SSR 2014 Abstracts

Abstract submission closed on 19 February 2014. All abstracts must have been submitted using the SSR 2014 Online Abstract Submission Site.

SSR 2014 Abstracts

The SSR Program Committee welcomes abstracts reporting new basic, clinical, and/or translational research findings concerning reproduction. You do not need to be a Member of SSR to submit an abstract. There are no restrictions on species involved. Please adhere to all rules for the submission and format of abstracts. Failure to comply may be cause for rejection.

Confirmation of Submission

All authors of each abstract will receive an automated e-mail confirmation containing a submission ID number.

SSR Program Assignments

The SSR Program Committee will review each abstract for scientific merit and content and will honor preference for topic category when possible. Most abstracts will be presented as posters; the Program Committee will select approximately 150 abstracts for platform presentation.

If you do not wish to make a platform presentation, please indicate "Poster ONLY" under Presentation Type on the Abstract Information page during the submission process.

Submission of an abstract does not ensure its acceptance for presentation. You may present (be first author of) only one abstract, except for Educational and Research Resources presentations (see next paragraph). The SSR Business Office will check first authors and will contact you if you are listed as first author on more than one abstract; you will be asked to either confer with your co-authors and change the first author of one of the abstracts (requiring the new first author to confirm expected attendance at the annual meeting) or you will be asked to withdraw one of the abstracts. The Program Committee will not make this choice for you.

Education and Reproductive Resources: The SSR Program Committee encourages presentations on teaching methodologies, databases, and resources of interest to the reproductive biology community. These abstracts will be considered for poster presentation only. Submissions in this category do not count against the abstract limit for research presentations (i.e., you may present [be the first author of] both a research and an education and reproductive resources abstract). Please contact the SSR Business Office if you have questions.

All Abstracts Must Be Submitted Online

The submission deadline is midnight (EST) on 15 19 February 2014. Please see the Submission Procedures below for specific instructions. You will be able to save your submission-in-progress in the system; however, the submission must be completed and uploaded by the submission deadline. PLEASE do not create multiple submissions; you may edit the current submission up until the deadline.

Notification of Acceptance

All authors will be notified by e-mail of the SSR Program Committee's decision regarding acceptance of the abstract as soon as possible. This page will be updated with a more specific date after the submission deadline. As in previous years, acceptance notifications will be sent 6–8 weeks after the submission deadline, and presentation notifications will be sent 2–3 weeks later.


The SSR will no longer publish abstracts in a special issue of its journal, Biology of Reproduction. The abstracts will be available electronically to annual meeting participants. The Annual Meeting Proceedings will be published on the SSR website and will be deposited subsequently in PubMed Central.

Rules Governing Submission of Abstracts

  1. General Requirements: Data and conclusions presented at the meeting must be based on the same research described in the submitted abstract. It is expected that the abstract will contain new information.

  2. SSR Membership: Membership in SSR is not a prerequisite for submission of an abstract. (Note: SSR Trainee Membership is a prerequisite for Trainee Research, USDA, and Lalor Awards consideration along with other important qualifications. Please see the Trainee Merit Awards page for more information.)

  3. Authorship: An individual may be first author on one and only one abstract and make only one presentation at the meeting; however, an author's name may appear on more than one abstract (exempt: abstracts submitted in the Educational and Research Resources category; authors may be first author on one education abstract and on one abstract in another category). Every author must have a unique e-mail address at which he or she may be contacted.

  4. Presentation: The first author must present the abstract. Any exception must be approved by the Chair of the Program Committee no later than one week prior to the start of the meeting. Only a co-author of the abstract will be considered an acceptable replacement and that co-author should not be giving another presentation at this meeting. Each author must agree in principle with the information and conclusions contained within the abstract.

  5. Meeting Attendance: Submission of an abstract constitutes an agreement that the presenting author will attend the meeting to present the abstract if the abstract is accepted. The presenting author must register for the annual meeting before the registration deadline. If the presenting author has not registered by this deadline, the abstract may be withdrawn.

  6. Certification: The presenting author must certify that the conditions for submission have been satisfied and that all animal and human welfare and ethical considerations have been met.

  7. Content: Abstracts must be written in clear, concise, and grammatically correct American English. Abstracts must contain the following:

    1. statement of specific objectives, unless given by the title;

    2. brief statement of methods, if pertinent;

    3. summary of results, including number of subjects per group or number of replicates per treatment, pertinent data, and statistical analyses; and

    4. statement of conclusions.

