A 2019 reproductive update from the Midwest Reproductive Symposium International

  • Jessica R. ZoltonEmail author
  • Gretchen G. Collins
  • Eleni A. Greenwood
  • Elie Hobeika
  • Roohi Jeelani
  • Angeline Beltsos
  • William G. Kearns


“Mystery, Medicine, and the Magnificent Mile,” the theme for the annual Midwest Reproductive Symposium International (MRSi) in Chicago, IL, captured the attention of reproductive professionals all over the world. Each year, the conference agenda encompasses emerging technologies in assisted reproduction, updates in the management of reproductive diseases, and common challenges encountered in clinical practice. The structure of the meeting, offering a mixture of lectures, panel discussions, and interactive workshops, creates a collaborative environment for physicians, geneticists, embryologists, nurses, mental health professionals, basic scientists, business administrative professionals, reproductive endocrinology and infertility fellows, and obstetrics and gynecology residents. The goal of the MRSi meeting is to provide all reproductive professionals the opportunity to exchange ideas, foster relationships, and deliver quality patient care. As the field continues to evolve, MRSi provides an exciting venue to uncover the mysteries of reproductive medicine with enthusiasm and collaboration.


infertility genetics reproductive endocrinology continuing medical education medical conference 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Program in Reproductive Endocrinology and Gynecology, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of HealthBethesdaUSA
  2. 2.Wisconsin Fertility InstituteMiddletonUSA
  3. 3.Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive SciencesUniversity of CaliforniaSan FranciscoUSA
  4. 4.Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyUniversity of Illinois College of MedicineChicagoUSA
  5. 5.Vios Fertility InstituteChicagoUSA
  6. 6.Advagenix, Rockville, MD, Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Department of Obstetrics and GynecologyJohns Hopkins University School of MedicineBaltimoreUSA

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