SSR 2015 Scientific Program

**Times, dates, speakers, and titles are subject to change. Please visit http://ssr2015news.blogspot.com for summarized updates.**

Historical Perspectives Keynote Address

  • Speaker: Elizabeth Watkins, Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA). "Reconceiving the Pill: From Revolutionary Therapeutic to Lifestyle Drug."

State-of-the-Art Lectures

(Partial support by the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation.)

  • Speaker: Ina Dobrinski, D.V.M., Ph.D. (University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada). "Germ Line Modification to Create Large Animal Models of Human Disease."
  • Speaker: David P. Bartel, Ph.D. (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). "MicroRNA Evolution and Function."

President's Symposium: Evolution of Sex

  • Speaker: David C. Page, M.D. (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). "The Evolution of Sex: Rethinking the Pristine X and Rotting Y Chromosomes."
  • Speaker: Willie J. Swanson, Ph.D. (University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA). "Adaptive Co-Evolution of Interacting Sperm-Egg Reproductive Proteins."
  • Speaker: R. Michael Roberts, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). "The Evolution and Developmental Origins of the Mammalian Placenta."
  • Speaker: Nathaniel Comfort, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA). "The Self-Direction of Human Evolution, from Darwin's Rabbits to CRISPR."

Exchange Lectures

  • SSR New Investigator: Satoshi Namekawa, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA). "Germline Epigenome and Sex Chromosome Inactivation."
  • SRF New Investigator: Andrew Childs, Ph.D. (The Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom). "Regulation of Human Fetal Ovarian Germ Cell Development."
  • ASRM Distinguished Research Scientist: Gautam Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA). "Mysteries of the Endothelium: More Secrets Unraveled."

Diversity Symposium

(Speaker supported by FASEB-MARC through a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences, National Institutes of Health T36-GM08637.)

  • Speaker: Genevieve S. Neal-Perry, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, Washington, USA). "Maternal Vitamin D Deficiency Programs Hypothalamic–Pituitary Dysfunction and Subfertility in Affected Female Offspring."

Heritage Luncheon

  • Speaker: Ryuzo Yanagimachi, Ph.D. (University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA). "M. C. Chang, Grandfather of IVF."

NIH Mock Study Section for Grant Proposal Peer Review

NIH Policy Seminar: Updates in NIH Policy

Focus Sessions

As an evolution of the Module format, the 2015 meeting will present a series of thematically coherent Focus Sessions. The general structure of the sessions will be two 30-min talks, followed by three 15-min platform presentations. A 30-min break will be held between each session.

Focus Session 1. Advances in the Biology of Reproductive Epigenetics

  • Chairs: John R. McCarrey, Ph.D. (The University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA) and Sarah Kimmins, Ph.D. (McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada).
  • Co-chairs: Zhiyuan Chen (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA) and Habib Shojaei Saadi, D.V.M. (Universite Laval, Quebec, Quebec, Canada).
  • Invited Talk: John R. McCarrey, Ph.D. (The University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA). "The Intersection of Epigenetics, Genetics, and Reproduction."
  • Invited Talk: Amander Clark, Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA). "Methylation Reprogramming in the Human Germline."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Zachary Smith (Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). "DNA Methylation Dynamics During Mammalian Preimplantation Development."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Richard Chaillet, M.D., Ph.D. (Magee-Womens Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). "Developmentally Essential DNA Methylation Is Regulated by the DNMT1 Intrinsically Disordered Domain."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Bluma Lesch, M.D., Ph.D. (Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA). "Ancient Regulators of Animal Development Are Epigenetically Poised in Male Germ Cells of Five Mammalian Species."
  • Invited Talk: Sue Hammoud, Ph.D. (University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). "Transcription and DNA Methylation Dynamics in Developing Postnatal Male Germline Stem Cells."
  • Invited Talk: Haifan Lin, Ph.D. (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA). "Uniting Major Constituents of the Genome: The Role of piRNAs in the Germline."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Matteo Da Ros (University of Turku, Turku, Finland). "Retromer Vesicles Interact with RNA Granules in Haploid Male Germ Cells."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Tursunjan Nurmamat, Ph.D. (Texas Biomedical Research Institute, San Antonio, Texas, USA). "Sex-Specific Micro-RNA Response of Primate Fetal Kidney to Maternal Caloric Restriction (CR) and High-Fat Diet (HFD) in Late Gestation."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Maria-Elisabetta Serrentino (Institut Cochin, Paris, France). "SLY Modulates the Expression of Multiple Chromatin Regulators and Affects Chromatin Structure During Sperm Differentiation."

