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2018 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit

The 2018 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit took place on June 1st, 2018 in Prentice Women's Hospital, downtown Chicago. This year's Summit was dedicated in memoriam to our dear friend, mentor, and founder, Professor Neena B. Schwartz.Teresa Woodruff and Francesca Duncan

The 2018 Planning Committee was led by Co-Chairs Shimeng Liu and Christia Sison; two graduate students from the Bulun Lab. Other 2018 Planning Committee Members included:

  • Nisan Hubbard, Graduate Student, Mayo Lab
  • Emma Gargus, Graduate Student, Woodruff Lab
  • Hunter Rogers, Graduate Student, Woodruff Lab
  • Yucheng Gao, Graduate Student, Gius Lab
  • Bahar Dikmen Yilmaz, MD, Fellow, Bulun Lab
  • Ariel Dotts, Graduate Student, Bulun Lab
  • Yu-Ying Chen, Graduate Student, Woodruff Lab
  • Jennifer Rowley, MS-RSM Student, Duncan Lab
  • Hyebin Roh, MS-RSM Student, Matei Lab
  • Julia Balough, MS-RSM Student, Woodruff Lab
  • Leah Simon, MS-RSM Student, Duncan Lab

Hunter Rogers and Martin MatzukWe welcomed distinguished speakers from across the nation:

  • Martin M. Matzuk, MD, PhD, Director of the Center for Drug Discovery, Stuart A. Wallace Chair and Professor, Robert L. Moody, Sr. Chair, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, and Director of Clinical Chemistry, Ben Taub Hospital
  • Paula Cohen, PhD, Professor of Genetics, Department of Biomedical Sciences, Director, Center for Reproductive Genomics, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine
  • Christopher Geyer, PhD, Associate Professor, Society for the Study of Reproduction New Investigator Award 2017, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, East Carolina University Brody School of Medicine

distinguished speakers from Northwestern:

  • Evan Scott, PhD, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering
  • Shohreh Shahabi, MD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, John and Ruth Brewer Professor of Gynecology and Cancer Research, Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (Gynecologic Oncology) and Medical Social SciencesProf. Ulrike Luderer
  • Carole LaBonne, PhD, Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University Weinberg College of Arts & Sciences

The CRS 2018 Alumni Lecturer:


  • Ulrike Luderer, MD, PhD, MPH Professor of Medicine, Developmental and Cell Biology, and Public Health, Director, Environmental Health Sciences Graduate Program, Interim Chief Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Director, Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, University of California Irvine

The 2018 Summit included over 100 attendees and a special panel lunch on, "Communicating Science to the Public." Summit attendees were also encouraged to bring "lay" projects for a display table. Our panelists for the lunch included:

  • Nicole Woitowich, PhD, Director of Science Outreach and Education, Women's Health Research InstituteSci Com Panel
  • Kelly McKinnon, Graduate Student, Woodruff Lab
  • Christia Sison, Graduate Student, Bulun Lab
  • Jordan Machlin, MS-RSM Student

Three CRS trainee abstracts were selected for oral presentations, and each received a Constance Campbell Research Award ($250):

  • Jacqueline Lee, MD, Resident Physician, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology – Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, Northwestern University
  • Batzaya Davaadelger, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology, Northwestern University
  • Ian Wolff, Graduate Student, Department of Molecular Biosciences, Northwestern University

The remaining 42 abstracts were presented as posters. All posters were judged at the Summit, and the top three received a Constance Campbell Research Award ($100):Poster Session

  • Hunter Rogers, Graduate Student, Woodruff Lab
  • Christia Sison, Graduate Student, Bulun Lab
  • Patrick Madden, Graduate Student, Hope Lab

Note: Only CRS trainees are eligible for Constance Campbell Research Awards.

Look for photos from the event on Facebook and with our hashtag: #CRSReproSummit2018