March 20, 2024

Register now for April 4 Navigating Fertility: Science, Solutions and Future Directions

The C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development at the Wayne State University School of Medicine will host “Navigating Fertility: Science, Solutions and Future Directions,” on April 4.

The free symposium will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the center, located at 275 E. Hancock Ave. in Detroit, and also via Zoom.

The day will provide a dynamic and insightful look into the forefront of fertility research and practice, bringing together experts, researchers, clinicians and practitioners in the field to share knowledge, discuss advancements and explore the latest developments in fertility.

Kyle Orwig, Ph.D.

The keynote speaker will be Kyle Orwig, Ph.D., professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, and of Reproductive Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Orwig’s research focuses on stem cells, germ lineage development, fertility and infertility, providing a basis for understanding the mechanisms of infertility caused by disease, medical treatments, genetic defects and aging.

RSVP here.

For more information, contact Alyssa Alday at alyssa.alday@wayne.edu.

The agenda includes:

9 a.m.: Welcome by Gil Mor, M.D., Ph.D., the John M. Malone Jr., M.D., Endowed Chair of Women’s Health Research and scientific director of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development

9:10 a.m.: J. Richard Pilsner, Ph.D., M.P.H., of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development, Wayne State University School of Medicine, on “Tick Tock: Sperm Epigenetic Aging and Reproductive Success”

9:40 a.m.: Stephen Krawetz, Ph.D., of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, on “Messages from Your Father”

10:10 a.m. Roohi Jeelani, M.D., FACOG, of the Wayne State University School of Medicine (topic to be determined)

10:50 a.m.: Break and vendor exhibits

11:15 a.m.: Kyle Orwig, Ph.D., of the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, on “Stem Cell Therapies for Male Infertility”

12:15 p.m.: Lunch and vendor exhibits

1:30 p.m.: Sue Hammoud, Ph.D., of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, on “A Balancing Act: Equalizing Sex Specific CENP-A levels is Critical for Mammalian Embryogenesis”

2 p.m.: Josh Bembenek, Ph.D., of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, on “Cell Cycle Control of Oocyte Meiosis"

2:30 p.m.: Zhibing Zhang. Ph.D., of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, on “The mechanisms of MEIG1 Complex in Mammalian Spermiogenesis and Fertilization”

3:10 p.m.: Break and poster viewing

3:30 p.m.: Kin Fai Au, Ph. D., of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, on “Long-read Sequencing Discovers a Unique Pattern of Zygotic Activation of Transposable Elements”

4:10 p.m.: Daniel Rappolee, Ph.D., of the C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development and the Wayne State University School of Medicine, on “Miscarriage From the Point of View of the Embryo and its Stem Cells”

4:50 p.m.: Break

6 p.m.: Panel discussion

7 p.m.: Adjourn

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