Focus Session 2. Impact of the Environment on Development and Function of the Mammalian Ovary

  • Chair: Jodi Anne Flaws, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Shuo Xiao, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA) and Rachel Cinco (University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Aileen Keating, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA). "Mechanisms of Phosphoramide Mustard-Induced Ovotoxicity."
  • Invited Talk: Patricia A. Hunt, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA). "Environmental Exposures and Gametogenesis: Are We Messing with Mendel?"
  • Short Oral Presentation: Changqing Zhou, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA). "Bisphenol A Exposure Disrupts Germ Cell Nest Breakdown in Cultured Neonatal Mouse Ovaries."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Birendra Mishra, D.V.M., Ph.D. (University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California, USA). "Space Irradiation Causes Premature Ovarian Failure in Mice."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Océane Albert, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Effects of In Utero and Lactational Exposure to New Generation 'Green' Plasticizers: A Comparative Study with DEHP."
  • Invited Talk: Warren G. Foster, Ph.D. (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). "Environmental Toxicant Exposure Induced Dysregulation of Ovarian Function."
  • Invited Talk: Donna Baird, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). "Finding Hazards to the Ovary."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Hayley Furlong, Ph.D. (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada). "Cigarette Smoke Exposure Triggers the Autophagic Cascade via Activation of the AMPK Pathway."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Brandy Pyzyna (SenesTech, Inc., Flagstaff, Arizona, USA). "Wild-caught Norway Rats' Reproduction Was Reduced by 95% after Taking Liquid Fertility Management Bait Containing the Active Ingredients 4-vinylcyclohexene Diepoxide and Triptolide."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Benjamin Hale (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA). "Heat Stress Induces Autophagy in Pig Ovaries during Follicular Development."

Focus Session 3. Meiosis: An Extra-Special Cell Division

  • Chair: Michael A. Lampson, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Nicolas Santiquet, Ph.D. (National Foundation for Fertility Research, Lone Tree, Colorado, USA) and Jessica Fellmeth, Ph.D. (Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Sadie Wignall, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA). "Mechanisms of Kinetochore-Independent Chromosome Segregation in C. elegans Oocytes." (Speaker supported by Burroughs Wellcome Fund.)
  • Invited Talk: Erika L. Matunis, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, USA). "Stem Cell Renewal, Competition, and Sex Maintenance in Drosophila Gonads."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Evan Smoak (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Transgenerational Inheritance of Centromere Identity in the Mammalian Oocyte."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Alexandra Nguyen (Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA). "A Requirement for Aurora Kinase B that is Independent from Aurora Kinase C in Female Meiosis."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Martin Anger, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Central European Institute of Technology, Brno, Czech Republic). "Challenges of Segregating Chromosomes in Oocytes."
  • Invited Talk: Greg FitzHarris, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Chromosome Segregation Errors in Meiosis and Mitosis—Similar, but Different."
  • Invited Talk: Michael A. Lampson, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Exploiting Centromere Asymmetry in Meiosis I to Probe Spatial Regulation of Kinetochore Microtubules."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Simon Lane, Ph.D. (University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom). "DNA Damage Induces Arrest of Mammalian Oocytes in Meiosis I by Activating the Spindle Assembly Checkpoint."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Huanyu Qiao, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis, Davis, California). "RNF212 is a Meiosis-Specific SUMO E3-Ligase That Promotes Crossing-Over and Functions as a Meiotic Checkpoint Factor to Eliminate Defective Oocytes."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Ewelina Bolcun-Filas, Ph.D. (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA). "Unified Theory for the Existence of a Single Checkpoint Mechanism During Meiotic Prophase I."

Focus Session 4. The Ultimate ART—How Far Can We Go with Assisted Reproduction and What Do We Gain?

