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Survey: World Embryologists Day
Liesl Nel-Themaat of Colorado Reproductive Endocrinology posted on EmbryoMail the idea of holding an regular Embryologists Day. For further information please contact Liesl Nel at with ideas and suggestions. IF you are having trouble posting a comment, please send to Liesl or to & I will add them.
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The Question was:What should it be called? - Total yes replies= 392
1. The Option: World Embryologists Day [Results: Yes= 173 No: 219 Total= 392] ANALYSIS
2. The Option: International Embryologists Day [Results: Yes= 137 No: 255 Total= 392] ANALYSIS
3. The Option: ARTologists Day (to acknowledge others who work in IVF e.g. nurses, Andrologist, clinicians, etc) [Results: Yes= 13 No: 379 Total= 392] ANALYSIS
4. The Option: International IVF day [Results: Yes= 69 No: 323 Total= 392] ANALYSIS
The Question was:When should we celebrate it? - Total yes replies= 363
5. The Option: February 17th [Karl Ernst von Baer- birth date of the father of embryology] [Results: Yes= 74 No: 289 Total= 363] ANALYSIS
6. The Option: July 25 (Louise Brown’s birthday) [Results: Yes= 170 No: 193 Total= 363] ANALYSIS
7. The Option: September 27th [Edward's birthday] [Results: Yes= 42 No: 321 Total= 363] ANALYSIS
8. The Option: October 4th (in recognition of Dr. Edwards work by the awarding of the Nobel Prize) [Results: Yes= 68 No: 295 Total= 363] ANALYSIS
9. The Option: Should each society nominate their own date [to align with annual meetings, etc]. [Results: Yes= 9 No: 354 Total= 363] ANALYSIS
The Question was:Who should celebrate it? - Total yes replies= 372
10. The Option: Only Embryologists? [Results: Yes= 173 No: 199 Total= 372] ANALYSIS
11. The Option: Only scientists? [Results: Yes= 13 No: 359 Total= 372] ANALYSIS
12. The Option: All who work in IVF? [Results: Yes= 186 No: 186 Total= 372] ANALYSIS
The Question was:How Should We Celebrate It? - Please make a suggestion in the comments.. - Total yes replies= 412
13. The Option: Hold a world-wide web conference? [Results: Yes= 79 No: 333 Total= 412] ANALYSIS
14. The Option: Raise money for a fertility related charity? [Results: Yes= 52 No: 360 Total= 412] ANALYSIS
15. The Option: Clinic celebrations (lunch, drinks, gifts etc) where the clinic recognise the value of the scientific staff (always busy in an isolated laboratory). [Results: Yes= 281 No: 131 Total= 412] ANALYSIS
#30 of . writes: Thank You.
#31 of Canada writes: most other team members (i.e nurses, secretaries all already have their own 'days', we should restrict to embryologists.
#32 of Australia writes: Love the idea
#33 of Australia writes: Clebrate by having clinic celebrations and raise money for a fertility related cause!
#34 of Canada writes: It is true that nurses and physicians have their own day. However lab personnel (embryologist and andrologists) don't have. I strongly believe that andrologists should be recognized as well. IVF day is more suitable in my opinion.
#35 of USA writes: Both embryologists and andrologists should celebrate.
#36 of India writes: waiting for the final result
#37 of Trinida & Tobago writes: Why not have a day for embryologists, and a different day for IVF (including patients). Celebrate with 13, 14 and 15. Also, walks to raise awareness of ivf....
#38 of India writes: world ivf day - aim should be to increase awareness among public to educate them regarding safety and global success rates. Conferences, press releases and other mass media activities can then be launched regionally to educate general public. Gives more importance to people working behind the scene... Who are literally non existent!
#39 of USA writes: Really?
#40 of USA writes: Not only should we encourage clinics to hold celebrations recognizing their embryology staff but I believe that embryology needs more public exposure. This can be achieved by having noted embryologists appear on radio/TV shows on the said day, have embryologists give lectures in colleges... (just a thought)..
