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Calendar

Jul
10
Tue
51st annual meeting SSR
Jul 10 – Jul 13 all-day

Hey SSR! Start your planning to attend the 51st SSR Annual Meeting at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside, New Orleans, Louisiana. The meeting’s theme, “Pathways to Discovery: Signals for Reproduction, Development, and Longevity,” will have an outstanding series of plenary presentations, including talks on nuclear receptors, mitochondrial function, and longevity and the microbiome, with a focus on the various ways in which physiologic and pathologic signals regulate reproductive processes. State-of-the-Art talks will explore pathways used by stem cells for spermatogenesis and embryonic development. New Orleans is an amazing venue with a festive atmosphere like no other. We promise a truly exciting program for the 51st SSR Annual Meeting. Submit your abstracts now and make plans to attend.

With Moira O’Bryan and Bo Rueda as Program Co-Chairs, we developed an outstanding program that includes Presidential Symposium lectures by Anne Brunet, PhD, Michele and Timothy Barakett Endowed Professor, Stanford University; Mary Herbert, PhD, Professor of Reproductive Biology, Newcastle Fertility Centre; David A. Relman, MD, Thomas C. and Joan M. Merigan Professor and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University; and Kenneth S. Korach, PhD, Chief, Reproductive and Developmental Biology Laboratory, NIEHS. Exciting state-of-the-art lectures will be given by Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz, PhD, Professor of Mammalian Development and Stem Cell Biology, University of Cambridge and Shosei Yoshida, PhD, Division of Germ Cell Biology, National Institute for Basic Biology.

We will continue to have our trainee workshops and competitions, Heritage and Diversity Lectures, and Exchange Lectures from top scientists from our sister societies: ASRM, SRB, SRF, and SRI. Working with recommendations from Society membership, the Program Committee has chosen focus session speakers to present their cutting-edge research on a wide range of topics in reproductive biology. Concurrent Focus Sessions will allow attendees to choose from a range of provocative topics. Each Focus Session will include 2-3 invited talks, short talks selected from abstract submissions, and flash talks, providing prominent visibility for trainee and early-stage investigator presenters.

The meeting begins on the 10th of July with the Biology of Reproduction Editor’s Award for best paper, the New Investigator Lecture, the Keynote address and the opening reception. On the 11-13th concurrent focus sessions will follow morning poster sessions.
Lots of activities are being planned for our Trainees, including the traditional Trainee-Mentor Luncheon, Trainee Forum (“Treading Thoughtfully through the Career Transitional Path: Navigating Successfully from Grad to Postdoc to Academia or Industry”), Heritage Luncheon, and opportunities for short talks.

As an extra bonus an Ovarian Workshop on “Ovarian Aging: Underlying Mechanisms and the Role of Environmental Factors” will precede the SSR 2018 meeting. In this workshop, leading scientists from academia and industry will provide updates on cutting-edge research in the field and offer stimulating discussions to Trainees from a variety of disciplines.

We encourage you to join us and your colleagues to share exciting new data and network with colleagues and friends from over 30 countries. Whether it’s the accent, the food, the music or the architecture, New Orleans is one of the most ideal cities in the world for a conference.  Make plans to join us in July!

Moira O’Bryan and Bo Rueda 
2018 SSR Program Co-Chairs

Jul
28
Sat
2018 GRS in mammalian reproduction
Jul 28 – Jul 29 all-day

(This GRS will be held in conjunction with the “Mammalian Reproduction” Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.)

 

The Gordon Research Seminar on Mammalian Reproduction is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas.

The focus of this meeting is to analyze the latest advancements in mammalian reproduction, a multi-disciplinary field, from gametogenesis to placentation. We will discuss novel techniques, animal models and stem cell resources, and how they are providing new and exciting ideas into this well established and diverse field. The meeting will provide an unprecedented international platform for graduate students, post-doctoral researchers and young investigators to showcase their research, exchange ideas and foster collaboration for future career. In a time of economic and political turmoil, young scientists will have the opportunity to discuss with senior investigators the old and new problems to face in the near future and exchange ideas on how to survive in their respective fields.

Application Instructions

The seminar will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS, either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The seminar chair will select speakers from abstracts submitted by May 15, 2018. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Information section above.

Jul
29
Sun
2018 GRC in mammalian reproduction
Jul 29 – Aug 3 all-day

(This GRC will be held in conjunction with the “Mammalian Reproduction (GRS)” Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.)

The 2018 Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian Reproduction will be held, for the first time, in a non-US location on the beautiful hillside of Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Lucca (Barga), Italy from July 29 to August 3, 2018. Preceding this Conference, the inaugural Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on Mammalian Reproduction that is designed specifically for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows will take place at the same site on July 28-29 (see information in “Related Conference” below).

