ASPIRE 9th Masterclass


The ASPIRE 9th Masterclass, focusing on the theme “ Endometriosis ”, was a 2-days masterclass held from 23 Feb – 24 Feb 2024. The masterclass explored all the new developments in endometriosis-related fertility issues, from the latest on how endometriosis and adenomyosis can negatively impact fertility right through to up-to-the-minute evidence based fertility treatment for patients suffering from adenomyosis-related and endometriosis-related infertility – how to customise and optimise treatment for your patients in a precision medicine approach to endometriosis-related infertility. It also explored and developed a consensus on the structure of care in endometriosis, focusing on networks of expertise and centres of excellence, as well as a consensus on fertility preservation for endometriosis sufferers – and this is a unique opportunity for attendees to be involved in such a consensus process.

The lectures during the masterclass was presented by 7 international and 14 local speakers.

Date: 23 – 24 February 2024

Venue: Rydges Hotel, Auckland, New Zealand

International speakers:
Dr. Siriruthai Amnatbuddee (Thailand)
Professor Angela Aguilar (Philippines)
Professor Chii-Ruey Tzeng (Taiwan)
Professor Louise Hull (Australia)
Professor Luk Rombauts (Australia)
Ms Rebecca Kerner (Australia)
Professor Yutaka Osuga (Japan)

Domestic Speakers
Pofessor Neil Johnson (New Zealand)
Dr. Deborah Bush (New Zealand)
A/Prof Jane Girling (New Zealand)
Dr. Phill McChesney (New Zealand)
Dr. Emily Liu (New Zealand)
Dr. Elizabeth Glanville (New Zealand)
Dr. Praveen de Silva (New Zealand)
Professor Cindy Farquhar (New Zealand)
Ms. Nicol Ranger (New Zealand)
Ms. Teresa Gudex (New Zealand)
Dr. Vitalis Skiauteris (New Zealand)
Ms. Loula George (New Zealand)
Dr. Simon Edmonds (New Zealand)
Dr. May-Lee Wong (New Zealand)

View Scientific Programme here

View Speakers’ Biographies here

Lecture recordings can be accessed on the educational portal (ASPIRE Members only).

ASPIRE 8th Masterclass

“Ovarian Stimulation & Poor Responders”

The ASPIRE 8th Masterclass, focusing on the theme “Ovarian Stimulation & Poor Responders”, was a 2-days masterclass held from 31 Jan – 1 Feb 2020. The lectures in the masterclass covered presentations that discussed many recent novel reports about improving ovarian stimulation and how to select the most suitable method for each situation. In addition to that, special presentations, such as cutting-edge technologies to overcome poor-responder cases, which until now, had been regarded as impossible to be treated successfully, were included in the programme. Many alternative treatments, which includes iPS cells, in vitro activation (IVA), cytoplasmic exchange and mitochondrial rejuvenation and other methods have been discussed in the masterclass as well.

The lectures during the masterclass was presented by 6 international and 13 local speakers. At a total of 19 speakers, the 8th Masterclass holds the record having the greatest number of faculty members to have presented in the ASPIRE Masterclass. The faculty was carefully selected by the ASPIRE 8th Masterclass organizing chairperson, Professor Atsushi Tanaka, and the ASPIRE Education Committee.

The ASPIRE 8th Masterclass has been ASPIRE’s most successful masterclass till date. With a final count of 126 delegates that have registered, this masterclass is proud to hold another record – the highest attendance rate out of all ASPIRE Masterclasses by far.

Date: 31 January – 1 February 2020

Venue: Tokyo, Japan

Invited Speakers:

  • Professor Atsushi Tanaka – Chairperson for ASPIRE 8th Masterclass (Saint Mother Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan)
  • Professor Scott Nelson (University of Glasgow, Glasgow, United Kingdom)
  • Professor Tzeng Chii-Ruey (Taipei Medical University Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Professor Budi Wiweko (Universitas Indonesia, Jakarta, Indonesia)
  • Dr Clare Boothroyd (Care Fertility, Brisbane, Australia)
  • Dr Christos Venetis (University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia)
  • Dr Wang Huai-Ling (Stork Fertility Center, Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Dr Bunpei Ishizuka (Rose Ladies Clinic, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Professor Yutaka Osuga (Tokyo University, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Professor Hisashi Narahara (Ōita University, Ōita, Japan)
  • Dr Keiji Kuroda (Sugiyama Clinic, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dr Koji Nakagawa (Sugiyama Clinic, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Dr Sumihide Okamoto (ART Okamoto Women’s Clinic, Nagasaki, Japan)
  • Dr Masahide Shiotani (Hanabusa Women’s Clinic, Kobe, Japan)
  • Dr Kazuhiro Kawamura (International University of Health and Welfare, Tochigi, Japan)
  • Dr Yodo Sugishita (St. Marianna University, Kawasaki, Japan)
  • Dr Makio Shozu (Chiba University, Chiba, Japan)
  • Dr Keiichi Kato (Kato Ladies Clinic, Tokyo, Japan)
  • Professor Katsuhiko Hayashi (Kyushu University, Kyushu, Japan)

View Scientific Programme here

Lecture recordings can be accessed on the educational portal (ASPIRE Members only).

