Solving Challenges in Contraceptive Discovery and Innovation


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Contraception plays a vital role in family planning and improving health and economic opportunities for women.  Yet a lack of appropriate choice and access means that the contraceptive needs of hundreds of millions of couples wishing to avoid pregnancy go unmet in both developed and developing countries.

Thanks to the generous support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the Society for the Study of Reproduction in partnership the International Society of Endocrinology (ISE) is excited to present a series of virtual symposia focused on novel contraceptive discovery.

The goal of this event is to stimulate new research and novel approaches to solving the challenges of innovation and creating increased choice, particularly in non-hormonal contraceptives.  We look forward to welcoming participants from all areas of reproductive biology research and all geographic regions to engage in exploring challenges and creating opportunities for new innovations in this important and underrepresented field of study.

We look forward to welcoming participants from all areas of reproductive biology research and all geographic regions to engage in exploring challenges and creating opportunities for new innovations in this important and underrepresented field of study.

The speaking schedule and additional highlights are currently in development, but we are pleased to share three of our Keynote Speakers:


Novel Contraceptives Targeting Sperm Development and Function
September 30, 2020
4:00-6:00 PM (EST)
Keynote Speaker: Martin Matzuk, Baylor College of Medicine, DNA-Encoded Chemistry Technology and Functional Genomics for Contraception Research
Read Dr. Matzuk's Bio Here

Male Contraceptive Development Targeting Spermatogenesis
October 7, 2020
4:00-6:00 PM (EST)
Keynote Speaker: Patricia Cuasnicú, Institute of Biology and Experimental Medicine Buenos Aires Argentina, CRISP Proteins as Novel Targets for Male Contraceptive Development
Read Dr. Cuasnicu's Bio Here 

Non-Hormonal Female Contraceptive Strategies
October 14, 2020
4:00-6:00 PM (EST)
Keynote Speaker: Diane Duffy, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Ovulatory Angiogenesis as a Target for Novel Contraceptive Development
Read Dr. Duffy's Bio Here 

Registration 
Registration is now OpenRegistration will be free for all SSR Members.  The cost for non-SSR Members is $100 and $30 for Trainees.  If you have any questions regarding your membership, please contact membership@ssr.org   

E-Poster Sessions
SSR will be hosting the posters online using our new e-poster platform which will allow viewers to send questions to poster authors and view the video/audio narratives with each poster. The e-poster hall will be open 24-hrs a day from October 7th -14th.

Submit Your Abstract

The SSR Contraception Program Committee welcomes abstracts reporting new basic, clinical, and/or translational research in any field of reproduction. that may have relevance to contraceptive innovation You do not need to be a member of SSR to submit an abstract. There are no restrictions on species investigated. Please adhere to all rules for the submission and format of abstracts. Failure to comply may be cause for rejection. Deadline to submit you abstract is September 30th, 2020 11:59(PM). View abstract guidelines HERE. Submit your abstract HERE.  View sample abstracts HERE

Awards

Three E/MCR awards of $1,200 for travel support to the 2021 SSR meeting will be offered.  One presenter whose abstract was selected for an oral talk will be selected from each symposium session for best abstract/ presentation. The SSR Contraception Program Committee will select finalists on the basis of an evaluation of the abstracts submitted for competition. Each award will be announced at the end of each symposium.

Trainee Mentor Roundtable 
This event will allow trainees to be matched up in a small group with mentors from around the world for a virtual mentoring session, creating an opportunity for trainees to ask questions, gain insights, and get to know prominent SSR members in a casual format.

Virtual Happy Hour 

Join us for an informal networking event where you can get to know attendees from around the world. Bring your beverage of choice and mingle in randomly assigned breakout rooms. 

 

 

 




Submit Your Abstract

Deadline to submit your abstract is September 30th, 2020 11:59 (PM)

Submit Your Abstract