#ASRM2020: Meet 3 of Our Dynamic Speakers


#ASRM2020: Meet 3 of Our Dynamic Speakers

Meet Three Great #ASRM2020 Speakers

Join Jessica Waters, JD, American University, Sunday, Oct. 18th, 1:10 – 1:40 p.m., for the plenary, The 2020 Reproductive Rights Landscape. The 2020 reproductive rights landscape is ever changing. In a year when nothing is certain, one thing remained consistent, the continued attacks on the rights to provide and obtain a full range of reproductive health care. This plenary will focus on the changing legal and political landscape regarding reproductive rights, including a discussion of the emerging challenges at both the state and national levels. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions, COVID-related restriction, and the 2020 elections on reproductive health care.

Want to take a break? A virtual networking lounge will be available all day, every day for meeting up with fellow attendees, friends and colleagues. Plan a visit or just pop in to network and chat. You never know who you may run into!

Don’t miss Andres Travino, Monday, Oct. 19th, 9:00 – 9:30 a.m., in a special lecture, discussing his and his wife, Paulina’s, quest to save their two-year son, Andy, from a rare genetic disease. After 1,000 days in seven hospitals and seeing more than 300 doctors, the couple embarked on a desperate quest, utilizing IVF and PGD to conceive their daughter, Sophia, whose cord blood stem cells, transplanted into her brother via blood transfusion, replaced his faulty immune system and saved his life.

Today, both Andy, 11, and Sophia, 6, are healthy, beautiful children. In gratitude, the Travinos donated their remaining frozen embryos, that could never be used because they contained the flawed gene, to develop two new stem cell lines whose unique genetic properties will help researchers learn how Andy’s disease, and many others, develop and may be successfully treated.

Read more about Andres’ story in his book, Andy & Sophia.

Save your spot at a roundtable hosted by Paula Amato, MD, Oregon Health & Science University, Wednesday, Oct. 21st, 11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., titled CRISPR: Promise and Perils: A Primer on Gene Editing and the Ethical Controversies. New gene editing technologies have been offered as a avenue to give hope to those afflicted with genetic anomalies, but also have raised the fear of “Frankenbabies”. This session will reveal the real science and ethics of CRISPR.

More than 20 live virtual roundtable sessions will be held every day. All roundtables are being presented as virtual chats and have a limited capacity. Sign up for up to one per day when you register for the Congress.

Want to see what our exhibitors have to offer? The virtual Expo Hall never closes and exhibitors will post hours of availability to network and talk with you. Scroll through our virtual Expo Hall and click on any exhibitor’s name for more information!