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2017 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit

The 2017 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit took place on June 12th, 2017 in the Robert H. Lurie Medical Research Center and Prentice Women's Hospital, Chicago Campus.


Oral Presentation Winners:
  • Amanda Bayer, Graduate Student, O’Halloran laboratory
  • Alexandra Garcia-Moreno, Graduate Student, Maatouk laboratory
  • Roslyn Taylor, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Hope laboratory
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Poster Presentation Winners:
  • Hoi Chang Lee, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Woodruff laboratory
  • Luhan (Tracy) Zhou, Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine (MS-RSM) Student, Duncan laboratory
  • Rexxi Prasasya, Graduate Student, Molecular Biosciences, Mayo laboratory       

This full-day event included breakfast, lunch, and three exciting scientific sessions:

Key Players in Reproduction: the HPG-axis, the Gonads, the Gametes, and the Tract

  • “New Insights into the Functions of Motile Cilia in the Reproductive Tracts” Wei Yan, M.D., PhD., University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor, Director, Single Cell Genomics & Fenome Editing Core Labs

  • “Zinc Fluxes in Control of Gamete Maturation and Fertilization" Thomas V. O'Halloran, Ph.D., Morrison Professor of Chemistry, Molecular Biosciences, Director, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Associate Director of Basic Sciences, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences
  • “Zinc-mediated nuclear restructuring protects against DNA damage during sperm capacitation”Amanda Bayer, Graduate Student, O’Halloran laboratory
  • “Error detection and SUMO-mediated regulation of anaphase progression during C. elegans oocyte meiosis” Amanda Roca, Graduate Student, Wignall laboratory

Summit Lunch

 

Translational Perspectives and Clinical Applications

  • “Translating basic research into clinical success in the human ART laboratory" Rebecca L. Krisher, Ph.D., Research Director, Colorado Center for Reproductive Medicine, Reproductive Biologist
  • “Redox dysregulation due to dysfunctional MnSOD activate the prosurvival AKT signaling pathway in uterine leiomyomas” J. Julie Kim, Ph.D., Susy Y. Hung Research Professor, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine), Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
  • “Epigenetic Regulation of Sex Determination in the Mouse Fetal Gonad” Alexandra Garcia-Moreno, Graduate Student, Maatouk laboratory
  • “Targeting the tissue transglutaminase 2 – fibronectin interaction – a new target in ovarian cancer”Livia Sima, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Matei laboratory

Summit Posters

 

Regulation and Dysregulation of Reproduction: Disease and Pathology 

  • “Regulation of Age-Specific FSH Glycoforms” T. Rajendra (Raj) Kumar, Ph.D., Edgar L. and Patricia M. Makowski Endowed Professor & Associate Vice-Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, University of Colorado Denver-Anschutz Medical Campus
  • “The challenges of long-acting drug delivery systems to prevent sexual transmission of HIV” Patrick F. Kiser, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology (Reproductive Science in Medicine), Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering and Feinberg School of Medicine
  • “Epigenetic Modification and the Mutation Status of MED12 Affect Progesterone Responsiveness of RANKL in Uterine Leiomyoma”Shimeng Liu, Graduate Student, Bulun laboratory
  • “Localization of infection in neonatal rhesus macaques after oral viral challenge”Roslyn Taylor, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Hope laboratory


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  • "Biomimetic hydrogels to promote and study folliculogenesis" Ariella Shikanov, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan

 

Special thanks to the Summit Committee for planning, organizing and running the event!

2017 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit Trainee Committee

  • Ann Marie Carias, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Cell and Molecular Biology, Hope Lab
  • Max Edmonds, MD/PhD Candidate, Ob/Gyn, Woodruff Lab
  • Allison Grover, MS-RSM Student, Duncan Lab
  • Shimeng Liu, DGP Graduate Student, Bulun Lab
  • Kelly McKinnon, PhD Candidate, Ob/Gyn, Woodruff Lab
  • Pam Monahan, PhD, Post-doctoral Fellow, Molecular Biosciences, Mayo Lab
  • Drew Nowakowski, PhD, Ruth L. Kirchstein Postdoctoral Fellow, O’Halloran Lab
  • Christia Sison, DGP Graduate Student, Bulun Lab

Summit Speakers