Why this Conference?

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

This Conference has the principal goal of offering an authoritative 2016 update for reproductive scientists and clinicians about important new translational developments in reproductive biology/physiology and clinically relevant patient-care issues, while at the same time pointing out paradigm changes and imminent new potential developments of significance. By targeting clinicians as well as basic scientists as audience, this Conference will offer both groups a unique and intimate framework for interactions and exchanges of ideas.

The afternoon before formal start of the Conference will feature four practical, workshops for practicing clinical fertility specialists, basic scientists in human reproductive embryology/biology and clinical embryologists. Because space in these workshops is limited, we recommend early registration.

The Conference will offer an invited faculty of unique breadth, expertise and knowledge. After their lectures, speakers will be available to audience members for additional one-on-one discussions in a designated area outside the lecture hall.

The Conference also anticipates a significant scientific contribution from younger colleagues, and encourages submission of abstracts, which will be presented as posters: Lead authors of accepted abstracts (if under age 40) will automatically be eligible for discounted registration and a “Young Investigator Award.” Accepted abstracts will be published and citable (see below).

Finally, reproductive medicine often involves ethically and/or clinically complex issues. They will be addressed in their full complexities by offering a spectrum of opinions, reflective of differences of opinion, to allow the audience to reach its own conclusions. This is one reason why the Conference’s “theme” was chosen as: “Paradigm changes you may not hear about elsewhere.”

We are looking forward to welcoming you to New York City during the pre-Holiday Season, - one of the most beautiful periods of the year.

David F. Albertini, PhD
Ali H. Brivanlou, PhD, MD
Norbert Gleicher, MD
Zeev Shoham, MD