  • Chair: Monika A. Ward, Ph.D. (University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Momal Sharif, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA) and Rodrigo Camponogara Bohrer, D.V.M. (McGill University, Ste-Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada).
  • Invited Talk: Dieter Egli, Ph.D. (Columbia University and New York Stem Cell Foundation, New York, New York, USA). "Human Oocytes in Stem Cell Research and Reproduction." (Speaker supported by Burroughs Wellcome Fund.)
  • Invited Talk: Jian-hong Zhu, M.D., Ph.D. (Fudan University Huashan Hospital, Shanghai, China). "Polar Body Transfer for the Prevention of Inherited Mitochondrial Diseases in the New Era of Reproductive Medicine." Generous support provided by Ponce Health Science University (PHSU) and the RCMI Program (Grant #MD007579).
  • Short Oral Presentation: Ye Yuan, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). "Conversion of Epiblast-Type Porcine Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells into Ground State Naive Pluripotent Stem Cells."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jennifer Barfield, Ph.D. (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA). "Genetic Rescue of Brucella Abortus-Positive Yellowstone Bison via Assisted Reproduction."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Nathan Treff, Ph.D. (Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA). "Predicting Human Blastocyst Chromosomal Mosaicism with Time-Lapse Imaging and Next Generation Sequencing."
  • Invited Talk: Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom). "Mapping the Route from Totipotency to Lineage Specification in Mammalian Development."
  • Invited Talk: Monika A. Ward, Ph.D. (University of Hawaii School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA). "Do We Need Y Chromosome for Successful Assisted Reproduction in the Mouse?"
  • Short Oral Presentation: Chih-kuan Tung, Ph.D. (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA). "Microgrooves and Fluid Flows in the Bovine Female Tract Provide Preferential Passageways for Sperm Over the Pathogen Tritrichomonas foetus."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Katy Shlush, M.D. (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). "The Proteome of Exosomes Isolated from the Seminal Fluid of Oligoasthenospermic Patients Emulate Cell Surface Protein Expression of Spermatozoa from Fertile Normozospermic Individuals."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Lisa Vrooman, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Assisted Reproduction Technologies Induce Abnormal Placental Development and Epigenetic Perturbations in the Mouse."

Focus Session 5. Uterine Receptivity to Implantation and Placentation

  • Chair: Fuller W. Bazer, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Douglas Gibson, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom) and Kathleen Pennington, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Ov D. Slayden, Ph.D. (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA). "Cyclic Remodeling of the Nonhuman Primate Endometrium: A Model for Understanding Endometrial Receptivity."
  • Invited Talk: Kathleen M. Caron, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA). "Tweaking Maternal-Fetal Signals Through Atypical Chemokine Receptors."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Diana Monsivais, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "BMP Signaling Through ALK3 Regulates Embryo Implantation."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Yasmin M. Vasquez (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "Endometrial Ablation of FOXO1 Inhibits Embryo Invasion of the Luminal Epithelium."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Madhu Chauhan, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "Potential Role for Intermedin to Facilitate Embryo Attachment."
  • Invited Talk: Francesco J. DeMayo, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "The Role of Progesterone Receptor Signaling in Regulating Uterine Receptivity in the Peri-Implantation Period."
  • Invited Talk: Gregory A. Johnson, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA). "Conceptus-Uterine Interactions During the Periods of Implantation and Placentation in Pigs and Sheep."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Felix Graubner, D.V.M. (University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland). "Global Transcriptomic Analysis and Profiling of the Canine Early Pregnant, Preimplantation Uterus, and Expression and Distribution Patterns of Selected Extracellular Matrix Proteins."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Chelsie B. Steinhauser (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA). "Pig Endometrium Expresses the Polyol Pathway Enzymes Necessary to Convert Glucose to Fructose Prior to Implantation with a Shift to Chorion Expression Post-Implantation."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Michele D. Calder, Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada). "The Uterine-Based Kisspeptin-KISS1R Signaling System Promotes Embryo Implantation in the Mouse Potentially via the MAPKs ERK1/2 and p38."

Focus Session 6. Neuroendocrine Control of Reproduction: Some Things Old, Some Things New, Some Things Borrowed, Some Things Left to Pursue

(Supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh Neuroendocrine Program Fund.)

  • Chair: Daniel J. Bernard, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada).
  • Co-chairs: Vladimir E. Vargas, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, USA) and Alisha Gupta, D.V.M. (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada).
  • Invited Talk: Tyler Stevenson, Ph.D. (University of Aberdeen, Aberdeen, United Kingdom). "Reversible Epigenetics and Seasonal Neuroendocrine Plasticity."
  • Invited Talk: Carol Elias, Ph.D. (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). "Neural and Molecular Basis of Leptin Action in Reproduction." (Speaker supported by Burroughs Wellcome Fund.)
  • Short Oral Presentation: An Dang, Ph.D. (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA). "Reactive Oxygen Species Modulate Local L-type Calcium Channel Signaling in Gonadotropes."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jérôme Lannes (Université Paris Diderot, Paris, France). "A miR-132/212-SIRT1-FOXO1 Pathway Mediates GnRH Activation of FSH Expression."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Chirine Toufaily, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "The Tale of the Tail: Novel Insights into the Evolution of GnRH Receptor Signaling."
  • Invited Talk: T. Rajendra Kumar, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). "Gonadotropin Re-routing and Evolution of Estrus Cycles."
  • Invited Talk: Daniel J. Bernard, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Mechanisms of FSH Synthesis and Donald Rumsfeld: Revisiting the 'Known Knowns'."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Tatiana Samoylova, Ph.D. (Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama, USA). "Phage-Peptide Constructs for Elucidation of Humoral Immune Responses Against Gonadotropin Releasing Hormone."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Gregory Fontenot, Ph.D. (Repros Therapeutics, The Woodlands, Texas, USA). "Differential Effects of Isomers of Clomiphene Citrate on Mice."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Katherine Hamilton (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). "Over-expression of Estrogen Receptor Alpha in Pituitary of ERα-null Mice Results in Lower LH but Cystic Ovaries."

