SSR 2017 Schedule of Events

Preliminary information only. Dates, times, titles, speakers, and order of speakers in sessions are subject to change. Please refer to the meeting app or the online program for the most up-to-date information.

Pre-Meeting: Tuesday, 11 July 2017

4:00 pm

Finance Committee Meeting. McKinley Room.

7:00 pm

SSR Board Meeting. McKinley Room.

Pre-Meeting: Wednesday, 12 July 2017

7:30 am–5:00 pm

SSR Board Meeting. McKinley Room.

1:00–5:00 pm

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

1:00–7:30 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Park Tower Room 8206.

5:00–7:15 pm

SSR Pre-Meeting Technologies Workshop: New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care. Palladian, Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Thursday, 13 July 2017

7:00 am–3:20 pm

SSR Pre-Meeting Technologies Workshop: New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care. Palladian, Omni Shoreham Hotel.

7:00 am–7:00 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Park Tower Room 8206.

7:30 am–6:00 pm

Registration Open. Convention Registration Desk (Lobby Level), Marriott.

8:00 am–3:20 pm

ASAS-SSR Triennial Reproduction Symposium. Salon 1.

9:00 am–12:00 pm

Biology of Reproduction Editorial Retreat. Balcony A.

10:30 am–12:15 pm

Trainee Forum: Becoming an Effective Reviewer: A Means to Enhance Your Scientific Writing. Delaware Suite.

12:15–1:15 pm

Volunteers’ Meeting. Maryland Suite.

1:00–1:30 pm

Session Chair Meeting. Virginia Suite

1:30–2:00 pm

Break.

1:45–3:15 pm

Poster Flash Talks. Salons 2 & 3; Virginia & Maryland Suites.

3:30–4:00 pm

Break. Exhibit Hall B.

4:00–7:00 pm

Opening Ceremony and Welcome. Salons 2 & 3.

Historical Perspective Lectures. Chair: Adele Turzillo, Ph.D. (NIFA-USDA, Washington, DC, USA). Salons 2 & 3.

  • 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. Salons 2 & 3.

Keynote Address. Chair: Kate Loveland, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). Salons 2 & 3.

  • Azim Surani, Ph.D. (Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK). Principles of Early Human Development and the Germ Cell Program.

7:00–9:00 pm

Opening Reception. Omni Shoreham Hotel.

Friday, 14 July 2017

6:45–7:45 am

Committee Meetings.

  • Future Meetings Committee. Salon 3.
  • Nominating Committee. Park Tower Room 8210.
  • 50th Anniversary Campaign. Salon 2.
  • Bylaws. Maryland Suite.
  • Membership. Salon 1.
  • Publications. Virginia Suite.
  • WinRS. Delaware Suite.

7:00–8:00 am

Breakfast. Exhibit Hall B.

7:00 am–7:00 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Park Tower Room 8206.

7:30 am–5:15 pm

Registration Open. Convention Registration Desk (Lobby Level), Marriott.

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. Co-Chairs: Deborah Sloboda, Ph.D. (McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) and Emi Tucker (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA). Delaware Suite.

  • 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.

Symposium 2. Gamete and Reproductive Conservation. Co-Chairs: Ina Dobrinski, D.V.M. (University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada) and Taylor Pini (University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia). Virginia Suite.

  • 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 Sperm Meet the Egg. Co-Chairs: Richard Cardullo, Ph.D. (University of California, Riverside, Riverside, California, USA) and Chathura Priyadarshana (University of Tsukuba, Tsukuba, Japan). Salon 1.

  • 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). Sperm Mitophagy During Fertilization.

Symposium 4. Female Reproductive Pathologies. Co-Chairs: Joe Arosh, Ph.D. (Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, USA) and Nicole Kelp (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA). Salon 2.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Joël Drevet, Ph.D. (Genetique Reproduction and Developpement Research Center, Clermont-Ferrand, France) and Naomi Bernecic (University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia). Salon 3.

  • 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 and Female Reproductive Tract Development and Function.

9:30–10:00 am

Break. Exhibit Hall B.

10:00–11:30 am

Competition Talks. Salons 2 & 3.

11:30–12:00 pm

SSR New Investigator Lecture. Co-Chair: Rebecca L. Krisher, Ph.D. (Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, Lone Tree, Colorado, USA). Salons 2 & 3.

  • Christopher Geyer, Ph.D. (East Carolina University, Greenville, North Carolina, USA). Nanotubes Connect Spermatogonia in the Developing Testis​.

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. Maryland Suite.

