Pathways and Progress in Fertility Conference

  • 02 November to 03 November 2018
  • 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057

Pathways and Progress in Fertility Conference

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Room Block for Overnight Guests: Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center - $169/night

Conference Description:  The first conference on “Pathways and Progress in Fertility “will bring together fertility experts, patients and charitable organizations that serve families with infertility.  The training will focus on promoting advocacy, sharing about innovation in genetic screening and treatment, improving access to care and support for service groups and charities and supporting families with infertility supporting patients with information about pathways to Parenthood and supports available throughout the nation.

Attendees will  enjoy programming showcasing the latest scientific and clinical developments and updates in genetic screening and diagnosis for fertility, integrating knowledge about this and reproductive biology for physicians and providers. Patients will learn about pathways to parenthood and supports for patients and best practices and infrastructure development for charities and other organizations that serve these groups. 

Venue: Georgetown University Hotel and Conference Center


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Conference Program: 

Friday November 2, 2018

15:00-18:00- Advocacy Training Opportunity:  Pending legislation on the federal and state level that will impact individuals with infertility and those who are in need of support for fertility preservation (PCOS Challenge, RESOLVE)

18:00-19:00- Welcome reception 


Saturday November 3, 2018

07:00-08:00   Abstract Presentations

08:00-08:55 Plenary Session(Morning Refreshment Served from 7:30am-8:30am)

Tract 1: Health Care Providers Tract: Genetic Screening and Diagnosis

Co Hosted by the Maryland State Medical Society (Med Chi) and the Cade Foundation

9-10am- Genetics and Carrier Screening

Summer Pierson (Counsyl,) and Emily Daugherty (Gene-Screen) 

10-11am- PreImplantation Genetic Screening- Laboratory and Scientific Perspectives

Cengiz Cinnioglu (Igenomix)Michelle Kiehl(Natera)

11-12p- Integrating Genetic Screening Into Clinical Practice and Panel Discussion

Dr Jason Bromer (Shady Grove Fertility), Summer Pierson (Counsyl,) and Emily Daugherty (Gene-Screen) , Cengiz Cinnioglu (Igenomix)Michelle Kiehl(Natera)

1:00PM-3:00PM  Explore Washington (on Your Own)

17:00   Tinina Q Cade Foundation 13th Family Building Gala, Embassy of France


Tract 2: Access to Care Tract: Non Profits and Service Organizations

Hosted by the American Society of Reproductive Medicine

9-10 am- Improving Access to Care- How to Reach More

Moderated by Eve Feinberg- ASRM (discuss barriers to ever seen fertility doc), barriers to insurance and lack of medical coverage and solutions(Resolve, Fertility within Reach),  Social Cultural and Geographic Barriers to Care(Cade Foundation), Racial and Ethnic Disparities(Dr Desiree McCarthy Keith (Georgia Reproductive Specialists/ Shady Grove Fertility)

10-11am- Lay of the Land: Who is in this field and what do they do? 

Dr Eve Feinberg (Northwestern University) 

11-12p- Infrastructure Development and Fundraising 

Barb Collura (RESOLVE) Chrissy Thornton (Cron’s and Colitis Foundation)  Karen Heyward West (St Ambrose Housing Aid Center)

1pm-3pm  Explore Washington (on Your Own)

17:00   Tinina Q Cade Foundation 13th Family Building Gala, Embassy of France

Tract 3: For Patients - Infertility Supports and Pathways to Parenthood

Hosted by EMD Serono

9-10am- What Are the Pathways to Parenthood?

Dr Mindy Christianson (Johns Hopkins Medicine,- Fertility Preservation,) Foster Care (DC Department of Child and Family Services), Heidi Hayes (donor gametes ,California Cryobank/ Donor Egg Bank USA), Donor Embryos (Dr Eric Widra, Shady Grove Fertility, Maryland) 

10-11am- Financing Family Building

Discounts (Shady Grove Fertility), loans (Capex MD), fundraising (Pay it Forward Fertility)

11-12p- Supports for Families OVERCOMING infertility 

Mental Health Support (TBD), Support groups (TBD), Acupuncture (Rada Drapatskaya), Yoga (TBD), 

1pm-3pm Explore Washington (on Your Own)

5pm   Tinina Q Cade Foundation 13th Family Building Gala, Embassy of France

Tract Four: PCOS

9-10am- What Is PCOS? PCOS Overview - Medical and Lifestyle Management of PCOS 

Dr. Katherine Sherif (Thomas Jefferson Hospital)

10-11am - PCOS and Building Healthy Families- Reproduction and PCOS

Dr Desiree McCarthy Keith (Shady Grove Fertility, Atlanta)

11-12pm - The PCOS Empowerment Panel - Women Share Their Personal Stories and Strategies for Living with PCOS -. 

Maxine Robinson, Jennifer Donnell,  Brandy Cramer 

1pm-5pm  Explore Washington (on Your Own)

17:00   Tinina Q Cade Foundation 13th Family Building Gala, Embassy of France




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