"After Fertilization: What the Sperm Brings"

 Stuart Meyers, D.V.M., Ph.D., University of California, Davis


"From Rodents to Humans: Insulin Growth Factors Command Gonadotropins Actions in the Ovary"

Carlos Stocco, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine


"Uterine Gland Development and Function: Insights from Animal Models"

Thomas E. Spencer, Ph.D., University of Missouri


"Holistic Scientific Approaches to Improving Reproductive Performance of Lactating Dairy Cows: Foster Mothers of the Human Race"

William Thatcher, Ph.D., University of Florida


"From Egg to Embryo: A Peripatetic Journey"

Richard Schultz, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania


"Epigenetic Regulation of Gene Expression in the Placenta"

Doug Antczak, Ph.D., Cornell University


"How to Make an Ovary: From Organogenesis to Cell Fate Determination"

Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS/NIH)


"Temporal Differences in Granulosa Cell Specification in the Ovary Reflect Distinct Follicle Fates"

Blanche Capel, Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center


Three P’s of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Promise, Prudence and Progress

Gary D Smith, Ph.D., University of Michigan


Paying Attention to Inflammation in the Oviduct

Phillip Bridges, Ph.D., University of Kentucky


Developmental Programming of the Preimplantation Bovine Embryo

Peter J. Hansen, Ph.D., University of Florida


Gene networks and epigenetic mechanism controlling female puberty”

Sergio Ojeda, Ph.D., Oregon National Primate Research Center


Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine

Tracking and Targeting of Breast Cancer Stem Cells


Bo Rueda, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School

Oogonial stem cells: Can they serve as a source for high-grade ovarian adenocarcinoma?


Mats Troedsson, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACT, DECAR., University of Kentucky

Selective Sperm Transport in the Equine Reproductive Tract


Keith Betteridge, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., FRCVS., University of Guelph

Equine embryogenesis: lessons and challenges from the living and the dead


Mouse Models of Ovarian Cancer to Study Disease Etiology and for Therapeutic Testing

Barbara Vanderhyden, Ph.D. of University of Ottawa


Sexual Differentiation of Brain and Behavior: Roles for Hormones, Sex Chromosomes and Epigenetics

Emilie Rissman, Ph.D. of University of Virginia School of Medicine


The Role of the Insulin Receptor in Mammary Alveolar Development: Perspectives from In Vivo and In Vitro Model Systems

Margaret Neville, Ph.D. of University of Colorado, Denver, School of Medicine


Ovulation, an Outcome of Dynamic Interactions among Genes, Cells and Organs

Chemyong Ko, Ph.D. of University of Illinois


Androgen Synthesis and Disease, Traditional Models, Non-traditional Models and Unexpected Opportunities

Alan Conley, Ph.D. of University of California, Davis


Novel Mechanisms of Hormone Resistance in Breast Cancer

Suzanne Fuqua, Ph.D. of Baylor College of Medicine


Can Environmental Exposures affect Human Fertility

Pat Hunt, Ph.D. of Washington State University


Stroke and the Aging Brain: A Neuroendocrine Perspective

Farida Sohrabji, Ph.D. of Texas A&M Health Science Center


New Insights to the Intracellular Control of Progesterone Synthesis in the Corpus Luteum

John Davis, Ph.D. of University of Nebraska Medical Center


Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome-An Environmental Cause of Abortion

Karen McDowell, Ph.D. of University of Kentucky


Frequency-Dependent Gonadotropin Regulation by Pulsatile GnRH

Ursula Kaiser, M.D. of Harvard Medical School, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Chief of the Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes and Hypertension


The Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Ovarian Follicle Development

Susan M. Quirk, Ph.D. of Cornell University, Department of Animal Science


Dysregulation of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep-Wake Cycle: Impact on Female (and Male) Health

Fred Turek, Ph.D. of Northwestern University, Department of Neurobiology and Physiology, Director, Center for Sleep and Circadian Biology, Charles E. & Emma H. Morrison Professor of Biology


Kisspeptin: The Newest Member of a Triumvirate of Arcuate Nucleus Neuropeptides Critical for the Regulation of Gnrh Secretion in Sheep

