Special Issue "Sperm Cryopreservation and Sperm Banking"

A special issue of Medicina (ISSN 1648-9144). This special issue belongs to the section "Obstetrics and Gynecology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2021).

Special Issue Editor

Dr. George-Spyros Anifandis
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Guest Editor
1. Division of Morphology, Faculty of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, University of Thessaly, Volos, Greece
2. Assisted Reproduction Technology Unit (ART), Obstetrics and Gynaecology Clinic, University Hospital of Larisa, Larisa, Greece
Interests: quality of embryos; spermatozoa; IVF/ICSI; molecular embryology; IVF success/failure; assisted oocyte activation; time-lapse; pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD); fertilization; ovarian stimulation; cryopreservation/vitrification; sperm/oocyte banking; fertility in oncology patients
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sperm cryopreservation is the prerequisite method of Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) for preserving spermatozoa in cancer patients. The best known method is vitrification, an ultra-cooling method that works via a vapour phase, in most cases, with extremely increased survival rates after thawing. Over the last few years, there has been an increasing interest for selecting the appropriate protocol for sperm cryopreservation through the use of cryoprotectans. Numerous cryovials and instruments have been used to vitrify sperm samples. Cryopreservation has a negative effect on sperm parameters and physiology. Moreover, sperm cryobanking is the cryopreservation of sperm donor samples in order to be used in donor recipients, either couples who lack a sperm sample or unmarried women who wish to conceive. Nevertheless, cryobanking is governed from several rules, such as the control of contaminated samples and the appropriate quality control in order to eliminate the viral or bacterial contamination between the samples. Apart from the known and possible viral and bacterial contamination, over the last few years there is an increasing interest in sperm Human Papillomavirus (HPV) samples in relation to cryopreservation.

Please consider contributing to this important area of study by submitting an article to this Special Issue on the state-of-the-art research on sperm cryopreservation and sperm banking currently underway. By gathering our knowledge together, we aim to gain further common insights into the issues facing this field.

Assist. Prof. Dr. George Anifandis
Guest Editor

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  • sperm
  • cryopreservation
  • vitrification
  • sperm banking
  • viral/bacterial transmission

Published Papers

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