    Please view the sample abstracts document for layout and formatting examples. Do not use phrases such as "will be discussed" or "will be presented." Avoid abbreviations and acronyms, and do not cite references. Do not include tables, figures, or references. Abstracts may not contain any type of advertising or logos, including trademark and copyright symbols.

    Nomenclature: The SSR strongly encourages the proper use of gene and protein nomenclature. Please refer to the Nomenclature Guidelines and Requirements for the Society's journal, Biology of Reproduction, for specific recommendations when formatting gene and protein nomenclature.
  8. Format: The abstract—excluding title, authors, and affiliations—may not exceed 3500 characters, including spaces. If your abstract is too long, it will be truncated as necessary; please check the word and character count before entering your abstract in the system.

  9. Competitions: Individuals wishing to be considered for SSR Trainee Merit Awards (SSR Trainee Research Awards, the Cornelia Post Channing New Investigator Award, USDA Merit Awards, and Lalor Foundation Merit Awards) must indicate their eligibility at the time the abstract is submitted, be fully qualified to compete for each award indicated, and, as presenting author, have played a major role in the design and implementation of the experiments, analysis of the data, interpretation of the results, and writing of the abstract. The Awards Committee will select finalists on the basis of an evaluation of the meeting abstracts submitted for competition. Please read the Travel Grants and Fellowships and Trainee Merit Awards pages for further details.

  10. Withdrawal: If an abstract must be withdrawn, written notice of withdrawal—signed by the presenting author—must be submitted (by fax, e-mail, or regular mail) to the SSR Business Office. This notice must state the reason(s) for withdrawal of the abstract and attest that all authors are in agreement that the abstract must be withdrawn. All authors will receive a written confirmation of the withdrawal by e-mail.

  11. Disclosure of Affiliations: Each author must disclose any financial, personal, or professional relationships with other people or organizations that could reasonably be perceived as conflicts of interest or as potentially influencing or biasing their work. Author(s) disclosure(s) must appear on the oral abstract presentation slides or poster presentation board.

Submission Process for Meeting Abstracts

All abstracts MUST be submitted online using the SSR 2014 Online Abstract Submission Site.

Before submitting an abstract, you must register:

  1. Go to the submission site and, under "Register (New Users)" on the left, enter your e-mail address and click "Create Account."
  2. User Account and Login Information: Complete the fields on this page to complete your user information, including your password; click "Save and Continue" at the bottom.

You may begin the submission process, save your abstract, and return to continue working on it. When you have completed the submission process, a confirmation page will appear that allows you to check the data you have entered, proof your abstract, and approve your submission. After you approve the submission, all authors will receive an acknowledgment by e-mail that the abstract has been submitted successfully.

To Submit an Abstract

  1. Read the Deadlines and Procedures page; you may want to print this page. Tick the box indicating that you have read this page and click "Save and Continue" when ready.

  2. Complete the Presenting Author page.

    1. Complete contact information for the presenting (first) author.

    2. Indicate Eligibility/Consideration for Trainee Merit Award(s).

    3. Complete Affirmations.

  3. Click "Save and Continue" when ready.

  4. Co-Author Information. Click on "Click here to add a new Author" and add each author in the order he/she appears on the abstract. Each author must provide a unique e-mail address.

  5. Click "Save and Continue" when ready.

  6. Abstract Information. You may cut and paste from your document file for the Title and Abstract. If you have font formatting such as bold or italics, you must use standard HTML codes around the content:

    1. Paste in the Title.

    2. Paste in the Abstract. The abstract body is limited to 3500 characters, including spaces. The system will show your remaining characters to make it easier to edit if necessary.

    3. Choose your Topic Category from the drop-down list provided.

    4. Indicate your Presentation Type preference.

    5. Indicate 1-5 Keywords from the drop-down list provided or type in the Keywords if not available in the drop-down list.

  7. Click "Save and Continue" when ready.

  8. Submit Summary Page. Proof each section; click on the section "Edit" link to correct or change any section content. Click "Save and Complete" when ready to submit the Abstract.

    You may print the Confirmation page and you will receive a confirmation e-mail. Please make a note of your submission confirmation number for future reference and correspondence with the SSR Business Office.