Robert Goodman, Ph.D. of the University of West Virgina


Circadian Clock Control of the LH Surge

Sandra Legan, Ph.D. of the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine Department of Physiology


Estrogen regulation of the central reproductive axis

Sally Radovick, M.D. of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine


Neuroendocrine regulation of female reproductive function requires convergence of estradiol and IGF-I signaling in the hypothalamus

Anne M. Etgen, Ph.D. of Albert Einstein College of Medicine


Estrogen regulation of GnRH receptor gene expression: Elusive or Illusive

Colin M. Clay, Ph.D. of Colorado State University


Signaling pathways regulating ovarian follicle formation

Kelly E. Mayo, Ph.D. of Northwestern University


Estrogen regulation of luteinizing hormone release

Mary C. Gieske, M.S. of University of Kentucky


Heat shock factors and their epigenetic role in sperm

Donald C. Wilkerson, Ph.D. of University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Pubertal hormones meet the adolescent brain and an adult is born

Cheryl L. Sisk, Ph.D., Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychology, Michigan State University


Integration of progesterone receptor and MAP kinase-dependent signaling pathways in breast cancer models

Carol A. Lange, Ph.D., University of Minnesota


The search for the elusive memebrane progesterone receptor in the mammalian ovary

John Peluso, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center


Defining the role of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma and its ligands on breast cancer progression

Michael Kilgore, Ph.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Molecular analysis of pathways regulating endometrial function

Franco DeMayo, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine


Fetal-maternal interactions in the initiations of labor

Carole Mendelson, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


Mechanisms of inhibitory Ah receptor-estrogen receptor crosstalk in breast cancer

Stephen Safe, Texas A&M University System Health Sciences Center


HIV infection in women: Multiple sites of possible action

Melinda Wilson, University of Kentucky College of Medicine


Estrogens co-opt growth factor receptors to stimulate breast cancer growth

Richard Santen, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center


Is caloric restriction the ovarian fountain of youth?

Mary Zelinski, The Oregon National Primate Research Center


The controversy over GABA and the afferent control of the GnRH neurons

Suzanne M. Moenter, University of Virginia


Estrogen receptor beta in the brain: Not just another receptor for estrogen anymore

Robert J. Handa, Colorado State University


Reproductive immunology outside of the uterus: A gonadal perspective

Joy L. Pate, The Ohio State University


Localization, regulation, and function of Runx1 in periovulatory ovaries

Misung Jo, University of Kentucky


PPAR gamma activation and function in cancers of the breast and colon

Clinton D. Allred, University of Kentucky


The oocyte-granulosa cell interface in the ovulatory follicle: Closing the gap

Marco Conti, Stanford University


Nuclear receptor-cofactor interactions: Points of convergence between multiple signaling pathways

Donald P. McDonnell, Duke University Medical Center


Proteolytic and cellular death mechanisms in ovulatory ovarian rupture: Pathophysiologycal implications

William J. Murdoch, University of Wyoming


Neuronal steroid hormone receptors: Integration of hormonal and environmental information (Are steroid hormones essential)?

Jeff D. Blaustein, University of Massachusetts


Ovarian follicular cysts in dairy cows: When good follicles go bad

William J. Silvia, University of Kentucky


Role of activin and inhibin in the female reproductive axis

Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern University


Neuroendocrine and paracrine regulation of luteal functions

Wolfgang Wuttke, University of Göttingen, FRG


Functional genomics and mammalian reproduction

Martin M. Matzuk, Baylor College of Medicine


How does a hormone generate so many different signals? A look at gonadotropins

Tae H. Ji, University of Kentucky


New insights into signaling pathways and proteins involved in steroid hormone biosynthesis

Douglas M. Stocco, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center


The prolactin family expansion and pregnancy

Michael J. Soares, University of Kansas Medical Center


A paleontologist's perspective of the evolution of mammalian reproduction

Jason Lillegraven, University of Wyoming


Estrogen receptors: Mechanisms, actions and selective modulation

Benita Katzenellenbogen, University of Illinois


Developmental acquisition of the thermotolerance in bovine embryos: Basic and practical implications

Peter Hansen, University of Florida


The ovarian matrix metalloproteinase system: What, where, why, and how

Thomas Curry, University of Kentucky


Regulation of gene transcription in the reproductive axis

William Chin, Harvard University


Neural systems controlling episodic GnRH secretion: How neural plasticity determines reproductive function

