SSR 2016 Schedule of Events

All events will take place at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, unless indicated otherwise. 

Thursday, 14 July 2016

3:00–5:00 pm

2015–2016 Finance Committee Meeting. Executive 3A/3B Conference Room.

7:00–10:00 pm

2015–2016 Board of Directors Meeting. Executive 3A/3B Conference Room.

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Friday, 15 July 2016

7:30 am–5:00 pm

2015–2016 Board of Directors Meeting. Executive 3A/3B Conference Room.

9:30 am–5:00 pm

Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Pre-registration Packet Pick-up. Bayview Foyer. 

Onsite Office & Registration Open. Marina Meeting Room VI. 

1:00–7:30 pm

Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Reproductive Research in the Era of Big Data.
*Sponsored by Ferring Research Institute and CReATe Fertility Centre
Plenary Session 1. Moderator: Johan Smitz, M.D., Ph.D. (Free University of Brussels, Brussels, Belgium). Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

  • 1:00–1:10 pm
    Marcel van Duin, Ph.D. (Ferring Research Institute, San Diego, California, USA). “Questions for Reproductive Health Research from Ferring’s Perspective.” 
  • 1:10–2:00 pm
    Beatriz Penalver Bernabe, Ph.D. (University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois, USA). “Harnessing Systems Biology: Elucidating New Pharmacological Targets in Reproduction Biology.”
  • 2:00–3:00 pm
    Claude Robert, Ph.D. (Laval University, Quebec, QC, Canada). “Combining Transcriptome and Epigenetics Modeling in Small Samples.”
  • 3:00–3:30 pm
    Coffee Break. Harbor Island Ballroom 2.
  • 3:30–4:00 pm
    Clifford Librach, M.D. (CReATe Fertility Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). “The Umbilical Cord MSCs for Fertility Preservation and Regenerative Therapy.” 
  • 4:00–4:30 pm
    Denny Sakkas, Ph.D. (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA). “New Technologies to Determine Sperm Function.”
  • 4:30–5:00 pm
    Lane K. Christenson, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). “Extracellular Vesicles in Reproduction.”
  • 5:00–5:30 pm
    Shlomit Kenigsberg, Ph.D. (CReATe Fertility Center, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). “Isolation and Characterization Techniques of Extracellular vesicles (EVs) from Biological Fluids.”
  • 5:30–6:30 pm
    Light Dinner Buffet & Cash Bar. Harbor Island Ballroom 2.
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Saturday, 16 July 2016

7:30 am–12:00 pm

Editorial Retreat. Executive 3A/3B Conference Room.

8:00 am–12:30 pm

Workshop on Emerging Technologies in Reproductive Research in the Era of Big Data. 
*Sponsored by Ferring Research Institute and CReATe Fertility Centre
Plenary Session 2. Moderator: Emre Seli, M.D. (Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut, USA). Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

  • 8:00–9:00 am
    Breakfast Buffet & Round Table Discussions. Harbor Island Ballroom 2.
  • 9:00–10:00 am
    David M. Rocke, Ph.D. (University of California, Davis, California, USA). “Validity of Techniques from a Statistical View.”
  • 10:00–11:00 am
    Richard Scott, M.D. (Reproductive Medicine Associates of New Jersey, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, USA). “Aneuploidy Testing in Human and Mouse Embryos: Implications for Reproductive Research and Clinical Application to Assisted Reproduction.”
  • 11:00–11:30 pm
    Coffee Break. Harbor Island Ballroom 2. 
  • 11:30–12:30 pm
    Carlos Simon, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain). “Development of Prediction Models of the Human Endometrium in Health and Disease.” Harbor Island Ballroom 1. 

9:00 am–6:30 pm

Pre-registration Packet Pick-up. Bayview Foyer.

On-site Office and Registration Open. Marina Meeting Room VI.

12:00–1:00 pm

Volunteers’ Meeting. Spinnaker Meeting Room.