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. Co-Chairs: Satoshi Namekawa, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children’s Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) and Kahina Ghanem (State College, Pennsylvania, USA). Delaware Suite.

  • 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, Ph.D. (Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA). Breaking Symmetry: Asymmetric Epigenetic Inheritance During Drosophila Germline Stem Cell Asymmetric Division.

Symposium 7. Clinical Issues in Reproduction. Co-Chairs: Nabal José Bracero Serrano, M.D. (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Macarena B. Gonzalez (Robinson Research Institute, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). Virginia Suite.

  • 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.

Symposium 8. Recent Developments in Contraception. Co-Chairs: Eva Dimitriadis, Ph.D. (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia) and Shreya Patel, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA). Salon 1.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Eileen McLaughlin, Ph.D. (University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand) and Malavika Adur, Ph.D. (Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa, USA). Salon 2.

  • 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). Making and Growing Human Oocytes In Vitro.

Symposium 10. Sex Determination and Fetal Gonad. Co-Chairs: Humphrey H. C. Yao (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA) and Catherine Sterling (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia). Salon 3.

  • 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.

3:15–3:45 pm

Break. Exhibit Hall B.

3:45–4:45 pm

Expanding Horizon Keynote Lectures. Chair: Jacques J. Tremblay, Ph.D. (CRCHUL, Université Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada). Salons 2 & 3.

  • 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. Exhibit Halls A & B.

Trainee Career Consultation Center.

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. Salon 1.

  • 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). 

Saturday, 15 July 2017

6:45–7:45 am

Committee Meetings.

  • Trainee Affairs. Salon 3
  • Public Affairs. Salon 2.
  • Awards. Maryland Suite.
  • 2017–2018 Program. Salon 1.

Past Presidents' Breakfast. McKinley Room.

7:00–8:00 am

Breakfast. Exhibit Hall B.

7:00 am–7:00 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Park Tower Room 8206.

7:30 am–5:15 pm

Registration Open. Convention Registration Desk (Lobby Level), Marriott.

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. Co-Chairs: Sue Hammoud, Ph.D. (University of Michigan Medical School, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA) and John Fredrick Odhiambo, Ph.D. (University of Wyoming, Laramie, Wyoming, USA). Delaware Suite.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Daniel Bernard, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada) and William T. Farmer, Ph.D. (US Environmental Protection Agency, Raleigh, North Carolina, USA). Virginia Suite.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Troy Ott, Ph.D. (Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania, USA) and John Schjenken, Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia). Salon 1.

  • 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.

Symposium 14. Control of Ovarian Development—Supported by the John J. Eppig Endowment Fund. Co-Chairs: Gerrit J. Bouma, Ph.D. (Colorado State University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA) and Jeremy Egebert, Ph.D. (UConn Health, Farmington, Connecticut, USA). Salon 2.

  • 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.

Symposium 15. Translational Aspects of Male Reproductive Dysfunction. Co-Chairs: Stefan Schlatt, Ph.D. (Universität Münster, Münster, Germany) and Maciej Szarek (Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia). Salon 3.

  • 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. Exhibit Hall B.

10:00–11:15 am

Dr. Kwang Yul Cha 2017 President’s Symposium on Developmental Origins of Health and Disease. Co-Chair: Janice L. Bailey, Ph.D. (Université Laval, Québec, Québec, Canada). Salons 2 & 3.

  • 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.

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). Salons 2 & 3.

  • 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. Maryland Suite.

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. Co-Chairs: Wei Yan, Ph.D. (University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada, USA) and Christian Andersen (University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA). Delaware Suite.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Jannette Dufour, Ph.D. (Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, USA) and Bindu Menon (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). Virginia Suite.

  • 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.

Symposium 18. CHA Health Systems Symposium on Preimplantation Development. Co-Chairs: Zhiming Han, Ph.D. (Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China) and Estela Rose Araujo (University of Sao Paulo, Sao Paolo, Brazil). Salon 1.

  • 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 Development by Maternally Derived Embryokines.

Symposium 19. The Follicle Niche in Ovarian Function—The William Hansel Symposium on Ovarian Function. Co-Chairs: Stephanie A. Pangas, Ph.D. (Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas, USA) and Hong Zhou (University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA). Salon 2.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Tony J. De Falco, Ph.D. (Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio, USA) and Lena Glashauser (Ludwig-Maximillian University Munich, Munich, Germany). Salon 3.

  • 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. Exhibit Hall B.

3:45–4:15 pm

Expanding Horizon Keynote Lecture. Chair: Louis V. DePaolo, Ph.D. (NIH-NICHD, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). Salons 2 & 3.

