SSR 2017 Scientific Program

Preliminary information only. Dates, times, titles, speakers, and order of speakers in sessions are subject to change.

Plenary Sessions

See the Schedule for days, times, and locations.

Keynote Address

  • Azim Surani, Ph.D. (Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK). Title to be announced.

Historical Perspective Lectures

  • Asgerally T. Fazleabas, Ph.D. (Michigan State University, Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA). Maternal Recognition of Pregnancy: A Brief History of Life's Earliest Dialogue.
  • Marilyn Renfree, Ph.D. (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). Pregnancy in Waiting: The Enigma of Embryonic Diapause.

Expanding Horizon Keynote Lectures

  • Carlos Simón, M.D., Ph.D. (Universitat de València; IGNEOMIX, València, Spain). Met and Unmet Needs in Human Endometrial Biology and Medicine.
  • Andrew Sinclair, Ph.D. (Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). Reproductive Research for Medical and Agricultural Benefit.
  • Renee Reijo Pera, Ph.D. (Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana, USA). Human Germ Cell Development.

Dr. Kwang Yul Cha 2017 President’s Symposium on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease

  • Tracy L. Bale, Ph.D. (Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). Parental Stress and Epigenetic Programming of Offspring Development.
  • Mark Hanson, Ph.D. (University of Southampton, Southampton, UK). DOHaD: Looking Back and Moving Forward.

Endocrine Disruptors Lecture

  • Barbara Hales, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montréal, Québec, Canada). ​The Future of Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals: From Regrettable Substitutions to Responsible Replacements.

Propelling High-Impact Outcomes in Reproductive Biology: From Bench to Commercialization to Entrepreneur

  • Kwang Yul Cha, M.D. (Founder, CHA Health Systems and CHA University, South Korea). Current Status of Stem Cell-Based Therapy in CHA Health Systems.
  • Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D. (Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA). Engineering Reproduction.
  • Clifford Librach, M.D. (CReATe Fertility Clinic, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Title to be announced.
  • Daniel S. Johnston, Ph.D. (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). Title to be announced.​

Heritage Luncheon

  • Janice M. Bahr, Ph.D. (University of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA). Philip J. Dziuk: Founder of SSR, Scientist, Veteran, and Athlete.

Concurrent Symposia Themes

Early Development and Pregnancy

  • Fertilization: When Sperm Meet the Egg. Chair: Richard Cardullo, Ph.D. (University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Peter Sutovsky, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). Sperm Mitophagy during Fertilization.
    • Invited Talk: Haruhiko Miyata, Ph.D. (Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan). Sperm Motility and Its Competency for Mammalian Fertilization.
  • Immunobiology of Conception and Pregnancy. Chair: Sarah Robertson, Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia).
    • Invited Talk: Danny J. Schust, M.D. (University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, USA). How Can We Best Study the Immunobiology of Human Implantation?
    • Invited Talk: John Bromfield, Ph.D. (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA). Uterine Infection and Infertility: How Microbial Infection of the Reproductive Tract Causes Ovarian Dysfunction in the Dairy Cow.
  • Implantation and Placentation. Chair: Hongmei Wang, Ph.D. (Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China).
    • Invited Talk: Sudhansu K. Dey, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA). Molecular Interplay of Uterine Cell Polarity Directing Positioning of the Implantation Chamber.
    • Invited Talk: Mario Binelli, Ph.D. (Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil). Programming Endometrial Receptivity in Cattle.
  • CHA Health Systems Symposium on Preimplantation Development. Chair: Zhiming Han, Ph.D. (Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China).
    • Invited Talk: Hannah Brown, Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). There's More than Meets the Eye: The Next Generation of Noninvasive Embryo Diagnostics for the IVF Clinic!
    • Invited Talk: Peter J. Hansen, Ph.D. (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA). Regulation of Preimplantation Developmental by Maternally Derived Embryokines.
  • Pregnancy and Parturition. Chair: Lois Salamonsen, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia).
    • Invited Talk: Mala Mahendroo, Ph.D. (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, Texas, USA). Progesterone and Estrogen Collaborate to Regulate ECM Dynamics in the Pregnant Cervix.
    • Invited Talk: Marilyn Renfree, Ph.D. (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). Embryos in Suspension: The Discovery of Delayed Implantation and Embryonic Diapause.
  • Recent Developments in Contraception. Chair: Eva Dimitriadis, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia).
    • Invited Talk: John Amory, M.D. (University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA). Inhibition of Testicular Retinoic Acid Biosynthesis for Male Contraception.
    • Invited Talk: Diane M. Duffy, Ph.D. (Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, USA). Ovulation Inhibition: Opportunities for Novel Contraceptive Development.

