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.
Nisan Hubbard, a PhD Candidate in the Mayo Lab, and Maxwell Edmonds, a MD/PhD Candidate in the Woodruff Lab, reflect on their recent trip to ABRCMS, the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, which Northwestern sends members of The Graduate School to each year as part of their diversity initiative.
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.
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.
The Center for Reproductive Science will be holding our Holiday Party & Annual Neena B. Schwartz Lecture in Reproductive Science on Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 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 Method Atrium across the street.
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.
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)!
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.
Applications for the Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine (MS-RSM) are now open for Fall 2018! Early decision applications are due by January 19th, 2018, and the final application deadline is April 30th, 2018. Apply now on The Graduate School website.
The Center for Reproductive Science welcome's 12 new students to the Master of Science in Reproductive Science and Medicine program! Please join us in welcoming our Fall 2017 class!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org, 312-503-6306) with any questions you may have, and/or to be involved in teaching.
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.
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!
In preparation for our upcoming Center for Reproductive Science 2017 Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit, the trainee organizing committee has been busy getting to know our speakers. Featured this week is an interview with Dr. Julie Kim. We look forward to seeing you at the Summit next week!
In preparation for our upcoming CRS Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit, the trainee organizing committee has been busy getting to know our speakers. Featured this week is an interview with Dr. Patrick Kiser. Register for the Summit now and have the opportunity to interact with these vibrant leaders in our field!!!
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.
Get the Inside Scoop on our CRS Summit Speakers – Spotlight on Dr. Rebecca Krisher and Dr. T. Rajendra Kumar!
In preparation for our upcoming CRS Reproductive Science and Medicine Summit, the trainee organizing committee has been busy getting to know our speakers. Featured this week are two interviews with Dr. Rebecca Krisher and Dr. T. Rajendra Kumar. Register for the Summit now and have the opportunity to interact with these vibrant leaders in our field!!!
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!
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.
Kelly McKinnon, PhD Candidate, selected to attend the Science Outside the Lab Policy Workshop, Washington, DC
Please join the Center for Reproductive Science in congratulating trainee Kelly McKinnon, PhD Candidate in the Woodruff Lab, who has been selected to attend the Science Outside the Lab Policy Workshop (SOtL) in Washington, DC. The workshop will run from June 12 – June 23, 2017. The Graduate School at Northwestern will be sponsoring her trip.
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.
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.
Dr. Melissa Simon, the George H. Gardner Professor of Clinical Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, has been appointed to a national task force that makes recommendations on clinical preventive services, including screenings, counseling, and preventive medications on topics such as cancer and diabetes.
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.