Dear colleagues and friends,
On behalf of the organizing committee, it gives me great pleasure in welcoming you to the 7th Congress of the Asia Pacific Regional Initiative on Reproduction (ASPIRE 2017) which is to be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, from 31 March to 2 April 2017.
This congress marks a historic occasion for two reasons. Firstly, 2017 will be the first time that the congress becomes an annual event. Prior to this, the congress was held once every two years. This is indeed a significant as it underlines the fact that research and knowledge in the field of reproductive medicine develops at such a rapid and significant pace that we must keep continually abreast with the newest developments lest we fall behind. Hence the need for this congress to be held annually.
The second reason is that this is the first time that Malaysia will be your hosts. We are most honored at being accorded this privilege. The Malaysian Society of Assisted Reproductive Technology (MSART) and the Obstetrical and Gynaecological Society of Malaysia (OGSM) are proud to co-host ASPIRE 2017 for the first time. We look forward to welcoming clinicians, researchers, academics, nurses, and other allied health professionals with an interest in reproductive medicine and fertility from the Asia-Pacific region and beyond. We are certain that your presence, bringing together your expertise, vision, knowledge, and experience will help us consolidate our thoughts and practices and help us pave the way into the future. We certainly cannot accomplish what we are doing without your support.
Our local organizing committee has put in place an interesting scientific program, with lectures by renowned speakers from the region and beyond, to provide us an insight into the cutting-edge developments in reproductive medicine. Our organizing committee has packed all three days with rousing lectures, plenary sessions and symposia. It promises to bridge the latest scientific evidence with contemporary clinical practice. We have also prepared an interesting social program, which we are certain will facilitate networking among the participants.
Lectures aside, Malaysia is a wonderful travel destination. From perfect weather to great beaches, Malaysia is also a cheap travel destination with lots to do for the family. A multicultural melting pot, the local Malay culture is infused with strong flavors from China, India and the rest of Southeast Asia. Everywhere you look, it is a picture of fusion and diversity. The foreign delegates will enjoy the delectable cuisine and warm hospitality that Malaysia has to offer.
Throughout this conference, I ask that you stay engaged, keep us proactive, and help us shape the future of Reproductive Medicine in the region. My personal thanks goes out to all of you!
We look forward to your support to make this congress a success.
Dr Surinder Singh
Local Organising Committee Chairman