SSR 2017 Schedule of Events

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

Pre-Meeting: Wednesday, 12 July 2017

1:00–5:00 pm

Off-Site at NIH: Personalized Feedback on Your Grant Application (trainees only)

6:00–8:30 pm

Emerging Technologies Workshop

Thursday, 13 July 2017

8:30 am–3:00 pm

ASAS-SSR Triennial Reproductive Symposium.

10:30 am–12:15 pm

Trainee Forum: “Becoming an Effective Reviewer: A Means to Enhance Your Scientific Writing”.

12:15–1:15 pm

Volunteers’ Meeting.

1:00–1:30 pm

Session Chair Meeting.

1:30–2:00 pm

Break.

2:00–3:30 pm

Poster Talks.

3:30–4:00 pm

Break.

4:00–7:00 pm

Opening Ceremony and Welcome.

Historical Perspective Lectures. Chair: Adele Turzillo, Ph.D. (NIFA-USDA, Washington, DC, USA).

  • 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). “Embryos in Suspension: The Discovery of Delayed Implantation and Embryonic Diapause.”

Award Presentations

Keynote Address. Chair: Kate Loveland, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia).

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

7:00–9:00 pm

Opening Reception.

Friday, 14 July 2017

8:00–9:30 am

Symposia 1–5

Titles of talks are tentative and thus subject to change. Co-chairs of symposia to be announced.

Symposium 1. 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). Title to be announced.

Symposium 2. Gamete and Reproductive Conservation. Chair: Ina Dobrinski, D.V.M. (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada).

  • 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.”
  • 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.”

Symposium 3. Fertilization: When the Sperm Meets the Egg. Chair: Richard Cardullo, Ph.D. (University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, USA).

  • Invited Talk: Haruhiko Miyata, Ph.D. (Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan). “Sperm Motility and Its Competency for Mammalian Fertilization.”
  • Invited Talk: Peter Sutovsky, Ph.D. (University of Missouri, Columbia, Missouri, USA). “Post Fertilization Sperm Mitophagy: The Tale of Mitochondrial Eve and Steve.”

Symposium 4. Female Reproductive Pathologies. Chair: Joe Arosh, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA).

  • 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.”
  • 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.”

Symposium 5. Male Reproductive Tract. Chair: Joël Drevet, Ph.D. (Genetique Reproduction and Developpement Research Center, Clermont-Ferrand, France).

  • Invited Talk: Bruce D. Schultz, Ph.D. (Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kansas, USA). “COaXing Sperm to Get Ready.”
  • 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 Reproductive Tract Development and Function.”

9:30–10:00 am

Break.

10:00–11:30 am

Competition Talks.

11:30–12:00 pm

SSR New Investigator Lecture. Chair: Rebecca L. Krisher, Ph.D. (Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, Lone Tree, Colorado, USA).

12:00–1:30 pm

Lunch Break.

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."

1:30–3:15 pm

Symposia 6–10.

Titles of talks are tentative and thus subject to change. Co-chairs of symposia to be announced.

Symposium 6. 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.”

Symposium 7. Clinical Issues in Reproduction. Chair: 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). Title to be announced.

Symposium 8. Recent Developments in Contraception. Chair: Eva Dimitriadis, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia).

  • Invited Talk: Diane M. Duffy, Ph.D. (Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, Virginia, USA). “Ovulation Inhibition: Opportunities for Novel Contraceptive Development.”
  • Invited Talk: John Amory, M.D. (University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, USA). “Inhibition of Testicular Retinoic Acid Biosynthesis for Male Contraception.”

Symposium 9. Regulation of Oogenesis. Chair: Eileen McLaughlin, Ph.D. (University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand).

  • Invited Talk: Katsuhiko Hayashi, Ph.D. (Kyushu University, Fukuoka, Japan). “In Vitro Reconstitution as a Tool for a Better Understanding of Germ Cell Development.”
  • Invited Talk: Evelyn E. Telfer, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK). “In Vitro Models to Support Oocyte Development from Primordial Stages in Domestic Species and Human.”

Symposium 10. 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). “Revisiting Cell Lineage Specification during Male Sex Determination with Single-Cell RNA Sequencing.”
  • Invited Talk: Andy Greenfield, Ph.D. (MRC Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK). “Genetic Analyses of Gonadal Sex Reversal in the Mouse Embryo.”

3:15–3:45 pm

Break.

3:45–4:45 pm

Expanding Horizon Keynote Lectures. Chair: Jacques J. Tremblay, Ph.D. (CRCHUL, Université Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada).

  • 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​.”

4:45–6:30 pm

Poster Session A.

6:30–7:15 pm

Stakeholders’ Panel Session: “Meet the Stakeholders who Translate our Science into Action.” Co-Chairs: Sally Darney, Ph.D. (National Institutes of Health, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA) and Patricia Morris, Ph.D. (Rockefeller University, New York, New York, USA). Hosted by the SSR Public Affairs Committee.

Saturday, 15 July 2017

8:00–9:30 am

Symposia 11–15

Titles of talks are tentative and thus subject to change. Co-chairs of symposia to be announced.

Symposium 11. 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.”

Symposium 12. 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.”