ASPIRE 7th Masterclass CANCELLED


This masterclass is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

ASPIRE 6th Masterclass

“Male Infertility”

Traditionally, infertility management in Asia has been directed towards females.  While treatment providers understand that male factors account for over 50% of infertility issues among couples, male infertility issues are still left very unexplored and discussed. Therefore, ASPIRE decided to bring back the topic of Male Infertility, 4 years since our 1st masterclass on Male Infertility, to encourage professionals and experts in the field to share their knowledge. ASPIRE 6th Masterclass on Male Infertility is aimed at all sectors providing for its care: urologists, gynaecologists, fertility specialists, and embryologists.

The ASPIRE 6th Masterclass was a 2-days programme divided into workshops and lectures; all focusing on the theme “Male Infertility”. The Clinical Workshops involved video reviews and live surgeries where participating clinicians can directly interact with the expert surgeons. The Laboratory Workshop embraced hands-on session specifically designed for embryologists who wishes to learn more about the latest innovations in the field.  The lectures consisted of a comprehensive coverage on male infertility issues, from initial diagnosis, to medical/surgical treatment, and laboratory tests/ treatment to Assisted Reproductive Technology.

Overall, ASPIRE 6th Masterclass was a huge success. We saw participants from Australia, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, UAE and Vietnam. At 98 delegates, ASPIRE 6th Masterclass concluded with the highest attendance rate out of all ASPIRE Masterclasses by far.

Date: 28 February – 1 March 2019
Venue: Manila, Philippines

Invited Speakers:

  • Virgilio M. Novero Jr. – Chairperson for ASPIRE 6th Masterclass (St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, UP-PGH Medical Center, Manila, Philippines)
  • Professor R. John Aitken (Priority Research Center & University of Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia)
  • Associate Professor Dennis G. Lusaya (St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City; University of Santo Tomas Hospital, Manila, Philippines)
  • Ranjith Ramasamy (University of Miami, Florida, USA)
  • Professor Atsushi Tanaka (Saint Mother Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan)
  • Mr Youichi Takemoto (Saint Mother Hospital, Fukuoka, Japan)
  • Rupin Shah Lilavati Hospital and Research Center, Mumbai, India)
  • Fernando Bronet (Instituto Valenciano de Infertilidad, Madrid, Spain)
  • Professor Michelle Lane (Monash IVF Group, Dulwich, Australia)
  • Professor Gwo-Jang Wu (Center for Reproductive Medicine, Tri-Service General Hospital, Taipei, Taiwan)
  • Nikko Magsanoc (St. Luke’s Medical Center Global City, UP-PGH Medical Center, Manila, Philippines)

View Scientific Programme here

Lecture recordings can be accessed on the educational portal (ASPIRE Members only).

ASPIRE 5th Masterclass

“State of Art in IVM 2018”

There is an enormous variability on how IVM is defined and practiced worldwide. This variation is reflected in the types of patients recruited, the pre-treatment medication used, and the methods implemented in the embryology laboratory. While IVM is still considered a research technique for niche indications in Europe and the USA, there are important promoter centers in Vietnam, Australia, Belgium, Canada, Korea, Japan, etc. where significant expertise has been acquired over the years. Many of our colleagues are not aware of the advances in immature oocyte biology and on the potential of IVM as a patient-friendly technique in ART. The culture improvements over the last few years have positively impacted the expectations of IVM as a safer technology than classical IVF in patients with an increased antral follicle count and AMH.

The 5th Aspire Masterclass was a 3-days programme that focused on the theme “State of the Art in IVM 2018”. In these 3 days, we saw 84 participants and 6 experts from various countries (Australia, Belgium, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Nepal, Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, USA and Vietnam) coming together to share their expertise, to discuss and dig deeper into the practice of IVM.

16 participants even had the chance to learn from live demonstrations of oocyte pick-ups and handling immature oocytes and practice lab preparations for IVM.