Epigenetics, Environment and DOHaD

  • Environmental Impact on Reproductive Pathologies. Chair: Kwan Hee Kim, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Gail S. Prins, Ph.D. (University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago). Bisphenol A Reprograms Prostate Stem Cells and Predisposes to Carcinogenesis.
    • Invited Talk: Sheela Sathyanarayana, M.D., M.P.H. (Seattle Children’s Hospital Center for Child Health, Behavior, and Development, Seattle, Washington, USA). Prenatal Phthalate Exposure Impacts on Newborn Reproductive Outcomes.
  • Epigenetic Control of Developmental Programming. Chair: Sue Hammoud, Ph.D. (University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Serge McGraw, Ph.D. (Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec, Canada). Early Embryonic Alcohol Exposure Leads to Permanent DNA Methylation Alterations in Mouse Brain and Placenta.
    • Invited Talk: Bradley R. Cairns, Ph.D. (Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA). Transcription and Epigenetic Programs That Drive Developmental Decisions in Germline Stem Cells and Early Embryos.
  • Epigenetics in the Germline. Chair: Satoshi Namekawa, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Hiroyuki Sasaki, M.D., Ph.D. (Medical Institute of Bioregulation, Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan). Global Landscape and Regulatory Principles of DNA Methylation Reprogramming during Germ Cell Specification In Vitro.
    • Invited Talk: Xin Chen (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA). Breaking Symmetry: Asymmetric Epigenetic Inheritance during Drosophila Germline Stem Cell Asymmetric Division.
  • Epigenetics Mediating Transgenerational Impact. Chair: Wei Yan, Ph.D. (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA)
    • Invited Talk: Michael Skinner, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA). Environmentally Induced Epigenetic Inheritance of Sperm Epimutations and Disease: Exposure and Disease Diagnostics in Sperm.
    • Invited Talk: Victor Corces, Ph.D. (Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, USA). The Complexity of the Sperm Epigenome Explains Transgenerational Inheritance of Obesity.
  • Evolutionary Perspectives on Reproductive Ecology. Chair: Deborah Sloboda, Ph.D. (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada).
    • Invited Talk: Gillian R. Bentley, Ph.D. (Durham University, Durham, UK). Effects of Childhood Development on Reproductive Function and Health across the Lifecourse.
    • Invited Talk: George Bentley, Ph.D. (University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, California, USA). GnIH: An Integrator of Environmental Cues for Reproduction.
  • Impact of Maternal Nutrition and Stress on the Offspring. Chair: Jennifer Wood, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Laura Schulz, Ph.D. (University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, USA). Leptin as a Mediator of Maternal Nutritional Influences on Offspring?
    • Invited Talk: Michelle Lane, Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). The Sperm Legacy: How Does the Sperm Transmit Paternal Health Signals to the Offspring.