    Once completed, you can view, edit, or remove this abstract until the Submission Deadline, 15 19 February 2014. If you need to make changes to or withdraw (see item #10 of the "Rules Governing Submission of Abstracts") the abstract after the deadline has passed, you must contact the SSR Business Office.

Submission Process Details

Deadlines and Procedures

This page must be read and affirmed as having been read by ticking the box "I have read and agree to the deadline and procedures" at the bottom of the page.

Presenting Author

Step 1: Contact Information for Presenting Author.

Required fields are first name, last name/family name/surname, department/institution, city, country, and e-mail address. Co-authors will be entered later.

Step 2: SSR Trainee Merit Awards.

If you are not eligible or do not want to be considered for an SSR Trainee Merit Award, please scroll down to the affirmations below.

I am a Trainee member of SSR in good standing: my dues for 2014 have been paid by 15 19 February 2014, and my mentor's signature is on file with the SSR Business Office.

Please consider me for the SSR Trainee Research Merit Award(s) indicated below. I have read the awards descriptions and meet the qualification requirements as described (view via links below).

I verify that, as first and presenting author, I played a major role in the design and implementation of the experiments, analysis of the data, interpretation of the results, and actively participated in the writing of the abstract.

Enter your SSR Membership Number if you know it.

You do not have to enter your SSR Membership Number before you submit your abstract. You may indicate the awards for which you wish to compete and submit your abstract now.

SSR Staff will check your eligibility for awards and enter your SSR Membership Number for you at a later date.

Please check the awards for which you wish to compete (SSR Trainee Research, Channing New Investigator, and/or USDA OR Lalor):

[ ] SSR Trainee Research Award
[ ] USDA Trainee Merit Award
[ ] Lalor Foundation Trainee Merit Award
[ ] Cornelia Channing New Investigator Award

To be eligible for SSR Trainee Merit Awards:

  1. You must be a Trainee Member of SSR in good standing.
  2. Your dues for 2014 must be paid by 15 19 February 2014.
  3. Your mentor's signature must be on file with the SSR Business Office by 15 19 February 2014.

NOTE: SSR receives a large number of applications for Trainee Membership prior to the abstract submission deadline; you are strongly encouraged to submit your membership application well before 15 19 February 2014. If you have not received membership or renewal confirmation from the SSR Office for your Trainee Membership, please e-mail the SSR Business Office.

Step 3: Affirmations.

I affirm that the data and conclusions presented at the meeting will be based on the same research described in the submitted abstract. I understand that it is expected that the abstract will contain new information.

*I affirm [ ]

I affirm that each author agrees in principle with the information presented in the abstract and that the presentation at the meeting will be based on the same research as the abstract.

*I affirm [ ]

I affirm that, as the first author, I will attend the meeting and present the work.

*I affirm [ ]

I understand that if my abstract must be withdrawn, I will notify the SSR Business Office and provide justification for the withdrawal. I understand that the notice of withdrawal must be approved by all authors and must be signed by me, the presenting author, on behalf of all authors.

*I affirm [ ]

I affirm that the protocol for any investigation involving humans or animals has been approved by the institution(s) where the research was performed, and that all experimentation has been conducted in conformity with ethical and humane principles of research, and I affirm that the studies described herein were performed in accordance with at least one of the following animal care and use guides: Guide for the Care and Use of Agricultural Animals in Agricultural Research and Teaching (copyright 2010, Federation of Animal Science Societies); the National Research Council (NRC) publication Guide for Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (copyright 2011, National Academy of Science); or the International Guiding Principles for Biomedical Research Involving Animals (copyright 2012, Council for International Organization of Medical Sciences and the International Council for Laboratory Animal Science).

*I affirm [ ]

Indicate below any conflicts of interest and disclosures for authors listed on this abstract. If you indicate "Yes" that you, or another author on this abstract, has a commercial or financial interest to disclose with a manufacturer of pharmaceuticals, laboratory supplies, and/or medical devices or with a commercial provider of medically related laboratory services, SSR staff will contact you for further information.

*Conflict of Interest / Disclosure Statement

[ ] This Abstract has no conflicts of interest to disclose for any authors listed
[ ] Yes, there is a conflict of interest, and I understand that I must include this information in my presentation

Co-Author Information

Enter each co-author's e-mail address, name, institution, city, state, and country in the order that the authors appear on the abstract. An e-mail address is required for each author. You may add or remove authors on this page.

