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Other Reproductive Medicine Issues

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous ASRM announcements that do not fall into a typical publication category (e.g., Press Releases or News Briefs).

Also see: FDA announcements and NIH announcements

Why Birth Control Dispensers Look the Way They Do

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine July 02, 2015

The first working model of the now-iconic birth control pill dispenser is in the Smithsonian’s history collection. It’s built out of clear plastic, paper, and double-sided tape, held together by a snap from a child’s toy, with slices of wooden dowel standing in for pills. It was created to solve a vexing problem.

Lawmakers Move To Ban Funding For Human Embryo Editing

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine June 30, 2015

On June 17, the House of Representatives Appropriations Committee released a bill that outlines the funding for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for 2016. But the bill has an unusual caveat: if it passes as it currently stands, it would bar the agency from spending any money to assess research or clinical applications for products that manipulate the human genome. It would also require the agency to set up a committee to review a forthcoming report that considers the ethics of editing human embryos.

ASRM Receives $100,000 Gift from Manhattan Cryobank

Press Releases April 23, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) announced that Manhattan Cryobank had pledged a gift of $100,000 to endow the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) traveling scholar program. The gift will permanently endow funds to bring a young urologist or male reproductive specialist to the ASRM Annual Meeting each year.

Congress Passes SGR Repeal After Years of Short Term Fixes

ASRM Bulletins April 15, 2015

The problematic SGR formula that has threatened payment reductions for doctors for many years is at long last set to be repealed. Late last night, the Senate voted to pass HR 2, the Medicare Access and Chip Reauthorization Act.  The Senate bill is identical to the version that passed the House of Representatives in late March. The President is expected to sign the legislation into law.  The Senate vote occurred just hours before an automatic 21% cut in Medicare fees was scheduled to take effect.

Reproductive Medical Group Joins in Call for Research, But No Clinical Use Yet, of Germ-line Gene Editing

ASRM Bulletins April 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced it was endorsing the statement released from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) calling for a moratorium on human clinical uses of Germ-Line Gene Editing until the safety and efficacy of the technique can be assessed.

Reproductive Medical Group Joins in Call for Research, But No Clinical Use Yet, of Germ-line Gene Editing

Press Releases April 14, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) today announced it was endorsing the statement released from the International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) calling for a moratorium on human clinical uses of Germ-Line Gene Editing until the safety and efficacy of the technique can be assessed.

ASRM and VirtaMed to Create Embryo Transfer Simulator

Press Releases March 30, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, America’s leading professional organization in reproductive medicine and infertility, and VirtaMed, the world’s leader in building customized virtual reality simulation devices for medicine, are pleased to announce the development of a simulator for training in ultrasound -guided and -unguided embryo transfer in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

ASRM and VirtaMed to Create Embryro Transfer Simulator

ASRM Bulletins March 30, 2015

The American Society for Reproductive Medicine, America’s leading professional organization in reproductive medicine and infertility, and VirtaMmed, the world’s leader in building customized virtual reality simulation devices for medicine, are pleased to announce the development of a simulator for training in ultrasound -guided and -–unguided embryo transfer in In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) and in Intrauterine Insemination (IUI).

President Sends FY 2016 Budget Proposal to Congress

ASRM Bulletins February 02, 2015

President Obama delivered to Congress his proposed fiscal year 2016 budget, which includes the Administration’s budget priorities and proposed funding for the coming year. Given both the U.S. House and U.S. Senate are controlled by the Republican party, the President’s proposal will have minimal effect as Congress begins to develop its own spending priorities for the year.

CDC To Host Public Health Grand Round on Birth Defects Prevention

ASRM Bulletins January 14, 2015

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will host a Public Health Grand Rounds (PHGR) on birth defects prevention on January 20th, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. EST. “Understanding the Causes of Major Birth Defects: Steps to Prevention,” will feature an overview of efforts to understand the causes of major birth defects and a discussion of the challenges in birth defects research as well as methods for turning research findings into effective prevention.

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