Focus Session 7. Germline Transmission of Epigenetic Effects

  • Chairs: John R. McCarrey, Ph.D. (The University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA) and Sarah Kimmins, Ph.D. (McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada).
  • Co-chairs: Shreya Patel (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA) and Florence Page-Lariviere (Universite Laval, Quebec, Quebec, Canada).
  • Invited Talk: Anne C. Ferguson-Smith, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom). "Intergenerational Epigenetic Programming in a Mouse Model of Undernutrition."
  • Invited Talk: Marisa Bartolomei, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Genomic Imprinting: Mechanisms and Environmental Sensitivity."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Frances Xin (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Assessing the Transmission of an Altered Epigenotype and Phenotype Following Exposure to Endocrine Disrupting Compounds."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Donovan Chan (McGill University Health Centre, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Developmental Genome-Wide DNA Methylation Asymmetry Between Mouse Placenta and Embryo."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Lexie Prokopuk (MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). "Profiling Polycomb Repressive Complex 2 During Germ-Line Development."
  • Invited Talk: Antoine H.F.M. Peters, Ph.D. (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland). "Chromatin Inheritance and Dynamics at the Onset of Life."
  • Invited Talk: Pierre Comizzoli, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, USA). "Epigenetics and Gamete Biology in Rare and Endangered Species."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Angeline Eymery, Ph.D. (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland). "The Methyltransferase Setdb1 Controls Meiosis and Mitosis in Mouse Oocytes and Early Embryos."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Pei-Chih Lee, Ph.D. (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, District of Columbia, USA). "Influence of Microwave-Assisted Dehydration and Supra-Zero Temperature Storage on Key Epigenetic Factors in the Cat Germinal Vesicle."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Mark E. Gill, Ph.D. (Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Basel, Switzerland). "Investigating Transcriptional Silencing During Mouse Spermiogenesis."

Focus Session 8. Emerging Roles of Developmental Signaling Pathways in the Adult Gonad

  • Chair: Derek Boerboom, D.M.V., Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada).
  • Co-chairs: Rexxi Prasasya (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA) and Faezeh Koohestani, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Derek Boerboom, D.M.V., Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada). "Non-Canonical WNT Signaling and Its Role in Ovarian Follicle Development."
  • Invited Talk: Leon Spicer, Ph.D. (Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA). "The Hedgehog-Patched Signaling Pathway and Its Function in the Mammalian Ovary."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Mayra Tsoi, D.V.M. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada). "Gonadotropins Regulate the Hippo Pathway in the Murine Ovary."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Zhenmin Lei, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Louisville Health Sciences Center, Louisville, Kentucky, USA). "Disruption of Hippo Signaling in the Ovaries of Selective Theca Cell Pten Deleted Mice with PCOS-like Phenotype."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Tianyanxin Sun (Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA). "The Hippo Pathway Plays a Role in Oocyte Maturation and Differentiation of the Cumulus-Oocyte Complex During Ovulation."
  • Invited Talk: Kelly E. Mayo, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA). "Notch Juxtacrine Regulation of Ovarian Follicle Formation and Development."
  • Invited Talk: Marie-Claude C. Hofmann, Ph.D. (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA). "Regulation of the Spermatogonial Stem Cell Niche by NOTCH Signaling."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Thomas Garcia, Ph.D. (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas, USA). "GDNF Expression in Sertoli Cells is Modulated by the Activity of the HES/HEY Basic Helix-loop-helix Transcriptional Repressors."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Rexxi Prasasya (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA). "Notch2 Receptor Disruption During Gonadotropin-Dependent Follicle Development in the Mouse Ovary May Result in Reduced Granulosa Cell Function."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Pamela Monahan, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA). "Cross-Regulation Between the Activin and Notch Signaling Pathways in Granulosa Cells of the Mouse Ovary."

