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2009 Meeting

42nd Annual Meeting
of the
Society for the Study of Reproduction
“Science for the Public Good”
18–22 July 2009
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

David L Lawrence Convention Center

President: Asgerally T. Fazleabas, Ph.D.
(University of Illinois College of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois)

Chair of Program Committee: Patricia A. Hunt, Ph.D.
(Washington State University, Pullman, Washington)

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


The 42nd Annual Meeting of the Society will take place at the beautiful David L. Lawrence Convention Center (1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd), in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The convention center is located in the hub of Pittsburgh’s cultural, business, and entertainment district, with beautiful views of the city and Allegheny River. The Center is the first and largest certified “green” convention center in the world.


Pre-registration for the 2009 meeting is now closed. On-site registration will be available at the meeting; please see the Registration page for details:

Important Visa News

The National Academies' International Visitors Office is currently advising that all visa applicants apply at least 3 to 4 months in advance. Applicants are now experiencing delays greater than 3 months and the State Department is no longer accepting information about cases from the Academies that are under 60 days. Please make all your preparations for the meeting as soon as possible.

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 for scientists traveling to the United States:

Letters of Invitation

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, you may request one from the SSR Business Office ( Please be sure to tell us your full mailing address so that we may properly format your letter.


Abstracts of posters and talks to be presented at the meeting are now available.



Special rates for meeting attendees have been arranged with nearby hotels; please see the Accommodations page for details. Hotel reservations must be made by 16 June 2009 to receive the reduced SSR group rate.

Travel & Transportation

For information on travel to and transportation in Pittsburgh, please see our Travel and Transportation page.

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.

Minority Activities

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

Information for Invited Speakers

Annual Meeting Invited Speakers (see the Scientific Program) should see the Invited Speakers page for up-to-the-minute information about their presentations.

Information for Presenters

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

Information for Trainees

Trainees (both members and nonmembers) should see our page of Trainee Meeting Information for up-to-date information about special trainee events, opportunities, and funding.

Useful information for trainees, both meeting-bound and not, can also be found at the Society’s Trainee Affairs page.

Information for Exhibitors

SSR welcomes exhibitors to the 2009 Annual Meeting. 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. Information for Exhibitors (including prices) can be found in the Meeting Prospectus.

Commercial exhibits will be located next to the Poster Area, in Exhibit Hall C, on the second floor of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Exhibit times will coincide with the Opening Reception, from 6:30–8:30 pm on Saturday, with Poster Sessions, from 7:30–10:00 am on Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday, and optionally, with afternoon breaks, from 3:30–4:00 pm on Sunday, 4:30–5:00 pm on Monday, and 3:30–4:00 pm on Tuesday. Exhibitors are free to make individual appointments for other times during the meeting.

Support & Sponsorship

SSR actively seeks educational grants for scientific sessions, social events, and general program support. Meeting support is recognized in all announcements for the meeting, in the program book, and on prominently displayed signs outside the meeting and event rooms. We will be happy to work with everyone who wishes to support an event, bring an exhibit, or send materials to this or future Annual Meetings.

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 see the Meeting Prospectus or contact:

If you have questions that are not answered in the prospectus, please contact the SSR Administrative Office, 1619 Monroe Street, Madison, WI  53711-2063 (tel: 608-256-2777; email:

SSR sincerely thanks the organizations that provided support for the 2009 Annual Meeting:

Special Needs

Please contact the SSR Administrative Office prior to the meeting if you require special dietary or physical accommodations at the meeting, or if you require assistance getting to or from sessions/events. On-site, at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, please visit the Registration Desk to notify staff of special needs. SSR is pleased to accommodate any attendee who needs assistance to ensure that all attendees are able to participate in the meeting.

Other Information

Please see our Other Information page for information about:

Press Relations & 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.