2018 AAB Conference and CRB Symposium

Event Date: 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
    • 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - CRB Workshop
  • Thursday, May 17, 2018
    • 8:45 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - AAB Educational Programs/CRB Symposium
    • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Welcome Reception
  • Friday, May 18, 2018
    • 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. - AAB Educational Programs/CRB Symposium
    • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Reception and Poster Session
  • Saturday, May 19, 2018
    • 9:00 a.m.-1:15 p.m. - CRB Educational Programs

2018 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Cryos International

Gold Sponsors

ESCO Medical

Silver Sponsors

Artisan Fertility
Cook Medical

Irvine Scientific


Seattle Sperm Bank

SCSA Diagnostics
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)

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 Hood at the AAB office if you have any problems reserving a room: (314)241-1445.

So what's new in Orlando?

Mark your calendar for AAB/CRB 2018: May 17-19, 2018.

Financial Aid

Financial Aid to Attend the 2018 Conference/Symposium

AAB is excited to announce the 2018 Financial Aid Program available through the generosity of AAB members. Recipients will receive a financial award that pays their registration fees associated with attending the AAB Conference/CRB Symposium (valued at up to $499).The objective of the Financial Aid Program is to assist young scientists/technologists to be active in the AAB/CRB.

Applicants must complete an online application, attach a current CV, and, if applicable, attach an abstract.

Applications must be submitted by March 5, 2018, in order to be eligible for the 2018 AAB Annual Meeting and Educational Conference. Awardees will be notified by April 2, 2018.

Contact the AAB office if you have any questions – email: aab@aab.org, telephone: (314)241-1445.

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Call for Abstracts

2018 AAB Conference/CRB Symposium Call for Abstracts

Submit an abstract for oral presentation or for the poster session at AAB’s Annual Meeting and Educational Conference/CRB Symposium, May 17-19, 2018, at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando, Florida.

Authors are encouraged to submit titles and abstracts for consideration in Assisted Reproductive Technology or Traditional Laboratory (chemistry, microbiology, hematology, immunology, molecular diagnostics, environmental, and public health).

All assisted reproductive technology abstracts accepted for oral or poster presentation will be published in Reproductive BioMedicine Online.

Membership in the AAB and the CRB is not a requirement for submitting an abstract. There is no limit to the number of abstracts you may author. However, the first author or person submitting an abstract(s) must register for the Conference/Symposium and present the abstract or be present during the poster session.

Abstract Guidelines - Follow these formatting guidelines when typing your abstract.

Abstract Submission Form - After following the abstract guidelines, fill out this form and upload your abstract. A confirmation email will be sent that your abstract has been received.

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”

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