2018 AAB Educational Conference and CRB Symposium

5/17/2018 - 5/19/2018

Event Overview

We are excited to announce that the 2018 AAB Conference and CRB Symposium will be held May 17-19 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel, Orlando, Florida. The meeting committee is planning a stellar program, including a variety of interesting and informative educational programs and networking and social events.

The Orlando International Airport (MCO) is just over 13 miles from the Rosen Plaza Hotel (20 to 30-minute travel time, depending on traffic) and offers one of the largest flight selections in the country. With service to 100+ cities world-wide and an average of 745 scheduled flight operations per day, travelers should be able to find a convenient arrival/departure time.


Preliminary Schedule

  • Wednesday, May 16, 2018
    • 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - CRB Workshop
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - PER Review of Clinical Laboratory Disciplines
    • 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - CRB Symposium
    • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception
  • Friday, May 18, 2018
    • 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - PER Review of Clinical Laboratory Disciplines
    • 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - CRB Symposium
    • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Reception and Poster Session

The preliminary schedule can be viewed here (PDF).

 

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Cryos International


Gold Sponsors

CooperSurgical Companies
CooperSurgical Companies

ESCO Medical

LifeGlobal
 
Vitrolife

Silver Sponsors


AAB Proficiency Testing Service

Birenbaum & Associates

Cook Medical

 


CRD Associates


DxNow, Inc.


Embryotech


EMD Serono

Fertility Technology Resources

Hamilton Thorne

Igenomix

Irvine Scientific


IVFQC

LifeAire Systems

Natera


New England Cryogenic Center

NextGen Lifelabs

O’Connell & Aronowitz


Oosafe

ReproTech

Seattle Sperm Bank
 
   
SCSA Diagnostics
  
   
Spectrum Technologies
    
 
Rosen Plaza Hotel

Rosen Plaza Hotel

The Rosen Plaza Hotel, 9700 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819, is a standout among Orlando’s finest hotels with award-winning hospitality service. All sleeping rooms were completely renovated in December 2015. (More information)

Caution Illegitimate Booking Agencies

Some AAB/CRB members and colleagues have been contacted by a third party booking agency claiming to be affiliated with AAB/CRB regarding hotel reservations for the 2018 AAB Conference/CRB Symposium. AAB/CRB has not contracted with any outside agency to handle hotel reservations, or to offer discounts.

You will receive periodic notices from AAB/CRB regarding the 2018 program, but we will not approve a third party booking agency to contact you about hotel rooms at the Rosen Plaza Hotel. Reservations should be made directly with the Rosen Plaza Hotel by calling (800)627-8258 or online through AAB’s website. Beware of outside hotel booking agencies, as some of these are illegitimate.

Please contact the AAB/CRB office by email: aab@aab.org or telephone: (314)241-1445 if you are contacted by a booking agency claiming to be affiliated with the 2018 AAb Conference/CRB Symposium.

Rosen Plaza Hotel features include:

  • Guestrooms with complimentary basic Wi-Fi Internet access, laptop safe, coffee/tea maker, and a mini-frig for cold beverages and snacks.
  • $8.00 per day self-parking at Rosen Plaza Hotel for AAB/CRB hotel guests who are driving in or renting a car.
  • A variety of food and beverage options, including Café Matisse, Jack’s Place, The Lobby Bar, ’39 Poolside Bar & Grill, Smooth Java & Gift Shop (serves Starbucks® coffee), and Lite Bite Express 24-hour Deli/Shop.
  • Swimming pool and whirlpool spa.
  • State-of the art fitness center with Life Fitness equipment and free weights.
  • Babysitting services.
  • Attraction ticket sales and transportation arrangements.
  • And, the Rosen Plaza is surrounded by Orlando’s world-famous attractions – SeaWorld Orlando®, Universal Orlando Resort™, and Walt Disney World Resort®.

Hotel Reservations: The AAB/CRB group room rate is $163 per night, single or double occupancy, plus applicable surcharge and tax (currently a 1% taxable Orange County surcharge and 12.5% sales tax). Make your hotel reservations online or call the Rosen Plaza Hotel: (800)627-8258. Be sure to ask for rooms reserved for the American Association of Bioanalysts. April 23, 2018, is the deadline date for guaranteed availability of hotel rooms. We anticipate rooms will go quickly, so reserve your space early. Contact Shannon Soos at the AAB office if you have any problems reserving a room: (314)241-1445.

So what's new in Orlando?

 

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Cryos International


Gold Sponsors

CooperSurgical Companies
CooperSurgical Companies

ESCO Medical

LifeGlobal
 
Vitrolife

Silver Sponsors


AAB Proficiency Testing Service

Birenbaum & Associates

Cook Medical

 


CRD Associates


DxNow, Inc.


