Basic Semen Analysis Course

The aim of the course is to improve the standards of basic semen analysis. It is an international course, aimed at laboratories outside the Nordic countries. Two persons from each laboratory - one with medical responsibility (“supervisor”) and one engaged in practical laboratory work (“technician”) - are encouraged to participate in the course. 


Dr Lars Björndahl and Professor Jackson Kirkman-Brown


For members of Association of Biomedical Andrologists (ABA) - £975
For members of BAS (subsidised by BAS) - £950
Non-members - £1100

Fee includes lectures and guided, printed handouts of presentations, practical exercises, lab coats, get together party, lunches and coffee/tea.

The WHO laboratory manual and other books are NOT INCLUDED.

Maximum number of participants will be 20.



 Timetable for Monday
12.00 Registration 
12.30 Pre-course introduction to Basic Laboratory Principles
13.30 1. Introduction to course and WHO Lab Manual (2010) 
15.15 2. Clinical Significance of Semen Analysis 1(2)
16.15 Refreshments
16.45 2. Clinical Significance of Semen Analysis 2(2)
17.45 3. Sample Collection and Macroscopic Examination
18.15 General Discussion
18.30 Close
20.00 Evening Reception


 Timetable for Tuesday
09.00 PRACTICAL: Pre-test
14.00 Lunch 
14.30 4. Examination of the Wet Preparation 
15.00 5. Sperm Concentration Measurement
15.45 Refreshments
16.15 6. Sperm Motility Assessment
17.00 Refreshments
17.15 7. Introduction to Sperm Kinematics
17.45 Discussion of results from Pre-test
18.00 General Discussion
18.15 Close


 Timetable for Wednesday
09.00 PRACTICAL: Training session 1 (concentration and motility), if possible with CASA demonstration
11.00 Refreshments
11.20 PRACTICAL: Training session 1 continued
13.00 Lunch
14.00 8. Sperm Morphology Evaluation
15.00 Refreshments
15.15 9. Assessment of Sperm Vitality
15.45 10. Antisperm Antibodies
16.45 Break 
17.00 11. Sperm Preparation Methods
17.45 Results of Training Session 1
18.00 General discussion
18.15 Close


 Timetable for Thursday
09.00 PRACTICAL: Training session 2 (morphology, vitality and antibodies), if available with CASA demonstration (morphology)
11.00 Refreshments
11.30 PRACTICAL: Training session 2 continued
13.00 Lunch
14.00 12. Introduction to Basic Principles of Quality Management
15.15 Results of Training Session 2
16.00 General discussion
16.15 Refreshments
16.45 Written examination
17.45 Close


 Timetable for Friday
09.00 Practical examination
11.00 Refreshments
11.30 Practical examination continued
14.30 Close

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The course will be held in the Teaching Laboratories, Medical School, University of Birmingham.  The Medical School is just a three minute walk away from the University station. Turn right as you leave the station and the Medical School is in front of you. Most cross-country services to Birmingham arrive at New Street station. Up to six trains an hour depart for the University station on the cross-city line (final destination: Longbridge or Redditch).

Local parking is available on a pay-and-display basis but it may take time to find parking, please allow for this when arriving.

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The University of Birmingham is pleased to offer two hotels on campus. Both are conveniently located just a ten minute walk away from the University Station.

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