SSR 2015 Abstracts

Abstract submission closed on 30 January 2015. All abstracts must have been submitted using the SSR 2015 Online Abstract Submission Site.

SSR 2015 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 presentation preference when possible. Most abstracts will be presented as posters; approximately 108 abstracts will be selected for oral presentation during a Focus Session, which will include six short oral presentations selected from the abstracts, as well as four invited talks.

At submission, Presenters will indicate either Oral Talk in a Focus Session or Poster. Choosing an oral talk does NOT ensure you will be selected to speak in a Focus Session. Most abstracts will be presented as posters. Organizers of the Focus Sessions will review and select abstracts for each Focus Session from those abstracts submitted for oral presentation.

Posters: all posters will be presented at their scheduled times during morning poster sessions (breakfasts included). Poster presenters are strongly encouraged to participate in this year's audio poster session initiative: presenters will record short (5-minute) overviews of their research prior to the meeting. Each recording will be linked to a QR code that can be scanned by mobile devices and listened to on-site. Specific instructions will be sent to presenters of accepted posters. New this year: evening poster receptions. On the evenings of Friday, 19 June, and Saturday, 20 June, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., the poster area will be the site of a post-Focus Session reception and reprise. Poster presenters may stand by their posters or schedule meetings at their posters during these times. The poster receptions, with cash bars, sangria punch, and snacks, will provide a relaxed atmosphere for presenters to engage in discussion.

Submission of an abstract does not ensure its acceptance for presentation. You may submit and present (be first author of) only one abstract, except for Education and Research Resources presentations (see next paragraph). The SSR Business Office will check first authors prior to review 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 Research 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 topic area 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 research resources abstract). Please contact the SSR Business Office if you have questions.

All Abstracts Must Be Submitted Online

The submission deadline is midnight (EST), 30 January 2015. 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. Incomplete submissions must be completed before a new submission may be started. You may edit incomplete as well as completed submissions up until the submission deadline.

Notification of Acceptance

All authors will be notified by e-mail of the SSR Program Committee's decision regarding acceptance of the abstract, in approximately 6–7 weeks after the abstract submission deadline.


The SSR no longer publishes 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 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 consideration for the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund, Trainee Research Awards, USDA–NIFA–AFRI Merit Awards, Lalor Foundation Merit Awards, and Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation Merit Awards. Please see Rule 9 below and the Trainee Merit Awards page for more information.)

  3. Authorship: An individual may be first author on one and only one abstract and present only one poster or oral at the meeting; however, an author's name may appear on more than one abstract (exempt: abstracts submitted in the Education and Research Resources topic area; authors may be first author on one education abstract and on one research abstract). 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 Chairs 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 will be withdrawn, unless permission has been requested of and granted by the Chairs of the Program Committee for a co-author to present the abstract at the meeting.

  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 included in 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 logo, including trademark and copyright symbols.

    Nomenclature: The SSR requires use of approved gene and protein nomenclature. Please refer to the Nomenclature Guidelines and Requirements for the Society's journal, Biology of Reproduction, for specific instructions for gene/protein names/symbols and correct formatting.
  8. Format: The abstract—excluding title, authors, and affiliations—may not exceed 3500 characters. New this year: spaces are NOT included in the character count, nor are HTML tags for italics, etc. You may cut and paste your abstract into the space; formatting and special characters will retain their integrity. 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, USDA–NIFA–AFRI Merit Awards, Lalor Foundation Merit Awards, and Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research 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.

    • NOTE: If an abstract is selected for oral presentation during a Focus Session, it may also be selected for presentation as a finalist for the SSR-Trainee Research Award Oral Competition. In this case, the presentation will be made twice: once during the Focus Session and once during the Trainee Competition. It is also possible that an Abstract will be selected for only one, or neither, of these presentations.

  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 agree 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 2015 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 including your user information and your password; click "Next" 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 finalize your submission. After you finalize the submission, all authors will receive an acknowledgment by e-mail that the abstract has been submitted successfully.

Steps to Submit an Abstract

  1. Click on the Abstract Submission link to begin your new submission. You are limited to one incomplete submission at a time; incomplete submissions must be completed before beginning a new one. Remember that you may only be first author on one abstract, not including Education and Research Resources poster abstracts.

  2. Read the Form Overview page; you may want to print this page. Click "Create New" to begin entering your author and abstract information. Note that by clicking “Create New” and creating an abstract submission, you are agreeing to abide by the SSR’s deadlines and rules for governing abstracts.

  3. Complete the Presenting Author page.

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

    2. Indicate Eligibility/Consideration for Trainee Merit Award(s) and Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF).

    3. Complete Affirmations.

  4. Click "Next" when ready.

  5. Co-Author Information. Click on "Add New Co-Authors" and add each author in the order he/she appears on the abstract. Each author must provide a unique e-mail address.