Focus Session 9. Male Germ Cell Biology

  • Chair: Jon M. Oatley, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA).
  • Co-chairs: David Fleck (RWTH Aachen University, Aachen, Germany) and Saniya Rattan, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Jon M. Oatley, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA). "The Golden Boys: Emerging Evidence That a Subset of Prospermatogonia Are Programmed in Prenatal Development to Form the Spermatogonial Stem Cell Pool."
  • Invited Talk: Brian Hermann, Ph.D. (The University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA). "Filling the Spermatogonial Stem Cell Pool One Cell at a Time."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Xin Wu, M.D., Ph.D. (State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China). "A Long Non-Coding RNA Interacts with GDNF Receptor Gfra1 and Maintains Self-Renewal of Mouse Spermatogonial Stem Cells."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Tracy Clement, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). "Testis Expressed Actin-like 7b (Actl7b) is Associated with the Golgi-Derived Developing Acrosome and Required for Acrosome Attachment, Spermatid Morphogenesis, and Fertility."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Marco Seandel, M.D., Ph.D. (Weill Cornell Medical College, New York, New York, USA). "Dynamic Control of FGFR-Mediated Self-Renewal Signaling in Adult Spermatogonial Stem Cells."
  • Invited Talk: Christopher B. Geyer, Ph.D. (East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA). "The Multiple Roles of Retinoic Acid in Male Germ Cell Development."
  • Invited Talk: Sarah Kimmins, Ph.D. (McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada). "Establishing the Epigenome in Spermatogenesis: Implications for Development and Disease."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Mulin Xiong (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA). "Quantitative Analysis of Male Germline Stem Cell Differentiation Reveals a Critical Role for p53 in Spermatogonia Maintenance by Suppressing mTORC1."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Liang Ma, Ph.D. (Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA). "Cullin-Family Ubiquitin Ligase CUL4B Is Required for Mouse Spermatogenesis."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Emily Dawson (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "A Defect in the Mitotic–Meiotic Switch Contributes to Testicular Germ Cell Tumorigenesis in the 129 Inbred Mouse Strain."

Focus Session 10. How to Turn-On an Egg and Make an Embryo

  • Chair: Jay M. Baltz, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada).
  • Co-chairs: Jenna Haverfield, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada) and Miranda Bernhardt, Ph.D. (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Carmen J. Williams, M.D., Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). "Calcium Influx: A Window into Egg Activation."
  • Invited Talk: Mariana F. Wolfner, Ph.D. (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, Canada). "Egg Activation in Drosophila: Calcium Waves and Macromolecular Changes."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Miranda Bernhardt, Ph.D. (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). "Regulator of G-protein Signaling 2 (RGS2) Suppresses Premature Calcium Release in Mouse Eggs."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Seth A. Garwin (Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, USA). "Evidence Supporting an Intracellular Zinc Fluctuation Following Fertilization in the Mouse Zygote."
  • Short Oral Presentation: William Kinsey, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). "Protein Kinase-Mediated Control of Chromatin Structure during the Pronuclear Stage."
  • Invited Talk: John Carroll, Ph.D. (University College London, London, United Kingdom). "New Roles for Old Players in Oocyte Maturation."
  • Invited Talk: Jay M. Baltz, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). "Activation of Cell Volume Regulation in the Oocyte and Early Embryo."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Hieu T. Nguyen (John A. Burns School of Medicine, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA). "Evidence that ORC4 Plays a Functional Role in Polar Body Extrusion."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Mohamed Ashry, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA). "Evidence Support a Potential Role for the AKT Signaling Pathway in Mediating Embryotrophic Actions of Follistatin on Bovine Early Embryonic Development."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Elina Tsichlaki (University College London, London, United Kingdom). "Regulation of Nuclear Size in Mouse Embryos."

