Pathways and Progress in Fertility Conference

  • 02 November to 03 November 2018
  • 3800 Reservoir Rd NW, Washington, DC 20057
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Pathways and Progress in Fertility Conference

2018 Cade Foundation Fertility Conference

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 Hotel and Conference Center

Conference Program:

Friday November 2, 2018

3:00pm-6:00pm- Advocacy (PCOS Challenge, RESOLVE)

5:00pm-7:00pm- Welcome reception for physicians and special guests

Saturday November 3, 2018

7:00am-8:00am-  Abstract Presentations

7:00am-8:00am- Check In and Continental Breakfast

8:00am-8:55am- Plenary Session

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

9:00am-10:00am- Genetics and Carrier Screening

Laura Kiger (Counsyl,) and Megan Kuetmeyer (Georgetown University School of Medicine)

10:00am-11:00am- PreImplantation Genetic Screening- Laboratory and Scientific Perspectives

Invited speakers- Igenomix, Natera and possibly a lab director from 1 local IVF practice

11:00am-12:00pm- Integrating Genetic Screening Into Clinical Practice

Dr Jason Bromer, Irvine Scientific

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

9:00am-10:00am- Lay of the Land: Who is in this field and what do they do? Dr Eve Feinberg (Northwestern University)

10:00am-11:00am- 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),  Social Cultural and Geographic Barriers to Care, Racial and Ethnic Disparities (Dr Desiree McCarthy Keith, Shady Grove Fertility Atlanta)

11:00am-12:00pm- Infrastructure Development and Fundraising

3 charities- Barb Collura( RESOLVE) 

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

9:00am-10:00am- What Are the Pathways to Parenthood?

Fertility doc (Dr Mindy Christianson- Fertility Preservation,) Adoption (Bethany Christian Adoption), foster care (DC Department of Child and Family Services), donor gametes (California Cryobank/ Donor Egg Bank USA), 

10:00am-11:00am- Financing Family Building

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

11:00am-12:00pm- Supports for Families OVERCOMING infertility

Mental Health Support (TBD), Support groups (Fertility for Colored Girls), Acupuncture (Rada Drapatskaya), Yoga (TBD),

12:00pm-1:00pm Brown Bag Networking lunch

Spanish speaking patients (1)  Faith Based Fertility Support (2) African American Women (3)  Cancer Patients and Survivors (4)

Tract Four: PCOS

9:00am-10:00am- What Is PCOS? PCOS Overview - Medical and Lifestyle Management of PCOS

Dr. Katherine Sherif (contacted - give a few days to respond)

10:00am-11:00am - PCOS and Building Healthy Families

11:00am-12:00pm - The PCOS Empowerment Panel - Women Share Their Personal Stories and Strategies for Living with PCOS

Maxine Robinson, Jennifer Donnell,  Brandy Cramer

12:00pm-1:00pm- Abstract Presentations

1:00pm-4:00pm-  Explore Washington (on Your Own)

5:00pm-  Tinina Q Cade Foundation 13th Family Building Gala, Embassy of France

Call for Poster Presentations

Thank you for your interest in participating in the Tinina Q. Cade Foundation’s  “Pathways and Progress in Fertility” Conference on Saturday November 3, 2018 in Washington, DC. We invite poster presentations on the role of public health in addressing current challenges and opportunities in four focus areas: Behavioral Health; Health Equity; Communications and Health Advocacy; and Partnerships and Collaboration.


Participating as a poster presenter provides an opportunity to:

*Network with your peers and advance your professional reputation.

*Promote your project to an engaged audience.

*Gain presentation experience

*Contribute to the industry knowledge base.


All Poster Presentation abstracts MUST be submitted by email to The submission period for all abstracts is February 1, 2018 through May 15, 2018 at 12:00pm.


Applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance by July 1, 2018.


The poster sessions will be held on Saturday, November 3, 2018. Presenters are expected to be at their poster during the designated times (7:00am-8:00am and 12:00pm – 1:00pm) to interact with and answer questions from attendees. The poster session is intended to be casual and conversational; there will be no formal presentation.


Poster presenters are responsible for transporting, hanging, and dismantling their own poster on the day of the conference. Please allow ample time to set up (between 5:00am and 6:45am) in order to begin presentations at 7:00am.


Presenters are responsible for creating an informational poster no larger than 36” x 48”. Presenters will share space, so adherence to poster dimensions is required.


Below are the required components that you will be asked to provide when you begin your online abstract submission. You should receive confirmation within 72 hours of submitting your abstract for consideration.  


If your abstract is accepted you are expected to register for the Pathways and Progress in Fertility conference and to present your poster in person at the conference. We can accommodate 20 poster presenters at this conference.  The poster presentations will take place from 7:00am-8:00am as well as from 12:00pm-1:00pm on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center.


Details of Submission:

Deadline: May 15, 2018 at 12:00 pm.

Structured Abstract: (350 word limit) 


1. Select Which Tract You Are Applying For (Please include this in the subject of the email):

Tract One: Medical Professionals: Genetic Screening and Testing

Tract Two: Patients (General): Infertility Supports and Pathways to Parenthood

Tract Three: Patients (PCOS): Innovation in PCOS diagnosis treatment and lifestyle management

Tract Four: Non profits and service organizations : Increasing Access to Care  


2. List The Title of Your Poster

3. Background (3-5 sentences)

4.  Hypotheses/Aim

5. Methods

6. Results

7. Conclusion

8. List Poster Presenter(s) and Contact Information


9. Submit abstract to


For further information or questions we invite you to email us at As a reminder, our deadline is May 15, 2018.



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