Jamie Metzl, PhD, JD: President’s Guest Lecturer: Hacking Darwin: Genetic Engineering and the Future of Health Care, Assisted Reproduction, and Humanity
Far sooner than most of us realize, the genetics revolution will transform the world within and around us. But while we today think about genetic technologies primarily in the context of health care, the tools we are developing will soon be changing the way we make babies, the nature of the babies we make, and ultimately our evolutionary trajectory as a species. Leading technology and healthcare futurist, Jamie Metzl, explores what the genetics revolution means for our individual and collective futures and what we must all do now to prepare. Listen to Dr. Metzl’s introduction here.
Jessica Waters, JD: David & Rosemary Adamson Lecturer: The 2020 Reproductive Rights Landscape
The 2020 reproductive rights landscape is ever changing. In a year when nothing is certain, one thing has 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 a state and national level. Particular attention will be paid to the impact of recent Supreme Court decisions, COVID-related restriction, and the 2020 elections on reproductive health care.
Corrine Welt, MD: Menopause Keynote Lecturer: The Genetic Influence on Menopause, Early Menopause, and Primary Ovarian Insufficiency
Age at menopause is highly heritable. Common variation influences age at menopause in the population, but rare and more deleterious gene variants result in early menopause and primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Whole exome and whole genome sequencing have clarified the genetic architecture of menopause, early menopause, and primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). This lecture will clarify the genetic underpinnings of age at menopause, outline the limitations of genetic testing, and help clinicians determine when and if they should perform genetic studies on their patients.
The Run for Reproductive Health Returns this Year Run, walk, bile or Paleton for a great cause with a team or solo October 1- 15. Details and registration coming soon.
Participate in Virtual Quest During this year's Congress, participate in our Virtual Quest scavenger hunt for an opportunity to win exciting prizes. If you enjoy the passport game at our in-person meetings, you won't want to miss this! Details coming soon.