Solving Challenges in Contraceptive Discovery and Innovation


Contraception plays a vital role in family planning and improving health and economic opportunities for women.  Yet a lack of appropriate choice and access means that the contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of couples wishing to avoid pregnancy go unmet in both developed and developing countries.

Thanks to the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Society for the Study of Reproduction in partnership the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) is excited to present a series of virtual symposia focused on novel contraceptive discovery.

The goal of this event is to stimulate new research and novel approaches to solving the challenges of innovation and creating increased choice, particularly in non-hormonal contraceptives.  We look forward to welcoming participants from all areas of reproductive biology research and all geographic regions to engage in exploring challenges and creating opportunities for new innovations in this important and underrepresented field of study.

We look forward to welcoming participants from all areas of reproductive biology research and all geographic regions to engage in exploring challenges and creating opportunities for new innovations in this important and underrepresented field of study.


E-Poster Sessions

E-Poster Sessions
The e-poster hall will be open 24-hrs a day from October 12th -19th. will be hosting the posters online using our new e-poster platform which will allow viewers to send questions to poster authors and view the video/audio narratives with each poster.

Wednesday, September 30th 

Novel Contraceptives Targeting Sperm Development and Function - 4:00-6:00 PM (EST)

Read Speaker Bios

4:00 -
Keynote Speaker: Martin Matzuk, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
DNA-Encoded Chemistry Technology and Functional Genomics for Contraception Research

4:45 -
Laura Giojalas, National University of Cordoba, Argentina 
Sperm Chemotaxis And Its Potential Application For New Contraceptive Development

Mariano Buffone, Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine, Argentina 
Sperm Acrosome Reaction and Capacitation and The Potential Application For New Contraceptive Development

5:15 - 
Aaron Crapster, Vibliome Therapeutics Stanford University, USA
HIPK4-Selective Inhibitors for Male Contraception

5:30 - Alan Andrew Silva, São Paulo State University, Brazil 
The Roles of Epididymal Protease Inhibitor (EPPIN) N-Terminal and C-Terminal Regions on The Regulation of Mouse Sperm Motility

5:40 - Noemia Mariani, São Paulo State University, Brazil 
Recombinant Seminal Vesicle-Secreted Protein SVS2 Inhibits the Motility of Mouse Spermatozoa in vitro

5:50 - Nongnuj Tanphaichitr, University of Ottawa, Canada 
Potential Use of LL-37/17BIPHE2 as Vaginal Spermicides/Microbicides

Wednesday, October 7th 

Male Contraceptive Development Targeting Spermatogenesis - 4:00-6:00 PM (EST)

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4:00 - Keynote Speaker: Patricia Cuasnicú
, Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine, Argentina
CRISP Proteins as Novel Targets for Male Contraceptive Development

4:45 - Gustavo Blanco, Kansas University Medical Center, USA
Targeting Na,K-ATPase Alpha 4 for Male Contraception

5:00 - John Amory, University of Washington, USA 
Inhibition of Retinoic Acid Biosynthesis as A Target for Male Contraception

5:15 - Wei Yan, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, USA
SD-1 Is A Reversible, Non-Hormonal Male Contraceptive Agent

5:30 - Asifu Basiru, University of Ilorin, Nigeria
Waltheria Indica Linn. Root Exhibits Male Contraceptive Effect Through Inhibition of Androgensis In Male Wistar Rats

:40 - Haiqi Chen, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, USA
Testicular Spatial Transcriptome Atlas Reveals Functional Dynamics in Gene Programs During Mammalian Spermatogenesis

5:50 - Maximilian Lyon, Washington University School of Medicine
The Sperm-Specific Potassium Channel SLO3 is a Target for Contraceptive Development

Wednesday, October 14th

Non-Hormonal Female Contraceptive Strategies - 4:00-6:00 PM (EST)

Read Speaker Bios HERE

4:00 Keynote Speaker: Diane Duffy
, Eastern Virginia Medical School, USA
Ovulatory Angiogenesis as a Target for Novel Contraceptive Development

4:45 - Xiao Shuo
, University of South Carolina, USA
3D In Vitro Follicle Culture as An Effective Model for Contraceptive Discovery

5:00 - Marina Peluffo, Centro de Investigaciones Endocrinológicas (CEDIE), Argentina
Chemokines and Their Potential Application for New Female Contraceptive Development

5:15 - Sergio Romero, by Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru            
Oocyte Maturation Mechanism.  Potential Targets for Contraception

5:30 - Doan Thao Dinh, University of Adelaide, Australia
Unique Molecular Mechanism of Progesterone Receptor in Granulosa Cells during Ovulation

5:40 - Emily Harris, Washington State University, USA     
Progesterone Signaling in the Oviduct Epithelial Cells is Required for Normal Embryo Transport and Development

5:50 - Jiyang Zhang, Northwestern University, USA
Mouse Ovarian Follicles from Encapsulated in Vitro Follicle Growth (eIVFG) Preserve Ovulation Molecular Signatures in Vivo

6:15-7:30 Virtual Happy Hour
Join us for an informal networking event where you can get to know attendees from around the world. Bring your beverage of choice and mingle in randomly assigned breakout rooms.


Registration is now OpenRegistration will be free for all SSR Members.  The cost for non-SSR Members is $100 and $30 for Trainees.  If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact   

How to Access The Sessions

Using your SSR account credentials, you may log into the platform via the link below.

View Login Instructions HERE

Once you have logged in, you will have access to the platform. You can access your Zoom meetings under the ‘Meeting Calendar’. 

Additionally, all attendees will receive an email (on September 30) from Zoom containing a direct link. If you are having issues accessing this page, or have not received an email from Zoom, please contact

*Please note, you will only see the Zoom Meetings you have registered for. If you have registered for a specific meeting and do not have access to a zoom link, please contact

Trainee Mentor Roundtable 
This event will allow trainees to be matched up in a small group with mentors from around the world for a virtual mentoring session, creating an opportunity for trainees to ask questions, gain insights, and get to know prominent SSR members in a casual format.

View Mentors

Submit Your Abstract

The SSR Contraception Program Committee welcomes abstracts reporting new basic, clinical, and/or translational research in any field of reproduction. that may have relevance to contraceptive innovation You do not need to be a member of SSR to submit an abstract. There are no restrictions on species investigated. Please adhere to all rules for the submission and format of abstracts. Failure to comply may be cause for rejection. Deadline to submit you abstract is September 30th, 2020 11:59(PM). View abstract guidelines HERE. Submit your abstract HERE.  View sample abstracts HERE

Poster Presentation Instructions 
View poster presentation instructions HERE.  E-Posters will be available to view October 12-19th. There will not be a scheduled time for poster presentations. Posters will be available for registrants to view 24 hours a day. Instructions on presentation format and recording your presentation can be found HERE.  Download Poster Template HERE

The E-Poster website will be available to download posters beginning October 2nd. You will receive and email once the site is available. You must upload your presentation by Friday, October 9th. 


Three E/MCR awards of $1,200 for travel support to the 2021 SSR meeting will be offered.  One presenter whose abstract was selected for an oral talk will be selected from each symposium session for best abstract/ presentation. The SSR Contraception Program Committee will select finalists on the basis of an evaluation of the abstracts submitted for competition. Each award will be announced at the end of each symposium.

Submit Your Abstract

Deadline to submit your abstract is September 30th, 2020 11:59 (PM)

Submit Your Abstract