1:00–2:00 pm

Session Chairs’ Meeting. Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

2:00–3:30 pm

Trainee Forum. "Communicating Science to Enhance Your Career." Chairs: Jenna Haverfield, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada), and Patrick Hannon, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA). Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

  • Hannah Brown, Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). "Make Yourself Known Online."
  • Barry Hinton, Ph.D. (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA). "Tailor Your Talk to the Right Audience."
  • Greg FitzHarris, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada). "Pitch Your Paper for the Best Possible Journal."
  • Mary Zelinski, Ph.D. (Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon, USA). "Get Involved in Scientific Outreach."

4:00–5:30 pm

Opening Ceremonies and Welcome. Grande Ballroom.

  • Bruce D. Murphy, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada). President, Society for the Study of Reproduction. 
  • Miles Wilkinson, Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA). Chair, 2016 Local Arrangements Committee.

SSR New Investigator Lecture. Supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh New Investigator Fund. Chair: Bruce D. Murphy, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada). Grande Ballroom.

  • Sarah Kimmins, Ph.D. (McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Québec, Canada). "Determining the Role of the Sperm Epigenome in Offspring Development and Health." 

Keynote Address. Chair: Blanche Capel, Ph.D. (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA). Grande Ballroom.

  • Eric Vilain, M.D., Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA). “Disorders/Difference of Sex Development: A World of Uncertainties.”

6:00–9:00 pm

Opening Reception at the San Diego Zoo. Buses to the Zoo will begin loading at the Sheraton at 5:30 pm, and will continue to loop between the two locations at regular intervals throughout the evening. Last buses will depart the Zoo at 9:15 pm. 

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Sunday, 17 July 2016

7:00–8:00 am

Committee Meetings.

  • WinRS. Grande Ballroom A.
  • Membership Committee. Grande Ballroom B.
  • Public Affairs Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 2.
  • Publications Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 3.
  • 2017 Local Arrangements Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

8:00–9:45 am

Poster Session A and Breakfast. Poster Sessions in the Nautilus Room & Pavilion; breakfast buffets in the Grande & Harbor Island Ballroom Foyers.

8:00 am5:30 pm

Exhibits. Open intermittently throughout the day. Grande & Harbor Island Ballroom Foyers. 

8:00 am–6:30 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Marina Meeting Room V.

On-site Office and Registration Open. Marina Meeting Room VI.

10:00 am–12:00 pm & 1:30–3:00 pm

Focus Sessions 1-6. (Six concurrent sessions.) Grande Ballrooms A, B, and C; Harbor Island Ballrooms 1, 2, and 3.

Focus Session 1. Pathways to Normal and Disrupted Folliculogenesis. Chair: Lane K. Christenson, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). Co-chairs: Saniya Rattan (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA) and Shreya Patel (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA). Grande Ballroom A.

  • Invited Talk: Francesca E. Duncan, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). "Age-Associated Alterations in Nucleolar Structure and Function during the Active Growth Phase of the Mammalian Oocyte."
  • Invited Talk: Aaron J. W. Hsueh, Ph.D. (Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA). "Ovarian Follicles: From In Vivo Architecture to In Vitro Activation."
  • Invited Talk: B.M. (Bart) Gadella, Ph.D. (Utrecht University, Utrecht, the Netherlands). "In Vitro and In Vivo Insights on the Impact of Circulatory Fatty Acids on the Last Maturation Phase of the Oocyte in Dairy Cows."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 2. Somatic Cells in Adult Testicular Function. Chair: Mark Hedger, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). Co-chairs: Barnali Biswas, Ph.D. (Albert Einsten College of Medicine, Bronx, NY, USA) and Manjunatha Ketumaranahalli Nanjappa, Ph.D. (University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA). Grande Ballroom B.

  • Invited Talk: Jannette M. Dufour, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA). "Sertoli Cells—Master Immune Regulators."
  • Invited Talk: Andreas Meinhardt, Ph.D. (Universität Giessen, Giessen, Hesse, Germany). "Cautious Defenders: What in the Testis Renders Testicular Macrophages So Special?" (tentative)
  • Invited Talk: Vimal Selvaraj, Ph.D. (Cornell University, Ithaca, New York, USA). "Mitochondrial Translocator Protein (TSPO): Redefining Its Function in Steroidogenic Cells."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 3. Conceptus-Uterine Interactions: Critical Players in Pregnancy Success. Chair: Thomas Spencer, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). Co-chairs: John F. Odhiambo, Ph.D. (University of Wymonig,Laramie, WY, USA) and Bihong Zhang (Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). Grande Ballroom C.

