UW Ob-Gyn at 2017 ASRM Scientific Meeting

​UW Ob-Gyn faculty, residents and researchers brought posters and more to the American Society for Reproductive Medicine 2017 Scientific Congress in San Antonio October 28-November 1, 2017. Just a few of the accomplishments:

David Abbott, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Sciences, presented the abstract “Increased follicle recruitment and testosterone-related adiposity contribute to granulosa cell dysfunction in lean polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) women” under the PCOS poster category.

Aleksandar Stanic-Kostic, MD PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Divisions of Reproductive Endocrinology and Reproductive Sciences, moderated a Reproductive Immunology abstracts session on Wednesday, November 1. Stanic is the outgoing chair of the immunology leadership group.

Stanic also presented a poster, “Intracytoplasmic sperm injection and low body mass index independently associate with low fetal birth weight in singleton ART cycles” under the Outcome Predictors-Clinical: ART section. Reproductive Endocrinology Division Director Christina Broadwell, MD, co-authored the poster.

Lauren Verrilli, MD, PGY-3, presented the abstract “Contraceptive choices and menstrual patterns in high-level female athletes.” Verrilli’s research examined how Division I female athletes choose contraception, where they seek information about contraceptive options, what methods are most common, and how they feel the menstrual cycle affects their athletic performance.

Daniel Williams, MD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and the UW Department of Urology, was quite busy during the conference. Among other things, he led the male reproduction and urology roundtable “Oncofertility (Including Prepubertal Banking Options and Use of Sperm Post Cancer Treatment)”; introduced the American Urological Association’s Bruce Stewart Memorial Lecture “Finding Your Niche: Stem-cell Plasticity in the Drosophila Testis”; and moderated a Male Reproduction and Urology abstract session. He serves on the ASRM Board of Directors as part of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology (SMRU) leadership group. Williams is the outgoing president of the male fertility leadership group.

Julianne Zweifel, PhD, of the UW Ob-Gyn Division of Reproductive Endocrinology, received a 10-Year ASRM Service Milestone Award at the conference. She also officially began her three-year term on the ASRM Ethics Committee this month.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this truly impressive showing at the ASRM Scientific Congress. Once again, UW-Madison and the Department of Ob-Gyn were extremely well-represented on the national stage!