Symposium 13. 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). Title to be announced.
  • 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.”

Symposium 14. Control of Ovarian Development—Supported by the John J. Eppig Endowment Fund. 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 Primate Corpus Luteum.”

Symposium 15. Translational Aspects of Male Reproductive Dysfunction. Chair: Stefan Schlatt, Ph.D. (Universität Münster, Münster, Germany).

  • SRF New Investigator Lecture: Rod Mitchell, Ph.D. (University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK). “Fertility Preservation in Prepubertal and Adolescent Males.”
  • 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.”

9:30–10:00 am

Break.

10:00–11:15 am

President’s Symposium. Chair: Janice L. Bailey, Ph.D. (Université Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada).

  • Tracy L. Bale, Ph.D. (Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA). Title to be announced.
  • Mark Hanson, Ph.D. (University of Southampton, Southampton, UK). Title to be announced.

11:15 am–12:00 pm

Endocrine Disruptors and Reproductive Health: 25 Years of Research. Co-Chairs: Jodi A. Flaws, Ph.D. (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA) and Thaddeaus Schug, Ph.D. (NIH-NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA).

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

12:00–1:30 pm

Lunch Break.

Trainee-Mentor Luncheon.

1:30–3:15 pm

Symposia 16–20

Titles of talks are tentative and thus subject to change. Co-chairs of symposia to be announced.

Symposium 16. 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."

Symposium 17. 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 on Epididymal Morphogenesis.”

Symposium 18. 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). “The Pre-Implantation Embryo—There’s More than Meets the Eye!”
  • Invited Talk: Peter J. Hansen, Ph.D. (University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA). “Regulation of Preimplantation Development by Maternally Derived Embryokines.”

Symposium 19. 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?”

Symposium 20. Somatic Cells for Testicular Health. Chair: Tony J. De Falco, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA).

  • Invited Talk: Lee Smith, Ph.D. (The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK). “Manipulating Testicular Androgen Production to Promote Lifelong Male Health.”
  • Invited Talk: Artur Mayerhofer, Ph.D. (Ludwig-Maximillians-Universität München, Munich, Germany). “Human Testicular Peritubular Cells: More than Meets the Eye.”

3:15–3:45 pm

Break.

3:45–4:15 pm

Expanding Horizon Keynote Lecture. Chair: Louis V. DePaolo, Ph.D. (NIH-NICHD, Bethesda, Maryland, USA).

4:45–6:30 pm

Poster Session B.

6:30–8:45 pm

President’s Dinner (invitation only).

Sunday, 16 July 2017

8:00–9:30 am

Symposia 21–25

Titles of talks are tentative and thus subject to change. Co-chairs of symposia to be announced.

Symposium 21. Environmental Impact on Reproductive Pathologies. Chair: Kwan Hee Kim, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA).

  • 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.”
  • 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.”

Symposium 22. Recent Breakthroughs in 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 Non-Classical Testosterone Signaling.”

Symposium 23. 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.”

Symposium 24. Meiosis and DNA Damage. Chair: Mary Ann Handel, Ph.D. (Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA).

  • Invited Talk: Atilla Tóth, Ph.D. (Technische Univesität Dresden, Dresden, Germany). “Controlling DNA Breaks in Mammalian Meiosis.”
  • 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.”

Symposium 25. 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 Spermatogonial Stem Cells and their Regulation by PLZF.”

9:30–10:00 am

Break.

10:00 am–12:00 pm

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

  • 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.
  • Kwang Yul Cha, M.D. (CHA Health Systems, Seongnam, Gyeonggi, South Korea). 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.

12:00–1:30 pm

Lunch Break.

Diversity Lunch Symposium.

1:30–3:15 pm

Symposia 26–30

Titles of talks are tentative and thus subject to change. Co-chairs of symposia to be announced.

Symposium 26. Impact of Maternal Nutrition and Stress on the Offspring. Chair: Jennifer Wood, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA).

  • 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?”
  • Invited Talk: Laura Schultz, Ph.D. (University of Missouri School of Medicine, Columbia, Missouri, USA). “Leptin as a Mediator of Maternal Nutritional Influences on Offspring.”

Symposium 27. 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.”

Symposium 28. Pregnancy and Parturition. Chair: Lois Salamonsen, Ph.D. (Hudson Insitute 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). “Pregnancy in Waiting: The Enigma of Embryonic Diapause.”

Symposium 29. Oocyte Metabolism. Chair: Claude Robert, Ph.D. (Université Laval, Montréal, Québec, Canada).

  • Invited Talk: Andrea Jurisicova, Ph.D. (Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). Title to be announced.
  • 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.”

Symposium 30. 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 Remodeling Complexes and their Functions during Spermatogenesis.”
  • Invited Talk: Jun Ueda, Ph.D. (Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan). “Testis-Specific Histone Variant H3t Gene Is Essential for Entry into Spermatogenesis.”

3:15–3:45 pm

Break.

3:30–5:00 pm

Poster Session C.

5:00–6:00 pm

Special Symposium: “How to Be an Advocate for Your Lab.”

6:00–7:00 pm

Business Meeting, Trainee Awards Presentation and Closing Ceremony.

7:00 pm –12:00 am

Barbecue and Dance.

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