  6. To reorder the list, click and drag the author to the new position.

  7. Click "Next" when ready.

  8. Abstract Information. You may cut and paste from your document file for the Title and Abstract. Font formatting such as bold, italics, or Greek characters will be retained; HTML codes are not necessary:

    1. Paste in the Title.

    2. Paste in the Abstract. The abstract body is limited to 3500 characters, not including spaces. The system will show your remaining characters to make it easier to edit if necessary.

    3. Choose 3 Focus Session preferences from the drop-down list provided (see below).

    4. Indicate your Presentation Type preference.

  9. Click "Save" when ready.

  10. Submit & Review Changes. Proof each section; click on the ”Edit Submission” link to correct or change any section content. Click "Finalize" 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 reference ID 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, 30 January 2015. No corrections will be made to abstracts after the deadline. If you need to withdraw (see Rule #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

Form Overview

This page must be read before creating a submission. By creating an abstract submission, you agree to abide by the SSR's deadlines and rules for governing abstracts.

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: Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF) and SSR Trainee Merit Awards.

If you are not eligible or do not want to be considered for an LEMTTF grant or an SSR Trainee Merit Award, please scroll down to Step 3, Affirmations, below.

To be eligible for an LEMTTF grant or SSR Trainee Merit Award:

  1. You must be a Trainee Member of SSR in good standing.

  2. Your dues for 2015 must be paid by 30 January 2015.

  3. Your mentor's signature must be on file with the SSR Business Office by 30 January 2015.

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 30 January 2015. If you have not received membership or renewal confirmation from the SSR Office for your Trainee Membership within two weeks of the submission deadline, please e-mail the SSR Business Office.

LEMTTF: Information and application form are available through these links:

LEMTTF Application

On the abstract submission form, you will be asked to read the following and check the box:

Yes, I want to be considered for a 2015 Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund grant. I understand that my application will NOT be complete until I have completed this application form and received a confirmation e-mail from the Trainee Affairs Committee.

[ ] Considered for 2015 Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund grant

AWARDS: On the abstract submission form, please complete the following:

  • I am a Trainee member of SSR in good standing: my dues for 2015 have been paid by 30 January 2015, 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, Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation Merit Award and/or USDA OR Lalor):

[ ] SSR Trainee Research Award
[ ] USDA–NIFA–AFRI Trainee Merit Award
[ ] Lalor Foundation Trainee Merit Award
[ ] Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation Merit Award

Step 3: Affirmations.

On the abstract submission form, you will be asked (please read and check the boxes):

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.

Affirmation #1*[ ] I affirm the data and conclusions

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.

Affirmation #2* [ ] I affirm each author agrees

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

Affirmation #3* [ ] I affirm I will attend and present

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.

Affirmation #4* [ ] I affirm I will notify

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).

Affirmation #5* [ ] I affirm the protocol

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. To reorder the list, click and drag the author to the new position.

Note: The first author is always the presenting author; it is not necessary to re-enter first/presenting author in this section, only the co-authors.

Step 4: Abstract Information

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). Font formatting such as italics or Greek characters that are cut and pasted will be retained; HTML codes are not necessary. The title may not exceed 200 characters.

2. Abstract.

The body of the abstract (excluding title, authors, and affiliations) may not exceed 3500 characters, not including spaces. If your abstract is too long, it will be truncated. Do not use multiple paragraphs or section heads. Grant information may be included at the end of the abstract but will be included in the character limit. 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 Focus Session Chairs and the Awards Committee, as well as the International Relations Subcommittee of the Membership 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.

3. Select Potential Focus Session or Poster Topic for Presentation.

From the drop-down lists, choose up to 3 Focus Session/Poster Topics (one from each drop down, #1 being your first choice) that you think would be appropriate for presentation of your abstract. Think broadly, as all topics in reproductive biology are included.

  • Assisted reproductive technology
  • Education and Research Resources
  • Effect of environment on ovary
  • Epigenetics of reproduction
  • Fertilization and preimplantation development
  • Gonadal development
  • Male germ cell development
  • Meiosis
  • Nutrition and gamete/embryo development
  • Oogenesis
  • Ovarian function
  • Pituitary
  • Pregnancy
  • Sex determination
  • Small noncoding RNAs
  • Testis development and function
  • Uterine receptivity and placentation
  • Anything else (The Program Committee will identify the appropriate topic.)

*Invited Speakers (Keynote Address, President's Symposium, State-of-the-Art Lecture, Historical Perspectives Lecture, Anita Payne Lecture, Exchange Lectures, Focus Sessions, Trainee Forum, or Diversity Symposium) will have a separate submission process and will be notified when to submit meeting abstracts.

4. Presentation Type.

Indicate either “Oral Talk in a Focus Session” or “Poster” for the type of presentation you would like to be considered for the most. Choosing Focus Session does not guarantee that you will give an oral talk in a Focus Session.

Step 5: Submit & Review Changes

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 "Finalize" the submission. Subsequently, all authors will receive an e-mail acknowledging the submission.

If you see an error post-submission, you may edit the abstract up until the submission deadline. No corrections will be made to abstracts after the deadline.