#41 of USA writes: For survey question What should it be called. I hope everyone realizes that #2 is abbeviated IED. Not something that I want to be a associated with. Just a thought.
#42 of Spain writes: My belief is that the Nobel prize was the official recognition of our relevant profession. Can be considered the apex of the embryology career. We embryologists need to claim for recognition, so, I prefer to save a day only for us. I would like to suggest that we adopt a mascot: The Australian Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) This bird builds its own incubator for the eggs. Then it controls and maintains the incubation conditions (temperature) for months. I've always seen it as a colleague!
#43 of USA writes: I was a bit disappointed to see that a majority of respondants selected Louise Brown's birthday as the proper date to celebrate. I think it discriminates on the basis of species quite strongly; animals have made invaluable contributions to embryology (zebrafish, xenopus, chicken...need I continue?) in all fields whether research based or in the pursuit of clinical applications.
#44 of Canada writes: Doctors, nurses and secretaries already have their own days. Andrologists as well as embryologists also deserve their day!
#45 of USA writes: I would suggest removing World from the name "World Embryologists Day". An annual "Embryologists Day" will be easy to prounuced and recognized. How Should We Celebrate It? A combination of clinic celebrations and recognition by Reproductive medicine societies such as ASRM, ESHREE and other to recognise the value of the scientific staff.
#46 of USA writes: 1. Name: I would like World IVF Day. 2nd would be International IVF Day. IVF instead of embryology because I'm an Andrologist
#47 of USA writes: I like all three ideas of celebration
#52 of USA writes: We have a yearly "Baby Reunion", which I actually dread attending. I am an embryologist. None of the patients know who I am. I see them give their love and gratitude to their doctor, their nurses, the financial specialist, and all the clerical staff who have greeted them over the days of their cycles. Again, no one knows who I am. And I'm of the opinion that the rest of the staff assumes we reside in the laboratory 24/7. In the evening, we just "power down". How about a day just for us!
#54 of Canada writes: Can someone define an "embryologist" or "scientist" for me?
#55 of Australia writes: I would have said an embryologist only works in the embryology laboratory but a scientist may also include those who work in the Embryology, Andrology, Endocrine, Genetics or Ultrasound departments or any combination of the above.
#57 of Australia writes: Charities that raise money for fistula operations such as the Fistula Foundation I think would be a very worthy cause. Becoming aware of this third world problem has made me appreciate how lucky we are in countries like Australia and the access we have to excellent medical facilities including ART treatment.
#58 of USA writes: I would like to know what the distinction is between embryologist and scientists? Really many people working in the IVF laboratory make it run. There are andrologists, bench technicians performing retrievals and other duties, micromanipulators, etc. I guess I just don't understand what makes someone an embryologist? Aren't embryologists scientist?
#59 of Australia writes: Love the idea
#61 of Brazil writes: I do agree with the idea that `Embryologists Day` should be more easy to pronounce and recognized and that the Australian Malleefowl (Leipoa ocellata) is a suitable mascot to the embryologist work!
#62 of Brazil writes: No
#63 of Brazil writes: Very good idea to be recognised world wide
#65 of India writes: embryologists exchange programmes between different institutes for upgradation, training to the upcoming embryologists.
#66 of Brazil writes: A work so special deserve a special day!
#68 of Australia writes: ART scientist day
#69 of Canada writes: Make it a whole embryologist week!
#72 of USA writes: Thanks for creating another Hallmark Day/Holiday. How about something more substantive? How about organizing embryologists so that they could get a better share of their contribution, both financially and intellectually!!!
#73 of Russia writes: It will be great day!!!
#74 of United Arab Emirates writes: An opportunity once in a year to be cherished about and to feel proud of the profession one is dedicated to.
#75 of United Kingdom writes: I trained with Bob Edwards at Bourn Hall and Cambridge University. I was therefore one of the first ever clinical embryologists. Any funds raised should go to the Edwards Steptoe Trust.
#76 of Qatar writes: We should have a day so our work will be appreciated!
