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

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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


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


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 *Gain project and experience to an engaged audience.

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 August 1, 2018 at 11:59pm.

Applicants will be notified regarding their acceptance by September 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 (7a-8a 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 5am and 6:45am) in order to begin presentations at 7a.                                                                                    

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 7am-8am as well as from 12pm-1pm on Saturday November 3, 2018 at the Georgetown Hotel and Conference Center. 

Details of Submission:

Deadline: August 1, 2018 at 12:00 p.m.

Structured Abstract: (350 word limit)                                                                          

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

Track One: Medical Professionals:            Genetic Screening and Testing                                                                    

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

Track 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 August 1, 2018.                                    



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