The three doctors at Fertility Associates of Memphis ‒ Drs. Raymond Ke, William Kutteh, and Paul Brezina ‒ stayed on top of cutting edge infertility research and technology at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM).
Drs. Ke and Kutteh Present New Infertility Research
At the ASRM meeting, which was held in Boston, Drs. Ke and Kutteh presented their latest research looking at overweight, obese, and morbidly obese women with and without Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS). It is known that increased weight is a risk factor for diabetes. Their new study demonstrated that the combination of PCOS and increased weight was a significant risk factor for developing pre-diabetes using a blood marker called Hemoglobin A1c. Dr. Kutteh says it’s important to provide this information to patients and further encourage them to attain an normal weight.
The doctors also checked out the latest technology presented at the conference (see videos below).
In addition, Dr. Kutteh served as a moderator for an early pregnancy symposium, and he was elected vice-chair for ASRM’s Early Pregnancy Special Interest Group. Dr. Ke moderated a Post-Graduate Course at the conference titled “The Significance, Implications and Heritability of Male Infertility as a Disease.”
New Infertility Research Presented by Dr. Brezina
Dr. Paul Brezina also presented his research at the conference that focuses on better understanding the dynamic and complex process of early embryo development. His presentations described new genetic testing platforms that are being successfully utilized to more accurately genetically analyze embryos through preimplantation genetic testing. This research was performed in conjunction with Dr. William Kearns at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, where Dr. Brezina completed his fellowship training.
At ASRM, Dr. Brezina served in multiple leadership roles, including service as an editorial board member at the annual meeting for the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics. In addition to ASRM, Dr. Brezina presented these research findings in a lecture at the American Society of Human Genetics, the largest human genetics meeting and exposition in the world with over 6,000 registered attendees.
The American Society for Reproductive Medicine was founded by a small group of fertility experts who first met in 1944. ASRM members have led the development of the field of reproductive medicine and they were the first physicians to perform many of the standard procedures used by fertility specialists today. Today, ASRM members reside in all 50 of the United States and in more than 100 other countries.