13th Annual Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on
Reproduction and Regenerative Medicine

The University of Kansas Medical Center


S C H E D U L E    O F   E V E N T S

2016 Greenwald Symposium Program Booklet (PDF) 

Thursday, September 22, 2016
University of Kansas Medical Center, 3901 Rainbow Blvd., Kansas City, KS 66160

2:30 - 3:45 p.m.

Trainee Mixer, Murphy Lobby, SOM Administration Bldg.

3:30-5:00 p.m.

Registration, G013 School of Nursing (SON)

3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

Trainee Elevator Pitches, G013 SON

5:00-6:15 p.m.

Keynote Lecture, David A. Haig, PhD, George Putnam Professor of Biology, Dept. of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University, G013 SON
"Early Zygotic Genome Activation, Genomic Imprinting, and Retroviruses. Why are Mammals Different?"

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Reception and Poster Session, Beller Conference Center, Beller 1001-1009, Hemenway


Friday, September 23, 2016
Kansas City Public Library - Central (Downtown), 14 West 10th St., Kansas City, MO 64108

8:00 - 8:30 a.m.


8:30 - 8:35 a.m.





8:35 - 9:05 a.m.

Jon D. Hennebold, PhD, Associate Scientist and Interim Chief, Division of Reproductive and Developmental Sciences, Oregon National Primate Research Center, Oregon Health and Science University
"Defining the Intrafollicular Events Necessary for Primate Ovulation and Luteal Development"

9:05 - 9:35 a.m.

Kathleen M. Caron, PhD, Professor and Chair, Dept. of Cell Biology and Physiology, University of North Carolina School of Medicine
"Dosage Signals During Development: How Mother and Baby Communicate Before Birth"

9:35 - 9:50 a.m.

Trainee Oral Presentation: Faezeh Koohestani, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas Medical Center, "WNT Signaling Pathways in Human Uterine Fibroids"

9:50 - 10:05 a.m.

Trainee Oral Presentation: Megan A. Sheridan, BS, Graduate Student, University of Missouri, "Vulnerability of Primitive Human Placental Trophoblast to Zika Virus"

10:05 - 10:30 a.m.

Morning Break




10:30 - 11:00 a.m.

Sarah Kimmins, PhD, Associate Professor, Dept. of Reproductive Biology, Associate Director, McGill Centre for the Study of Reproduction (CSR), McGill University
 "The Role of the Sperm Epigenome in Offspring Health and Development"

11:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Deborah M. Sloboda, PhD, Canada Research Chair in Perinatal Programming, Associate Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences, McMaster University
"Early Life Nutritional Impacts on Reproductive Development and Function: Developmental Programming the Ovary"

11:30 - 11:45 a.m.

Trainee Oral Presentation: Joao G. N. Moraes, MS, DVM, Graduate Student, University of Missouri, "Identification of Beef Heifers with Superior Uterine Capacity for Pregnancy"

11:45 - 12:00 p.m.

Trainee Oral Presentation: Anna L. Boudoures, BS, Graduate Student, Washington University, "Obesity-Exposed Oocytes Accumulate and Transmit Damaged Mitochondria Due to an Inability to Activate Mitophagy"

12:00- 1:30 p.m.

Lunch (Trainee-Speaker Lunch Interaction from 12-12:45 p.m.)

1:30 - 1:45 p.m.

Trainee Poster Award Presentation




1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

Donald F. Conrad, PhD, Assistant Professor, Depts. of Genetics and Pathology and Immunology, Washington University School of Medicine
"The GEMINI Project: Identifying the Genetic Determinants of Human Sperm Production"

2:15 - 2:45 p.m.

Alex Bortvin, MD, PhD, Staff Member, Dept. of Embryology, Carnegie Institution for Science, Adjunct Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biology, John Hopkins University
"Sex-Specific Strategies and Outcomes of Retro-transposon Control in Germ Cells of Mice"

2:45 - 3:00 p.m.

Trainee Oral Presentation: Pingping Fang, MS, Graduate Student, University of Kansas Medical Center, "Genetic Screens to Identify the Regulators of Homology Recombination Pathway in Ovarian Cancer"

3:00 - 3:15 p.m.

Trainee Oral Presentation: Kevin M. Sargent, MS, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska, "Sertoli Cell-Specific Elimination of Vegfa Impairs Spermatogonial Stem Cell (SSC) Maintenance and Reduces Fertility in Male Mice"

3:15 - 3:30 p.m.

Concluding comments, meeting adjourned



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