Submitted by alvin on Sat, 2016-03-19 19:05 Manipal: An Indo-German Conference on ‘Current Trends in Assisted Reproduction Technology’ (ART) was inaugurated by the German Consul General from German Consulate in Bangalore Joern Rodhe at the Dr TMA Pai Hall in Manipal on Saturday. The two-day conference is being jointly organised by the Department of Clinical Embryology of KMC Manipal, University of Muenster, Humboldt Foundation, Germany and Manipal Association of Clinical Embryologists. “ART involves a lot of ethical questions, legal issues and cultural aspects that need to be considered and this makes it a truly interdisciplinary area from both clinical and research point of view. Manipal stands out as a signature university when it comes to collaboration with German university. Germany retains high research and educational standards, no tuition fees and a very relaxed visa regime making it an ideal destination for research. The mutual exchange of information on universities, research institutions and funding opportunities will further intensify Indo-German academic and research cooperation,” said Mr Joern Rohde. Prof Stefan Schlatt, Director, Centre of Reproductive Medicine and Andrology, the co-organiser of the meeting said scientific collaboration between India and Germany had strengthened over the years he was glad to be a part of this progress. “Manipal’s journey on internationalisation began with an agreement with a single German University in 1999 and the scope has now increased to over 15 Universities in Germany," said Dr H Vinod Bhat, Vice-Chancellor of Manipal University. Dr Satish Adiga, Convener of the conference, said the conference offered a great opportunity to learn and discuss technological advancements made by both countries to benefit infertile couples. Dr Poornima Baliga, Dean of Kasturba Medical College, Manipal, said the idea of meeting was to provide a platform for doctors and researchers to interact and discuss strategies to improve patient care in the field of IVF.