4:15–4:45 pm
Golden Anniversary Campaign Presentation. Co-Chairs: Benjamin Tsang, Ph.D. (Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada) and Johan Smitz, M.D., Ph.D. (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belguim). Salons 2 & 3.

4:45–6:30 pm

Poster Session B. Exhibit Halls A & B.

Trainee Career Consultation Center.

7:00–8:30 pm

President’s Reception (invitation only). Pachyderm Plaza, Smithsonian National Zoo.

Sunday, 16 July 2017

6:00–7:30 am

Fun Run/Walk. Smithsonian National Zoo.

6:45–7:45 am

Committee Meetings.

  • 2017–2018 Diversity. Virginia Suite.

7:00–8:00 am

Breakfast. Exhibit Hall B.

7:00 am–6:00 pm

Slide Preview Room Open. Park Tower Room 8206.

7:30 am–4:00 pm

Registration Open. Convention Registration Desk (Lobby Level), Marriott.

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. Co-Chairs: Kwan Hee Kim, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA) and Saniya Rattan (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA). Delaware Suite.

  • 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. Milton KH Leong Symposium on Recent Breakthroughs in Androgen Control of Puberty and Fertility. Co-Chairs: Lee Smith, Ph.D. (The Queen’s Medical Research Institute, Edinburgh, UK) and Andrew Pask, Ph.D. (University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia). Virginia Suite.

  • 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.

Symposium 23. Implantation and Placentation. Co-Chairs: Hongmei Wang, Ph.D. (Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China) and Fei Zhao, Ph.D. (NIEHS, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA). Salon 1.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Mary Ann Handel, Ph.D. (Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA) and Rachel West (Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, USA). Salon 2.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Kyle Orwig, Ph.D. (Magee-Womens Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA) and Tessa Lord, Ph.D. (Washington State University, Pullman, Washington, USA). Salon 3.

  • 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.

9:30–10:00 am

Break. Exhibit Hall B.

10:00 am–12:00 pm

Propelling High-Impact Outcomes in Reproductive Biology: From Bench to Commercialization to Entrepreneur. Chair: Janice P. Evans, Ph.D. (John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA). Salons 2 & 3.

  • 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). Development of a High Impact Translational Research Program Within a Reproductive Health Care Program.
  • Daniel S. Johnston, Ph.D. (Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). Contraceptive Method Development Within the NIH: An Atypical Product Development Paradigm.

12:00–1:30 pm

Lunch Break.

Diversity Lunch Symposium—Supported by the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Chair: Olga Bolden-Tiller, Ph.D. (Tuskegee University, Tuskegee, Alabama, USA). Delaware Suite.

  • Vivian W. Pinn, M.D. (Fogarty International Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland, USA). The Intersection of Research on Reproduction and Diversity: Progress and Priorities.

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. Co-Chairs: Jennifer Wood, Ph.D. (University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Lincoln, Nebraska, USA) and Pancharatna Katti, Ph.D. (Karnatak University, Dharwad, India). Delaware Suite.

  • 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 Schulz, 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. Co-Chairs: Masahito Ikawa, Ph.D. (Osaka University, Suita, Osaka, Japan) and Stacia Prosser (New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA). Virginia Suite.

  • 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. Co-Chairs: Lois Salamonsen, Ph.D. (Hudson Insitute of Medical Research, Clayton, Victoria, Australia) and Shavahn Loux, Ph.D. (University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA). Salon 1.

  • 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 and Health. Co-Chairs: Claude Robert, Ph.D. (Université Laval, Montréal, Québec, Canada) and Yasmin Schuermann (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada). Salon 2.

  • 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.

Symposium 30. Regulation of Spermatogenesis. Co-Chair: Shosei Yoshida, Ph.D. (National Institute for Basic Biology, Okazaki, Japan) and Karl C. Kerns (University of Missouri-Columbia, Columbia, Missouri, USA). Salon 3.

  • 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.

3:15–3:45 pm

Break. Exhibit Hall B.

3:30–5:00 pm

Poster Session C. Exhibit Halls A & B.

Trainee Career Consultation Center.

5:00–5:10 pm

Short Break. Exhibit Hall B.

5:00–6:00 pm

Special Symposium: How To Be an Advocate for Your Lab. ←CANCELED

5:10–6:45 pm

Business Meeting, Trainee Awards Presentation and Closing Ceremony. Salon 1.

7:00 pm –12:30 am

Barbecue and Dance. Thurgood Marshall Ballroom.

Post-Meeting: Monday, 17 July 2017

8:00 am

SSR Board Meeting. McKinley Room.

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