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2012 Annual Meeting

Applied Reproductive Biology: Making It Relevant

SSR’s 45th Annual Meeting
The 18th Ovarian Workshop
12–15 August 2012
Hosted by the Center for Reproductive Biology and Health
The Pennsylvania State University
State College, Pennsylvania

The Penn State Alumni Center

President: Barbara C. Vanderhyden, Ph.D.
(Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada)

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

Ovarian Workshop Organizers: Bruce D. Murphy, Ph.D. (University of Montréal, Sainte-Hyacinthe, QC, Canada) and
Richard S. Legro, M.D. (The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania)

Local Arrangements Committee Chair: Joy L. Pate, Ph.D.
(The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania)

Science Education Outreach Coordinator: Francisco J. Diaz, Ph.D.
(The Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pennsylvania)

Funding for this conference was made possible [in part] by Grant 2 U13 HD 036658-14 from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD]. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Welcome from the 2012 Local Arrangements Commitee.

The Penn State LAC has even more information about your stay in central Pennsylvania. Read it now: Things to Do in State College. And of course, if you haven’t had a chance to read the original welcome from the 2012 Penn State LAC, make sure to do that too!


Abstract submissions for the 2012 are no longer being accepted.

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 2012 Late-Breaking Abstracts page. The late-breaking abstract submission deadline was 31 May 2012.

The deadline for submission of regular abstracts for the 2012 meeting was 1 March 2012.

A pre-publication PDF collection of the abstracts that were to be presented at the meeting is now available. Please note that not all abstracts in this PDF will appear in the final published Abstract Book.

You can also look up individual sessions at the meeting by title, presenter, keyword, and other criteria with the Online Itinerary Builder.


Registration for the 2012 meeting is no longer available. Please see the Registration page for details:

Important Visa News

The National Academies’ International Visitors Office advises that all visa applicants apply at least 3 to 4 months in advance of your travel date. 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 your preparations for the meeting as soon as possible.

All international visitors are required to have 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 for the 2012 meeting, please see the Scientific Sessions page.

Online Itinerary Builder

You can look up sessions at the meeting, and create and save your own individual itinerary for the meeting with the Online Itinerary Builder. Print out your itinerary for easy reference, or view it online with your mobile device during the meeting!

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 Special Events 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.

Invited Speaker Information

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

Presenter Information

Information for posters, invited talks, and platform presentations is now available on our Presentations page.

Exhibitor Information

SSR welcomes exhibitors to the 2012 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 2012 Annual Meeting:


Getting here may be slightly more challenging than to major convention centers, but once here, it is all going to be easy! Please see the Accommodations page for more details on accommodation options in State College.

Travel & Transportation

If you can, consider driving to State College. We are nestled in the heart of the Allegheny Mountains, and it is a gorgeous drive through the mountains to get here, from any direction! Really, we are not lying about this. For more information on travel to and transportation around State College, please see our Travel and Transportation page.


We won’t let you starve. You can get almost anything you want for breakfast in the commons (or your hotel). Those of you who are holding your stomachs and remembering dorm food from the dark ages when you were a student . . . forget about it! You will have plenty of options for breakfast. College Avenue and the HUB offers dozens of choices for lunch. For dinner, there are lots of restaurants, cafes, pubs and student-type beer establishments on College Avenue, which is a short walk from the Nittany Lion Inn and campus, and right across the street from the Eastview Dorms.

For an in-depth guide to good eats in State College, check out this site created by your State College LAC:

Other Information

If you want to explore the area, or if you find that you need to fly in early or out later, we will provide a list of things to do on campus and in the general area. If a number of attendees arrive early, we will plan some organized activities, such as a hike up Mt Nittany, golf, soccer, etc. There are things to do and we will be providing suggestions on the SSR website in the months ahead. Find out more about State College at our Information page.