Date: 27 – 29 September 2018
Venue: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Invited Speakers:

  • Dr. Thi Ngoc Lan Vuong, My Duc Hospital, Vietnam (Chairperson)
  • Prof. Johan Smitz, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium (Co-Chairperson)
  • Dr. Ho Manh Tuong, My Duc Hospital, Vietnam
  • Prof. Robert Gilchrist, UNSW Sydney, Australia
  • Dr. Sergio Romero, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium
  • Ms. Hoang Anh Le, My Duc Hospital, Vietnam

View the scientific programme here.

Lecture recordings can be accessed on the educational portal (ASPIRE Members only).

ASPIRE 4th Masterclass

“Enhancement of Embryo Implantation”

Implantation remains the biggest hurdle to pregnancy in ART cycles and is the most difficult aspect of pregnancy to assess and treat.  Furthermore, miscarriage after fertility treatment is devastating for couples who require additional support and care.  Clinicians have to navigate the myriad of novel and uncertain diagnostic tests and therapies requested by patients who are desperately struggling to achieve an ongoing pregnancy.

The 4th Aspire Masterclass was a 2-days programme that focused on the theme “Enhancement of Embryo Implantation”. The scientific programme was packed with informative lectures and interaction opportunities such as difficult case discussion.

Date: 25 – 26 January 2018
Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

Invited Speakers:

  • Associate Prof. Louise Hull, Australia (Chairperson)
  • Nares Sukcharoen, Thailand (Co-Chairperson)
  • Asgi Fazleabas, USA
  • Bruce Lessey, USA
  • Neil Johnson, New Zealand
  • Ying Cheong, England
  • Xavier Santamaria, Spain
  • Keiji Kuroda, Japan
  • Associate Prof. Dr. Suphakde Julavijitphong, Thailand
  • Guying Nie, Australia

View the programme here.

Lecture recordings can be accessed on the educational portal (ASPIRE Members only).

ASPIRE 3rd Masterclass

“Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis/Preimplantation Genetic Testing”

Preimplantation Genetic Screening (PGS) and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis (PGD) are increasing requested by couples who are undergoing infertility treatments. Knowledge of PGS and PGD is therefore integral to contemporary fertility care.

The 3rd Aspire Masterclass offered an opportunity for practitioners to keep abreast of the latest developments and technologies in the area of PGD/PGT. The Masterclass programme is structured around a hands-on training workshop, scientific lectures and case discussions.

Date: 11 – 13 October 2017
Venue: Reproductive Medical Center, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China and Excemon Beijing Hongxiang Hotel

Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Jie Qiao, China (Chairperson)
  • Dr. Rong Li, China (Co-Chairperson)
  • Dr. Clare Boothroyd, Australia (Co-Chairperson)
  • Dr. Alpesh Doshi, United Kingdom
  • Dr. George Liperis, Australia
  • Dr. Jan Liebelt, Australia
  • Dr. Wong Pak Seng, Malaysia
  • Dr. Hiroki Kurahashi, Japan
  • Dr. Alan Thornhill, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Eileen Tan, Singapore
  • Associate. Prof. Yang Yu, China
  • Dr. Jin Huang, China
  • Dr. Yan Junhao, China
  • Prof. Yanwen Xu, China
  • Dr. Liu Ping, China

View the scientific programme here.

Lecture recordings can be accessed on the educational portal (ASPIRE Members only).

ASPIRE 2nd Masterclass

“PCOS – closing the gaps in its origins, metabolic and fertility consequences including treatment options in 2017”

Date: 20 – 22 January 2017
Venue: Crowne Plaza West Hanoi, Vietnam

Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Richard S. Legro, USA
  • Prof. Joop S.E. Laven, The Netherlands
  • Prof. Zi-Jiang Chen, China
  • Prof. Robert Norman, Australia (Chairperson)
  • Associate Prof. Lisa Moran, Australia

View the programme here.

Lecture recordings can be accessed on the educational portal (ASPIRE Members only).

ASPIRE 1st Masterclass

“Hard Facts and Flaccid Myths about Male Infertility, Learn it from the Masters”

ASPIRE has strived to raise awareness and understanding of treatment options for infertility amongst healthcare professionals as well as to develop and advance fertility services in the Asia-Pacific region.

To fulfil its mission, ASPIRE, is developing ASPIRE Masterclasses in Asia-Pacific. Our first edition, which was focused on Andrology was successfully concluded on 8 November 2015 with 36 participants and 5 Faculty members!

Date: 7 – 8 November 2015
Venue: Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort, Siem Reap City, Cambodia

Invited Speakers:

  • Prof. Jaideep Malhotra, India
  • Dr. Craig Niederberger, USA
  • Dr Rupin Shah, India
  • Dr. Phil Matson, Australia
  • Dr. Ranjith Ramasamy, India

View the programme here.