Models and Physiology of Reproduction

  • Clinical Issues in Reproduction. Nabal José Bracero Serrano, M.D. (San Juan, Puerto Rico).
    • Invited Talk: Leendert H. Looijenga, Ph.D. (Erasmus MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands). Human Testicular Germ Cell Tumors: Integrated Analyses and Clinical Implications.
    • Invited Talk: Kelle H. Moley, M.D. (Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri, USA). Zika Virus Infection Damages the Testes in Mice.
  • Gamete and Reproductive Conservation. Chair: Ina Dobrinksi, D.V.M. (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada).
    • Invited Talk: Budhan S. Pukazhenthi, Ph.D. (Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, Washington, DC, USA). How Reproductive Science Is Addressing the Highest Priorities in Wildlife Conservation.
    • Invited Talk: Goro Yoshizaki, Ph.D. (Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, Tokyo, Japan). Production of Viable Trout Offspring Derived from Frozen Whole Fish.
  • Immunobiology of Male Reproductive Function. Chair: Jannette Dufour, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Monika Fijak, Ph.D. (Justus-Liebig-Universität-Gießen, Gießen, Germany). New Facets of an Old Hormone: Testosterone as an Immunomodulator in the Testis and Beyond.
    • Invited Talk: Maria Christina Werneck de Avellar, Ph.D. (Universidade Federal de São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil). Beta Defensins and Their Role in Epididymal Morphogenesis.
  • Androgen Control of Puberty and Fertility. Chair: Lee Smith, Ph.D. (The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK).
    • Invited Talk: Robert Viger, Ph.D. (Centre Hospitalier de l’Université Laval, Québec, Canada). LH Signaling and Androgen Production in Males: New Pieces to the Puzzle.
    • Invited Talk: William Walker, Ph.D. (Magee-Womens Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA). Regulation of Spermatogenesis by Classical and Nonclassical Testosterone Signaling.
  • Reproductive Neuroendocrinology—Supported by the Virendra B. Mahesh Neuroendocrine Program Fund. Chair: Hiroko Tsukamura, Ph.D. (Nagoya University, Nagoya, Japan).
    • Invited Talk: Suzanne Moenter, Ph.D. (University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). Prepubertal Development of the Gonadotropin-Releasing Hormone Neuronal Network.
    • Invited Talk: Amy Navratil, Ph.D. (University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA). Citrullination: Post-Translational Regulation of Gonadotropin Synthesis and Secretion.
  • Technologies for Reproductive Biology Research. Chair: Masahito Ikawa, Ph.D. (Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan).
    • Invited Talk: Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA). Chemical Biology and CRISPR/Cas9 Approaches in Reproductive Medicine.
    • Invited Talk: Joerg Bewersdorf, Ph.D. (Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut, USA). 3D Microscopy: Whole-Cell 4Pi Single-Molecule Switching Nanoscopy.

Ovary and Female Tract

  • Control of Ovarian Development. Chair: Gerrit J. Bouma, Ph.D. (Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Lane K. Christenson, Ph.D. (University of Kansas Medical Center, Lawrence, Kansas, USA). Extracellular Vesicles in Ovarian Folliculogenesis.
    • Invited Talk: Cecily V. Bishop, Ph.D. (Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, Oregon, USA). Mechanisms Contributing to Formation and Function of the Luteal Capillary Bed within the Primate Corpus Luteum.
  • Female Reproductive Pathologies. Chair: Joe Arosh, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Peter C.K. Leung, Ph.D. (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada). Novel Role of GDF8 (Myostatin) in Ovarian Function and Disease.
    • Invited Talk: Yan-Ling Wang, Ph.D. (Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Zoology, Beijing, PR China). The Steroid Hormone-Mediated Pregnancy Adaptation of Maternal Coagulation System.
  • Meiosis and DNA Damage. Chair: Mary Ann Handel, Ph.D. (Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA). 
    • Invited Talk: Maria M. Viveiros, Ph.D. (University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine, Athens, Georgia, USA). Regulation of Meiotic Spindle Assembly and Stability in Oocytes.
    • Invited Talk: Atilla Tóth, Ph.D. (Technische Univesität Dresden, Dresden, Germany). Controlling DNA Breaks in Mammalian Meiosis.
  • Oocyte Metabolism and Health. Chair: Claude Robert, Ph.D. (Université Laval, Montréal, Québec, Canada).
    • Invited Talk: Andrea Jurisicova, Ph.D. (Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Mitochondrial Dysfunction during Oocyte Aging: A Role for CoQ10.
    • Invited Talk: Justin St. John, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). The Role of Mitochondrial DNA in Oocyte Competence and Embryo Development.
  • Regulation of Oogenesis. Chair: Eileen McLaughlin, Ph.D. (University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand).
    • Invited Talk: Evelyn E. Telfer, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK). Making and Growing Human Oocytes In Vitro.
    • Invited Talk: Katsuhiko Hayashi, Ph.D. (Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan). In Vitro Reconstitution as a Tool for a Better Understanding of Germ Cell Development.
  • The Follicle Niche in Ovarian Function—The William Hansel Symposium on Ovarian Function. Chair: Stephanie A. Pangas, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Joan S. Jorgensen, D.V.M., Ph.D. (University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin, USA). Building the Communication Infrastructure Between Granulosa Cells and the Oocyte in Follicles: The Roles of Iroquois Homeobox Genes.
    • Invited Talk: José Buratini, Jr., Ph.D. (UNESP, São Paulo, Brazil). Fibroblast Growth Factors in Follicle Development in Cattle: Good Guys or Bad Guys?

