NFFR Research Team attends the 45th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction

Members of the NFFR research team spent four days at Penn State University in August at the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) Annual Meeting. This year’s theme was “Applied Reproductive Biology: Making it Relevant”. Two lectures opened the meeting that put this theme immediately into context.  These included a talk on how dairy cow infertility is informing what we know about the physiology of the embryo and endometrium, as well as a cutting edge discussion about the progress underway in preservation of fertility in young cancer patients. This was of particular interest to the NFFR group, as they are researching similar methods to rescue fertility in women of advanced maternal age. Throughout the conference, presentations that related to the ongoing research at NFFR were numerous. Of particular interest were talks covering egg competence, embryo selection in assisted reproduction, and the effect of maternal and paternal diet on reproductive outcome. New this year, several debates were included in the program, including a lively discussion of human oocyte cryopreservation.

NFFR was well represented at the meeting.  Research Director Dr. Rebecca Krisher chaired two sessions in the program.  Most exciting, Dr. Melissa Paczkowski, Lab Manager, gave an excellent oral presentation of her work on a novel aspect of embryo metabolism that may lead to significant improvements in embryo culture media. Dr. Jason Herrick, Senior Scientist, presented his work on supplements supporting oocyte maturation and Kevin Strauss, embryologist, presented his research examining the role of amino acids during culture on embryo survival and viability, both during the scientific poster sessions. On Wednesday, after the close of the meeting, everyone gathered to celebrate another year of scientific achievement and enjoy a delicious barbeque dinner and Penn State creamery ice cream, followed by a dance to a fun 80’s cover band. Watching some of the country’s premier reproductive biologists ‘get their groove on’ may have been the best highlight of all!

- Written by Dr. Rebecca Krisher, NFFR Research Director

Posted: August 27 2012 in

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