Note: The first author is always the presenting author.

Abstract Information

Step 1: Title.

Type the title in lower case with initial letters capitalized (title case), using italics as necessary. Please use appropriate ending punctuation (period/full stop or question mark). Special characters and Greek letters cut and pasted from Microsoft Word will be retained.

Text formatting such as superscripts, subscripts, italics, and boldface will not be retained unless the following HTML tagging is used:

Formatting Start Code End Code
Italics <i> </i>
Boldface <b> </b>
Underline <u> </u>
Superscript <sup> </sup>
Subscript <sub> </sub>

Example 1

  • Original title format:
    Impaired Reproduction in the American Green Tree Frog, Hyla cinerea.
  • Title formatted for submission (using HTML italics):
    Impaired Reproduction in the American Green Tree Frog, <i>Hyla cinerea</i>.

Example 2

  • Original title format:
    Identification of Ca2+ in the Chicken Ovary.
  • Title formatted for submission (using HTML superscript):
    ​Identification of Ca<sup>2+</sup> in the Chicken Ovary.

Step 2: Abstract.

The body of the abstract (excluding title, authors, and affiliations) may not exceed 3500 characters, including spaces. If your abstract is too long, it will be truncated. Cut and paste the text of only the body of your abstract directly into the text box provided. Special characters and Greek letters cut and pasted from Microsoft Word will be retained. This is the version that will be reviewed by the Program Committee. Click here for examples of correctly formatted abstracts.

Three Important Notes about Abstracts:

  1. Do not use the phrases "will be presented" or "will be discussed."
  2. Do not cite references.
  3. Avoid abbreviations and acronyms.

Funding information may be included at the end of the abstract and will be included as part of the character limit.

Step 3: Topic Category.

Choose only one topic category (see below) from the drop-down list by clicking on the category.

  • Comparative Biology, and Comparative and Evolutionary Aspects of Reproduction
  • Contraception
  • Corpus Luteum
  • Educational and Research Resources
  • Endocrinology—Gonadotropins
  • Endocrinology—Neuroendocrinology
  • Endocrinology—Steroid Hormones
  • Endocrinology—Other
  • Epigenetics and Other Gene Regulation
  • Fertilization and Gamete Function
  • Gametogenesis and Meiosis—Female
  • Gametogenesis and Meiosis—Male
  • Implantation and Pregnancy—Decidualization and Uterine Function
  • Implantation and Pregnancy—Placental Function
  • Invited Talk*
  • Nutritional and Metabolic Effects on Reproduction
  • Ovarian Follicle Biology
  • Ovarian Somatic Cells—Structure and Function
  • Pre-implantation Development
  • Post-implantation Development
  • Reproductive Aging
  • Reproductive Cancers
  • Reproductive Technologies and Cloning
  • Reproductive Toxicology—Female
  • Reproductive Toxicology—Male
  • Reproductive Toxicology—Sex Differentiation and Other Effects
  • Reproductive Tract—Female
  • Reproductive Tract—Male
  • Sex Determination and Differentiation
  • Signaling in the Ovary
  • Signaling in the Testis
  • Stem Cells
  • Testicular Somatic Cells—Structure and Function

*Select "Invited Talk" only if the speaker is submitting the abstract for a Keynote Address; President's Symposium lecture; State-of-the-Art or Historical Perspectives or Exchange lectures; Module session lectures; Trainee Forum: Minority Affairs Symposium.

Step 4: Presentation Type.

Indicate "Poster ONLY" if you do not wish to make a platform/slide presentation. This will remove your abstract from consideration for a Trainee Research Platform Award.

Indicate "Platform or Poster" if the abstract may be placed in either a platform or a poster session. This will allow your abstract to be considered for a Trainee Research Platform Award or a Trainee Research Poster Award.

Step 5: Keywords.

Please choose up to five keywords from the list to further explain or refine the topic of your submission. If the choices provided are not adequate, you may provide one or more of your own.

Submit Summary

Please review your submission carefully. Check all special characters and symbols in the title and body of your abstract to make sure that all have been rendered correctly. If the characters appear correctly on this page, then they will appear correctly in the final program. Please print this page for your records, and then "Approve" the submission. Subsequently, all authors will receive an e-mail acknowledging your submission.

If you see an error post-submission, you may edit the abstract up until the submission deadline. After that, you will need to contact the SSR Business Office to make a correction.