Annual Meeting

Schedule At-A-Glance

Thursday, July 18, 2019

NICHD Pre-Meeting Workshop
(Sponsored by the NICHD)– 10:00AM-11:30 AM

Topic: "NIH Support for Typical and Non-typical Career Trajectories: Getting to Where You Want to Be”

This session will explore NIH funding mechanisms in support of the typical post-doc to faculty pathway, as well as other types of post-post-doc career trajectories, and how NIH support can factor in.

Stuart Moss and Susan Taymans, program officers in the Fertility and Infertility Branch of NICHD, will give brief overviews of NIH funding mechanisms, including some lesser known ones, to support scientists on their own road to an independent science career. The session will also feature presentations from scientists with a variety of career pathways, from the “traditional path” to research intensive faculty (with some interesting stops along the way), to less typical paths such as non-research-intensive faculty, industry, and policy. Speakers will talk about their challenges and successes in obtaining NIH funding in light of their strategies for career development, and how the realities of life and family interact. Following the presentations, there will be a Q and A session with the whole panel.


Pre-Meeting Media Training Workshop – 10:00AM-12:00PM
(Made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

Does speaking with the media make you break out in a cold sweat? 

This two-hour presentation will provide practical interview best practices techniques and tips you can begin using immediately.   Learn the basics of how to communicate with confidence, control and credibility in a media interview.

  • Learn how to organize your media messages to tell your story
  • How to prepare for an interview and get ready for any question
  • Understand what the media wants and how to engage
  • Speak in a way that is quotable

Sign-up today for this free workshop and learn new skills that can be used every day in business and life.  First come, first serve

Trainee Forum - 12:30PM - 2:00PM

“Careers in The Sciences: What You Can Do with A PhD”

This year’s Trainee Forum will consist of a brief introduction by each panel member describing their path from graduate school to their current positions followed by a question and answer session from trainees.

Genevieve Wortzman-Show, PhD: Associate Director, Medical Affairs at Regeneron

Matt Show. PhD, JD: Intellectual Property Counsel at DuPont Industrial Biosciences

Vanessa Ridaura, PhD: Genomics Scientist at Verily

Maxim Schillebeeckx, PhD: Business development and product development of molecular diagnostics at Guardant Health

Jonah Cool, PhD: Program manager and scientist at Chan Zuckerburg Initiative

Opening Ceremonies
- 3:30PM - 5:15PM

BOR Awards

SSR New Investigator Award: 
2019 Recipient 
Francesca E. Duncan, PhD

Assistant Professor
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois

Keynote Lecture:
Diana Bianchi, MD 
Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, USA


Lecture: "Found in Translation: Insights Regarding Fetal, Maternal and Placental Biology from Clinical Implementation of Cell-Free DNA Sequencing”

Opening Reception- 5:30PM - 7:30PM
Location: San Jose Marriott  

Friday, July 19, 2019

Poster Session A
8:00 AM – 10:00 AM

Flash Talks A 8:00AM-8:30AM

Break - 10:00AM – 10:30AM

Focus Sessions AM- 10:30AM-12:00PM

Session 1 - Maladaptive Responses to Environmental Exposures
Senior Co-Chair: Krista McCoy, PhD, East Carolina University, USA
Frank (Skip) Bartol, PhD
Auburn University, USA
The Maternal Lactocrine Continuum Programming Uterine Capacity”
Almudena Veiga Lopez, PhD
Michigan State University, USA
Maternal programming of fetal development via endocrine disruptors”
Session 2 - William Hansel Ovarian Biology Symposium: New Models of PCOS
Senior Co-Chair: Hugh Clarke, PhD, McGill University Health Centre, Canada
Teresa Woodruff, PhD - ASRM-SSR Exchange Lecture
Northwestern University, USA
"Engineering Reproduction"

Annie Newell-Fugate, PhD
Texas A&M University, USA
PCOS and Metabolic Dysfunction: Is It All About Androgens?
Session 3- Advances in Regenerative Medicine
Senior Co-Chair: Amander Clark, PhD, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Alessandro Prigione, PhD
Max Delbruck Berlin, Germany
“iPSCs in Mitochondrial Medicine”
Diana Laird, PhD
University of California San Francisco, USA
“Lineage and Heterogeneity in Primordial Germ Cells”
Session 4 - Making Good Sperm
Senior Co-Chair: Rich Cardullo, PhD, University of California Riverside, USA
Tomer Avidor-Reiss, PhD
University of Toledo, USA
“The Atypical Centriole of the Sperm”
Heidi Fisher, PhD
University of Maryland, USa
“The Evolution of Cooperative Sperm in Peromyscus Mice”
Session 5- Programming Reproductive Organ Development
Senior Co-Chair: Tony DeFalco, PhD, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

