June 18, 2015
An Illinois court recently ruled that it was permissible to use pseudonyms to protect the identity of 40 plaintiffs in an ongoing malpractice case against an Illinois fertility center. Doe, et al. v. Northwestern Memorial Hospital, 2014 IL App (1st) 140212 In 2013, Northwestern University reported a malfunction of its cryogenic tanks that stored sperm and testicular tissue specimens, which were cryopreserved by patients intending to use them for future fertility procedures. Many of the specimens were stored by patients who subsequently underwent treatment for diseases that rendered them unable to have biological children without the cryopreserved specimens. The malfunction resulted in the damage or complete loss of the specimens. Forty of the affected individuals filed this claim against the hospital, its faculty foundation, the cryotank manufacturer and the vendor companies involved in the maintenance of the croytanks.
June 11, 2015
Belgian researchers have found that a triple-wash technique is effective for cleansing antral follicles (egg-containing cells) isolated from ovarian tissue contaminated with malignant cells, while maintaining the follicles’ viability. This is an essential step in developing a process to preserve fertility for young girls who must undergo chemotherapy to treat childhood cancer, particularly leukemia.
April 17, 2015
National Infertility Awareness Week is April 19 to 25 and ASRM is participating in a Twitter Chat on Infertility. For an hour, representatives from six diverse organizations with expertise in infertility will be tweeting the facts about the condition and answering questions like: What is infertility? How is it treated? How is infertility misunderstood? How does the infertility affect the lives of patients?
January 28, 2015
Until recently, the cryopreservation of mature oocytes has been considered experimental and was reported in CPT using a Category III code.
August 13, 2014
On Tuesday, August 19, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control is hosting a Grand Round webcast on the topic of strategies associated with the detection, prevention, and management of infertility. This session will address clinical approaches to improving the safety and efficacy of infertility treatments in an effort to promote healthy pregnancy outcomes.
July 18, 2014
Today, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the final version of its National Public Health Action Plan for the Detection, Prevention and Management of Infertility.
ASRM International Activities
May 21, 2012
The FIGO Committee on Reproductive Medicine (FIGO CRM) was established in October, 2009 under the Chairmanship of Dr. David Adamson, (USA). Other Committee members include Siladitya Bhattacharya, Co-chair (UK), John Collins (Canada), Klaus Diedrich (Germany), Silke Dyer (South Africa), Egbert te Velde (Netherlands), Christine Robinson (UK), PC Wong (Singapore) and Fernando Zegers-Hochschild (Chile). The mission of the FIGO CRM is to create access to quality reproductive medical care for women across the world.