  • Invited Talk: Adrian Erlebacher, M.D., Ph.D. (University of California San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA). "Epigenetics of Decidual Inflammation."
  • Invited Talk: Fuller W. Bazer, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA). "Interferon Tau: Role in Establishing and Maintenance of Pregnancy."
  • Invited Talk: Carlos Simón, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Valencia, Valencia, Spain). "The Dialog Between the Maternal Endometrium and the Embryo: Potential Impact on the Onset of Adult Diseases."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 4. Gametogenesis In Vivo and In Vitro. Chair: Blanche Capel, Ph.D. (Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA). Co-chairs: Pavla Brachova, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA) and Diego Marin (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA). Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

  • Invited Talk: Takehiko Ogawa, M.D., Ph.D. (Yokohoma City University, Yokohama, Kanagawa, Japan). "In Vitro Spermatogenesis with Refined Organ Culture Methods."
  • Invited Talk: Mitinori Saitou, M.D., Ph.D. (Kyoto University, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan). "Towards Understanding and Reconstitution In Vitro of Human Germ Cell Development."
  • Invited Talk: Erin F. Wolff, M.D. (NIH–NICHD, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). "Orthotopic Transplantation of Ovarian-Derived Stem Cells Results in Mature Oocytes That Can Fertilize and Undergo Embryo Development in Non-human Primates."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 5. Developmental Origins and Diabetes. Chair: Laura Clamon Schulz, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). Co-chairs: Jackson Nteeba, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA) and Hannah Brown, Ph.D. (Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). Harbor Island Ballroom 2.

  • Invited Talk: Rebecca A. Simmons, M.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Programming: Is It Over Before Birth?"
  • Invited Talk: Theresa L. Powell, Ph.D. (University of Colorado Denver, Aurora, Colorado, USA). "Adiponectin: Maternal Adipose Tissue Programming of the Placenta and Fetus."
  • Invited Talk: Stephen Ford, Ph.D. (University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA). "Multigenerational Impact of Maternal Overnutrition/Obesity in a Sheep Model in Altering Offspring Phenotype."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 6. Optimizing Fertilization: Knowing the Players and Their Functions. Chair: Rafael A. Fissore, D.V.M., Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA). Co-chairs: Rachel Cinco (University of California, Irvine, CA, USA) and Florence Page-Lariviere (Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada). Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

  • Invited Talk: Melina Schuh, Ph.D. (Medical Research Council, Cambridge, United Kingdom). Title to be announced.
  • Invited Talk: Jurrien Dean, M.D. (NIH–NIDDK, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). "Monospermic Fertilization Regulated by the Mouse Zona Pellucida."
  • Invited Talk: Christophe Arnoult, Ph.D., V.M.D. (Centre national de la recherche scientifique, University Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble, France). "Exomic Sequencing of Infertile Males Reveals Key Proteins of Sperm-Oocyte Physiology: Focus on Human Phospholipase C Zeta (PLCZeta)."
  • Invited Talk: Luca Jovine, Ph.D. (Karolinska Institutet, Huddinge, Sweden). "How Sperm and Egg Bind: From First Contact to Fusion."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

12:00–1:30 pm

Lunch Break. Attendees are responsible for their own lunches. Options available onsite at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina:

  • SSR Lunch-Vending Kiosks. Grand & Harbor Island Foyers.
  • Quinn's Ale House
  • Harbor's Edge Restaurant
  • Shoreline Restaurant
  • Sheraton Bay Tower Lounge. Sheraton Bay Tower.

Diversity Symposium. Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Chair: Ryan Ashley, Ph.D. (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA). Pre-paid lunches available for pick-up, with ticket. Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

  • Marino De Leon, Ph.D. (Loma Linda University Health School of Medicine, Loma Linda, California, USA). “A Multifaceted Approach to Address Health Disparities.”

3:00–3:30 pm

Coffee Break. Grande & Harbor Island Foyers.

3:30–5:15 pm

State-of-the-Art Lectures. Chair: Lane K. Christenson, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). Grande Ballroom.

Award Presentation: Carl G. Hartman Award. (Supported by a grant from Cook Medical). Grande Ballroom.

