Partial List of Past Speakers

2013

"Temporal Differences in Granulosa Cell Specification in the Ovary Reflect Distinct Follicle Fates"
Blanche Capel, Ph.D., Duke University Medical Center
 
Three P’s of Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research: Promise, Prudence and Progress
Gary D Smith, Ph.D., University of Michigan
 

Paying Attention to Inflammation in the Oviduct
Phillip Bridges, Ph.D., University of Kentucky
 

Developmental Programming of the Preimplantation Bovine Embryo
Peter J. Hansen, Ph.D., University of Florida

 

2012

Gene networks and epigenetic mechanism controlling female puberty”
Sergio Ojeda, Ph.D., Oregon National Primate Research Center
 
Jeffrey Rosen, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Tracking and Targeting of Breast Cancer Stem Cells
 
Bo Rueda, Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Oogonial stem cells: Can they serve as a source for high-grade ovarian adenocarcinoma?
 
Mats Troedsson, D.V.M., Ph.D., DACT, DECAR., University of Kentucky
Selective Sperm Transport in the Equine Reproductive Tract
 
Keith Betteridge, M.V.Sc., Ph.D., FRCVS., University of Guelph
Equine embryogenesis: lessons and challenges from the living and the dead

 

2011

Mouse Models of Ovarian Cancer to Study Disease Etiology and for Therapeutic Testing
 
Sexual Differentiation of Brain and Behavior: Roles for Hormones, Sex Chromosomes and Epigenetics
 
The Role of the Insulin Receptor in Mammary Alveolar Development: Perspectives from In Vivo and In Vitro Model Systems
 
Ovulation, an Outcome of Dynamic Interactions among Genes, Cells and Organs
 
Androgen Synthesis and Disease, Traditional Models, Non-traditional Models and Unexpected Opportunities
 

2010

Novel Mechanisms of Hormone Resistance in Breast Cancer
 
Can Environmental Exposures affect Human Fertility
 
Stroke and the Aging Brain: A Neuroendocrine Perspective
 
New Insights to the Intracellular Control of Progesterone Synthesis in the Corpus Luteum
 
Mare Reproductive Loss Syndrome-An Environmental Cause of Abortion
 

2009

Frequency-Dependent Gonadotropin Regulation by Pulsatile GnRH
 
The Hedgehog Signaling Pathway in Ovarian Follicle Development
 
Dysregulation of Circadian Rhythms and Sleep-Wake Cycle: Impact on Female (and Male) Health
 
Kisspeptin: The Newest Member of a Triumvirate of Arcuate Nucleus Neuropeptides Critical for the Regulation of Gnrh Secretion in Sheep
 
Circadian Clock Control of the LH Surge
Sandra Legan, Ph.D. of the University of Kentucky, College of Medicine Department of Physiology
 

2008

Estrogen regulation of the central reproductive axis
Sally Radovick, M.D. of Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
 
Neuroendocrine regulation of female reproductive function requires convergence of estradiol and IGF-I signaling in the hypothalamus
Anne M. Etgen, Ph.D. of Albert Einstein College of Medicine
 
Estrogen regulation of GnRH receptor gene expression: Elusive or Illusive
Colin M. Clay, Ph.D. of Colorado State University
 
Signaling pathways regulating ovarian follicle formation
Kelly E. Mayo, Ph.D. of Northwestern University
 
Estrogen regulation of luteinizing hormone release
Mary C. Gieske, M.S. of University of Kentucky
 
Heat shock factors and their epigenetic role in sperm
Donald C. Wilkerson, Ph.D. of University of Kentucky College of Medicine
 

 

2007

Pubertal hormones meet the adolescent brain and an adult is born
Cheryl L. Sisk, Ph.D., Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychology, Michigan State University
 
Integration of progesterone receptor and MAP kinase-dependent signaling pathways in breast cancer models
Carol A. Lange, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
 
The search for the elusive memebrane progesterone receptor in the mammalian ovary
John Peluso, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center
 
Defining the role of the peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma and its ligands on breast cancer progression
Michael Kilgore, Ph.D., University of Kentucky College of Medicine
 
Molecular analysis of pathways regulating endometrial function
Franco DeMayo, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
 
 

2006

Fetal-maternal interactions in the initiations of labor
Carole Mendelson, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
 
Mechanisms of inhibitory Ah receptor-estrogen receptor crosstalk in breast cancer
Stephen Safe, Texas A&M University System Health Sciences Center
 
HIV infection in women: Multiple sites of possible action
Melinda Wilson, University of Kentucky College of Medicine
 
Estrogens co-opt growth factor receptors to stimulate breast cancer growth
Richard Santen, University of Virginia Health Sciences Center
 
Is caloric restriction the ovarian fountain of youth?
Mary Zelinski, The Oregon National Primate Research Center
 

2005

The controversy over GABA and the afferent control of the GnRH neurons
Suzanne M. Moenter, University of Virginia
 
Estrogen receptor beta in the brain: Not just another receptor for estrogen anymore
Robert J. Handa, Colorado State University
 
Reproductive immunology outside of the uterus: A gonadal perspective
Joy L. Pate, The Ohio State University
 
Localization, regulation, and function of Runx1 in periovulatory ovaries
Misung Jo, University of Kentucky
 
