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Other Reproductive Medicine Issues

This Web page contains links to miscellaneous U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announcements that ASRM felt were relevant enough to archive on the ASRM Web Site. You can visit the FDA's web site at http://www.fda.gov/ 

Mice Evolve Better, Not Bigger, Balls in Sperm Race

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 26, 2015

Size isn't everything. For decades, we've known that bigger balls are a sign that there is strong sperm competition between males. But now a laboratory experiment has shown that when many male mice mate with the same females, their descendants can quickly evolve testes that can produce more sperm even though they're not any larger.

U-M Alum's Embryo Donation 'Responsible, Right'

Headlines in Reproductive Medicine January 19, 2015

For Brooke Kendrick, there was never a decision to make. Donating her embryos — the ones that carried a genetic mutation that stole her brother's ability to walk on his own — was a conclusion before it was a question.

President Signs Federal Spending Measure

ASRM Bulletins December 18, 2014

After lengthy fiscal fights that were representative of the most unproductive Congressional session on record, President Obama has signed a $1.1 trillion federal spending package that Congress was able to approve in the final days of the 113th Congress.

Same-Sex Marriage Update: 6th Circuit Ruling Creates Split in Federal Circuits and Likely to Result in Supreme Court Action in the 2014-2015 Term

Legally Speaking November 14, 2014

Same-Sex Marriage Update: 6th Circuit Ruling Creates Split in Federal Circuits and Likely to Result in Supreme Court Action in the 2014-2015 Term http://www.sixthcircuitappellateblog.com/files/2014/11/Sixth-Circuit-Gay-Marriage-Opinion-14a0275p-06.pdf

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 Presents First-Ever Online Cyber Journal Club Technology to Live-Link Conference with International Medical Societies

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

NIH Announcements 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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