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Report of First Baby Born Using Spindle Nuclear Transfer to Prevent Mitochondrial Disease

Press Releases September 27, 2016

In research to be reported at the Scientific Congress of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine next month, an international team of scientists report the birth of the first baby born using a technique known as spindle nuclear transfer (SNT).

Guidance for Providers Caring for Women and Men Of Reproductive Age with Possible Zika Virus Exposure

ASRM Announcements September 15, 2016

This report was developed under the direction of the Zika Virus Guidance Task Force* of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine as a service to its members and other practicing clinicians. Although this document reflects appropriate management of a problem encountered in the practice of reproductive medicine, it is not intended to be the only approved standard of practice or to dictate an exclusive course of treatment. Other plans of management may be appropriate, taking into account the needs of the individual patient, available resources, and institutional or clinical practice limitations. The Executive Committee of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine has approved this report.Download a copy of this report 

ASRM Joins Other OB-GYN Groups in Funding ZIKA Research

Press Releases August 08, 2016

Washington DC - The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced today that, in conjunction with The American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology (ABOG), the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (SREI), it would launch a research program to provide grant funding for research related to diagnosing, treating and preventing disorders of pregnancy and reproduction related to the ZIKA virus. ACOG is leading a multi-pronged, multi-organization ZIKA effort, with ASRM taking a lead on the research front.

FDA Amends Donor Embryo Regulations

ASRM Bulletins June 24, 2016

In a new final rule published in Wednesday’s Federal Register, FDA has amended regulations on donor eligibility, including the screening and testing of donors of particular human cells, tissues, and cellular ant tissue-based products (HCT/Ps).

U.S. House Passes Bill to Allow IVF for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins June 23, 2016

At 3:00 am this morning and in the midst of a dramatic and hours long contentious sit-in on the House floor over the gun control debate, the U.S. House of Representatives passed legislation that would allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to begin to offer IVF services to wounded veterans.  HR 2577, is a conference report to fund Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and related agencies and is a compromise between versions of the bill passed in both the House and Senate in the previous weeks. ASRM, working with RESOLVE and a coalition of veterans organizations, successfully lobbied those Members of Congress working to draft the compromise bill and urged them to retain the IVF provision, despite opposition from conservative groups with moral objections to assisted reproductive technologies.

Men’s Overall Health Is Related to IVF Success

Press Releases May 18, 2016

In the first report exploring links between men’s somatic health and assisted reproductive technology (ART) outcomes, researchers analyzed over five thousand IVF cycles using fresh eggs and sperm, performed between 2004 and 2014 at the Stanford Fertility and Reproductive Health Center. They found that male partners’ health conditions influenced outcomes such as fertilization, implantation, pregnancy, miscarriage, and live birth rates.

RESOLVE’s Annual Advocacy Day is May 11, 2016

ASRM Bulletins April 20, 2016

Please join RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and ASRM President Dr. Owen Davis for RESOLVE’s annual Advocacy Day event on May 11, 2016 in Washington, DC.  RESOLVE’s Advocacy Day brings infertility patients and professionals together to advocate on Capitol Hill for legislation important to our community. This year, RESOLVE hopes to bring more than 200 advocates from all over the country to speak with Members of Congress about infertility issues.

Surrogacy Litigation Continues to Make Headlines

Legally Speaking April 18, 2016

A jury returned a large verdict in a medical malpractice lawsuit filed against a Maryland IVF physician who did not order medical records of a Pennsylvania gestational surrogate carrier. The suit was brought by the parents of a child who died 21 days after being delivered at 25 weeks due to their gestational carrier’s preeclampsia. She had failed to disclose she had had preeclampsia in her most recent prior pregnancy.  The parents, Andrew and Marni Hotchkiss, from Bethesda Maryland, sued, claiming the doctor was screening prospective gestational carriers on their behalf, that they would have rejected this carrier based on her actual medical history, and that the failure to order and review the gestational carrier’s medical records was malpractice. The gestational carrier, Christina Jensen, had reported having had four previous healthy pregnancies, but failed to disclose she had delivered six children, the most recent of which was delivered prematurely as a resulted of preeclampsia.  The jury’s $44.1 million damage award will be reduced to under $1 million under Maryland law which caps non-economic damages.

ASRM Applauds Senate Appropriators for Passing Amendment Providing IVF Care For Wounded Veterans

Press Releases April 14, 2016

Today, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine enthusiastically applauds Senate Appropriators for passing an amendment to a funding measure to allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of reproductive services for veterans who suffered service-related injuries that prevent them from starting families.  

Key Senate Committee Approves Amendment to Provide Access to IVF for Wounded Veterans

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2016

Today, the Senate Appropriations Committee passed an amendment to a funding measure to allow the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to cover the cost of reproductive services, including IVF, for veterans who need infertility treatment due to injuries incurred in their service to our country.  Active duty service members injured in this manner have access to IVF care, whereas a longstanding ban on IVF coverage at the VA prevents access for similarly wounded veterans.


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