SSR 2017 Pre-Meeting Technology Workshop

New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care

Invitation from the Co-Chairs

Johan Smitz, M.D., Ph.D. and  Benjamin K. Tsang, Ph.D.

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

On the occasion of the Golden Anniversary of the Society for the Study of Reproduction, and on behalf of President Janice Bailey and the Board of Directors, we invite you to the 2017 Pre-Meeting Technology Workshop: New and Emerging Technologies Transform Reproductive Health Care, to be held on Wednesday and Thursday, 12–13 July 2017, in the Palladian Room, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.

The Workshop Organizing Committee has developed an exciting program that will be scientifically innovative and clinically relevant. The scientific program exemplifies the success in and importance of multidisciplinary approaches in translating leading-edge discoveries at the bench to the clinic in order to improve human reproductive health.

This workshop will address new concepts of the etiology in reproductive failures resulting from dysregulated fertility and pregnancy complications, and reexamine current treatment paradigms. It will focus on cellular, molecular, and metabolic dysfunction in gametes and embryos, and the genetic and epigenetic consequences driven by altered metabolic and inflammatory states, as well as on changes in the ovarian and testicular microenvironment. New and emerging technologies in infertility diagnosis, and strategies in reducing treatment burden in human ART, will be highlighted by addressing the important question of whether and how best to treat the infertile subjects or treat their gametes.  A list of the confirmed speakers and topic of their presentations is provided hereafter.

The Workshop will interest clinicians, embryologists, andrologists, and nurses working in fertility centers, obstetrics and gynecology residents and fellows, reproductive biologists, and graduate and postdoctoral research trainees.

Registration fees–which include the welcome reception, breakfast, lunch, and refreshment breaks–are $125 (Trainees) and $250 (Non-Trainees).  A detailed workshop program can be found here.

To celebrate the SSR Golden Anniversary, participants of this workshop who are not SSR members but wish to attend the meeting on 13–16 July will be offered complementary 2017 SSR memberships, and be able to register as SSR members. Do take advantage of this special offer and join us for the outstanding meeting program.  Please register here.

For those not attending the meeting, a separate Technology Workshop-only registration form can be found here.

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC in July!

Speakers and Schedule

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

Palladian Room, Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC.

Wednesday, 12 July 2017 (5:00–​7:00 pm)

Mousa Shamonki, M.D. (UCLA, Los Angeles, California, USA)
Preimplantation Genetic Screening without Embryo Biopsy

Thursday, 13 July 2017 (7:00 am–​4:00 pm)

Buffet Breakfast: 7:00 am

Announcements: 7:30 am

Session 1: 7:45 am

Ellen Anckaert, Ph.D. (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium)
In Vitro Culture of Oocytes and DNA Methylation Reprogramming

Sarah Kimmins, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montreal, Canada)
The Sperm Epigenome and Paternal Preconception Health:A Perspective on Translational Research from Mice to Men

Session 2: 8:45 am

Chun Peng, Ph.D. (York University, Toronto, Canada)
MicroRNAs in the Pathogenesis of Preeclampsia

Surendra Sharma, M.D., Ph.D. (Women and Infants Hospital, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, USA)
Immune Programming of Gestational Diabetes Mellitus

Coffee Break: 9:45 am

Session 3: 10:00 am

John Peluso, Ph.D. (Unniversity of Connecticut, Storrs, Connecticut, USA)

Progesterone Receptor Membrane Component 1 as a Regulator of Female Fertility

Benjamin K. Tsang, Ph.D. (University of Ottawa & Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Canada)
Androgen and PCOS: Dysregulation at the Reproductive-Metabolic-Immunologic Interphase

Rebecca Robker, Ph.D. (University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia, Australia)
Altered Embryogenesis with Obesity, Aging, and ART

Buffet Lunch: 11:30 am

Session 4: 12:00 pm

Michael Large, Ph.D. (CooperGenomics, Houston, Texas, USA)
Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGS & PGD)

James Hayes, Ph.D. (Recombine, New York, New York, USA)
Preconception Carrier Screening

​Marc-Andre Sirard, Ph.D. (Laval University, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada)

IVF Cycle Failure: How Genomics Can Help Explain Individual Cases

Coffee Break: 1:30 pm

Session 5: 1:45 pm

Yoshi Morimoto, M.D., Ph.D. (IVF Japan, Osaka, Japan)
How Mitochondria Supplement Works in Unhealthy Oocytes

Johan Smitz, M.D., Ph.D. (Vrije Univesiteit Brussel, Brussels, Belgium)
IVM: A Way to Reduce the Burden of ART Treatment

Seang Lin Tan, M.B.B.S., M.B.A. (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada)
Natural IVF Combined with IVM as First-Line Treatment Instead of IUI

Closing Remarks: 3:15 pm

We hereby acknowledge and are most grateful for the generous pledged support of the following individuals and corporations:

Innovators ($100,000—$149,999)
Dr. Milton Leong, M.D.

Champions ($25,000—$49,999)
CooperSurgical
Ferring Pharmaceuticals
PacGenomics

Silver ($5,000—$7,499)
Dr. Chii-Ruey Tzeng, M.D.

    


 

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