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Reproductive science and medicine is a vibrant field where research successes and advances are interspersed with ethical, political and legal nuances.  Our goal with this News section is to keep CRS members apprised of accurate, important and up-to-date information in our local community and beyond (i.e. meetings, relevant programs, funding opportunities, job postings). Please contact us if there is specific information you would like to see included in the News.

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The 2017 Fall/Winter Constance Campbell Travel Award Winners Announced

Four winners have been chosen for the 2017 Fall/Winter Constance Campbell Travel Awards. Please join us in congratulating these CRS members who will be presenting their work at national and international meetings! Since 1989, the Constance Campbell Memorial Fund has been used for Research and Travel Awards. The Travel Awards help defray travel costs to scientific meetings and conferences. 
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MS-RSM 2017 Students Select their Research Mentors

The 2017 MS in Reproductive Science and Medicine Program students have selected their research mentors. “The best mentor-mentee relationships have dimensions that expand over time – in the beginning, mentors hold a hand out as mentees climb rung by rung, up the career ladder.  Eventually, these relationships expand into a lattice that creates networks, community, and confidence on the way to a profession.” says CRS Director, Teresa K. Woodruff.
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Global MS Program Connections Made: Virtual Journal Club between Northwestern University, USA and the University of Murcia, Spain!

The Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine (MS-RSM) students made global connections last week by participating in a trans-Atlantic virtual journal club with the Masters in Biology and Technology of Reproduction in Mammals students at the University of Murcia in Spain! The group discussed “ZP2 peptide beads select human sperm in vitro, decoy mouse sperm in vivo, and provide reversible contraception”, by Avella et al, published in Science Translational Medicine in April 2016.
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Save the Date: CRS Holiday Party & Annual Neena B. Schwartz Lecture in Reproductive Science!

The Center for Reproductive Science will be holding our Holiday Party & Annual Neena B. Schwartz Lecture in Reproductive Science on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 from 4:00pm - 7:00pm in the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center, Chicago Campus. This year, we welcome Janice Evans, PhD, Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, as our 2017 Neena B. Schwartz Lecturer. She will present in Baldwin Auditorium from 4:00pm - 5:00pm, immediately followed by the CRS Holiday Party in the Ryan Family Atrium.
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CRS Members Presenting at the 2017 Annual Oncofertility Consortium Conference

The Center for Reproductive Science will be represented through 27 poster presentations from CRS trainees, faculty and staff at the 2017 Oncofertility Consortium Conference! Major themes include advances and new techniques in fertility preservation; knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards fertility preservation among cancer survivors, transgender adolescents, and persons with type 1 diabetes; an assessment of egg quality during the pubertal transition; communicating reproductive health information to the public and analyzing reproductive health knowledge; new frontiers between zinc vesicles and cortical granules; in vitro modeling of the male gonad; and the many dynamics of the human ovary.
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Amanda Bayer Awarded NIH Predoctoral Fellowship

Please join the Center for Reproductive Science in congratulating graduate student, Amanda Bayer, who has received a National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Institute of General Medicine Science (NIGMS)!

Congrats to members of Dr. Daniella Matei’s lab on their latest accomplishments!

Please join the Center for Reproductive Science in congratulating members of Dr. Daniella Matei’s lab on their latest accomplishments! Dr. Yinu Wang, a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Matei lab, was recently awarded the Ann and Sol Schreiber Mentored Investigator Award from the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance. Dr. Salvatore Condello, a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, received a Friends of Prentice award. And Linyu Cao, a former PhD student of Dr. Matei, just accepted a position as an Instructor at the University of Alabama in the Department of Clinical Chemistry.

Back to School: Check out our 2017-2018 course offerings in Reproductive Science and Medicine!

The Center for Reproductive Science is pleased to announce our course offerings for the 2017-2018 academic year. Our courses are taught by CRS faculty members and range from foundational to advanced topics that span basic and clinical reproductive science. Courses that are annotated with asterisks are open to PhD students and clinical fellows. ​ Please contact our Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Beth Sefton (, 312-503-6306) with any questions you may have, and/or to be involved in teaching.

Teresa Woodruff named dean of The Graduate School

Teresa K. Woodruff, the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and director of the Women’s Health Research Institute at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been named dean of The Graduate School and associate provost for graduate education at Northwestern, effective Sept. 1.
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The 2017 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit was a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who supported and attended the 2017 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit! A big thank you to the CRS Leadership team and the Summit Trainee Committee for all of their hard work to make this event happen. Stay tuned for 2017-2018 programing from the Center for Reproductive Science!
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Get the Inside Scoop on our CRS Summit Speakers – Spotlight on Dr. Ariella Shikanov and Dr. Thomas O’Halloran!

In preparation for our upcoming CRS Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit, the trainee organizing committee has been busy getting to know our speakers. Register for the Summit now and have the opportunity to interact with these vibrant leaders in our field!!! Dr. Shikanov is most excited to see the development of personalized medicine. She hopes to see cancer eliminated and people being able to benefit from functional tissue engineered organs. Dr. O’Halloran chose his path because of his intense passion to satisfy his curiosity about the nature of the world and to use these discoveries to help people.
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The 2017 Spring/Summer Constance Campbell Travel Award Winners Announced

Three winners have been chosen for the 2017 Spring/Summer Constance Campbell Travel Awards. This cycle, the Center for Reproductive Science received a total of 16 outstanding applications from graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and clinical residents and fellows. Please join us in congratulating Ann Marie Carias, Margaux Kanis, and Kelly McKinnon, who will be presenting their work at international meetings!
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Center Director, Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD, has received a 2017 Guggenheim Fellowship

Through the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, Dr. Woodruff will generate an unprecedented view of germ cells across the globe - from ocean corals to humans. In her project, entitled the Global Germ Cell Metallome, she will interrogate and catalogue the metal content and dynamics that comprise the inorganic signature of life in species that inhabit the most diverse corners of our world. This work will build off of her extensive repertoire of examining the role of zinc in the mammalian egg and embryo.
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Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine (MS-RSM) students publish two peer-reviewed manuscripts

It is with great enthusiasm that we congratulate the inaugural MS-RSM students on their manuscripts that were recently published in the journal Molecular Reproduction and Development. These manuscripts fall under the submission type known as “VISIONS: The Art of Science.” This format highlights the visual impact inherent in the field of reproduction and development through a single image that conveys important concepts.
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Executive Director of the CRS, Dr. Francesca Duncan, awarded a Fulbright Scholarship

Dr. Francesca Duncan, Executive Director of the Center for Reproductive Science, was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship titled “Keeping Reproductive Science and Medicine Visible, Viable and Valuable through Education across the Globe”. Dr. Duncan will be traveling to Spain where she will teach and perform research at the University of Murcia.
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Reflections of an amazing start to the MS-RSM program

As the new year begins, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on a major accomplishment of 2016 – the inauguration of our first Masters of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine program. Below are thoughts from our leadership and students.

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