SSR 2018 Annual Meeting

Pathways to Discovery–Signals for Reproduction, Development, and Longevity


Photo credit: Pat Garin

51st Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction
10–13 July 2018
Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana

SSR 2018: Welcome from the Program Co-Chairs and President

Hey SSR! Start your planning to attend the 51st SSR Annual Meeting, 10–13 July 2018, at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting’s theme, “Pathways to Discovery: Signals for Reproduction, Development, and Longevity,” will have an outstanding series of plenary presentations, including talks on nuclear receptors, mitochondrial function, and longevity and the microbiome, with a focus on the various ways in which physiologic and pathologic signals regulate reproductive processes. State-of-the-Art talks will explore pathways used by stem cells for spermatogenesis and embryonic development. The Program Chairs for the 2018 meeting are Moira O’Bryan (moira.obryan@monash.edu) and Bo Rueda (brueda@partners.org). See below for more information regarding the program being put together Please contact Moira or Bo with your ideas for the scientific program.

– John S. Davis, SSR President

Make plans to now attend the 51st SSR meeting!

New Orleans is an amazing venue with a festive atmosphere like no other. We promise a truly exciting program for the 51st SSR Annual Meeting. The meeting’s theme is “Pathways to Discovery: Signals for Reproduction, Development, and Longevity.” The plenary presentations held in the afternoons will range from the ethics of developing reproductive technologies to what’s new in receptor signaling, mitochondrial function, longevity and the microbiome, with an emphasis on the various ways in which physiologic and pathologic signals regulate reproductive processes. 

The meeting begins on the 10th of July with plenary sessions and the opening ceremony.  Concurrent focus sessions will follow morning poster sessions, on the 11th, 12th, and 13th. Each focus session will combine two 30-minute invited presentations, as well as two 15-minute presentations and two 2-minute flash talks selected from submitted abstracts. The Program Committee, working with recommendations from Society membership, has chosen focus session speakers who will present their cutting-edge research on a wide range of topics in reproductive biology. We encourage you to submit your abstracts, keeping in mind the abbreviated list of topics below, which reflect many of the broad interests of our Members:

  • The Consequences of Abnormal Hormone Signaling
  • Immune Signaling Associated with Implantation and Pregnancy
  • New Frontiers in the Genetics of Fertility
  • New Insights into Hypothalamic and Pituitary Function
  • Signaling in Sperm Guidance
  • Immune Signaling Associated with Gynecologic Pathologies
  • The Cutting Edge of Male Meiosis
  • Novel Signaling Pathways Contributing to the Pathobiology of Ovarian Tumors
  • Uterine Signaling: It’s Not Always as Simple as It Appears….
  • Determining the Functional Significance of Key Pathways Contributing to Maintaining Ovarian Reserve
  • Mechanisms Regulating Oocyte Development
  • Signaling Pathways Regulating Granulosa Cell Differentiation
  • New Frontiers in the Uterus

(Please note: the proposed titles of focus sessions may change as sessions are finalized and speakers are confirmed)

Lots of activities are being planned for our Trainees, including the traditional Trainee-Mentor Luncheon, Trainee Forum (Treading Thoughtfully through the Career Transitional Path: Navigating Successfully from Grad to Postdoc to Academia or Industry”), Heritage Luncheon, and opportunities for short talks. For more details, please see the SSR website.

An Ovarian Workshop on “Ovarian Aging: Underlying Mechanisms and the Role of Environmental Factors” will precede the SSR 2018 meeting. In this workshop, leading scientists from academia and industry will provide updates on cutting-edge research in the field and offer stimulating discussions to Trainees from a variety of disciplines.

Make plans to join us in July!

— Moira O’Bryan (moira.obryan@monash.edu) and Bo Rueda (brueda@mgh.harvard.edu), 2018 SSR Program Co-Chairs

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