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Welcome to the historic city of San Antonio, Texas, and the 73rd annual meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine. This year’s ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo theme is “Advancing Reproductive Medicine to Build Healthy Families.” As the theme implies, this Congress will encompass all aspects of reproductive medicine and technology, with a special focus on health. Dr. Anne Steiner, Chair of the Scientific Congress Program Planning Committee, Dr. Karine Chung, Chair of the Pre-Congress Program Committee, and members of their organizing teams have designed a comprehensive, provocative program for Congress attendees. The agenda ranges from the latest molecular and genetic technologies to advocacy for our patients with a focus on access to care. The program is designed to address the educational and intellectual needs of physicians, nurses, andrology and embryology laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, social workers, practice and laboratory managers, as well as practitioners in mental health, law, and ethics.

The Scientific Congress Continuing Medical Education (CME) course offerings will include a stimulating collection of plenary lectures, symposia, and interactive sessions, all supporting the theme of the Congress. Historical perspectives will be presented, as well as cutting-edge lectures on uterine transplantation, novel methods of contraception, menopausal therapy, and the basic science of spermatogenesis and embryo development. Faculty also will address pseudoscientific claims, provide perspectives on the dissemination of scientific information through the media, and contrast in vitro fertilization in humans with other animal species. The interactive sessions are designed to energize and stimulate discussion and interaction among participants, as they focus on a wide range of controversial topics. CME sessions will be complemented by non-CME activities including intimate, in-depth luncheons with recognized experts, and oral and posterformat scientific abstract presentations, representing cutting-edge research in reproductive medicine and biology. Symposia will include those organized and presented by our international sister societies. Further, Dr. Chung and members of the Pre-Congress Program Committee have collaborated with our affiliated societies and professional and special interest groups to present a wide range of Pre-Congress courses designed to meet the needs of clinicians, scientists, laboratory technologists, nurses, and other health-care and allied professionals.

We welcome our members, trainees, and colleagues from around the world to the ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo! We value your participation and engagement, and hope you will take advantage of the opportunities provided by the meeting to interact and network with colleagues. I look forward to seeing you in historic San Antonio, where together, we will be “Advancing Reproductive Medicine to Build Healthy Families.”
Richard J. Paulson, M.D.
 ASRM President, 2016-2017

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San Antonio was named for Saint Anthony of Padua by a Spanish expedition in 1691. In San Antonio's rich history the city grew to become the largest Spanish settlement in Texas; it was designated as the capital of the Spanish, later Mexican, province of Tejas. The Battle of the Alamo took place there in 1836. In 1845, San Antonio along with all of Texas became a state in the Union. San Antonio is currently the 24th largest city in the United States.

San Antonio is home to a rich cultural and arts community with sights and flavors for visitors to explore, and also boasts of colleges and universities, and attracts Fortune 500 companies. The city's most popular attractions are the San Antonio River Walk and the five 18th-century Spanish frontier missions, including The Alamo and San Antonio Missions National Historical Park.

Meandering through downtown San Antonio is The River Walk (also known as Paseo del Río), a network of walkways along the banks of the San Antonio River, one story beneath the streets of San Antonio, Texas. The River Walk winds and loops under bridges as two parallel sidewalks lined with restaurants and shops, connecting the major tourist draws from the Shops at Rivercenter, to the Arneson River Theatre, Marriage Island, La Villita, HemisFair Park, the Tower Life Building, to the San Antonio Museum of Art, the Pearl, and the city's five Spanish colonial missions, including The Alamo.

The Alamo Mission is commonly called The Alamo and was originally known as Misión San Antonio de Valero. It was founded in the 18th century as a Roman Catholic mission and fortress compound, and today is part of the San Antonio Missions World Heritage Site in San Antonio, Texas. It was the site of the Battle of the Alamo in 1836, and is now a museum in the Alamo Plaza Historic District.

San Antonio Missions National Historical Park is a National Historical Park preserving four of the five Spanish frontier missions in San Antonio, Texas. The missions are: Mission Concepción, Mission San Jose, Mission San Juan, and Mission Espada. The Espada Aqueduct, also part of the Park, is due east of Mission San Juan, across the river.

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