Focus Session 11. Pregnancy: Signaling, Placentation, and Parturition

  • Chair: Troy Lee Ott, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Amy Winship (MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia) and Juanmahel Davila, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Jeffrey L. Vallet, Ph.D. (USDA–MARC, Clay Center, Nebraska, USA). "Can We Make the Pig Placenta Work Better?"
  • Invited Talk: Troy Lee Ott, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA). "Effects of Early Pregnancy on Endometrial Immune Cell Phenotype and Function in Dairy Heifers."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Heewon Seo, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA). "Mechanotransduction Drives Morphogenesis to Develop Folding at the Uterine-Placental Interface of Pigs."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jia Peng (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "Uterine ALK5 is Crucial for Placental Development and Pregnancy Maintenance."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Amy Winship (MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). "Blocking Leukemia Inhibitory Factor Impairs Trophoblast Invasion and Leads to Abnormal Placentation and Pregnancy Loss in Mice."
  • Invited Talk: Iain L. O. Buxton, Ph.D. (University of Nevada School of Medicine, Reno, Nevada, USA). Title to be announced. (Speaker supported by Burroughs Wellcome Fund.)
  • Invited Talk: Asgi Fazleabas, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA). "Notch Signaling During Implantation and Post Partum Repair."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Julie Stilley, Ph.D. (University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine, Iowa City, Iowa, USA). "Differential Regulation of Myometrial Contractile Activity as a Function of FSH Receptor Density."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Damayanti Chakraborty, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). "A Hypoxia/HIF/Kdm3a Pathway Controls Trophoblast Stem Cell Lineage Decisions and Organization of the Hemochorial Placenta."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Stefan Bauersachs, Ph.D. (ETH Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland). "Endometrial Gene Expression in Lactating and Dry Holstein Cows and Holstein Heifers on Day 19 of Pregnancy."

Focus Session 12. Sex Determination from Fish to Mammals

  • Chair: Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Jane Fenelon, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada) and Changqing Zhou, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Minoru Tanaka, Ph.D. (National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Aichi, Japan). "A Picture of Sex Determination, Viewed from Studies on Teleost Fish, Medaka."
  • Invited Talk: Blanche Capel, Ph.D. (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA). "Determination of Sexual Fate in the Temperature-Dependent Red-Eared Slider Turtle, Trachemys scripta elegans."
  • Invited Talk: Tony Gamble, Ph.D. (University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA). "Identification and Evolution of Gecko Sex Chromosomes."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jessica McCoy (Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina, USA). "Exposures to Differing Thermal Dynamics During Alligator Embryonic Development Generates Intra- and Inter-Sexual Variation in Gonadal Gene Expression."
  • Invited Talk: Marilyn Renfree, D.Sc., Ph.D. (University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia). "Hormone-Independent Sexual Dimorphisms in Mammals." Generous support provided by Ponce Health Science University (PHSU) and the RCMI Program (Grant #MD007579).
  • Invited Talk: Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). "Autocrine/Paracrine Regulation of Somatic Cell Fate in the Mouse Fetal Testis."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Tony DeFalco, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA). "Regulation of Gonadal Macrophage Activity is Critical for Sexual Differentiation and Vascular Remodeling of the Fetal Testis."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Danielle Maatouk, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA). "Epigenetic Regulation of Sex Determination in the Mouse Fetal Gonad."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Kirsten Hogg, Ph.D. (MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). "Serum Replacement Alters Somatic and Germ Cell Development in Ex-Vivo Mouse Fetal Gonad Culture."

Focus Session 13. Epigenetics and Clinical Considerations

  • Chairs: John R. McCarrey, Ph.D. (The University of Texas San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA) and Sarah Kimmins, Ph.D. (McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, Canada).
  • Co-chairs: Casie Bass (North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota, USA) and Lei Wang, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Janice L. Bailey, Ph.D. (Universite Laval, Quebec, Quebec, Canada). "Environmental Contaminants and Paternal-Offspring Transmission of Epigenetic Effects."
  • Invited Talk: Jacquetta Trasler, M.D., Ph.D. (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Folate Supplementation Impacts Heritable Epigenetic Information in Sperm."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Wendy Jefferson, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). "Alterations in the Epigenetic Landscape of the Adult Mouse Uterus Following Neonatal Estrogen Exposure."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Monika Saini (ABTC-National Dairy Research Institute, Karnal, Haryana, India). "Treatment with Trichostatin-A And 5-aza-2’-Deoxycytidine Improves the Developmental Competence, Quality, and Epigenetic Status and Alters the Gene Expression in Cloned Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis) Embryos."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Mariano Colon-Caraballo (Ponce Health Sciences University, Ponce, Puerto Rico). "Expression Profile of EZH2 Isoforms in Endometriosis."
  • Invited Talk: Sherman J. Silber, M.D. (St. Luke’s Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri, USA). "Egg Quality Resulting from Ovarian Stimulation Possibly Causing Epigenetic Perturbations."
  • Invited Talk: Mellissa R.W. Mann, Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada). "Impact of Superovulation on Genomic Imprinting."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jill L. Reiter, Ph.D. (Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA). "Human Placental Imprinted Gene Expression is Established Early and is Stable Across Gestation."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Kun Zhang, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA). "Functional Role of CHD1 during Bovine Early Embryonic Development."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Laura Whidden (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Combined Effects of DNA Methyltransferase 1o-Deficiency and Ovarian Stimulation on Embryonic Outcome and Epigenetic Patterning at Mid-Gestation."

