IFFS/ASRM Welcome

As President of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS), I am delighted that our organization is holding its triennial meeting conjointly with ASRM in Boston, October 12-17, 2013. The first triennial IFFS congress was held in 1953 in New York City and since then has returned to the United States on two occasions. The last conjoint meeting was in 1998 (San Francisco), at that time the largest aggregation of reproductive medicine specialists and scientists ever assembled. JLSimpson.jpg

The San Francisco meeting leveraged the IFFS toward its now vigorous efforts that include workshops conducted throughout the developing world, active public relations, guidelines for topics requiring international interaction (e.g., cross border care), and online resources. A regional IFFS international meeting is held in years during which the IFFS Triennial Congress is not held. In 2014, we will be meeting in Yokahama, Japan, conjointly with the Japanese Fertility Society.

Given the many international participants who regularly attend ASRM as well as IFFS, the IFFS/ASRM program will be familiar in format. ASRM staples remain, and IFFS strives to be complementary. The IFFS mission is to stimulate basic and clinical research, disseminate education, and encourage superior clinical care of patients in infertility and reproductive medicine worldwide. Our national member societies, which now number 54 including ASRM, help carry this out. IFFS/ASRM 2013 thus offers postgraduate programs of international focus, talks by colleagues from all geographic regions, and topics covered that are not typical for ASRM. A special feature is the presentation of the IFFS Surveillance Report on Assisted Reproductive Technologies, a triennial compilation and synthesis providing information on ART that began in 1998. The IFFS scientific program is robust throughout. Distinct from ASRM are the IFFS trilogies. Three talks per session on a single topic by three different experts who focus on their forté – basic science, translating discoveries into clinical application, or integrating recent knowledge into clinical management. The IFFS Scientific Committee, composed of elected representatives from nine member societies, worked assiduously with Professor Basil Tarlatzis and the ASRM Scientific Program team.

IFFS is grateful to ASRM for hosting this Congress, using its good offices, and providing IFFS access to its exemplary staff. As a Past ASRM President myself, I truly appreciate the inconvenience that such an “out of sync” meeting entails. Yet IFFS is confident that this conjoint meeting will underscore the old adage that the product should be greater than the sum of the individual parts. On a personal note, I look forward to seeing colleagues in Boston and enjoying a delightful social program - the Museum of Science on Wednesday night is a “can’t miss” event. And, of course, I shall enjoy coming away with the best science that reproductive medicine offers.

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As President of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (President 2012-2013), I enthusiastically welcome you to the 69th Annual Meeting of the ASRM conjoint with the 21st Meeting of the International Federation of Fertility Societies (IFFS) in Boston, Massachusetts, October 12-17, 2013. Serdar Bulun and the ASRM Scientific Program Committee along with Basil Tarlatzis and the IFFS Scientific Committee have put together a phenomenal program, along with Anuja Dokras for the Postgraduate Program and Steven Palter for the Video Program. Guidice-img 

As a conjoint meeting, we have extended the program by one day to accommodate additional interactive poster sessions, the traditional IFFS trilogies, and regional meetings for our international societies. The theme of our conjoint meeting is “Transforming Reproductive Medicine Worldwide,” and we have planned plenary lectures by international luminaries addressing state-of-the-art issues in reproductive medicine and science.

We shall continue to have roundtables, videos, interactive sessions, symposia, and the popular sessions focused on menopause and contraception. During the 2013 meeting, we also plan hands-on robotic and other surgical intensives, and to focus more broadly on global applications of infertility therapies and reproductive health in low resource settings.

As a conjoint meeting, our U.S. and international members will join the membership of the IFFS in reaching out to specialists in reproductive medicine worldwide to learn from each other about issues that are unique in different parts of the world and those that are common to us all. This conjoint meeting provides an opportunity to learn the latest research in the oral and poster presentations and other venues. Our many special interest and professional groups within ASRM will be presenting data that can be considered by all.

The Conjoint meeting of the IFFS/ASRM in Boston 2013 will provide an opportunity to learn, to see old friends, meet new friends, and see the world of reproductive medicine through a new lens. We are developing a social program for all in Boston, a vibrant city with great historical significance in the U.S. and globally. I look forward to seeing you in Boston in 2013, as we all participating in the process of “Transforming Reproductive Medicine Worldwide!”

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