by G. David Adamson, M.D., Founder and CEO
Every year, the Asia Pacific Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE), the major reproductive medicine professional society in Asia, holds its congress. This year’s convention, titled “Addressing the Challenges of Human Reproduction,” was virtual because of COVID-19 and took place from April 28 to May 1. It was my great honor to give the Bruno Lunenfeld Honorary Lecture and share my insights on Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) Data.
Professor Emeritus Bruno Lunenfeld is renowned for his trailblazing contributions to human reproductive science, and for developing the clinical applications of menopausal gonadotropins which stimulate the ovary to produce mature eggs. Professor Lunenfeld’s contributions have been instrumental in the evolution of reproductive endocrinology and infertility. Many families owe their reproductive success to his work. He co-founded ASPIRE and served as the organization’s Secretary General from 2006 to 2016, and since stepping down in 2017, has been the namesake of the opening lecture to the Annual Congress.
Past Bruno Lunenfeld Honorary Lecturers have included Professor Chii-Ruey Tzeng of Taiwan, Professor Johannes L.H. Evers of the Netherlands, and Hong Kong’s Professor Dennis Lo. I am proud to be the second American speaker after last year’s presentation by Professor Catherine Racowsky: “IVF Then and Now: Changes and Challenges in the Technology.”
My own lecture was entitled “Global ART Data: What Do They Tell Us About Our World.” Fertility treatment is a window into the state of society, showing us who is starting a family and why, and shedding light on the ways people tackle important life challenges such as infertility and reproductive care. At ARC Fertility, we provide care to any hopeful parents regardless of their background and family status, and so we are especially interested in the way our work impacts people across all walks of life. By leveraging our contemporary world’s expertise with data and analytics, we can learn how ART is changing how people plan and form their families.
Giving the Bruno Lunenfeld Honorary Lecture has been a wonderful experience and a source of validation for all the great work we do here at ARC Fertility. I hope I represented our amazing team to the best of my ability and look forward to hearing the Lunenfeld Lecture at next year’s Congress.