Focus Session 14. Analysis of Ovarian Function/Testis Biology: Of Mice and Men

(Supported by the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation.)

  • Chair: Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Wei-Ting Hung (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA) and Nicole Clark (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Bruce D. Murphy, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada). "The Role of the Orphan Nuclear Receptor, Liver Receptor Homolog-1 (LRH-1, NR5A2), in the Transcriptional Program for Periovulatory Remodeling in the Ovary."
  • Invited Talk: Richard L. Stouffer, Ph.D. (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA). "Gonadotropin and Local Control of Folliculogenesis in Primates."
  • Short Oral Presentation: You-Qiang Su, Ph.D. (State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Medicine, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China). "The p44 Subunit of General Transcription Factor IIH (GTF2H2) Regulates Oocyte-to-Embryo Transition in Mice."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Beatriz E. Castro-Valenzuela (Universidad Autónoma de Chihuahua, Chihuahua, Mexico). "Oocyte-Secreted Factors (OSFs) in Bos Taurus are Identified using Bioinformatics."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Stephen S. Palmer, Ph.D. (TocopheRx, Inc., Burlington, Massachusetts, USA). "Development of Orally Active Positive Allosteric Modulators of Follicle Stimulating Hormone Receptor for Infertility Treatment in Assisted Reproductive Technology."
  • Invited Talk: Masahito Ikawa, Ph.D. (Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan). "CRISPR/Cas-Mediated Genome Editing in Mice and Its Application for the Study of Reproduction."
  • Invited Talk: Moira O'Bryan, Ph.D. (Monash University, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). "HENMT1 Is Required for piRNA Stability and Both Male and Female Fertility."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Ahmed E. El Zowalaty (University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA). "Seipin Deficiency Increases Chromocenter Fragmentation and Spermatid Apoptosis Leading to Male Infertility."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Louis Hermo (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Differential Expression, Sorting, and Segregation of Golgi-Localized Proteins During Germ Cell Differentiation in the Testis."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Julio M. Castaneda, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "Using KnockOut Mouse Project (KOMP) Lines to Uncover Novel Genes Required for Spermatogenesis."

Focus Session 15. Oocytes Unscrambled

  • Chair: Hugh J. Clarke, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada).
  • Co-chairs: Alexandra Nguyen (Rutgers University, Piscataway, New Jersey, USA) and Huanyu (Joe) Qiao, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis, Davis, California).
  • Invited Talk: Karla Hutt, Ph.D. (MIMR-PHI Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). "Establishing and Maintaining a Pool of High Quality Oocytes."
  • Invited Talk: Francisco J. Diaz, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA). "Programming the Oocyte with Zinc."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Kathryn Grive (Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA). "TAF4b Directs an Oocyte-Specific Gene Regulatory Network Required for Primordial Follicle Assembly."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Amanda Rodriguez (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "Protein SUMOylation Is Essential for Oocyte Development and Female Fertility."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Stephany El-Hayek (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada). "Oocyte-Driven Remodeling of the Follicular Microenvironment Builds the Platform for Essential Germ Line-Somatic Communication."
  • Invited Talk: Marco Conti, M.D. (University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA). "The Program of Maternal mRNA Translation During Mouse Oocyte Meiosis: Complex Interactions and Multiple Inputs Control Protein Synthesis."
  • Invited Talk: Evelyn E. Telfer, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom). "In Vitro Growth of Human Oocytes: Its Potential for Fertility Preservation."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Yu Ren, Ph.D. (Magee-Womens Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). "LHX8 Maintains Meiosis Arrest during Ovarian Folliculogenesis."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jeremy Egbert, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, Connecticut, USA). "Luteinizing Hormone Signaling Rapidly Reduces Cyclic GMP Levels in Rat Ovarian Follicles by Dephosphorylation of NPR2 and Phosphorylation of PDE5A, Leading to Meiotic Resumption."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jun Ma, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Mobilization of Dormant Cnot7 mRNA Promotes Degradation of Maternal Transcripts during Mouse Oocyte Maturation."

