THIS YEAR, WE WELCOME YOU TO THE HISTORICALLY RICH CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA for the 75th annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and celebration of our 75th anniversary as a society! This year’s ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo theme is “Celebrating 75 Years of History and Innovation” in keeping with our anniversary and the critical role of ASRM in focusing on the many innovations in reproductive medicine. Dr. Keith Jarvi, Scientific Congress Program Chair, and Dr. Cigdem (Cori) Tanrikut, Pre-Congress Program Chair, and their teams have designed a comprehensive and provocative program for Congress attendees. The entire program is designed to address the educational and practice needs of physicians, nurses, andrology and embryology laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, social workers, practice and laboratory managers, as well as practitioners in mental health, law, and ethics.

OUR WEEKEND BEGINS with exciting Pre-Congress courses that range from the latest on subchromosomal variations and mosaicism and their clinical significance in ART practices to reproductive aging, cryostorage management, ethical and legal issues related ART and family building, and endometriosis diagnosis and management. The Pre-Congress program has initiated half-day courses into the program for the first time to better meet the differing schedules as our attendees arrive. We hope that you will take advantage of these new offerings. The Pre-Congress Program Committee has collaborated with our affiliated societies and professional, special interest groups, and several International Societies as well as other outside Societies to present a wide range of often multi-disciplinary Pre-Congress courses designed to meet the needs of clinicians, scientists, laboratory technologists, nurses, and other health-care and allied professionals.

The Scientific Congress Continuing Medical Education (CME) course offerings will include morning plenary and dual-afternoon lectures, symposia, and interactive sessions. I am excited to share with you that the lectures will touch on historical perspectives again, as well as innovative lectures that focus on communication between generations, exciting new innovations in live imaging to reveal the mechanisms that form embryos, examination of IVF as a business, with a special focus on male factors in infertility, including the effect of sperm factors on offspring, the ethics of human germline editing, a reflection of the patient’s perspective on fertility preservation, as well as the role of big data in healthcare. We will also have a unique presentation on the role of innovation including use of robotics in surgery, and an overview of male contraception from historical and present perspectives, as well as future directions in contraception,

The symposia and interactive sessions will touch on a range of topics, from politics and ethics in embryo research, access to care, endometrium therapy, regenerative medical therapies for reproductive medicine, reproductive epigenetics, and egg freezing – both lab as well as family building considerations. CME sessions will be complemented by non-CME activities including intimate, in-depth luncheons with recognized experts in our highly successful Expert Encounters; roundtable luncheons covering the breadth and depth of reproductive medicine; and oral and poster-format scientific abstract presentations, representing cutting-edge research in reproductive medicine and biology.

We welcome our members, trainees, and colleagues from around the world to the ASRM 2019 Scientific Congress & Expo! We value your participation and engagement and hope you will take advantage of the opportunities provided by the meeting to interact and network with colleagues.

I look forward to seeing you in the exciting city of Philadelphia, where together, we will celebrate ASRM’s “75 Years of History and Innovation.” I encourage all to consider joining us at the 75th Anniversary Gala on Sunday night, October 13, 2019 at Philadelphia’s beautiful National Constitution Center where we celebrate the Society’s anniversary and support the research efforts of our Society members to further improve medical care provided by our members.


Peter N. Schlegel, M.D.
ASRM President, 2018-2019