Dagmar Wilhelm, PhD
The University of Melbourne, Australia
“New Insights into Ovarian Development and Function”
Blanche Capel, PhD
Duke University Medical Center, USA
“The Battle of The Sexes:  Setting the Gonad on The Male Trajectory”


Break - 12:00PM-1:30PM

Diversity Symposium Lunch – 12:15PM-1:15PM

Keynote Speaker:


Renee Reijo Pera, PhD
Vice President of Research and Economic Development
Montana State University, USA

Trainee Research Award Platform Competition – 1:30PM – 3:00PM

Break -  3:00PM-3:30PM

Dr. Kwang Yul Cha Symposium on Regenerative Medicine Session 3:30PM-5:30PM

          Keynote Lecture:

Alejandro Sanchez-Alvarado, PhD
Stowers Institute, USA


Lecture: “Understanding the Source of Reproductive Plasticity in Planarians”
Carl G. Hartman Award
2019 Recipient 
Marilyn Renfree AO, FAA, FAIBiol, FSRB, PhD, D.Sc. D.Sc (Hon.) LLD (Hon.)

University of Melbourne, Australia


Keynote Lecture:
Matthew Porteus, MD
Stanford University, USA


          Lecture: “Genome Editing in Humans: Where Are We and Should
          There Be Limits?”

Saturday, July 20, 2019

WinRS Breakfast/Subcommittee Meeting
– 7:00AM-8:00AM

Topic: “Overcoming Impostor Syndrome”


Dr. Zelieann Craig                             
University of Arizona                         
Dr. Ping Xia
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Dr. Kate Loveland
Hudson Institute of Medical Research

Dr. Janice Bailey 
Scientific Director
Québec Research Funds for Nature and Technologies

Poster Session B

Flash Talks B – 8:00AM -8:30AM

Break 10:00AM – 10:30AM

Focus Sessions AM - 10:30AM-12:00PM

Session 6 - Placental Adaptations to Adversity

Senior Co-Chair: Alina Maloyan, PhD Oregon Health Sciences University, USA
Michael Satterfield, PhD
Texas A&M University, USA
Tu'uhevah Kaitu’u-Lino, PhD - SRB – SSR Exchange Lecture
The University of Melbourne, Australia
“New Diagnostics for Pregnancy Complications”
Session 7 - Reproductive Aging
Senior Co-Chair: Francesca Duncan, PhD, Northwestern University, USA
Ned Place, PhD, MD
Cornell University, USA
"Developmental Mechanisms for Protracted Female Fertility: Insights from the Naked Mole-Rat"
Michele Pritchard, PhD
University of Kansas Medical Center, USA
The Conversion of A Homeostatic To Reactive Matrix: Hyaluronan And The Aging Ovarian Stroma
Session 8 - Editing the Germ Line and Genome
Senior Co-Chair: Joao Ramalho-Santos, PhD, University of Coimbra, Portugal
Kimberly Cooper, PhD
University of California San Diego, USA
“How CRISPR/Cas9 'Gene Drive' Technology in Laboratory Mice Could Make the Impossible
Erika Sasaki, PhD
Keio University School of Medicine, Japan
"Editing The Non-Human Primate Genome"
Session 9 - Becoming Haploid
Senior Co-Chair: Andy Childs, PhD, Imperial College London, UK
Takashi Akera, PhD
University of Pennsylvania, USA
“Molecular and Evolutionary Strategies of Meiotic Cheating by Selfish Elements”
Ewelina Bolcun-Filas, PhD
Jackson Laboratory, USA
“Phenotypic Variation in Female Reproductive Parameters in Genetically Diverse Mice:
Window to Understand Human Infertility”
Session 10 - The Virendra B. Mahesh Neuroendocrine Session: Neuroendocrine Control of Metabolism
Senior Co-Chair: Djurdjica Coss, PhD, University of California Riverside, USA
Jennifer Hill, PhD
University of Toledo, USA
“Conflicting Desires: A POMC Switch for Breeding and Feeding”
Rebecca Campbell, PhD
           University of Otago, New Zealand
           "Dissecting the Brain Mechanisms Underpinning PCOS"

