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18th Annual Gilbert S. Greenwald Symposium on
Reproduction and Perinatal Research

The University of Kansas Medical Center

 

V I R T U A L    S C H E D U L E    O F   E V E N T S

PLEASE NOTE:  The times and schedule listed below are in CDT.  Central Daylight Time (CDT) is a North American time zone in use from the second Sunday in March to the first Sunday in November during Daylight Saving Time (DST). Central Standard Time (CST) is used during the remainder of the year.  Notes below in red indicate each speakers’ time zone difference compared to CDT (ie 1 hr earlier, 1 hr later, etc.).

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VIRTUAL SYMPOSIUM SCHEDULE

Wednesday, October 13, 2021 (DAY 1)

Moderators: Kaela Varberg, PhD and Marija Kuna, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows, KUMC
10:00 a.m.

DAY 1 OPENING REMARKS

Katherine Roby, PhD, Research Professor and Greenwald Symposium Chair, and Kaela Varberg, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas Medical Center

10:03 a.m.

KEYNOTE SPEAKER INTRODUCTION

Regan Scott, MS, Graduate Student, University of Kansas Medical Center

10:05 a.m.

KEYNOTE LECTURE
“Evolution of the Fetal-Maternal Relationship: Why and how is mammalian viviparity special?”

Günter P. Wagner, PhD, Alison Richard Professor Emeritus of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Yale University

11:05 a.m.

“Uterine Lumen Fluid is Metabolically Semi-Autonomous."

Constantine Simintiras, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Missouri-Columbia, Spencer Lab

11:18 a.m. SHORT BREAK
11:30 a.m.

“Cyclin A2 Deficiency is Associated with Elevated Protein Kinase Inhibitor-alpha in Endometrial Stromal Cells from Women Who Fail to Achieve in Vitro Fertilization-assisted Pregnancy.”

Fatimah Aljubran, MS, Graduate Student, University of Kansas Medical Center, Nothnick Lab

11:45 a.m.

“Ovarian Inflammation Increases Oocyte Maternal mRNAs During Maturation and Alters Expression of Cumulus Regulatory Genes Resulting in Reduced Developmental Competence."

Alison Ermisch, MS, Graduate Student, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Wood Lab

12:00 p.m.

“CITED2 Regulates Placental Development and Adaptations to Environmental Stressors.”

Marija Kuna, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas Medical Center, Soar es Lab

12:13 p.m. DAY 1 CLOSING REMARKS - Kaela Varberg, PhD
12:15 p.m. Transition to Keynote Speaker - Trainee Breakout Session
12:30 p.m. Keynote Speaker - Trainee Breakout Session

Thursday, October 14, 2021 (DAY 2)

Moderators: Kaela Varberg, PhD and Marija Kuna, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows, KUMC
10:00 a.m.

DAY 2 OPENING REMARKS

Kaela Varberg, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas Medical Center

10:05 a.m.

“Modern Approaches to Revisit Unsolved Questions in the Spermatogenesis Program”

Sue Hammoud, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Human Genetics, University of Michigan, September Numata, BS, Graduate Student, KUMC, providing introduction.

10:35 a.m.

“Central Nucleus Positioning in Murine Oocytes is Achieved by F-actin and Maintained by Microtubules to Avoid Erroneous Chromosome Segregation and Aneuploidy."

Jessica Kincade, MS,
Graduate Student, University of Missouri-Columbia, Balboula Lab

10:50 a.m. “Reprogramming and Pluripotency in the Bovine Preimplantation Embryo”

Pablo J. Ross, DVM, PhD, 
Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Animal Science, University of California, Davis, Fatimah Aljubran, MS, Graduate Student, KUMC, providing introduction.
11:20 a.m. SHORT BREAK
11:30 a.m.

“Metabolic and Microenvironmental Features of Granulosa Cell Tumors in PIK3CA* Mice.”

Sean (Seok-Yeong) Yu, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Nebraska Medical Center, Kim Lab

11:45 a.m.

“SUMOylation Regulates Key Stages of Mammalian Oocyte Development.”

Stephanie Pangas, PhD, Associate Professor and Roger Rossen Endowed Professorship of Reproductive Pathology, Department of Pathology & Immunology, Baylor College of Medicine, Wendena Parkes, BS, Graduate Student, KUMC, providing introduction.

12:15 p.m. DAY 2 CLOSING REMARKS - Kaela Varberg, PhD
12:17 p.m. Transition to Day 2 Speaker - Trainee Breakout Sessions
12:45 p.m. Day 2 Speaker - Trainee Breakout Sessions (Drs. Hammoud, Ross and Pangas) - 3 simultaneous sessions

Friday, October 15, 2021 (DAY 3)

Moderators: Kaela Varberg, PhD and Marija Kuna, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellows, KUMC
10:00 a.m.

DAY 3 OPENING REMARKS

Kaela Varberg, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Kansas Medical Center

10:05 a.m.

“The Ins and Outs of Developmental Lipid Signaling.”

Lisa Joss-Moore, PhD, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, and Department of Nutrition and Integrated Physiology
(adjunct), University of Utah, Kaela Varberg, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, KUMC, providing introduction.

10:35 a.m.

“Single Cell Interrogation of the Uterine-Placental Interface."

Regan Scott, MS, Graduate Student, University of Kansas Medical Center, Soares Lab.

10:50 a.m.

“Preeclampsia and the Oxygen Response: Mechanisms, Consequences, and Targeting Approaches.”

Isabella Caniggia, MD, PhD, Senior Investigator, Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute of Sinai Health System, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Physiology, University of Toronto, Vinay Shukla, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, KUMC, providing introduction.

11:20 a.m. SHORT BREAK
11:30 a.m.

“The Autophagy Protein Beclin 1 is required for Uterine Development and Receptivity during Pregnancy.”

Pooja Popli, PhD, Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University - St. Louis,   Kommagani Lab

11:45 a.m.

“Understanding Human Pluripotent States and Their Applications in Reproductive Science.”

Thorold Theunissen, PhD, Assistant Professor of Developmental Biology, Washington University - St. Louis, Ananya Ghosh, MS, Graduate Student, KUMC, providing introduction.

12:15 p.m. DAY 3 CLOSING REMARKS - Katherine Roby, PhD and Kaela Varberg, PhD
12:17 p.m. Transition to Day 3 Speaker - Trainee Breakout Sessions
12:45 p.m. Day 3 Speaker - Trainee Breakout Sessions (Drs. Joss-Moore, Caniggia and Theunissen) - 3 simultaneous sessions
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