Robert Goodman, West Virginia University


Basic biology and practical implications of selection of a single ovulatory follicle in cattle

Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin


Obligatory role for ARF6 in luteinizing hormone receptor desensitization

Mary Hunzicker-Dunn, Northwestern University


The oocyte-granulosa cell regulatory loop

John Eppig, The Jackson Laboratory


GnRH neurons: Site of integration of estrogenic signals

Lothar Jennes, University of Kentucky


Cellular mechanism establishing sex differences in the brain

Margaret M. McCarthy, University of Maryland


Gonadal steroid regulation of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons

Allan E. Herbison, The Babraham Institute


Autocrine mechanisms in the control of steroidogenic enzyme gene expression

Michael Melner, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee


Autocrine regulation in the ovary: Role of GnRH

Peter C.K. Leung, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia


Alterations in hypothalamic neuronal function associated with lactation

Susan Smith, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon


Neuronal progesterone receptors: Where signals converge to surge

Jon Levine, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


Neuroendocrine regulation and repercussions of the "menopause"

Phyllis Wise, University of Kentucky


Effects of everyday stresses on reproductive function: Dieting, exercise and psychological stresses

Judy L. Cameron, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon


Regulation of GnRH receptor gene expression in sheep and cattle

Terry M. Nett, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado


Physiology and cell biology of the primate ovary

Anthony J. Zeleznik, Magee-Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania


Immune-inflammatory challenge disrupts the estrous cycle: Mechanisms and mediators

Fred J. Karsch, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan


Gene regulation in the ovary: A multiplicity of hormones and cell signaling pathways

JoAnne S. Richards, Northwestern University


Actions and regulation of inhibin and activin in the ovarian granulosa cell

Kelly E. Mayo, Northwestern University


Trophoblast differentiation and its role in the interaction with the endometrium during implantation and placentation in different species

Allen C. Enders, University of California at Davis


Chemosensory and hormonal influences on male hamster sexual behavior

Sarah W. Newman, Cornell University


Multifaceted action of prolactin in the ovary

Geula Gibori, University of Illinois at Chicago


Invaders of the mind: The march of neurons and mast cells into the brain

Ann-Judith Silverman, Columbia University


Making steroid hormones in the gonads and the placenta

Jerome Strauss, University of Pennsylvania


Seasonal reproduction: Neuroendocrine and environmental determinants

Irving Zucker, University of California at Berkeley


Breast cancer, progesterone receptors and hormone resistance

Kathryn Horwitz, University of Colorado


Signal transduction and regulation of pituitary hormone gene expression

Richard Maurer, Oregon Health Science University


Molecular actions of PGF2α in the ovine corpus luteum

Gordon Niswender, Colorado State University


Novel mechanisms for the regulation of GnRH production

James L. Roberts, Mount Sinai Medical Center


What is required to produce a good blastocyst in vitro

Robert Foote, Cornell University


Apoptosis as a proximal cause of ovarian follicle atresia: Conservation of processes based upon a non-mammalian model

A.L. Johnson, University of Notre Dame


Estrogen and hypothalamic regulation of gonadotropin gene expression

Margaret A. Shupnik, University of Virginia Medical School


Metabolic fuels and reproduction in female mammals

George N. Wade, University of Massachusetts


Early aspects of ovarian follicular development

Anne N. Hirshfield, University of Maryland


Regulation of gonadotropin gene expression

J. Larry Jameson, Northwestern University Medical School


Phenotypes associated with disruption of the estrogen receptor gene

Kenneth Korach, NIH-NIEHS


Galanin co-expression and regulation in GnRH neurons

Robert A. Steiner, University of Washington


Regulation of follicular development and function in cattle

Joanne E. Fortune, Cornell Univeristy


Molecular mechanisms of estrogen receptor function

Jack Gorski, University of Wisconsin


Alpha-subunit glycoprotein hormones: Evolution of combinatorial codes for tissue-specific expression in hormone regulation

John H. Nilson, Case Western Reserve Medical School


Gonadotropic and local control of follicular and luteal function in the primate ovary

Richard L. Stouffer, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center