Focus Session 16. Small Noncoding RNAs in Gametogenesis

  • Chair: Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA).
  • Co-chairs: Niraj Joshi, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA) and Jitu George, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA).
  • Invited Talk: P. Jeremy Wang, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Biogenesis and Function of piRNAs in the Testis."
  • Invited Talk: Noora Kotaja, Ph.D. (University of Turku, Turku, Finland). "The Chromatoid Body and Small RNAs."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Ky G. Pohler (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). "Circulating microRNAs as Biomarkers of Early Embryonic Viability in Cattle."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Elizabeth Snyder, Ph.D. (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA). "Requirement for Adenosine Deaminase Domain Containing Proteins in Male Germ Cell Development."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Shlomit Kenigsberg, Ph.D. (University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). "Human Follicular Fluid-Derived Non-Coding RNAs are Associated with Competent Oocytes."
  • Invited Talk: Stephen A. Krawetz, Ph.D. (Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, USA). "Compartmentalizing Sperm RNAs."
  • Invited Talk: Wei Yan, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA). "Role of Small Noncoding RNAs in Fertility Control."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Shannon Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D. (Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, Michigan, USA). "Role of Dicer Haploinsufficiency in Aggressive Endometrial Cancer in Mice and Women."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Panneerdoss Subbarayalu, Ph.D. (University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA). "Androgen Regulates Phagocytic Clearance of Apoptotic Germ Cells by Sertoli Cells via miR-471-5p-DOCK1-RAC1 GTPase Signaling and Autophagy Component Proteins."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Qi Chen (Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, China). "Small RNAs and their Modifications in Sperm-Mediated Intergenerational Transmission of Acquired Metabolic Disorder."

Focus Session 17. Parental Diet and Gamete/Embryo Development

  • Chair: Kevin Sinclair, Ph.D. (University of Nottingham, Leicestershire, United Kingdom).
  • Co-chairs: Omonseigho Esangbedo (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA) and Fang Xie (University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA).
  • Invited Talk: Tod Fullston, Ph.D. (The Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). "Mitochondria, the Source of Good or Evil: Is Mitochondrial Function in the Embryo a Key Determinant of Fetal Growth Trajectory and Adult Onset Disease?" Generous support provided by Ponce Health Science University (PHSU) and the RCMI Program (Grant #MD007579).
  • Invited Talk: Thomas P. Fleming, Ph.D. (University of Southampton, Southampton, United Kingdom). "Maternal Protein Nutrition and Embryo Developmental Programming."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Alison Greene (National Foundation for Fertility Research, Lone Tree, Colorado, USA). "Significant Reduction of Nutrients in Culture Medium Supports Embryo Development and Improves Cell Allocation, Suggesting Improved Viability."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Reza Salehi (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada). "A Diet Enriched in Linoleic Acid-Enhanced Endometrial Expression of Genes Associated with Embryo-Maternal Cross-talk on Day 14 Post-insemination."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Tod Fullston, Ph.D. (The Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). "Paternal Obesity Shifts Founder Sperm microRNA Profile, Implicating It as a Candidate Epigenetic Mechanism Underlying Paternal Programing."
  • Invited Talk: Robert Waterland, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). "Effects of Periconceptional Nutrition on Human Developmental Epigenetics." (Speaker supported by Burroughs Wellcome Fund.)
  • Invited Talk: Kevin Sinclair, Ph.D. (University of Nottingham, Leicestershire, United Kingdom). "One-Carbon Metabolism: Linking Nutritional Biochemistry to Epigenetic Programming of Long-Term Development."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Xiaoqui Wang (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA). "Functional Roles of Fructose: Induction of Proliferation and Adhesion of Ovine Trophectoderm Cells via O-Linked Glycosylation Mediated Phosphorylation of the Akt/PKB-TSC2-MTOR Cell Signaling Cascade."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Jessica Saben, Ph.D. (Washington University in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA). "Maternal Fructose Consumption Is Associated with Increased Fetal Loss and Impaired Endometrial Stromal Cell Decidualization: A Potential Role for Oxidative Stress and Altered BMP2 Signaling."
  • Short Oral Presentation: Habib Shojaei Saadi, D.V.M. (Universite Laval, Quebec, Quebec, Canada). "Methyl Donor Supplementation during In Vitro Bovine Early Embryo Development Profoundly Influences on Genome-Wide DNA Methylome, Transcriptome and Embryonic Phenotype."

Focus Session 18. Exchange Lectures

  • Chair: Richard Schultz, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA).
  • SSR New Investigator: Satoshi Namekawa, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and University of Cincinnati College of Medicine, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA). "Germline Epigenome and Sex Chromosome Inactivation."
  • SRF New Investigator: Andrew Childs, Ph.D. (The Royal Veterinary College, London, United Kingdom). "Regulation of Human Fetal Ovarian Germ Cell Development."
  • ASRM Distinguished Research Scientist: Gautam Chaudhuri, M.D., Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA). "Mysteries of the Endothelium: More Secrets Unraveled."
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