State-of-the-Art Lectures. Chair: Lane K. Christenson, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). Grande Ballroom.

  • Eric Betzig, Ph.D. (Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Ashburn, Virginia, USA). "Imaging Life at High Spatiotemporal Resolution."

5:00–5:15 pm

Golden Anniversary Fundraising Campaign Kick-off. Campaign Chair: Ben Tsang, Ph.D. (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). 

5:15–5:30 pm

Break.

5:30–6:15 pm

SSR Trainee Research Oral Talk Competition (Part 1). Grande Ballroom.

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Monday, 18 July 2016

7:00–8:00 am

Committee Meetings.

  • Trainee Affairs Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 1.
  • Awards Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 2.
  • Golden Anniversary Fundraising Committee. Grande Ballroom A.
  • Diversity Committee. Grande Ballroom B.
  • Future Meetings Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

8:00–9:45 am

Poster Session B and Breakfast. Poster Sessions in the Nautilus Room & Pavilion; breakfast buffets in the Grande & Harbor Island Ballroom Foyers.

8:00–5:30 pm

Exhibits. Open intermittently throughout the day. Grande & Harbor Island Ballroom Foyers.

8:00 am–6:30 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Marina Meeting Room V.

On-site Office and Registration Open. Marina Meeting Room VI.

10:00 am–12:00 pm & 1:30–3:00pm

Focus Sessions 7-12. (Six concurrent sessions.) Grande Ballrooms A, B, and C; Harbor Island Ballrooms 1, 2, and 3.

Focus Session 7. William Hansel Ovarian Symposium on Peri-ovulatory Ovarian Function—Preparing for Conception. Chair: Rebecca Robker, Ph.D. (Adelaide University, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). Co-chairs: Micka Bertucci, Ph.D (Univeristy of Montreal, Saint-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada) and Jeremy Egbert, Ph.D. (University of Connecticut Health Center, Farmington, CT, USA). Grande Ballroom A.

  • Invited Talk: Darryl Russell, Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). "Mechanisms Coordinating Oocyte Developmental Potential and Ovulation."
  • Invited Talk: Misung Jo, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA). "The Ovulatory Process in the Human Ovary."
  • Invited Talk: Joy Pate, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, USA). "Micromanaging the CL: Regulation of Transitional States in the Corpus Luteum by MicroRNA."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 8. Producing Functional Sperm. Chair: Prabhakara P. Reddi, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA). Co-chairs: Andree-Anne Saindon (Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada) and Rebecca Winters (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA). Grande Ballroom B.

  • Invited Talk: Patricia S. Cuasnicú, Ph.D. (IBYME-CONICET, Buenos Aires, Argentina). "From the Epididymis to the Egg." 
  • Invited Talk: George L. Gerton, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). "Compartmentalization of metabolic enzymes in sperm and its imact on sperm functions."
  • Invited Talk: Jean-Ju Chung, Ph.D. (Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA). "CatSper Ca2+ Signaling Components in Sperm Motility and Fertility."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 9. Normal Uterine Development, Physiology, and Dysfunction. Chair: Vargheese M. Chennathukuzhi, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). Co-chairs: Jitu George, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, MI, USA) and Douglas Gibson, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom). Grande Ballroom C.

  • Invited Talk: Milan K. Bagchi, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois, USA). "Implantation: The Unveiling Continues."
  • Invited Talk: Aleksander Rajkovic, M.D., Ph.D. (Magee-Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). "Med12 and Reproductive Pathology."
  • Invited Talk: Warren B. Nothnick, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, Kansas, USA). "The Evolving Role of miR-451 in Endometriosis Pathophysiology."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 10. Testis Germline Stem Cell Niche. Chair: Brian P. Hermann, Ph.D. (University of Texas at San Antonio, San Antonio, Texas, USA). Co-chairs: Loïze Maréchal (Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada) and Damayanti Chakraborty, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS, USA). Harbor Ballroom 1.

