SSR 2017 Special Events and Optional Items

In addition to the scientific program, a variety of educational and social events will be available to Meeting participants.

SSR Pre-Meeting Technology Workshop: New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care

Wednesday, 12 July, 6:00–8:30 pm, and Thursday, 13 July, 8:00 am–3:30 pm (No guests; $125 Trainees, $250 Non-Trainees).
Omni Shoreham Hotel.

A 1.5-day informal educational workshop showcasing technologies and products produced by Industry partners. This event will present an excellent opportunity to expand and enhance attendees’ knowledge of newly developed and tested techniques, the applications of these techniques in diverse fields, and give the chance to collaborate and network with colleagues in academia and industry.

SSR Meeting attendees will have an opportunity to register for the Technology Workshop on their registration form. The Technology Workshop is also open to those who will not be attending the meeting. Registration for the Technology Workshop only will also be available on-site at the workshop from 4:00–6:15 pm on Wednesday. (Registration for the SSR Meeting begins Thursday morning at 7:30 am.)

Please read the special invitation from the Workshop co-chairs, Drs. Benjamin Tsang and Johan Smitz, which includes a list of speakers and financial support for this pre-meeting event.

ASAS-SSR Triennial Reproduction Symposium

Thursday, 13 July, 8:30 am–3:00 pm ($50, no guests).
Marriott Salon 1 and Mezzanine Level Foyer, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The Joint ASAS-SSR Triennial Reproduction Symposium will take place immediately prior to the start of the SSR 50th Annual Meeting. This symposium, supported by funding from ASAS, will focus on large animal/domestic livestock (USDA-related species) reproduction. The cost for registration includes two breaks and a “Walking Lunch” buffet to accompany a 1.5-hour poster session on the Mezzanine Level of the Marriott. For more information, see the Joint Symposium page. 

Trainee Forum

Thursday, 13 July, 10:30 am–12:15 pm (free, Trainee registrants only; must pre-register to receive refreshments). 
Delaware Suite, Mariott Wardman Park Hotel.

The Forum, “Becoming An Effective Reviewer: A Means to Enhance Your Scientific Writing,” will cover properly conducting a peer review of manuscripts and grant applications. These skills will also enhance your own writing abilities. The speakers below will present on these topics. Following their presentations, they will serve as panelists for an open question and answer session.

  • Dr. Sally Perreault Darney (NIEHS; Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Health Perspectives): Manuscript review
  • Dr. Francesco DeMayo (NIEHS; Editor-in-Chief of Biology of Reproduction): Manuscript review
  • Dr. Susan Taymans (NICHD; Program Director): Grant review
  • Dr. Humphrey Yao (NIEHS; longstanding member of study sections): Grant review

Opening Reception

Thursday, 13 July, 7:00–9:00 pm (Free for registrants, $45 for guests 13 and older). 
Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Celebrate the kick-off of the SSR’s Golden Anniversary Annual Meeting by attending the Opening Reception at the historic Omni Shoreham Hotel, across the street from the Marriott Wardman Park Hotel. The reception will take place in the hotel’s elegant ballrooms and spread out to the beautiful outdoor terraces and patios. Admission is included in the Annual Meeting registration fee, and covers a buffet dinner and a complimentary drink ticket (good for one beer, wine, or soda). Cash bars will be on on hand throughout the reception areas. Tickets for guests, 13 and older, are $45.

Breakfast Symposia


The Breakfast Symposia have been canceled. However, a complimentary light breakfast will be available to all registrants (no guests) from 7:00–8:00 am, Friday–Sunday.

Friday–Sunday, 14–16 July, 7:00–8:00 am (Free; SSR Meeting registrants only).
Marriott Salon 1, Marriott Wardman Park​ Hotel.

One Breakfast Symposium session will be featured each morning, with topics to be announced. Open to all registered attendees of the Annual Meeting. These industry-sponsored symposia will focus on translational research and the latest technologies in reproductive health. More details will be posted here and on the Schedule as they become available.

Heritage Luncheon

Friday, 14 July, noon–1:20 pm ($35, registrants only. Funding has been pledged that would cover the first 50 Trainees).
Maryland Suite, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The SSR Heritage Committee is hosting a luncheon at which Dr. Janice Bahr will present a talk honoring the late Dr. Phillip J. Dziuk. Dr. Dziuk received his Ph.D. from the College of Agriculture at the University of Minnesota in 1955. He began his research in animal reproductive physiology at the University of Minnesota and joined the faculty of the Department of Animal Science at the University of Illinois upon receiving his post-doctoral degree. The commercial embryo transplant industry is based largely on Dziuk’s discovery of the steroid permeability properties of silicon rubber. He was a pioneer in the use of ultrasound in the 70s to diagnose pregnancies in sows. Dr. Dziuk was a Charter Member of the Society for the Study of Reproduction.

