CRB Workshop, AAB Conference, and CRB Symposium

5/16/2019 - 5/18/2019

Event Overview

CRB Pre-Conference WorkshopAlert and Alarmed - A Mini-Symposium on IVF Laboratory Safety and Alarm Monitoring
May 15, 2019

AAB Annual Meeting and Educational Conference
May 16-18, 2019

23rd Annual CRB SymposiumEssential Elements of the Modern IVF Laboratory
May 16-18, 2019

Register online or click here to download/print the registration form.

Attention Students
Discounted registration fees are available for qualified students. Click here for details.

Quick Links
Preliminary Schedule of Events - Topics/Speakers
Preliminary Roundtable Schedule
Abstract Submission - $250 Best Abstract Awards sponsored by LifeAire Systems
Hotel Reservations
AAB/CRB Session And CE Tracking Policy
Financial Aid Application
Sponsorship Opportunities

The 2019 CRB Pre-Conference Workshop, AAB Conference and CRB Symposium will be held May 15-18 at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, 500 Canal Street, New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting committee is planning a stellar program, including topics on the latest science and technology, as well as a variety of networking opportunities and social events.

The Sheraton New Orleans is a four diamond hotel situated in downtown New Orleans, across from the French Quarter. The spacious guestrooms reflect New Orleans charm and many have views of the Mississippi River or French Quarter. Relax by the rooftop pool and sundeck or visit the fully equipped fitness center for a daily workout. Stop by the Lobby Starbucks for a carryout to enjoy while catching up on the daily news. Sample regional cuisine at the Roux Bistro and enjoy cocktails at the Pelican Bar.

The Sheraton provides easy access to world-class dining, live music, great shopping and more. Just steps from the famed French Quarter, the Sheraton is within walking distance of Bourbon Street, the Riverwalk Shopping Mall, the Port of New Orleans and many of New Orleans’ famed restaurants and nightspots. Board the nearby historic Canal Street Streetcar Line and venture out to experience all parts of the city.

So start making your list – breakfast on café au lait and sweet beignets at Café du Monde, tour the historic St. Louis Cathedral, see artists at work in Jackson Square, lunch on New Orleans’ hallmark muffuletta sandwich at Central Grocery, take a streetcar ride through the Garden District, browse antique and specialty shops on Magazine Street, gallery-hop on Royal Street, enjoy a traditional Creole dinner at Antoine’s, move to the beat of live jazz on Frenchmen Street, and much more. You will enjoy your visit to the Big Easy. The AAB/CRB group hotel rate will be available three days prior and three days after the Conference/Symposium, so schedule a few extra days for your visit. Plan your New Orleans trip now.

Also, be sure to use the hashtag #AAB2019 when discussing the event on social media!

Hotel Reservations at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

The group room rate is $179 per night, single or double occupancy, plus applicable taxes (currently 13.45% plus $3 Occupancy Tax plus a Tourism Support Assessment of 1.75%). Make your reservations online or call the Sheraton New Orleans at 1-888-627-7033 or 1-504-525-2500. Be sure to ask for rooms reserved for the AAB CRB. April 23, 2019, 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.

Please note: Any contact to you from a third party claiming to be a booking agent for the Sheraton or AAB/CRB should be considered a scam!! Please ONLY make your hotel reservations through the link or phone numbers provided above!

Preliminary Schedule

  • Wednesday, May 15, 2019
    • 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. - CRB Workshop
  • Thursday, May 16, 2019
    • 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - Educational Program
    • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Welcoming Reception
  • Friday, May 17, 2019
    • 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - Educational Program
    • 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. - Poster Session and Reception
  • Saturday, May 18, 2019
    • 8:00 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - Educational Program

Abstract Submission

Submit your original research or case study for oral presentation* or for the poster session at AAB’s Annual Meeting and Educational Conference/23rd Annual CRB Symposium, May 16-18, 2019, at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The AAB Conference/CRB Symposium offers a unique opportunity to meet and discuss the newest technological research and developments with colleagues from the U.S. and abroad who are actively involved in ongoing science and technology.

Authors are encouraged to submit for consideration titles and abstracts relating to Assisted Reproductive Technology or Traditional Laboratory topics:

Assisted Reproductive Technology Laboratory           Traditional Laboratory
  • Embryology
  • Andrology
  • IVF Laboratory Techniques
  • Egg and Embryo Banking
  • IVF Environmental Factors
  • Genetics
  • Ethics
  • Chemistry
  • Public Health Microbiology
  • Hematology
  • Immunohematology/Blood Banking
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Environmental Biology

All accepted abstracts are eligible for consideration for one of two $250 cash prizes. Cash prizes are sponsored by LifeAire Systems.

*Only titles/abstracts regarding Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) topics will be considered for oral presentation.

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. Oral abstracts are scheduled for Friday afternoon, May 17, and the poster session will be held on Friday evening, May 17.

Deadline to submit is March 15.

Financial assistance for meeting registration fees: AAB’s Financial Aid Program assists young scientists/technologists to be active in the AAB/CRB. Recipients will receive a financial award that pays all or a portion of their registration fee associated with attending the 2019 AAB Conference/CRB Symposium. Applicants must complete the online application, attach a current CV, and, if applicable, attach an abstract. Click here for details.

Abstract Guidelines
Abstract Submission Form


2019 Sponsors

Platinum Sponsor

Cryos International

Gold Sponsors

CooperSurgical Companies
CooperSurgical Companies

Embryo Director

ESCO Medical

Genomic Prediction


Zymot, a DxNow, Inc. business unit

Silver Sponsors

AAB Proficiency Testing Service

Birenbaum & Associates

Cook Medical

CRD Associates

Donor Egg Bank USA

Embryotech Laboratories

Fairfax Cryobank

Fertility Technology Resources

Fujifilm Irvine Scientific

Hamilton Thorne


LifeAire Systems


NextGen LifeLabs

O’Connell & Aronowitz 


Ovation Fertility



SCSA Diagnostics
Seattle Sperm Bank
Spectrum Technologies

Bronze Sponsor

Cryogenics Safety Solutions

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