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Stem Cells Were One of the Biggest Controversies of 2001. Where Are They Now?

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 17, 2014

Remember stem cells? They were one of the biggest scientific controversies during the early years of George W. Bush’s presidency. ... The stem-cell debate got really heated. But then ... it just sort of fizzled out from public view. So whatever happened to stem cells?

Oversold Prenatal Tests Spur Some to Choose Abortions

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 15, 2014

Sparked by the sequencing of the human genome a decade ago, a new generation of prenatal screening tests, including MaterniT21, has exploded onto the market in the past three years. The unregulated screens claim to detect with near-perfect accuracy the risk that a fetus may have Down or Edwards syndromes, and a growing list of other chromosomal abnormalities.

Erectile Dysfunction May Improve After Shockwave Therapy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 11, 2014

Shockwave therapy may help improve erectile dysfunction (ED) in some men, according to a new study.

D.C. Conference to Focus War Wounds' Impact on Sex and Intimacy

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine December 10, 2014

A two-day conference in Washington, D.C., this week will tackle an often overlooked result of combat injuries: the impact war wounds can have on fertility, sex and relationships.

Recruitment for the Position of Director, DER

NIH Announcements November 05, 2014

The NICHD is moving forward with plans to recruit for the Associate Director for Extramural Research/Director, DER.  This is a key NICHD leadership position involving the management of scientific, policy, and administrative matters of the Institute’s extramural programs.

ASRM Presents First-Ever Use of Online Cyber Journal Club™ Technology to Live-Link Conference with International Medical Societies for Interactive Education

Press Releases October 21, 2014

For the first time, using the latest in video technology, the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) hosted a live online Journal Club during its 2014 meeting -- and connected its live medical conference, in real time, with a worldwide community of specialists from 12 international medical societies.

ASRM Announces 2014 Awards

Press Releases October 19, 2014

ASRM Announces Awards Distinguished Researcher Award goes to Gautam Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D., David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLAIra and Ester Rosenwaks New Investigator Award goes to Jorge E. Chavarro, M.D., Sc.D, Harvard School of Public HealtSuheil J. Muasher, MD, Distinguished Service Award goes to Barbara L. Collura, M.A. , RESOLVE: The National Infertility AssociationKavoussi Family Outstanding Teacher Award goes to Paul G. McDonough, M.D., Medical College of GeorgiaKY Cha Award in Stem Cell Technology goes to Carlos Simón Vallés, M.D., Ph.D., of Universidad de Valencia Arnold P. Gold Foundation Humanism in Medicine Award goes to Richard P. Dickey, M.D., Ph.D.

Disorders of Sex Development Workshop Info Online

ASRM Bulletins September 04, 2014

In March of this year, the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) hosted a scientific research workshop on disorders of sex development (DSD). The NICHD sponsored or co-sponsored previous workshops addressing DSD issues, however, this was the first workshop that focused exclusively on developmental issues and the transition from adolescence to adulthood.

Catherine Spong, MD Named Deputy Director of NICHD

ASRM Bulletins August 27, 2014

Alan E. Guttmacher, M.D., Director, The Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, wrote in an announcement,  “After a rigorous, national search that attracted an impressive array of outstanding candidates, I am extremely pleased to announce that Catherine Y. Spong, M.D. has been selected as the Deputy Director of NICHD.  Cathy brings extensive and impressive experience in both our intramural and extramural programs to the position, along with intelligence, interpersonal skills, and visionary leadership that have won her a high level of respect in our research communities.  

ASRM Urges Members to Record and Investigate Their Individual Records in CMS Open Payments Data System

ASRM Bulletins August 19, 2014

The Sunshine Act, enacted as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, requires that drug and medical devices manufacturers report annually to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) all payments and other transfers of value made to physicians.  Due to various problems and inaccuracies associated with the reporting system, the CMS has recently confirmed that it will withhold until June 2015 about one-third of the submitted records on drug and device industry payments to physicians and teaching hospitals.  Despite the issues, CMS intends to keep to its plan to make the website accessible to the general public beginning Sept. 30, 2014 and has extended the review period for doctors and teaching hospitals to Sept. 8, 2014.


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