When it comes to visitors at CHR from all around the world, the fall season until Thanksgiving is usually the busiest part of the year. We call this time our “traffic jam,” not too dissimilar from what happens to midtown Manhattan during the annual United Nations General Assembly in September. Though our facility now offers a dedicated guest office for professional visitors, with at times two or three guests in-house at the same time, space can become tight. Over the last two months, we already welcomed month-long visits from two colleagues from Mexico and shorter visits from Israel and various European countries.
The busiest time is, however, yet to come, in a very unusual way: the fall season is this year characterized by too many international meetings in New York City or in nearby Philadelphia in addition to the annual Foundation for Reproductive Medicine Conference (FRMC) on Translational Reproductive Biology and Clinical Reproductive Endocrinology, co-sponsored by CHR, which is scheduled this year between November 21 and 24. In addition, the New Hope Fertility Center organizes a conference in NYC (October 11 & 12), just before the Annual ASRM Conference, this year in Philadelphia on October 13-15. The World Congress of the International Society for Fertility Preservation will take place in NYC on November 16-18, just one week before the FRMC.
All of these meeting will bring visitors from all over the U.S. and overseas to NYC and many usually use the opportunity to drop in on CHR to see what’s new. A good number of guests are already announced but, as our experience tells us, even more just show up and are, of course, welcomed at CHR with open arms. Likely the busiest time will, again, be the FRMC weekend because, as a co-host, CHR welcomes over 40 speakers at the conference from all over the world.
Traffic is not one-way: CHR’s Medical Director and Chief Scientist, Norbert Gleicher, MD, just returned from a week in Poland at the invitation of the Polish Society of Reproductive Medicine and Embryology. He presented two talks at the Annual Scientific Symposium of the society in Poland’s capital, Warsaw, and in addition was given guided tours of Cracow (his birth city) and Gdansk, the ancient historical city where the Solidarity movement was founded, which not only ended Communism in Poland but provided the spark for the collapse of the Soviet Union.
In mid-October, Dr. Gleicher, as well as David H. Barad, MD, MS, CHR’s Director of Clinical ART, will be traveling to Philadelphia to present a few abstracts at the Annual Meeting of the ASRM.
Dr. Gleicher will miss this year joining the annual meeting of the Ovarian Club in Paris because, not knowing that scheduled on the same weekend, he had earlier accepted an invitation to a South American Infertility Conference in Ecuador’s capital city Quito. The annual Asian Ovarian Club in December, where he also was scheduled to speak, was cancelled because of the political unrest that has been involving Hong Kong, where this conference usually takes place.