ROUNDTABLE LUNCH TOPICS
1. Endometrial Receptivity —Carlos Simon, MD, PhD
Endometrial receptivity refers to a hormone-limited period in which the endometrial tissue acquires a functional and transient ovarian steroid-dependent status allowing blastocyst adhesion. Functional genomic studies of human endometrium in natural cycles have demonstrated that endometrial receptivity is an active process involving up- and down-regulation of hundreds of genes.
1. Describe human endometrial receptivity.
2. Discuss the endometrial receptivity analysis (ERA) and the diagnostic technique of the
3. Discuss a new therapeutic option in IF: personalized Embryo Transfer (pET).
2. Future of PGT-A -Mandy Katz-Jaffe, PhD
A deeper look into the future of PGT-A and the challenges ahead with the implementation of non-invasive methods.
1. Review advantages and limitations of present strategies in PGT-A
2. Understand the future prospects and limitations of non-invasive PGT-A
3. Tubal surgery: When and how —Jeff Goldberg, MD
This roundtable will be a discussion of the treatment options for proximal and distal tubal disease as well as reversal of tubal ligation
1. Review tubal canalization for proximal tubal occlusion
2. Discuss tubal anastomosis for reversal of sterilization
3. Understand indications and surgical techniques for managing hydrosalpinges
4. Doctor, What of my herbal supplements should I keep taking?-Shruthi Mahalingaiah, MD, MS
What do you do when your patient dumps her entire supplement cabinet on your desk at her OB US visit and asks, are these safe to take? Come to this round table to discuss recommendations based on available data.
1. Understand the meaning of vitamins, and the role of folic acid in pregnancy
2. Approaches to patient counseling using pregnancy categories of toxicity and concern for
insufficient data on risk
3. Understand the meaning of supplement and the lack of FDA oversights in supplements
5. Reality bites: Does nutrition impact reproductive health?—Emily Jungheim, MD, MSCI
A growing body of data demonstrates that nutrtional content of diet impacts important physiologic functions including reproduction. We will discuss background data on this topic and focus on quick tips for patients seeking advice about nutrition during fertility treatment.
1. To discuss strategies for assessing the quality of a patient's diet
2. to discuss the quality of data regarding the impact of diet and nutrition on reproductive health
3. To outline strategies for coaching patients through impactful dietary changes
6. "Barriers to recruiting patients to clinical studies and strategies to overcome them".
—Evelyn Neuber, PhD – UCONN
—Michael Scott Yohe – RESource EHR Integration
How best to recruit patients for clinical trials, and the whole process
1. Define and describe the barriers involved in developing a recruitment strategy for clinical studies.
2. How to use SWOT (strengths, weakness, opportunity and threats) in the context of recruitment.
3. Problem solve challenges to recruitment in real life settings.
7. Win More Peer-to-Peer Reviews by Optimizing Communication with Insurers
—Davina Fankhauser, President and CEO of Fertility Within
1. Gain strategies to optimize communication in peer-to-peer reviews
2. Determine what to include in your reviews and why
3. Discuss studies to support your position of medical necessity
4. Understand why certain diagnoses win more peer-to-peer reviews
8. Educational Opportunities for the Reproductive Health Professional
—Nancy A. Harrington, RNC-REIN, Senior Specialist Clinical Education, AllianceRx Walgreens Prime
1. Identify four sources of continued education for the Reproductive Health Professional.
2. Discuss the current airlearning initiatives developed by the Professional Committee at ASRM available to the Reproductive Health Professional.
9. We're freezing in here!: the challenges of cryopreservation in contemporary ART
-Kathryn Go, PhD, Boston IVF, The Maine Center
This roundtable will consider how cryopreservation has rapidly evolved in the last 10 years through the adaptation of vitrification, the proportion of treatment cycles in which cryopreservation is now applied, and the demands that this trend has made on the embryology laboratory.
1. describe what treatment modalities contribute to the increased volume of cryopreservation in
2. outline the challenges in time and staff allocation this has presented and how they can be
3. describe the components of a quality management system for cryopreservation
4. discuss emerging systems of automation and digital chain of custody that will facilitate
cryopreservation storage and inventory management
10. What Public Policies Do We Need?
—Barb Collura, President and CEO of RESOLVE: The National Fertility Association
Are there public policies, laws or regulations that you think we need to make family building in the US more accessible, safer, and that better protect the patient/consumer? Are there public
policies that would make delivery of care better or easier? Come brainstorm this topic
with RESOLVE as we think about where we should invest our time and resources for our
1. Learn how state or federal laws help the patient community.
2. Learn what gaps exist to protect those building their family in the U.S.
3. Learn how positive regulations can help our field.