Break 12:00PM-1:30PM
Trainee Mentor Lunch - 12:15PM-1:15PM
Focus Session PM - 1:30PM-3:00PM
Session 11 - Signals Regulating Implantation
Senior Co-Chair: Indrani Bagchi, PhD, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
Tom Spencer, PhD
University of Missouri, USA
“Comparative Insights into How Uterine Glands Function in Pregnancy Establishment”
Pat Lonergan, PhD
University College Dublin, Ireland
“Embryo-Maternal Interaction Prior To Implantation in Cattle”
Session 12 - The John J. Eppig Session: Modulation of Oocyte Growth
Senior Co-Chair: Richard Schultz, PhD, University of California Davis, USA
Stephanie Pangas, PhD
Baylor College, USA
“Wrestling with Reproduction: The Critical Roles of Protein Sumoylation In Oocyte Development”
Guang Hu, PhD
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, USA
“Post-Transcriptional Regulation of Germ Cell Development”
Session 13 - Genomic Insights into Reproductive Success
Senior Co-Chair: Mary Ann Handel, PhD, Jackson Laboratories, USA
Pierre Ray, PhD
CHU-Grenoble Alpes, France
“Genomic Insights into Reproductive Success”
Rima Slim, PhD
McGill University, Canada
“Genes and Mechanism of Androgenetic Hydatidiform Moles: An Answer to A 40-Year Old Question”
Session 14 - In and Out of the Testis Through the Blood-Testis Barrier
Senior Co-Chair: Jannette Dufour, PhD, Texas Tech University Health Science Center, USA
Kenneth Tung, PhD
University of Virginia, USA
“Sperm and Cancer/Testis Antigens Egress Mouse Testes To Maintain Immune Protection”

Yan Cheng, PhD
Population Council, USA
“Use of Endogenously Produced BTB Modifiers to Enhance Efficacy of Non-Hormonal Male Contraceptives”
Session 15 - Alternative Instructions: Rewiring Reproductive Cancers
Senior Co-Chair: Kanako Hayashi, PhD, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, USA
Ken Nephew, PhD
Indiana University, USA
“Epigenetic Rewiring of Ovarian Cancer for Cancer Therapy”
Julie Kim, PhD
Northwestern University, USA
“Tackling Endometrial Cancer:  A New Frontier”


Break 3:00PM – 3:30PM

Plenary Session

Keynote Speaker:
Gavin Kelsey, PhD
The Babraham Institute, UK


Lecture: “Single-Cell Sequencing Reveals Genetic and Dietary Influences On The Oocyte Epigenome”
SSR Research Award
2019 Recipient
Humphrey Yao, PhD

Principal Investigator
Reproductive Developmental Biology Lab

Jansen SSR Distinguish Service Award
2019 Recipient
Sally Perreault Darney, PhD

Environmental Health Perspectives

Keynote Speaker:
Kathy Niakan, PhD
The Francis Crick Institute, UK

 “Regulation of Differentiation During Human Preimplantation Embryo Development”

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Breakfast Workshop
7:00AM-8:00 AM
(Made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)
Topic: “Tailoring Research for Contraceptive Research & Development”

Fun Run – 6:00AM-8:00AM

Poster Session C – 8:00AM – 10:00AM

Break 10:00AM-10:30AM

Focus Sessions AM – 10:30AM-12:00PM

Session 16 - SRI-SSR Exchange Lectures: Novel Mechanisms Regulating Parturition
Senior Co-Chair: Deborah Sloboda, PhD, McMaster University, Canada
Jerry Strauss, PhD
Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
“Gene x Environment Interactions and Preterm Birth”

Mark Phillippe, MD, MHCM
Harvard University, USA
“Pregnancy Length, Parturition and the Telomere Gestational Clock”

Session 17 - Impact of Climate Change on Reproduction

Senior Co-Chair: Janice Bailey, PhD, Université Laval, Canada
Peter Dutton, PhD
National Marine Fisheries Service, USA
“Temperature-Dependent Sex Determination in Marine Turtles: Is the Future Female”
Jason Ross, PhD
Iowa State University, USA
“Physiological Mechanisms Through Which Heat Stress Compromises Reproduction in Pigs”
Session 18 - RNA Modifications in Reproduction
Senior Co-Chair: Sue Hammoud, PhD, University of Michigan, USA
Qi Chen, MD, PhD 

University of California, Riverside, USA
“Sperm RNA Code: How Many More Secrets?”

Marcos Morgan, PhD
University of Edinburgh, UK
“Role of RNA Uridylation In Germ Line Differentiation”

Session 19 - Reproductive Tract Modulation of Sperm Function
Senior Co-Chair: Rebecca Krisher, PhD, Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, USA
Wipawee Winuthayanon, PhD
Washington State University, USA
Disruption of Semen Liquefaction in the Female Reproductive Tract: A Potential Novel Contraceptive”
Patricia Martin-DeLeon, PhD
University of Delaware
“The Role of Extracellular Vesicles in the Female Reproductive Tract”
Session 20 - Mechanisms of Early Embryo Development
Senior Co-Chair: Pete Hansen, PhD, University of Florida, USA
Pablo J Ross, PhD
University of California Davis, USA
“Transcriptional and Epigenetic Reprogramming During Bovine Preimplantation Development”
Shawn Chavez, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University, USA
“Investigating Embryonic Chromosomal Instability in Preimplantation Development”
Break 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Heritage Lunch – 12:15PM-1:15PM
Speaker:  Kelly Mayo, PhD, Northwestern University, USA
The Heritage Lunch will honor the life and achievements of Dr. Neena Schwartz
Focus Sessions PM 1:30PM – 3:00PM
Session 21 - Metabolic Drivers of Heritable Phenotypes
Senior Co-Chair: Justin St. John, PhD, Hudson Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Deborah Sloboda, PhD - Canadian Fertility & Andrology Society Exchange Lecture
McMaster University, Canada
“Maternal Microbial and Metabolic Impacts on Fetal and Placental Development”

