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Scientific Sessions

Keynote Address

State-of-the-Art Lectures

President’s Symposium: In Honor of the Research Career of Ryuzo Yanagimachi

Trainee Forum

Beyond the Bench: Exploring Career Opportunities and Striving for Success.

Minority Affairs Symposium

Patricia Martin-DeLeon, Ph.D. (University of Delaware, Newark, Delaware), Securing Our Place on the Map: Reprogramming the GPS in an Evolving Scientific Landscape.


A New Frontier in Ovarian Cellular Physiology: Ion Channels of Endocrine Ovarian Cells and Their Regulators

Chair: Artur Mayerhofer, M.D., Ph.D. (University of Munich, Munich, Germany).

Cell Fate Decisions in the Early Mammalian Embryo: Random or Biased?

Chair: Richard M. Schultz, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

Spermatogonial Renewal and Differentiation: Comparative Aspects

Chair: Tony M. Plant, Ph.D. (University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania).

Monitoring Cell-Cell Conversations in the Epididymis

Chair: Sylvie Breton, Ph.D. (Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts).

Novel Contraceptives for the 21st Century

Chair: Mary B. Zelinski, Ph.D. (Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon).

When Does Implantation Begin?

Chair: Bibhash C. Paria, Ph.D. (Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tennessee).

DNA Damage in Sperm and Effects on Offspring

Chair: Marvin L. Meistrich, Ph.D. (M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas).

Role of PTGS2 (COX2) and Arachidonic Acid/Prostaglandins in the Testis

Chair: Dale Buck Hales, Ph.D. (University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, Illinois).

Noncoding RNAs and Reproduction

Chair: Norman Hecht, Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).

Epigenetic Reprogramming of the Embryo

Chair: Mellissa Mann, Ph.D. (University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada).

Lymphocyte-Promoted Endometrial Angiogenesis and Its Relation to Pregnancy Success

Chair: Judith N. Bulmer, M.B. Ch.B., Ph.D. (University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Newcastle Upon Tyne, England).

Factors Affecting Oocyte Quality: A Large Animal Model

Chair: Anna T. Grazul-Bilska, Ph.D. (North Dakota State University, Fargo, North Dakota).

Effects and Mechanisms of Action of Environmental Endocrine Disruptors on Reproduction

Chair: Mehmet Uzumcu, D.V.M., Ph.D. (Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey).

Novel Insights into Gonadotropin Regulation

Chair: Daniel J. Bernard, Ph.D. (McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada).

Transcription Factors/Cell-Signaling Essential to Maintain the Niche in the Mammalian Testis

Chair: Ina Dobrinski, D.V.M., Ph.D. (University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine, Kennet Square, Pennsylvania).