2011 Plenary Session: Reproductive Endocrinology in the 20th Century: Pioneers in Innovation

View the 2011 ASRM Annual Meeting Presentation by Dr. Alan H. DeCherney, M.D. of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:

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Needs Assessment and Description

In order to better understand reproductive endocrinology and infertility in the 21st century, it is important to have an in-depth understanding of what occurred prior to this time period. By examining the discoveries of the 20th century, we can better comprehend the realities of the 21st century. It is important for people to have a perspective on the growth of various ideas. For example, estrogen was an unknown compound 100 years ago, yet it has become critical to everyday practice. Understanding the past allows us to be the innovators of the future. 

Learning Objectives

At the conclusion of this session, participants should be able to:

  1. Identify important pioneers and describe their advances in the field of reproductive endocrinology. 
  2. Judge the validity of these contributions to our field.

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