  • Invited Talk: Yukiko Yamashita, Ph.D. (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). "The Role of Satellite DNA in Drosophila Spermatogenesis."
  • Invited Talk: Tony J. DeFalco, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children's, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA). "Macrophages and the Spermatogonial Niche."
  • Invited Talk: Nam D. Tran, M.D., Ph.D. (University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, California, USA). "Suppression of the Aberrantly Activated TNFa-NFkb Pathway in the Testicular Niche of Patients with Nonobstructive Azoospermia (NIA) Restores Spermatogonial Stem Cell Self-Renewal and Expansion."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 11. Environmental Effects on Development and Reproduction. Chair: Patricia Hunt, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA). Co-chairs: Shuo Xiao, Ph.D. (Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA) and Clotilde Maurice, Ph.D. (Health Canada, Montreal, QC, Canada). Harbor Ballroom 2.

  • Invited Talk: Folami Y. Ideraabdulla, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA). "Defining Epigenetic Consequences of Maternal Exposures."
  • Invited Talk: Zelieann R. Craig, Ph.D. (University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, USA). "Mechanisms of Phthalate-Induced Ovarian Follicle Toxicity."
  • Invited Talk: Laura N. Vandenberg, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA). "BPA Replacement Chemicals Force a Re-thinking of Critical Periods."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 12. Chromatin Regulation and Pre-implantation Programming of Cell Lineage. Chair: Keith Latham, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, USA). Co-chairs: Ashley George (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ, USA) and Andres Gambini, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA). Harbor Ballroom 3.

  • Invited Talk: Naojiro Minami, Ph.D. (Kyoto University, Kyoto, Kyoto, Japan). "CHD1 Is a Zygotic Determinant for Cell-Lineage Specification via the Hmgpi Pathway in Mouse Preimplantation Embryos."
  • Invited Talk: Brian D. Hendrich, Ph.D. (University of Cambridge, Cambridge, United Kingdom). "Transcriptional Control of Cell Fate."
  • Invited Talk: Jesse Mager, Ph.D. (University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts, USA). "Functional Screening of the Preimplantation Transcriptome."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

12:00–1:30 pm

Lunch Break.  Attendees are responsible for their own lunches. Options available onsite at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina:

  • SSR Lunch-Vending Kiosks. Grand & Harbor Island Foyers.
  • Quinn's Ale House
  • Harbor's Edge Restaurant
  • Shoreline Restaurant
  • Sheraton Bay Tower Lounge. Sheraton Bay Tower.

Trainee–Mentor Luncheon. Bayview Tower, 1st Floor, Bel Aire Ballroom.

Committee Meeting.

  • 2017 Program Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

3:00–3:30 pm

Coffee Break. Grande & Harbor Island Ballrom Foyers.

3:30–5:15 pm

Award Presentations: SSR Research Award and Distinguished Service Award. Grande Ballroom.

President's Symposium (Part 1). Chair: Bruce D. Murphy, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada). Grande Ballroom.

  • Trey Ideker, Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA). "Integrating Mutations and Variants Using Protein Networks.​"
  • Elaine Ostrander, Ph.D. (National Human Genome Research Institute, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). "Personalized Medicine: Canine Genetics Leads the Way."

5:15–5:30 pm

Break.

5:30–6:15 pm

SSR Trainee Research Oral Talk Competition (Part 2). Grande Ballroom.

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Tuesday, 19 July 2016

6:00–8:00 am

Fun Run. Starting point and route to be announced. Across from main entrance to the Marina Tower of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina; route ends at the Sheraton's Bayview Lawn. See flyer.

7:00–8:00 am

Committee Meetings.

  • Nominating Committee. Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

8:00–9:45 am

Poster Session C and Breakfast. Poster Sessions in the Nautilus Room & Pavilion; breakfast buffets in the Grande & Harbor Island Ballroom Foyers.

8:00–10:00 am

Exhibits Open. Grande & Harbor Island Ballroom Foyers.

8:00 am–5:00 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Marina Meeting Room V.

On-site Office and Registration Open. Marina Meeting Room VI.

10:00 am–12:00 pm & 1:30–3:00 pm

Focus Sessions 13-18. (Six concurrent sessions.) Grande Ballrooms A, B, and C; Harbor Island Ballrooms 1, 2, and 3.

Focus Session 13. Somatic Stem Cells and Gynecologic Cancers. Chair: Barbara Vanderhyden, Ph.D. (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada). Co-chairs: Nicole Clark (Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA) and Ren Yi, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA). Grande Ballroom A.

