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2011 Meeting

“Reproduction and the World’s Future”

44th Annual Meeting
of the
Society for the Study of Reproduction
31 July–4 August 2011
Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

The 44th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction is supported by Award Number U13 HD036658-14 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. The content is solely the responsibility of the organizers and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development or the National Institutes of Health.
The USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) provides sustaining program support of the SSR Annual Meeting and the USDA NIFA Travel Fellowships.

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President: Sally Perreault Darney, Ph.D.
(US EPA, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina)

Program Committee Chair: Jodi Anne Flaws, Ph.D.
(University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois)

Local Arrangements Committee Chair: Jon Hennebold, Ph.D.
(Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon)

Science Education Outreach Coordinator: Mary Zelinski, Ph.D.
(Oregon National Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon)


The 44th Annual Meeting of the Society will take place at the Oregon Convention Center (300 NE Multnomah St) in Portland, Oregon. Reflecting the city’s commitment to sustainable urban living and cultural innovation, the Oregon Convention Center is able to simultaneously provide an efficient and modern meeting space while adhering to the environmentally responsible practices that the city has pioneered. More information, including an introduction to Portland from the Local Arrangements Committee, is available on the Location page.


All submitted abstracts can be found here.

The SSR Program Committee welcomes late-breaking abstracts reporting new basic, clinical, or translational research findings concerning reproduction. You do not need to be a member of SSR to submit an abstract. There are no restrictions on species involved. For more information, please see the 2011 Late-Breaking Abstracts page. The late-breaking abstract submission deadline was 15 May 2011.

The deadline for submission of regular abstracts was 15 February 2011.


Pre-registration for the 2011 meeting is no longer available. Registration will be available on-site at the meeting. Registration forms received in the mail after 8 July will not be processed until the meeting starts in Portland. Please see the Registration page for details:

Important Visa News

The National Academies’ International Visitors Office is continuing to advise that all visa applicants apply at least 3 to 4 months in advance. Applicants are now experiencing delays greater than 3 months. Some consulates may have backlogs in scheduling visa interviews; applicants should first contact the consulate to find out how long the wait is for an interview. 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:

Additional visa information is available at the US Department of State, Bureau of Consular Affairs web site:

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.


For a summary of the topics and presenters scheduled for the 2011 meeting, please see the Scientific Sessions page:

Optional Events

Additional, optional events and items are available for registrants and guests (spouses/children/friends) of registrants. For descriptions of the various events, please see our Social Events page.


Download a PDF of the On-Site Newsletter for meeting updates (and be sure to follow @SSRepro on Twitter for up-to-the-minute news).


Reduced rates for meeting attendees have been arranged with two hotels near the convention center; please see the Accommodations page for details. Hotel reservations must be made by 10 July 2011 to receive the reduced SSR group rates.

Travel & Transportation

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

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 posters, invited talks (Plenary, Minisymposia), 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.

Minority Affairs Committee Activities

Please see our Minority Activities at the Annual Meeting page for information about travel grants available to minority trainees and junior faculty, the Minority Affairs Symposium, and the Minority Affairs Committee Exhibit.

Information for Exhibitors

SSR welcomes exhibitors to the 2011 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) and a pre-registration form can be found in the Meeting Prospectus:

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, sponsoring a social event or food and beverages, or providing meeting accessories, please contact the SSR Administrative Office:

SSR Administrative Office
1619 Monroe Street, Suite 3
Madison, WI  53711-2063
tel: 608-256-2777

SSR sincerely thanks the organizations that have provided support for the 2011 Annual Meeting:

Special Needs

The Oregon Convention Center is an ADA-approved, handicapped-accessible building. 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 Oregon 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 are able to participate fully in the meeting.

Other Information

Please see our Other Information page for information about:

Science Education Outreach Day

Volunteers: This year’s Outreach Day needs volunteers! The second annual SSR Science Education Outreach Day will be held on Friday, 29 July 2011 (just prior to the start of the SSR meeting on Sunday). We will take advantage of the unique proximity of the SSR meeting in Portland to the beautiful campus of the Oregon National Primate Research Center (ONPRC), where the activity will be held. Find out how you can help here.

Registration: Camp Monkey is open to middle school students (6–8th grade) from the Portland Metropolitan area. To register for Camp Monkey, you must complete an application form, audio-video release form, and parent/guardian consent form. You can find these forms here

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 for more information:

SSR Business Office
1619 Monroe Street, Suite 3
Madison, WI  53711-2063
tel: 608-256-2777