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DEADLINE April 26, 2019 - The ASRM Research Institute Solicits its First Round of Major Grant Applications

The newly established ASRM Research Institute invites applications from investigators to develop research projects addressing fundamental questions of major clinical significance to reproductive medicine. Preference for funding will be given to projects that attempt to answer timely, basic and clinically relevant questions of potential high impact to the practice of reproductive medicine and which are currently not fundable (either because of applicable existing federal law or because of relatively lower prioritization) by federal funding agencies. Applicants are advised to review the recently published ASRM Research Blueprint identifying the list of research priorities for the Society.

ASRM Goes to Geneva for the World Health Organization’s Global Summit on Safety and Access to Fertility Care

This week, members of ASRM’s leadership team are meeting with other leaders in reproductive health from around the world in Geneva, Switzerland. The WHO is holding its Global Summit on Safety and Access to Fertility Care to develop strategies for improving access to safe, ethical, and cost-effective fertility care, particularly in developing countries. This conference follows up on an ASRM-sponsored meeting in 2015.

ASRM Statement on Reports of Human Reproductive Gene-Editing in China

Statement attributable to ASRM President, Peter Schlegel, MD.

 

“We have reviewed the report of He Jiankui of Shanghai, China, regarding the initiation of a twin pregnancy after premature human application of the unfolding scientific technique of CRISPER/Cas to modify genes in human embryos as part of an in vitro fertilization (IVF) procedure.  Although gene editing may have an important place in human medicine in the future, it should only be used clinically after careful study done with vigorous oversight. 

Men Diagnosed with Azoospermia Are at Increased Risk of Death

Denver, CO-  Today, Scandinavian and American researchers presented the outcomes of a large prospective cohort study, looking at the connection between mortality risk and a diagnosis of male factor infertility.  Men diagnosed with azoospermia- no sperm observed in the ejaculate- were found to be at increased risk of dying during the years following assisted reproduction treatment compared to men with no male factor diagnosis. This risk was not seen for men with low sperm counts.

Ethnicity Affects Sperm Quality in Infertility Patients

Denver, CO- Researchers from Detroit and Dearborn, Michigan found that semen quality differed significantly between ethnic groups in a retrospective institutional review.  African American men had lower average sperm counts and motility and more abnormal sperm forms than Caucasian men.  And Middle Eastern and African American men were more likely to suffer from azoospermia (no sperm in the ejaculate) than Caucasian men.

For Women Trying to Conceive, Going to Bed on Time May Reduce the Time It Takes to Become Pregnant

Denver, CO-  Researchers from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri presented their findings today at the ASRM’s Scientific Congress and Expo in Denver, Colorado.  In a prospective cohort study designed to determine the associations of different measures of chronodisruption with time to conception (TTC), they found that women who were trying to become pregnant, who had more regular bedtimes, took less time to conceive than those whose bedtimes were more erratic.

Advances in Transgender Reproduction

Denver, CO – Researchers as the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress reported on several exciting studies in the rapidly growing field of transgender reproduction. Before undergoing medical and/or surgical transition, transgender people may freeze eggs or sperm to preserve their future fertility.  New research presented today sheds light on reproductive outcomes in this population.

 

Study of Female Veterans Shows High Numbers Report Being Sexual Assault Victims; Victims More Likely to be Infertile

Denver, Co – According to new research presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine’s Scientific Congress, a high proportion of female veterans have been victims of sexual assault. Veterans who reported infertility were found to have suffered sexual assault at even higher rates than those who did not report fertility problems.

Disparities in Ability to Access Fertility Care

Denver CO –  Research presented today at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine Scientific Congress showed that while the likelihood of having infertility was not impacted by race, education level, income or other social indicators, the ability to access treatment for infertility was strongly impacted by social factors.

IVF for Wounded Veterans Re-Authorized

Today, President Trump signed into law a fiscal year 2019 spending measure which packages three of the twelve annual appropriations measures required to annually fund the operations of the federal government.

HR 5895 combines funding for the Departments of Energy, Veterans Affairs and Legislative Branch and importantly includes a reauthorization of the program ASRM has long promoted which allows the VA to cover IVF treatments for wounded veterans.  Last week, the Senate approved the bill by a vote of 92-5 and the House followed suit, voting 377-20.

Illinois Becomes Fifth State to Enact Fertility Preservation Law

Illinois became the fifth state with a fertility preservation statute when Governor Bruce Rauner signed a bill (HB 2617) into law yesterday at Northwestern’s Prentice Women’s Hospital. The new law requires individual and group health policies to provide coverage for medically necessary expenses for standard fertility preservation services when a necessary medical treatment may directly or indirectly cause iatrogenic infertility to an enrollee. 

Forty Years of IVF, a Special Issue of Fertility and Sterility

Forty years ago, in July 1978, a remarkable medical breakthrough resulted in the birth of the first human conceived outside her mother’s body. Celebrating this achievement and Louise Brown’s birth, a special issue of Fertility and Sterility describes the development of IVF from its beginnings, through the refinements that brought embryo implantation rates up from less than 5% to over 50%, to technologies holding the potential to develop eggs or sperm from stem cells and to repair genetic errors in embryos. 

Delaware Joins States Requiring Coverage of IVF and Fertility Preservation

Delaware Governor John Carney signed into law a bill (SB139) to require insurers to cover a comprehensive list of infertility treatments, including IVF, bringing the number of states that now require some form of infertility coverage to sixteen and the number of states requiring coverage of fertility preservation services for those at risk of iatrogenic infertility to four. The new law becomes effective immediately.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine Announces Major Research Initiative- Creation of the ASRM Research Institute, a $10 Million Startup Investment for the Future of Reproductive Medicine

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the nation’s leading professional organization in reproductive medicine, today announced the creation of a new research arm, the ASRM Research Institute, with an initial funding level of $10 million to be spent over the next five years.

Maryland Becomes Third State to Enact Fertility Preservation Law

Maryland Governor Larry Hogan has signed into law a bill to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation treatment for those at risk of iatrogenic infertility, making it the third state to do so behind Connecticut and Rhode Island, which both passed laws in 2017. The new law applies to all policies, contracts, and health benefit plans issued, delivered, or renewed in the State on or after January 1, 2019.

National Baby Shower for Veteran Moms

Beginning Saturday, May 5, in upcoming weeks surrounding Mother’s Day, the US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers (VAMC) will host baby showers around the United States. The events will be held in partnership with the Elizabeth Dole Foundation and will honor over 2,400 new parent Veterans and Veteran parents-to-be.

ASRM Submits Comments on Proposed Conscience Rights Rule

Today, ASRM submitted comments to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar in response to a 216-page proposed rule aimed at protecting conscience-based objections of individuals and entities that are opposed to participating in certain activities based on religious belief or moral convictions. The proposed rule was issued in late January by the agency’s Office for Civil Rights days after the creation of a new Conscience and Religious Freedom Division within HHS.

ASRM Statement on Second Report of Storage Tank Failure

Washington D.C.- Cryopreservation of reproductive tissues is an essential part of modern infertility therapy. Up until last week, the history of cryopreservation had been a steady string of improved performance and reliability. We have now seen two major failures, apparently of equipment, redundancy and warnings, which have led to some tissue loss, though the extent of that loss is not yet fully determined.

American Society for Reproductive Medicine on Arizona Senate Bill 1393

Today, ASRM released the following statement on a bill that has passed the Arizona Senate and is being considered in committee by the Arizona House of Representatives. In a dispute over embryo custody, the bill would require a judge to rule in favor of the party who desires to bring the embryos to birth, regardless of the other party’s wishes, and in disregard of any previous agreement.

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