Testis and Male Tract

  • Male Reproductive Tract. Chair: Joël Drevet, Ph.D. (Genetique Reproduction and Developpement Research Center, Clermont-Ferrand, France).
    • Invited Talk: Paul S. Cooke, Ph.D. (University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine, Gainsville, Florida, USA). Role of Membrane Estrogen Receptor 1 in Male and Female Reproductive Tract Development and Function.
    • Invited Talk: Bruce D. Schultz, Ph.D. (Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA). COaXing Sperm to Get Ready.
  • Regulation of Spermatogenesis. Chair: Shosei Yoshida, Ph.D. (National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan).
    • Invited Talk: Terry Magnuson, Ph.D. (University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA). Chromatin Remodelers and Spermatogenesis.
    • Invited Talk: Jun Ueda, Ph.D. (Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan). Testis-Specific Histone Variant H3t Gene Is Essential for Entry into Spermatogenesis.
  • Sex Determination and Fetal Gonad. Chair: Dagmar Wilhelm, Ph.D. (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia).
    • Invited Talk: Serge Nef, Ph.D. (University of Geneva Medical School, Geneva, Switzerland). Testis Determination at the Single-Cell Level.
    • Invited Talk: Andy Greenfield, Ph.D. (MRC Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK). Elaborating Molecular Genetic Pathways in Mouse Testis Determination.
  • Somatic Cells for Testicular Health. Chair: Tony J. De Falco, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Artur Mayerhofer, Ph.D. (Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Munich, Germany). Human Testicular Peritubular Cells: More than Meets the Eye.
    • Invited Talk: Lee Smith, Ph.D. (The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK). Manipulating Testicular Androgen Production to Promote Lifelong Health.
  • Spermatogonial Stem Cell Regulation. Chair: Kyle Orwig, Ph.D. (Magee-Womens Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA).
    • Invited Talk: Cathryn A. Hogarth, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA). Modifying Retinoic Acid Concentrations as a Means of Investigating Spermatogonial Biology.
    • Invited Talk: Robert E. Braun, Ph.D. (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA). Identification of Slow-Cycling Long-Term Spermatogonial Stem Cells and Their Regulation by PLZF.
  • Translational Aspects of Male Reproductive Dysfunction. Chair: Stefan Schlatt, Ph.D. (Universität Münster, Münster, Germany).
    • Invited Talk: Mark Baker, Ph.D. (University of Newcastle, Callaghan, New South Wales, Australia). Splicing Up Your Sex Life: Why Men Are Failing to Perform in the Bedroom.
    • SRF New Investigator Lecture: Rod Mitchell, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK). Fertility Preservation in Prepubertal and Adolescent Males.