Roger Sturmey, PhD
The Hull York Medical School, UK
"Metabolic Induction of Epigenetic Modifications in Early Embryos"
Session 22 - Ovarian Conversations
Senior Co-Chair: Claude Robert, PhD, Université Laval, Canada
Jon Hennebold, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University, USA
“Progesterone Receptor Action in the Primate Ovulatory Follicle”
Kelly Young, PhD
California State University – Long Branch, UAS
“Photostimulated Ovarian Recrudescence: The Role of Gonadotropins”
Session 23 - CHA Health Systems Symposium on Epigenetic Modulation of Pluripotency
Senior Co-Chair: Marisa Bartolomei, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Wei Xie, PhD
Tsinghua University, China
"Chromatin Reprogramming During Mammalian Gametogenesis and Early Development"
Thorold Theunissen, PhD
Washington University, USA
“Understanding Human Pluripotent States and Their Applications”
Session 24 - Sperm-Egg Conversations
Senior Co-Chair: Rafael Fissore, PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA
Pablo Visconti, PhD
University of Massachusetts – Amherst, USA
“Sperm Signaling in ART and Science”
Andrea Pauli, PhD
Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria
“Bouncer and SPACA4 – Small Proteins with Big Roles in Fertilization”
Session 25 - Mixed Signals: Unraveling Pathways in Diseases of The Female Reproductive Tract
Senior Co-Chair: Shannon Hawkins, PhD, Indiana University, USA
Jackie Maybin, PhD - SRF-SSR Exchange Lecture
University of Edinburgh, UK
“Understanding the Role of Endometrial Hypoxia to Improve Management of Heavy Menstrual Bleeding”
Linda Giudice, PhD
           University of California San Francisco, USA
           "The Versatile Fibroblast, Maestro of Endometrial Homeostasis and
            Pregnancy Success, is Derailed in Endometriosis"

Break – 3:00PM – 3:30PM

Plenary Session - 3:30PM – 5:30PM

          Keynote Speaker:
Janet Rossant, PhD
The Hospital for Sick Children, USA


Lecture: Embryos, Stem Cells and Ethical Concerns”
Janice Bahr Junior Scientist Travel Fund
2019 Recipient
Andreas Meinhardt, PhD

Institute of Anatomy & Cell Biology
Giessen, Germany

Fuller W. Bazer SSR International Scientist Award Fund
2019 Recipient 
Annie Newell-Fugate, PhD, DVM

Assistant Professor
Texas A&M University
Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences

SSR Trainee Mentor Award
Barbara Vanderhyden, PhD

Ottawa Hospital Research Institute
Ottawa, Canada

Keynote Speaker:
Jeffrey F. Peipert, MD, PhD
Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

   Lecture: “Impact of Long-Acting Reversible Contraception on
           Public Health Outcomes”

Closing Ceremonies

          Trainee Merit Awards

          Best International Abstracts
          Burroughs Welcome Fellows

          SSR Business Meeting

Closing Reception - 7:00PM-11:00PM
Location: Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose


Monday, July 22, 2019

Science Communication Workshops 
(Made possible by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation)

The SSR is proud to present, with support from the Gates Foundation, a two-part workshop on science communication to be presented by instructors from the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science.  This workshop will highlight features of the "Alda Method," honed by Alan Alda himself through his 11 years of hosting the PBS television series "Scientific American Frontiers" and improvisional techniques he developed in his 50 years of acting on stage and on screen.

Alda Institute Workshop -
9:00am-10:30 am

Topic: "Connection is a Choice"

This workshop introduces participants to general principles in how to craft short, clear, conversational statements, intelligible to non- scientists, about what you do and why it matters. The session will be an interactive presentation and discussion on interpreting technical material using examples and analogies to illuminate unfamiliar concepts to your audience.

Alda Intensive Workshop - 10:45am-12:15 pm

Topic: "Building on Some Basics”

The workshop is more hands-on and interactive and introduces participants to the improvisational techniques that are the foundation of the Alda Method.  In this session, participants will practice skills to speak vividly and expressively about their research and to create common ground through conversational language and foster more genuine connections with an audience. This workshop is limited to 32 participants, so sign up early, first come, first served!