  • Invited Talk: Nick Barker, Ph.D. (Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore). "Lgr5+ Stem Cells Contribute to OSE Formation and Repair in Vivo."
  • Invited Talk: Sanaz Memarzadeh, M.D., Ph.D. (University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA). "Disarming Mechanisms of Platinum Resistance in High-Grade Serous Cancer Stem Cells."
  • Invited Talk: Bo Rueda, Ph.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA). "Utilizing a Tumor-Specific Carbohydrate Antigen to Target Ovarian Cancer Stem Cells."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 14. Post-testicular Regulation of Male Fertility. Chair: Sylvie Breton, Ph.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA). Co-chairs: Fei Zhao, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA) and Rajini Sreenivasan, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). Grande Ballroom B.

  • Invited Talk: Barry T. Hinton, Ph.D. (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA). "Examination of the Dynamic Nature of Wolffian/Epididymal Duct Morphogenesis."
  • Invited Talk: Sylvie Breton, Ph.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA). "Basal Cell Motility in the Epididymis Revealed by In Vivo Imaging: Regulation by the Tyrosine Kinase Pathway."
  • Invited Talk: Martin J. Cohn, Ph.D. (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA). "Sexual Differentiation of Vertebrate External Genitalia."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 15. Uterine-Placental Function During Gestation. Chair: Ronald Magness, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA). Co-chairs: Juanmahel Davila, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA) and Amy Winship, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). Grande Ballroom C.

  • Invited Talk: Kent Thornburg, Ph.D. (Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA). "Placental Plasticity and Influence on Lifelong Cardiovascular Disease."
  • Invited Talk: Ronald Magness, Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, USA). "Mechanisms Controlling Endothelial Adaptations Modulating Uterine and Placental Blood Flows During Gestation."
  • Invited Talk: Berthold Huppertz, Ph.D. (Medical University of Graz, Graz, Austria). "Etiology of Preeclampsia: What Are the Roles of Oxygen and (Anti-) Angiogenic Factors?"
  • SRF New Investigator: Amanda M. de Mestre, Ph.D. (Royal Veterinary College, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, United Kingdom). "Molecular Mechanisms Regulating Early Placental Development in the Horse."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 16. Cell Divisions in Germ Cells and Early Embryos. Supported by Asia Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation (APBRF). Chair: Greg FitzHarris, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Quebec, Canada). Co-chairs: Miranda Bernhardt, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, NC, USA) and Angus Macaulay, Ph.D. (University of Montreal, Montreal, QC, Canada). Harbor Island Ballroom 1.

  • Invited Talk: Anne Villeneuve, Ph.D. (Stanford University, Stanford, California, USA). "Mechanisms Ensuring the Formation of Euploid Gametes."
  • Invited Talk: Marie-Emilie Terret, Ph.D. (INSERM, Collège de France, Paris, France). "F-actin Mechanics Operate the Asymmetric to Symmetric Division Switch at the Oocyte-to-Embryo Transition."
  • Invited Talk: Kazuo Yamagata, Ph.D. (Kinki University, Higashiosaka, Osaka, Japan). "Quantification of Embryo Quality by Live-Cell Imaging."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 17. Neuroendocrinology at the Intersection of Fertility and Metabolism. Supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh Neuroendocrine Program Fund. Chair: Lori T. Raetzman, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois, USA). Co-chairs: Kahina Ghanem (Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA) and David Landry (Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada). Harbor Island Ballroom 2.

  • Invited Talk: Alexander (Sasha) Kauffman, Ph.D. (University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA). "Emerging Roles of Kisspeptin Signaling Beyond the Reproductive Axis: Insight from Mouse Models."
  • Invited Talk: Ursula B. Kaiser, M.D. (Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA). "The Elusive Link Between Leptin Signaling and Reproduction."
  • Invited Talk: Djurdjica Coss, Ph.D. (University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, USA). "Crossroads in the Hypothalamus: Effects of Obesity on Reproduction."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Focus Session 18. Bringing In Vitro Maturation of Oocytes from Bench to Bedside. Chair: Johan Smitz, M.D., Ph.D. (UZ Brussel, Brussels, Belgium). Co-chairs: Anna Boudoures (Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA) and Chloe Fortin (Université Laval, Quebec City, QC, Canada). Harbor Ballroom 3.

