters and function. Prof. du Plessis collaborates extensively with internationally recognized scientists. To date he has published more than 50 peer reviewed scientific articles and book chapters. He serves on the editorial board of two leading international journals and regularly acts as an ad hoc reviewer for various scientific journals.
  • Sheena Lewis

    Professor Sheena Lewis’ research has been focused on male infertility and in particular sperm DNA damage testing where her goal has been to identify causes of and treatments for male infertility by developing novel biomarkers. Professor Lewis is Chair of the Andrology special interest group of ESHRE, Chair of the British Andrology Society, a member of the executive committee of the British Fertility Society and a founder member and past Vice Chair of the Irish Fertility Society.    She has published over 100 full papers and book chapters and numerous reviews.    She is committed to raising ethical debate, particularly in issues relating to ART, within the medical and scientific undergraduate curriculum.  She also has a strong commitment to public engagement with research and regularly communicates her group’s latest research findings through international TV, radio and online interviews.
  • Dr. Yorgos Nikas, born in Athens, Greece, attained his medical degree and specialty in Obstetrics and Gynecology from the Athens University. He then did research on human reproduction for ten years at Le Kremlin Bicetre in Paris, Imperial College in London and Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm. Currently he is Scientific Director of the "Athens Innovative Microscopy" and top expert in electron microscopy. His studies on pinopodes and uterine receptivity are of international reputation and his imagery appears in numerous scientific magazines and press worldwide.
    Dr. Yorgos Nikas

  • Baris ATA

    Baris Ata graduated from the Istanbul School of Medicine in 1998. He completed residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology in 2003. During medical school and residency training he attended courses on research methodology, assisted reproduction and gynecological endoscopy around the world. His keen interest in improving his research skills led to acquisition of a Master’s Degree in Clinical Trials from the London School Hygiene and of Tropical Medicine. Baris completed a three years long clinical and research fellowship program in Reproductive Gynecological Endocrinology and Infertility at McGill University, Montreal, Canada in 2011. Upon returning to Turkey he assumed the directorship of the assisted reproduction unit of the Uludag University of Bursa where he works as an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He has several awards of excellence as a resident, fellow, clinician, researcher and a peer reviewer. He is sitting on the editorial board of several national and international journals. His research is on clinical aspects of assisted reproduction including but not limited to ultrasound monitoring of assisted reproduction treatment cycles, luteal phase physiology and support, prevention and management of ovarian hyperstimulation syndrome and in vitro maturation.
  • Prof. Dr. Diana Vaamonde

    Prof. Dr. Diana Vaamonde is an Assistant Professor in the Anatomy and Embryology Area of the Morphological Sciences Department, School of Medicine, of the University of Cordoba, Cordoba, Spain. She completed her BS Biology from Washington and Lee University in 1998 and her MS in Biology with emphasis on Reproduction from Old Dominion University/Jones Institute for Reproductive Medicine in 2004. Her Ph.D. program was in Physical Activity and Sport Sciences where she brought together knowledge from the reproductive medicine and the sports medicine fields. Most of her work has been on the effect of sports training, especially in elite athletes, on the male reproductive system. She is collaborator of Cleveland Clinic, assessing the possible effect of oxidative stress in such relationship. She has given oral presentations at ASRM Congress and invited talks at ESHRE Congress on the issue of exercise and reproduction. She has published over 20 original articles, has written and edited several book chapters and books. She also is a reviewer for a number of journals including Fertility and Sterility, Human Reproduction, Asian Journal of Andrology, etc. She has created in the last year the International Network on Physical Exercise and Fertility.

    Professional address:
    Diana Vaamonde
    Morphological Sciences Dpt.
    School of Medicine
    Avda Menendez Pidal s/n
    University of Cordoba
    Cordoba 14004, Spain

    Telephone: 011-34-661131265
    Fax: 011-34-957410509


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Dates 2014

Annual Meeting of the Middle East Fertility Society

Location: Abu dhabi, UAE
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Epigenetics in reproduction (ESHRE Campus Event)

Location: Lisbon, Portugal
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11th Congress of the Mediterranean Association for Ultrasound in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Location: Antalya, Turkey
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