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2007 Meeting

40th Annual Meeting
of the
Society for the Study of Reproduction
21–25 July 2007
Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter
San Antonio, Texas

Abstracts available online

All abstracts presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society are now available at the Biology of Reproduction web site:

Welcome to San Antonio for SSR’s 40th Meeting!

John R. McCarrey, Ph.D.
John R. McCarrey, Ph.D.
Chair, Local
Arrangements Committee

San Antonio is a great city for a meeting! It combines modern and convenient meeting facilities with immediate access to unique attractions, including the world-famous San Antonio Riverwalk, the historic Alamo, and an unlimited selection of multicultural restaurants and nearby attractions. All our scientific sessions will be held on the third floor of our host venue, the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel, allowing you to move quickly and easily among sessions. This hotel sits at the edge of the Riverwalk, lined with restaurants, bars, shops, and other attractions. Sampling the Mexican food alone will keep you well filled during your entire stay! The historic Alamo, only a few blocks from our hotel, is the “must-see” attraction in San Antonio. Our opening night reception will be held at the nearby Institute of Texan Cultures where the multicultural character of our city will be on display for all to see. A special optional excursion to the beautiful Texas Hill Country is planned for Monday evening. Finally, on Tuesday evening, our barbecue and dance will be held at historic Sunset Station, (the original train depot of the Southern Pacific Railroad), located just blocks from our hotel. With all of this at your fingertips, you should enjoy ample opportunity to learn about the latest developments in our field, catch up with old friends and new colleagues alike, and generally enjoy the unique character of San Antonio as much as those of us who live here year-round. Have a great time!

Call for Abstracts

Thank you to everyone who submitted an abstract for the 40th Annual Meeting of the SSR. The submission site is now closed. Notices regarding acceptance of abstracts and program assignments will be sent via email no later than 13 April 2007. Notice of acceptance and program assignment must accompany applications for travel grants from the Larry Ewing Trainee Travel Fund.


Information for both Poster and Platform presentations are now available on our Presentations page.

Information for Invited Speakers

Information for invited speakers at the 40th Annual Meeting will be emailed directly to them. Questions may be addressed to Gwen Abramson at

Meeting Schedule

An online itinerary is also available:

Program Book

PDF copies of the Program Book are available for downloading:

Registration Information

The 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction will take place 21–25 July 2007, at the Marriott Rivercenter Hotel and Conference Center in San Antonio, Texas, a city that captures the spirit of the Lone Star State. Visit to learn more about what San Antonio has to offer.

Online registration is now closed. Registration will be available on site.

Payment of registration fees is required to participate in the meeting. Registration covers attendance at all scientific sessions, the Opening Reception on Saturday 21 July, continental breakfasts, refreshment breaks, and a meeting portfolio. Registration fees are discounted for SSR members and for early payment. Each nonmember trainee registrant must submit his/her mentor’s signature to qualify for the trainee/student rate. If you have a question about SSR membership or about the status of your membership in SSR, please contact the Business Office (tel: 608-256-2777; fax: 608-256-4610; email:

Registration is considered complete when payment is received and processed by the SSR Business Office. Registration payment options are as follows:

Purchase orders are not accepted as payment. Registration rates are as follows:


     by 8 June*    after 8 June
SSR Regular or Associate members
SSR Trainee members
Nonmember Trainees

*to be eligible for the early-registration discount, payment must be received by the SSR Business Office by 8 June.

nonmember trainees must submit a signed statement from their major professor or mentor to qualify for the trainee discount.

Confirmation and Receipts

Pre-registration will be confirmed by email for those registrants who provide an email address. At the meeting, registration packets will be distributed at the SSR’s Registration Desk, on the third floor of the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter. The registration packet will contain a receipt of payment, name badge, and tickets for special purchases.

On-Site Registration

The SSR registration desk, located on the third floor of the Marriott San Antonio Rivercenter, will be open during the following hours:

Saturday 21 July:    9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.   
Sunday 22 July:     7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.   
Monday 23 July:    7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.   
Tuesday 24 July:     7:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.   
Wednesday 25 July:     7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m.   

Cancellation Policy

Full refunds will be issued for cancellations received in writing on or before 6 July 2007. Cancellations received after 6 July and before 20 July will be subject to a service charge of US $75.00. No refund will be issued for cancellations received after 20 July 2007. Refunds will be issued within four weeks after the Annual Meeting.