  • Invited Talk: Claude Robert, Ph.D. (Université Laval, Québec City, Québec, Canada). "Unexpected Contributions from the Cumulus Cells to Support Oocyte Quality."
  • Invited Talk: Robert B. Gilchrist, D.Sc.Agr. (University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia). "Translating Scientific Advances in Oocyte Biology to the IVM Clinic."
  • Invited Talk: Johan Smitz, M.D., Ph.D. (UZ Brussel, Brussels, Belgium). "Bringing In Vitro Maturation of Oocytes from Bench to Bedside."
  • ASRM Distinguished Research Scientist: Frank Z. Stanczyk, Ph.D. (University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, USA). "ParmacoKinetics and Receptor-Mediated Actions of Estrogens and Progestogens Used for Hormone Therapy in Postmenopausal Women."
  • Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts.

12:00–1:30 pm

Lunch Break. Attendees are responsible for their own lunches. Options available onsite at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina:

  • SSR Lunch-Vending Kiosks. Grand & Harbor Island Foyers.
  • Quinn's Ale House
  • Harbor's Edge Restaurant
  • Shoreline Restaurant
  • Sheraton Bay Tower Lounge. Sheraton Bay Tower.

Heritage Luncheon: Tribute to Anne McLaren, Ph.D. Chair: Michael F. Smith, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). Bayview Tower, 4th Floor, Catalina Ballroom.

12:00–1:15 pm

NIH/NICHD Policy Seminar: Updates in NIH Policy. Harbor Island Ballroom 3.

  • Susan Taymans, Ph.D. (NIH/NICHD, Fertility and Infertility Branch, Bethesda, Maryland, USA).
  • Koji Yoshinaga, Ph.D. (NIH/NICHD Fertility and Infertility Branch, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). 

3:00–3:30 pm

Coffee Break. Grande & Harbor Island Ballroom Foyers.

3:30–5:15 pm

Award Presentations. Grande Ballroom.

  • SSR New Investigator Award (supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh New Investigator Fund): Sarah Kimmins, Ph.D. (McGill University, Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Québec, Canada). 
  • SSR Trainee Mentoring Award: Thomas E. Spencer, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA).

President's Symposium (Part 2). Chair: Bruce D. Murphy, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, St-Hyacinthe, Québec, Canada). Grande Ballroom.

  • Yoel Sadovsky, M.D. (Magee-Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). "Molecular Signals at the Maternal-Placental-Fetal Communication Interface."
  • Catherine Dulac, Ph.D. (Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA; and Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA). "Molecular Architecture of Social Behavior Circuits in the Mouse Brain."

5:15–5:30 pm

Break.

5:30–6:30 pm

Closing Ceremonies. Grande Ballroom.

Trainee Awards. Grande Ballroom.

  • SSR Trainee Research Competition Awards.
  • Lalor Foundation Merit Awards (Supported by a grant from the Lalor Foundation).
  • USDA NIFA Travel Fellowships (Supported by a grant from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture).
  • Best International Abstracts.
  • Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation Merit Awards (Supported by the Asia-Pacific Biomedical Research Foundation).
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fellows (Supported by Burroughs Wellcome).

Business Meeting. Grande Ballroom.

7:30 pm–12:30 am

Dinner & Dance Cruise. Hornblower Inspiration Cruise Ship: Grape Street Pier, North Harbor Drive. Buses will begin loading at 7:00 pm, between the Grande Ballroom Foyer entrance and the Pavilion, and will continue to loop between the Hornblower pier and the hotel throughout the evening.

  • Bus Boarding: 7:00–7:15 pm
  • Ship Boarding: 7:30–8:00 pm
  • Cruise Time: 8:00–11:00 pm
  • Dinner: 8:00–9:30 pm
  • Live Band & Dance: 9:00 pm–12:30 am
  • Return to Dock: 11:00 pm (dance will continue at the dock)
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Wednesday, 20 July 2016

8:00-10:00 am

2016–2017 Board of Directors Meeting. Executive 3A/3B Conference Room.

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