The Conference and Seminar will bring together leading researchers in the diverse area of reproductive sciences from around the world, and offer both junior and senior scientists opportunities to exchange ideas and develop collaborations. The Conference is designed to provide a forum that highlights recent advancements in reproductive sciences, including spermatogenesis, folliculogenesis, hormonal regulation of reproductive functions, implantation and placentation, pregnancy, reproductive tract development, non-rodent models for reproductive research, and stem cells and reproductive diseases. The program thrives to strike a balance among disciplines, genders, career status, and diverse backgrounds of researchers. Following the tradition of Gordon Research Conferences, an emphasis will be on the presentation of unpublished results and cutting edge advancements in the field in order to stimulate open discussions on emerging concepts and technologies. A number of short presentations will be chosen among submitted abstracts with a spotlight on junior researchers and trainees. Poster sessions will be held on each full day of the conference and all participants are encouraged to attend the “Power Hour” which is an informal gathering to discuss the challenges women face in science and how to support the professional growth of women in science. Graduate students and postdoctoral scientists are encouraged to apply for participation in both the GRS and GRC.

 

Oct
6
Sat
American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) 2018
Oct 6 – Oct 10 all-day

This year we welcome you to the wonderful city of Denver, Colorado, for the 74th annual meeting of the American Society forReproductive Medicine.

This year’s ASRM Scientific Congress & Expo theme is “Focus on the Next Generation.” As the theme implies, this Congress will focus on the outcomes of our treatments, highlight and promote the next generation of professionals in reproductive medicine,, and introduce us to new technologies and up and coming research. Dr. Anuja Dokras, Chair of the Scientific Congress Program Planning Committee, Dr. H. Irene Su, Chair of the Pre–Congress Program Committee and their teams have designed a comprehensive, provocative program for Congress attendees. The agenda ranges from the latest molecular and genetic technologies to advocacy for our patients and access to care. The program is designed to address the educational and practice needs of physicians, nurses, andrology and embryology laboratory personnel, genetic counselors, social workers, practice and laboratory managers, as well as practitioners in mental health, law, and ethics. Importantly, for the first time, and in order to forge a closer relationship with our sister society,, the Society for Study of Reproduction (SSSR)), a pre-congress course entitled The Germ Cell Environment and its impact on Gamete Quality and a Symposium entitledHallmark of the Aging Egg – More than Chromosomes and Mitochondria, have been incorporated into the program..

 

The Scientific Congress Continuing Medical Education (CCME)) course offerings will include plenary lectures,, symposia,, and interactive sessions,, all supporting the theme of the Congress.. Historical perspectives will be again presented,, as well as innovative lectures on therapeutic editing of the human embryo,, politics and ethics in ART,, newest research in contraception,, menopausal therapy,, and the basic science of spermatogenesis and embryo development. Speakers also will address fertility preservation for the cancer patient, transgender care, and provide perspectives on clinical research, the funding of research, and challenge the Fertility and Sterility experts.

The interactive sessions are designed to energize and stimulate discussion and interaction among participants, as they focus on a wide range of controversial topics. CME sessions will be complemented by non-CCME activities including intimate, in-depth luncheons with recognized experts in our highly successful Expert Encounters; roundtable luncheons covering the breadth and depth of reproductive medicine; and oral and poster–format scientific abstract presentations, representing cutting-edge research in reproductive medicine and biology. Symposia will include those organized and presented by our international sister societies. The Pre–CCongress Program Committee collaborated with our affiliated societies and professional and special interest groups to present a wide range of Pre–CCongress courses designed to meet the needs of clinicians, scientists, laboratory technologists, nurses, and other healthcare and allied professionals. We welcome our members, trainees, and colleagues from around the world to the ASRM 2018 Scientific Congress & Expo!! We value your participation and engagement and hope you will take advantage of the opportunities provided by the meeting to interact and network with colleagues.

I look forward to seeing you in the exciting city of Denver, where together, we will be “Focusing on the Next Generation”.

Sincerely,

Christos Coutifaris, M.D., Ph.D.

ASRM President, 2017-2018

 

Oct
24
Wed
9th Copenhagen workshop on testicular germ cell cancer
Oct 24 – Oct 26 all-day

We cordially welcome you to the 9th Copenhagen Workshop on Testicular Germ Cell Cancer. These Workshops were initiated in 1980 by Professor Niels E. Skakkebaek to discuss the importance of carcinoma in situ testis (now known as germ cell neoplasia in situ) and have since grown to the only meeting worldwide devoted mainly to the pathogenesis, genetics and management of testicular cancer. The Workshops have always been held in Copenhagen and were organised by the staff of the Department of Growth & Reproduction (Rigshospitalet). These unique meetings are well attended by the ‘who-is-who’ in the field and have fostered numerous successful collaborations.

 

A broad spectrum of topics pertinent to the pathogenesis and management of testicular cancer will be discussed at the upcoming workshop, and a number of internationally renowned experts have agreed to participate as speakers (see Programme).

 

We encourage all scientists interested in testicular cancer to take part in this event. There is a possibility to submit an abstract for one of the two poster sessions; one mainly focussed on basic aspects, and the other – on clinical and translational aspects. A few best abstracts will be selected for a short oral presentation – so this is a chance for young scientists – you have a chance to present your research in front of the world experts in the field.

 

Finally, we would like to mention that Copenhagen is very much worth a visit before or after the Workshop. It is a vibrant capital, full of historical treasures, but also famous for its sense of ‘hygge’ (Danish enjoyment of life or ‘joie de vivre’), top class Nordic cuisine and internationally renowned design.

 

We sincerely hope that you will come to Copenhagen in October to discuss science, network with colleagues and have a good time!

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