Stakeholders’ Panel Session

Hosted by the SSR Public Affairs Committee.
Co-Chairs: Sally Darney, Ph.D. and Patricia Morris, Ph.D.
Friday, 14 July, 6:30–7:15 pm (free; registrants only).
Marriott Salon 1, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Meet the stakeholders who translate our science into action. Senior leaders from government and NGOs will discuss how they use research in accomplishing their goals and what they believe are the most important research priorities going forward.

  • Tina Bahadori, Sc.D., Director (National Center for Environmental Assessment (EPA/ORD/NCEA), Washington, DC, USA).
  • Nsedu Obot Witherspoon, M.P.H., Executive Director (Children's Environmental Health Network, Washington, DC, USA).
  • Adele M. Turzillo, Ph.D., Division Director, Animal Systems (USDA-NIFA, Washington, DC, USA).
  • John Townsend, Ph.D., Vice President, Reproductive Health Program (Population Council, Washington, DC, USA).

Trainee/Mentor Luncheon

Saturday, 15 July, noon–1:20 pm ($25, Trainee registrants only).
Maryland Suite, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

The Trainee/Mentor Luncheon is for trainee registrants only; participation is limited to 180 Trainees. The luncheon provides Trainee participants with the opportunity to talk to an SSR scientist about careers and science during a catered lunch. Attendees will have an opportunity to indicate their preferred mentors at a later date. Please see the Trainee Information page for a more detailed description.


Sunday, 16 July, 6:00–7:30 am (Registration cost: $30, includes tank t-shirt, based on availability. You must register for this event by the close of registration on Saturday, 15 July as no registrations will be accepted on race day.)
Smithsonian National Zoo.

This 5K course will begin and end at the Smithsonian National Zoo, a short 10-minute walk from the Marriott Wardman Park. It will follow a scenic route through the zoo’s paths and animal exhibits. From 6:00–6:30 am, runners and walkers will meet at the starting line, near the entrance to the zoo. At 6:30 am, participants will begin the 5K circuit.

If you are unable to run but would like to support the run, consider contributing to the 2017 SSR Golden Anniversary 5K “Fun Run/Walk for Reproductive Fitness” fund. Donations to this fund support the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF).

Diversity Symposium

Sunday, 16 July, noon–1:30 pm (Symposium: Free to registrants; Lunch: $20, purchased during pre-registration only).
Delaware Room, Marriott Wardman Park Hotel.

Speaker: Vivian W. Pinn, M.D. (John E. Fogarty International Center, Bethesda, Maryland, USA) will present “The Intersection of Research on Reproduction and Diversity: Progress and Priorities.” Dr. Pinn is an American physician, scientist, and pathologist, currently serving as senior scientist emerita at the NIH Fogarty International Center. Since her retirement, Dr. Pinn has been an outspoken advocate for scientific research, and for the inclusion of women, women scientists, and underserved minorities as conductors and participants in the full spectrum of scientific inquiry and in all aspects of biomedical research. She will share her experiences and insights taken from a distinguished 45-year career. The symposium is open to all registrants; however, lunch will be provided only for those who have purchased a lunch ticket during pre-registration (prior to the start of the meeting).

Barbecue & Dance

Sunday, 16 July, 7:00 pm–midnight ($45 Trainees, $85 non-Trainees).
Thurgood Marshall Ballroom, Mariott Wardman Park Hotel.

It will be a rockin’ and rollin’ good time at the SSR 2017 Barbecue & Dance when the band TFC takes the stage at 8:00 pm to perform a repertoire of music that spans more than 60 years, from the most current Top 40 dance hits, to classic Motown, and everything in between. A buffet dinner will be served before the dance. Attendees will receive two drink tickets for wine, beer, or soda; cash bars will be available for additional/other drink purchases. Join your colleagues for this celebration of SSR’s 50th Anniversary year!

SSR 2017 T-shirtsT-shirt Sale

2017 Annual Meeting t-shirts will be available for $20 each in both female and unisex adult styles (small to XXL). Proceeds from sales of the shirts provides much-needed funding for the Larry Ewing Memorial Trainee Travel Fund (LEMTTF).