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Mammalian Reproduction
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Meeting Cycle

24 Months

Conference Description

The new Gordon Research Conference on Mammalian Reproduction will address topics relevant to a variety of aspects of reproductive biology including development, differentiation and function of germ cells, gonads, reproductive tract organs (e.g. uterus, oviduct, prostate, epididymis) and embryos, as well as embryonic and gametogenic stem cells. The program will be focused on the function of these cells, tissues or organs in mammalian systems, but will also feature presentations describing similar functions studied in appropriate model organisms. The scope of the program will range from the basic biology of normal reproductive processes to aberrant function associated with diseases or malfunctions of reproductive systems.

The field of Mammalian Reproduction exemplifies the ‘bench-to-bedside’ nature of the biomedical scientific enterprise in developed countries. An example is the development of assisted reproductive technologies (ART), which came from basic research performed on animal models but which, upon implementation in the clinical setting, has now contributed to the births of > 4 million humans through the use of some form of ART. Similarly, an understanding of the normal biology of mammalian reproductive systems continues to be needed to develop better treatments for infertility, or for diseases of specific reproductive organs such as ovarian or testicular cancer, endometriosis, or prostate cancer. In addition, breakthroughs in our understanding of the basic mechanisms of reproduction continue to contribute to increasingly more effective means of birth control. The objective of the new GRC on Mammalian Reproduction is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and progress related to cutting-edge research concerning mechanisms of reproduction in mammals. This will include unique opportunities for interactions between basic researchers and clinicians. Beginning in the mid-1970s, and continuing through the early 2000s, the two previous GRCs related to mammalian reproduction ("Reproductive Tract Biology" and "Mammalian Gametogenesis & Embryogenesis") served this function with great success. We are convinced that the new GRC on Mammalian Reproduction will reestablish this very popular and successful forum in a manner that will fulfill all of the objectives of the Gordon Research Conferences.

What is a GRC? Gordon Research Conferences (GRC) are 5-day meetings that bring scientists together from around the world to present and discuss unpublished research with other leaders in their field.

Related Conference

This Gordon Research Conference (GRC) series is related to the "Mammalian Reproduction" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series. Although a related GRS will typically be scheduled in conjunction with its parent GRC each time it meets, that may not always be the case. Refer to the individual meetings in the Meeting History section below for more details. For more information about the associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) series, click here.

What is a GRS? Gordon Research Seminars (GRS) are 2-day meetings that bring graduate students and post-docs together to discuss their cutting edge research among peers and mentors. Each GRS immediately precedes an associated Gordon Research Conference (GRC), and topics addressed at the GRS relate closely to the GRC.

Meeting History

YearMeeting NameDatesConference SiteChair(s)
2018 Mammalian Reproduction
Pathways from Gametogenesis to Pregnancy
Jul 29 - Aug 3 Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Humphrey H. Yao
Jon Oatley
2016 Mammalian Reproduction
Regulatory Processes Modulating Mammalian Reproduction
Aug 21-26 Waterville Valley Anne Croy
Amander T. Clark
2014 Mammalian Reproduction
Translating Basic Science into Clinical Applications
Aug 10-15 Colby-Sawyer College John R. McCarrey
Francesco J. Demayo
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