#77 of USA writes: When Dr. Edwards was awarded the Nobel Prize I tried to get the local news (both print and electronic) to pick up the AP feed and add a local piece recognizing the monumental honor and the influence he and Dr. Steptoe have had on our professional lives and our community. The media outlets had no clue or interest. This designation and worldwide promotion and backing would go a long way to help us be more than that guy behind the sliding window. We are all honored and privileged to be such a special part of these families lives but professional recoginition would go a long way to make us all feel that we have a legitimate role in outcomes!!!! Nurses get their due and Docs maybe too much - let's keep this distinction for our own.
#78 of United Kingdom writes: it has to be a world embryologist celebration day. A online conference or surveys in different topics would be useful to get the ideas and future developments to passed on to all the embryologists around the .
#79 of India writes: In line with the other 'days' celebrated, such as world heart day, we can agree on a theme for each year and the clinics, respective societies etc can celebrate in such a spread awareness and if possible collect funds for fertility related researches.
#80 of Ecuador writes: Mas conferencias internacionales....
#81 of Malaysia writes: how to clelebrate? couldnt agree more :) Clinic celebrations (lunch, drinks, gifts etc) where the clinic recognise the value of the scientific staff (always busy in an isolated laboratory).
#82 of Hong Kong writes: Great idea!
#212 writes: I believe who working in IVF clinic should be more important. this is a good idea. thanks a lot
#221 writes: It is called world embryolgist day.... Not world ivf day!!!
#222 writes: great idea. embryologist is equal imp. part of art field. embryologist work should also be appreciated.
#223 writes: Ethiraj Balaji Prasath Hi At Singapore, embryologists working in KKIVF department of KK Hospital have been celebrating Embryologists day on 25th July every year in a grand manner for several years. We started celebrating since 1994. I was asked to choose a date and I chose 25th July as it is the birthday of Louise Brown, the first test tube baby. There was a pause in celebration and again we started to celebrate from 2006. My embryologists even made embroidered Tshirt for this purpose. I brought this idea across Embryo mail several years before but nobody seems to pick it up. Anyways, some embryologists from other countries trained by me celebrate this day. On recent 25th July, I collected all embryologists of Singapore together for the first time to celebrate this. My message to them was to bring this to embryologists of world. Now I see that there is a World Embryologists day. I am happy to hear this. Finally my idea and dream of all embryologists celebrating this special day have become a reality. In fact, every Embryologists day I bring my embryologists out for dinner and give them gifts. Also, KKIVF department celebrated this day for several years with all staff going for celebration dinner. Department also gives us gifts. HAPPY WORLD EMBRYOLOGISTS DAY!
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#1159 writes: Dear Colleagues, If we are speaking not only lab process of IVF, but infertility treating program, which correct call ART now days, we have to demonstrate our respect not only to Robert Edwards but to Patrick Steptoe as well. Russian Association of Human Reproduction suggested to celebrate Jul 25 as The World ART Day. The idea of WAD was approved by Louise Brown. We have a letter from her: "Dear Professor Korsak. My best wishes to you and all who work in the field of Human Reproduction in Russia, you are all doing a wonderful job to help people. In the last few years I have met people working in the fields of IVF and other Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) in many countries. My mother, Lesley Brown, would be amazed to see the methods that are used today and how sophisticated ART has become in 40 years. It means so many more infertile couples can now receive help and enjoy the joy of parenthood. It was my mother, my father John Brown, Robert Edwards, Patrick Steptoe and Jean Purdy who deserve all the praise and credit for their pioneering attitude. I did very little except arrive happily and healthily 40 years ago! World ART Day sounds like a fantastic idea. Through the internet I notice every year those people working in ART celebrating my birthday with cakes, dressing in green scrubs like those used by the pioneers and having open days at clinics. If people believe that July 25, my birthday, is the most appropriate date to mark and celebrate the wonderful work of all in the fields of ART I am happy to support the idea. But the credit must always go to my parents, the pioneering team, and all those who work in ART worldwide. There are millions of people in the world grateful for the work you all do. Best wishes, Louise Brown." Let's celebrate The World ART Day together and round The World Professor Vladislav .S. Korsak President of Russian Association of Human Reproduction (RAHR)
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