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2008 Meeting

41st Annual Meeting
of the
Society for the Study of Reproduction
“Reproductive Biology: Basic Discoveries That Affect Our Lives”
27–30 May 2008
Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii


Abstract Submission

The abstract submission site for the 2008 SSR Annual Meeting is now closed.


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



The on-site SSR Program Book is available online in PDF format:


The 41st Annual Meeting of the Society will take place on the big island of Hawaii, at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort and Spa. The resort is located on the dramatic lava shore of Hawaii’s Kona Coast. Giant manta rays feed in the surf below the Sheraton’s crystal Blue Terrace. Sip fresh Kona coffee, visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, hike through the Waipio Valley, play golf on the Kohala Coast, and enjoy Hawaiian entertainment, culture & cuisine.

Steve and Monika’s Hawai’i

SSR members Steve and Monika Ward have graciously consented to write a four-part personal travelogue about the island state they live in. Each month they will highlight one of the four big islands: the Big Island, Maui, Oahu, and Kauai.


Photos of the site taken by Doug Stocco, SSR President, and Joy Pate, Chair of the WCRB Organizing Commitee during a visit in September 2007 are available at:


The above slide show is a compilation of photographs taken by your SSR leadership while on tour of the site for the 2008 Annual Meeting. In spite of the breathtaking views, stunning close-ups, humorous moments, and smiling faces you see on these images, please be aware that no enjoyment was experienced by those behind or in front of the camera for the duration of the site visit.

Registration and Fees

Online registration for the 2008 Annual Meeting is no longer available; registration will be available onsite at the meeting.

This year, your meeting badge is your pass to all events included in the registration fees. Registration fees for the meeting cover attendance at all scientific sessions, continental breakfasts, lunches, morning and afternoon coffee breaks, and the opening reception.

If you have a guest or guests whom you would like to invite to the opening reception, or if you would like your guest(s) to participate in both the Opening Reception and continental breakfasts, you may purchase either of these options on the online registration form.

Optional social events (Luau on Monday evening, 26 May, and Barbecue and Dance on Thursday evening, 29 May) are not covered by the registration fee.

Registration payments received after 4 April will be subject to a $100 late payment surcharge.


  by 4 April after 4 April
SSR Regular or Associate members $710 $810
SSR Trainee members $610 $710
SSR Emeritus Members $285 $385
Nonmembers $810 $910
Nonmember Trainees $710 $810

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

Pre-registration Period

Pre-registration for the Meeting will end 2 May. On-site registration will be available at the meeting.


Full refunds will be issued for cancellations received in writing on or before 13 May 2008. Cancellations received after 13 May and before 27 May will be subject to a service charge of US $75.00. No refund will be issued for cancellations after 27 May 2008. Refunds will be issued within four weeks after the Annual Meeting.

Social Events

Kamaha’o Luau Dinner & Show

Tickets to the Kamaha’o Luau Dinner & Show, "The Wondrous Myths of Hawaii" by Ka’ike Productions, are available for purchase as an optional event on the online registration form. The luau and show will take place Monday night, 26 May 2008, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. Tickets are $70 each.

Opening Reception

The SSR Opening Reception will take place Tuesday night, 27 May 2008, from 6:45 to 8:00 pm, at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. This year admission to the Opening Reception is included in the registration fee. Those attendees who would like to invite a guest or guests may purchase tickets for the Opening Reception when they use the online registration form. Tickets are $30 each.

Barbecue & Dance

The Barbecue & Dance will take place on Thursday night, 29 May 2008, from 5:30 pm to midnight, at the Sheraton Keauhou Bay Resort & Spa. Tickets for this event are available for $65 each on the online registration form.


For information about accommodations in Kailua-Kona, please see our Accommodations page.

Travel and Transportation

For information on airfare discounts to Hawai’i and transportation on the Big Island, please see our Travel and Transportation page.

Trainee Information

Information about the Meeting of special interest to Trainees can be found on the Trainee Meeting Information 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.


SSR welcomes exhibitors to the 2008 Annual Meeting in beautiful Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Exhibits represent an invaluable opportunity to network and conduct business with scientists, medical and veterinary physicians, and graduate students specializing in reproductive biology and research.

To obtain a commercial exhibitor pre-registration form, please click on the following link:

Once you have completed the form, you may fax it to the SSR office at: 608.256.4610. Please send it to the attention of Gwen Abramson.

Exhibit location will be based on the final number of exhibitors and will be determined at a later date. Please check this website for further updates.

If you have questions, please contact:

Gwen Abramson

Support & Sponsorship

If you or your organization are interested in providing financial support to the SSR scientific program, or in sponsoring a social event, meeting accessories, food and beverages, or something similar, please contact:

Gwen Abramson

Ancillary Meetings

World Congress on Reproductive Biology (WCRB)

The 41st Annual Meeting with be held in conjunction with, and on the same site as, the inaugural World Congress on Reproductive Biology (WCRB). The Congress is jointly sponsored by four sister societies―the SSR, the Australian Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB), the United Kingdom Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF), and the Japanese Society for Animal Reproduction (JSAR). The organizing committee for the WCRB is chaired by Joy Pate, and the program is being generated through the efforts of the sponsoring societies. The WCRB will be held 24–26 May 2008, and the SSR meeting, 27–30 May 2008. We greatly encourage all of our members to attend both of these meetings; each will be a unique event and the combination of the two promises rich scientific, cultural, and social experiences.

5th International Conference on Relaxin and Related Peptides

The Fifth International Conference on “Relaxin and Related Peptides” will be held on 18–23 May 2008 at the Sheraton Maui Resort on the island of Maui, Hawaii, USA. The scientific program for Relaxin 2008 consists of international researchers with their focus on relaxin, the relaxin-like peptides, their receptors and actions. The program will be organized by topics and posters, which will be structured around both invited speakers and oral presentations of selected, high quality submitted abstracts. Special efforts are being made to keep the costs of this conference as low as possible. This is to allow as many younger investigators as possible to attend.

Invited Speakers

Keynote Speaker

President’s Symposium

In recognition of the research career of Ryuzo Yanagimachi, Ph.D. (University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii) More info

State-of-the-Art Lectures