One focus of the meeting's scientific program will be on functional nutrients and environmental factors and their roles in critical reproductive events in animals and humans. The keynote address on "Nuclear reprogramming and the fetal-maternal dialogue" will be delivered by Dr. Jean-Paul Renard, director of the Unite de Biologie du Developpement, INRA, France.
The presidential symposium will further pursue the topic of nutritional regulation of reproductive function. Dr. Pushpa S. Kalra, Department of Physiology and Functional Genomics, University of Florida, will discuss "Energy homeostasis and reproduction: The neuropeptide connection," and Dr. Robert Webb, University of Nottingham School of Biosciences, United Kingdom, will examine the "Nutritional impact on female reproductive function: From genetics to metabolomics."
Dr. Olivia P. Judson, Research Fellow in Evolutionary Biology, Imperial College at Silwood Park, United Kingdom, will deliver the first plenary address on "The evolutionary biology of pregnancy." Dr. Judson is the author of Dr. Tatiana's Sex Advice to All Creation.
The second plenary address will deal with embryonic stem cells and will be given by Dr. John D. Gearhart, Director of Stem Cell Biology and the Division of Developmental Genetics, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
In addition to platform presentations and poster sessions dealing with a range of topics in reproductive biology, the SSR meeting will also include 15 minisymposia on such topics as pheromones, obesity and reproduction, generating sperm from human testicular stem cells, and new concepts of puberty.
The Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), founded in 1967 to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, publishes Biology of Reproduction, the leading research journal in the field of reproductive science.