Countdown to Congress: Meet David Pépin, PhD


Countdown to Congress: Meet David Pépin, PhD

ASRM 2023 Scientific Congress & Expo

The Past, The Present, and The Pipeline

New Orleans, Louisiana, October 14-18, 2023

Countdown to Congress

Speaker Spotlight: David Pépin, PhD

We are excited to host David Pépin, PhD, as a plenary lecture speaker at the ASRM 2023 Scientific Congress & Expo. He will be sharing the Camran Nezhat, M.D., Lectureship in Innovations in Medicine titled Development of Novel Non-Hormonal Contraceptives Targeting AMHR2 on Tuesday, October 17, 8:00 to 8:45 AM.

In this session, Dr. Pépin will discuss the development of new, non-hormonal contraceptives. Anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) is a secreted factor produced by granulosa cells of growing follicles that acts in a paracrine manner to mediate feedback on follicle activation, growth, and maturation. Expression of its receptor, AMHR2, is specific to endocrine and reproductive tissues making it an ideal contraceptive target. We have developed methods using recombinant AMH protein, gene therapy, and small molecules to target this pathway and examined their effects on ovarian function in various animal models including mice, rats, and cats. Supraphysiological AMH results in contraception in all these models without adversely affecting ovarian hormonal function. These strategies have led to the identification of new contraceptive drug candidates currently in late preclinical development.

Dr. David Pépin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School, an Associate Molecular Biologist at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and the Associate Director of the Pediatric Surgical Research Laboratories of the Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. Pépin is a reproductive biologist with expertise in ovarian biology. His research interests include both female reproductive development and the development of therapeutics for women’s health. In particular, Dr. Pépin has investigated the role of AMH in female reproduction and particularly in the context of ovarian function and disease. His laboratory was the first to describe the contraceptive effect of super-physiological AMH in animal models and elucidate its mechanism of action at the single cell level. He is currently developing therapeutics in late preclinical stage for contraception, assisted reproduction, onco-fertility, and reproductive aging.

APPPG, MHPG, and NPG Clinical Sessions

Don’t miss out on the Advanced Practice Providers Professional Group (APPPG), Mental Health Professional Group (MHPG), and Nurses’ Professional Group (NPG) hosted Clinical sessions at ASRM 2023! In these sessions you will discuss practical application scenarios. APPPG, MHPG, and NPG are hosting one session per day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 10:45 – 11:45 AM

APPPG Hosted Sessions:

  • Utilization of Advanced Practice Providers in REI Medicine
  • Credentialling, Billing, and Patient Satisfaction with Advance Practice Providers in REI Medicine
  • Horses or zebras? Exploring the Relative Risk of ART Emergencies and How to Distinguish Them from Common Differential Diagnosis

MHPG Hosted Sessions:

  • Cultural Diversity and Considerations for Psychological Assessment When Screening Oocyte Donors and Gestational Carriers: What are the Limitations of Our Data?
  • Navigating the Uncertainty of Infertility using Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
  • Beyond Kubler-Ross: Current trends and the Ethics in Grief Treatment

NPG Hosted Sessions:

  • Oncofertility: Optimizing Care for Fertility Preservation Patients
  • Embryology: The Basics
  • Updates in Third Party Reproduction: A Review

Make the Case to Attend ASRM 2023

As a professional in reproductive health, you understand the importance of staying up to date with the latest research, technologies, and trends in reproductive medicine. Attending the ASRM 2023 Scientific Congress & Expo is a valuable investment in your professional development, but it can be challenging to persuade your boss to invest in your professional development. By supporting your attendance, your boss is also investing in the success of your organization or clinic.

Use these talking points to help build your case to attend the ASRM 2023 Scientific Congress:

Attending ASRM 2023 will allow me to earn needed CME or CE credits.

I plan to grow my career in the field of reproductive medicine, and the ASRM 2023 Scientific Congress & Expo has unique networking opportunities that will enhance my professional circle. These connections will help keep me up to date on the field and grow our team.

By attending, I will be exposed to new ideas and approaches to problem-solving that can increase my productivity and efficiency.



CAMP ASRM Returns!

Camp ASRM is a childcare service offered Sunday, October 15 through Wednesday, October 18 in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, the headquarters hotel for ASRM 2023. Activities include age-appropriate themes, arts and crafts, group games, music and movement, board games, story time, dramatic play, etc. Snacks, lunch, and water will be provided. Registration is open for full and half-day sessions!

Sunday, October 15 – Tuesday, October 17:
Full day, 7:00 AM to 5:00 PM, $180
Half day, 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM, $95

Wednesday, October 18:
7:00 AM to 1:00 PM, $100

Register for Camp ASRM

ASRM & CADE Foundation Social Media Summit

Sunday, October 15, 2023, 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

ASRM and the CADE Foundation are joining forces to host the Social Media Summit at the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo. Network with your colleagues, listen to presentations from reproductive medicine social media gurus, and dig deeper into the different aspects of social media with our panelists in special breakout group sessions. Please note that there is no on-site registration for this event. Add the Social Media Summit to your ASRM 2023 Scientific Congress & Expo registration. Early bird pricing is $25, and late registration is $50.

ASRM President, Dr. Michael A. Thomas, invites all Congress attendees to join the 2023 President’s Gala benefiting the ASRM Research Institute.

The ASRM Research Institute has awarded over $3 million in research grants in the field of reproductive medicine since its conception in 2018 and is a catalyst for the next generation of discoveries in reproductive medicine and access to care. This year’s Gala will fund continued growth and groundbreaking research. The ASRM President’s Gala will begin with a cocktail reception, ASRM awards presentation, dinner, and a live fundraising auction. Register for the President’s Gala during registration for the ASRM 2023 Scientific Congress & Expo.

Sunday, October 15, 2023
6:00 PM Happy Hour
7:00 PM Dinner and Auction
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, LA
Cocktails | Dinner | Auction | ASRM Awards
Black tie optional.

Thank you to our Premier Sponsor, Ferring Pharmaceuticals Inc.


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ASRM’s Dedication to Resident Education Continues!

Are you a resident interested in advancing your career through skill-building and networking?

ASRM introduces KEEPR: Knowledge through Engagement & Education Program for Residents, a program with dynamic, relevant content exclusively for residents, emphasizing engagement, discussion, and skill-building around a multitude of complex topics relevant for residents preparing for a career in reproductive health and medicine. KEEPR is open to any resident attending the ASRM Scientific Congress. Click here to learn more.