Embryotech


EMD Serono

Fertility Technology Resources

Hamilton Thorne

Igenomix

Irvine Scientific


IVFQC

LifeAire Systems

Natera


New England Cryogenic Center

NextGen Lifelabs

O’Connell & Aronowitz


Oosafe

ReproTech

Seattle Sperm Bank
 
   
SCSA Diagnostics
  
   
Spectrum Technologies
    
 
Educational Program

Preliminary Schedule of Events (PDF)

2018 Abstracts

2018 Roundtables

 

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Cryos International


Gold Sponsors

CooperSurgical Companies
CooperSurgical Companies

ESCO Medical

LifeGlobal
 
Vitrolife

Silver Sponsors


AAB Proficiency Testing Service

Birenbaum & Associates

Cook Medical

 


CRD Associates


DxNow, Inc.


Embryotech


EMD Serono

Fertility Technology Resources

Hamilton Thorne

Igenomix

Irvine Scientific


IVFQC

LifeAire Systems

Natera


New England Cryogenic Center

NextGen Lifelabs

O’Connell & Aronowitz


Oosafe

ReproTech

Seattle Sperm Bank
 
   
SCSA Diagnostics
  
   
Spectrum Technologies
    
 
CRB Symposium

22nd Annual CRB Symposium

CRB Workshop, May 16, 2018

Building and Applying Your Troubleshooting ‘Toolkit’ - An Interactive Approach

"For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for Nature cannot be fooled." – Richard Feynman famously uttered these words referring to the Challenger disaster and the tendency of hubris to confound attempts at root cause analysis. This is a struggle we deal with every day in the laboratory, because sometimes it just isn’t a bunch of ‘bad eggs.’

In this workshop participants will hear from several established members of our field as they relay best practices for methodical, unbiased troubleshooting of all areas of the laboratory. This will be followed by a practical, interactive session where small groups will have the opportunity to apply and hone the skills they have learned, identify the pitfalls of pride and ego, and develop a network of colleagues for assistance when necessary.


2018 CRB Symposium Topics

  • The Industrialization of IVF – Moving Away from the “Mom and Pop Shop” to Tech-heavy Standardized Approaches
  • PGS – A Townhall Debate Regarding Usage, Value, and Ethics of this Increasingly Prescribed Technique
  • CRISPR – A Technical Overview and In-depth Look at How This May Impact Our Field
  • The Artificial Uterus – Approaching Extended Culture from the Other Direction
  • ERA – What do We Really Know about the Implantation Window
  • Mitochondrial Assays – Another Way to Evaluate Embryos
  • International IVF – The Financial, Political, and Social Factors that Shape IVF Outside of the U.S. and What It Means for Our Future
  • “The New Embryologist” – A Critical Look at How the Evolution of IVF Has Opened the Door to a New Breed of Embryologists and Laboratory Directors with Decidedly Different Proficiencies
  • Managing an IVF Laboratory “Franchise”

 

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Cryos International


Gold Sponsors

CooperSurgical Companies
CooperSurgical Companies

ESCO Medical

LifeGlobal
 
Vitrolife

Silver Sponsors


AAB Proficiency Testing Service

Birenbaum & Associates

Cook Medical

 


CRD Associates


DxNow, Inc.


Embryotech


EMD Serono

Fertility Technology Resources

Hamilton Thorne

Igenomix

Irvine Scientific


IVFQC

LifeAire Systems

Natera


New England Cryogenic Center

NextGen Lifelabs

O’Connell & Aronowitz


Oosafe

ReproTech

Seattle Sperm Bank
 
   
SCSA Diagnostics
  
   
Spectrum Technologies
    
 
Sponsors

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Cryos International


Gold Sponsors

CooperSurgical Companies
CooperSurgical Companies

ESCO Medical

LifeGlobal
 
Vitrolife

Silver Sponsors


AAB Proficiency Testing Service

Birenbaum & Associates

Cook Medical

 


CRD Associates


DxNow, Inc.


Embryotech


EMD Serono

Fertility Technology Resources

Hamilton Thorne

Igenomix

Irvine Scientific


IVFQC

LifeAire Systems

Natera


New England Cryogenic Center

NextGen Lifelabs

O’Connell & Aronowitz


Oosafe

ReproTech

Seattle Sperm Bank
 
   
SCSA Diagnostics
  
   
Spectrum Technologies
    
 
Registration

Registration

Online Registration

Select your track to register online:

CRB Symposium

Assisted Reproductive Technology

  • Andrology
  • Embryology
  • Reproductive Biology

Register Online

AAB/AMS Conference

Traditional Clinical Laboratory

  • Chemistry
  • Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Immunology
  • Basic Knowledge
  • Immunohematology
  • Environmental
  • Public Health

Register Online


Printable Registration Form

Download a printable registration here.

Student Registration can be downloaded here.

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors


Cryos International


Gold Sponsors

CooperSurgical Companies
CooperSurgical Companies

ESCO Medical

LifeGlobal
 
Vitrolife

Silver Sponsors


AAB Proficiency Testing Service

Birenbaum & Associates

Cook Medical

 


CRD Associates


DxNow, Inc.


Embryotech


EMD Serono

Fertility Technology Resources

Hamilton Thorne

Igenomix

Irvine Scientific


IVFQC

LifeAire Systems

Natera


New England Cryogenic Center

NextGen Lifelabs

O’Connell & Aronowitz


Oosafe

ReproTech

Seattle Sperm Bank
 
   
SCSA Diagnostics
  
   
Spectrum Technologies
    
 

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