SSR has negotiated a special rate for meeting attendees at the Marriott Rivercenter (101 Bowie Street in San Antonio), the sole official headquarters hotel and site of the 2007 Annual Meeting. It is located on the Riverwalk, within close proximity to many restaurants, shops, and historic sites. Each sleeping room features cable television with free HBO, hairdryer, iron, work desk, and complimentary coffee and newspaper. We strongly suggest that you reserve your room as soon as possible.Please visit the links below for more information about reservations at the Marriott Rivercenter.

IMPORTANT: When making a reservation, please identify yourself as being with the SSR group and use the group code indicated to receive the special rate:

Overflow Hotel

Please use the following Group Convention Codes, depending on which category applies to you:

Group Convention Code

Trainees must present their student ID at check-in to receive the trainee rate. Should you not have a student ID card, the SSR Business Office will provide each hotel with a list of trainee attendees.

If you have questions regarding the hotel or the reservation process, you may email the business office at


For information about transportation from the San Antonio International Airport and around downtown San Antonio, please see our Transportation page, which covers bus, taxi, car rental services, and parking.

Customs, Immigration, and Visas

All international visitors require a valid passport, and some visitors may need a tourist visa. Please consult the embassy or consulate in your own country well in advance of travel to ensure that the appropriate documentation is obtained. We encourage foreign scientists planning to attend the SSR Annual Meeting to apply for a visa as early as possible and pay careful attention to US State Department guidance in this matter. The web site of the US National Academies contains very useful information on “Traveling to the United States”:

The SSR Office will provide letters of invitation to assist meeting participants in making travel arrangements. If you need a letter of invitation to the SSR Annual Meeting, please contact the SSR Business Office (

Trainee Information

A separate page of Meeting Information for Trainees is now available. It contains information about:

Travel Grants and Awards

A number of grants and awards are available to trainees who plan to attend the Annual Meeting. Please see the Meeting Information for Trainees page.

Minority Activities

Please see our Minority Activities page for information about the Minority Affairs Committee, the Minority Affairs symposiums, and travel grants available to underrepresented minority trainees and junior faculty.

Social Events

In addition to the scientific program, a variety of social events will be available to Meeting participants. More information is available on the Social Events page.

Information for Exhibitors

Commercial exhibits will be located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer of the Marriott Rivercenter. Exhibits will be open following hours:

Sunday 22 July: 2:30 p.m.–4:45 p.m.
Monday 23 July: 7:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Tuesday 24 July: 7:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 25 July: 7:15 a.m.–10:00 a.m.
4:00 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
other times by appointment

Information for Exhibitors can be found in the Exhibitor Prospectus (.pdf document).


If you would like to exhibit at the 40th Annual Meeting of the SSR, please contact Gwen Abramson at

Corporate Sponsorship

SSR is seeking sponsors for scientific sessions, social events, general program support, and exhibitions. Join us at this exciting meeting and confirm your corporate commitment to the highest standards of research in reproductive biology.

Sponsors will be recognized in all announcements for the meeting, in the program, and on prominently displayed signs outside the meeting and event rooms. Vendors will have face-to-face contact with the people who have the purchasing authority for products and services. Please know that we will be happy to work with you should you wish to sponsor an event, bring an exhibit, or send materials to our annual meeting this summer. For details contact the SSR Business Office:

SSR Business Office
1619 Monroe St
Madison, WI  53711-2063
tel: (608) 256-2777

Special Needs

Please contact the SSR Business Office at (608) 256-2777 or onsite at the Registration Area if you require assistance getting to or from any of the sessions or events, or need special dietary or physical accommodation at any of the events or sessions. SSR is happy to accommodate any attendee who needs assistance to ensure that all attendees are able to participate in the meeting.

San Antonio’s Riverwalk District is handicap accessible. Please visit on the San Antonio Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site for a detailed accessibility map.

Those who have food allergies should advise the SSR Administration Office by email to


Please see our Maps page for downloadable maps of San Antonio and the Marriott Rivercenter.

Other Information

Please see our Other Information page for information about:


For information about the 40th Annual Meeting’s Accreditation status, please see the Accreditation page.

Press Relations and News Coverage

The Society encourages news coverage of the meeting and will assist participants and the media in reporting current research discoveries in the reproductive sciences. Please contact the SSR Business Office, 1619 Monroe Street, Madison, WI  53711-2063, (tel: 608-256-2777; email: for more information.