Page 18 - ASPIRE AUGUST 2022 Vol 7 Issue 3
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                                                                                  Introducing Romerico Torres, new country representative
  Romerico Torres will be the new ASPIRE correspondent from the Philippines succeeding Dr Virgilio Novero.
He is Assistant Professor in Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the Far Eastern University Institute of Medicine, a specialist in reproductive medicine and minimally invasive gynaecological surgery at the Veterans’ Memorial Medical Centre in Quezon City, and a visiting consultant at the Centre for Advanced Reproductive Medicine and Infertility in Bonifacio Global City.
Assistant Professor Torres is Vice-President of the Philippine Society for Reproductive Medicine, an Editorial Board Member of the Philippine Journal of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and an international reviewer for ASPIRE’s official journal Fertility and Reproduction.
He has been extensively published in academic research and is widely acclaimed as a lecturer and speaker in major medical forums in the Philippines and internationally.
Despite his busy professional life, Assistant Professor Torres also enjoys competitive athletics – particularly iron man events – and he is an accomplished singing and stage performer.
Expanding our fertility services to meet growing demand with valued SIG support
By Professor Angela S. Aguilar
Fertility procedures have steadily increased, and we are approaching pre-pandemic levels. An eighth IVF centre was recently accredited to accommodate the increasing demand for fertility treatments.
The growing awareness of assisted reproductive technology has generated a need for country specific information. As such, our Special Interest Groups (SIGs) have been tapped to provide data in key areas of reproductive medicine.
This year, a structured Delphi communication method was completed to determine consensus among infertility specialists regarding the ethics and practice of assisted By Professor Angela S. Aguilar reproductive technology. The results of this study will provide the framework for guidelines moving forward.
Romerico Torres ...
I look forward to making regular reports to members as the Philippines gears up to host the ASPIRE Congress
in 2024
“It is an exciting time to be appointed as country representative for ASPIRE, and I look forward to making regular reports to members as the Philippines gears up to host the ASPIRE Congress in 2024,” Assistant Professor Torres said.
“I was part of the team actively promoting the 2024 Congress as far back as our meeting in Hong Kong in 2019, and it will place a very strong focus on professional achievements in assisted reproduction in the Philippines.
“Importantly, the 2024 Congress will also feature an exciting social program as we welcome delegates to enjoy the renowned hospitality of our people.”
We are also expecting data on endometriosis research in the third quarter of 2022. Other projects are in the pipeline, and they are due for completion next year.
The medical community has taken advantage of educational opportunities on-line and those of us in reproductive medicine have participated in interactive webinars.
The second quarter of 2022 did see a resurgence of handson training modules. In June, an IVF workshop included simulation of oocyte pick-up and embryo transfer. The success of this endeavor has paved the way for more simulation and face-to-face training sessions.
Meanwhile, the Philippines continues its efforts to control the COVID situation. But we are preparing to host the ASPIRE Congress in 2024.
Face-to-face scientific fellowship generates great enthusiasm and excitement for the meeting in 2024 is palpable.
A superb scientific program will be supported by the natural hospitality of our people and our distinctive flair for fun. We will be thrilled to welcome delegates as we emerge from the pandemic.

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