PPAR gamma activation and function in cancers of the breast and colon
Clinton D. Allred, University of Kentucky
 
The oocyte-granulosa cell interface in the ovulatory follicle: Closing the gap
Marco Conti, Stanford University
 

2004

Nuclear receptor-cofactor interactions: Points of convergence between multiple signaling pathways
Donald P. McDonnell, Duke University Medical Center
 
Proteolytic and cellular death mechanisms in ovulatory ovarian rupture: Pathophysiologycal implications
William J. Murdoch, University of Wyoming
 
Neuronal steroid hormone receptors: Integration of hormonal and environmental information (Are steroid hormones essential)?
Jeff D. Blaustein, University of Massachusetts
 
Ovarian follicular cysts in dairy cows: When good follicles go bad
William J. Silvia, University of Kentucky
 
Role of activin and inhibin in the female reproductive axis
Teresa Woodruff, Northwestern University
 

2003

Neuroendocrine and paracrine regulation of luteal functions
Wolfgang Wuttke, University of Göttingen, FRG
 
Functional genomics and mammalian reproduction
Martin M. Matzuk, Baylor College of Medicine
 
How does a hormone generate so many different signals? A look at gonadotropins
Tae H. Ji, University of Kentucky
 
New insights into signaling pathways and proteins involved in steroid hormone biosynthesis
Douglas M. Stocco, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center
 
The prolactin family expansion and pregnancy
Michael J. Soares, University of Kansas Medical Center
 

2002

A paleontologist's perspective of the evolution of mammalian reproduction
Jason Lillegraven, University of Wyoming
 
Estrogen receptors: Mechanisms, actions and selective modulation
Benita Katzenellenbogen, University of Illinois
 
Developmental acquisition of the thermotolerance in bovine embryos: Basic and practical implications
Peter Hansen, University of Florida
 
The ovarian matrix metalloproteinase system: What, where, why, and how
Thomas Curry, University of Kentucky
 
Regulation of gene transcription in the reproductive axis
William Chin, Harvard University
 
Neural systems controlling episodic GnRH secretion: How neural plasticity determines reproductive function
Robert Goodman, West Virginia University

 

2001

Basic biology and practical implications of selection of a single ovulatory follicle in cattle
Milo Wiltbank, University of Wisconsin
 
Obligatory role for ARF6 in luteinizing hormone receptor desensitization
Mary Hunzicker-Dunn, Northwestern University
 
The oocyte-granulosa cell regulatory loop
John Eppig, The Jackson Laboratory
 
GnRH neurons: Site of integration of estrogenic signals
Lothar Jennes, University of Kentucky
 
Cellular mechanism establishing sex differences in the brain
Margaret M. McCarthy, University of Maryland
 
Gonadal steroid regulation of the gonadotropin-releasing hormone neurons
Allan E. Herbison, The Babraham Institute
 

2000

Autocrine mechanisms in the control of steroidogenic enzyme gene expression
Michael Melner, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
 
Autocrine regulation in the ovary: Role of GnRH
Peter C.K. Leung, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
 
Alterations in hypothalamic neuronal function associated with lactation
Susan Smith, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon
 
Neuronal progesterone receptors: Where signals converge to surge
Jon Levine, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
 
Neuroendocrine regulation and repercussions of the "menopause"
Phyllis Wise, University of Kentucky
 

1999

Effects of everyday stresses on reproductive function: Dieting, exercise and psychological stresses
Judy L. Cameron, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center, Beaverton, Oregon
 
Regulation of GnRH receptor gene expression in sheep and cattle
Terry M. Nett, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado
 
Physiology and cell biology of the primate ovary
Anthony J. Zeleznik, Magee-Women's Research Institute, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
 
Immune-inflammatory challenge disrupts the estrous cycle: Mechanisms and mediators
Fred J. Karsch, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
 

1998

Gene regulation in the ovary: A multiplicity of hormones and cell signaling pathways
JoAnne S. Richards, Northwestern University
 
Actions and regulation of inhibin and activin in the ovarian granulosa cell
Kelly E. Mayo, Northwestern University
 
Trophoblast differentiation and its role in the interaction with the endometrium during implantation and placentation in different species
Allen C. Enders, University of California at Davis
 
Chemosensory and hormonal influences on male hamster sexual behavior
Sarah W. Newman, Cornell University
 

1997

Multifaceted action of prolactin in the ovary
Geula Gibori, University of Illinois at Chicago
 
Invaders of the mind: The march of neurons and mast cells into the brain
Ann-Judith Silverman, Columbia University
 
Making steroid hormones in the gonads and the placenta
Jerome Strauss, University of Pennsylvania
 
Seasonal reproduction: Neuroendocrine and environmental determinants
Irving Zucker, University of California at Berkeley
 
 
 
 

1996

Breast cancer, progesterone receptors and hormone resistance
Kathryn Horwitz, University of Colorado
 
Signal transduction and regulation of pituitary hormone gene expression
Richard Maurer, Oregon Health Science University
 
Molecular actions of PGF2α in the ovine corpus luteum
Gordon Niswender, Colorado State University
 
Novel mechanisms for the regulation of GnRH production
James L. Roberts, Mount Sinai Medical Center
 
 

 

1995

What is required to produce a good blastocyst in vitro
Robert Foote, Cornell University
 
Apoptosis as a proximal cause of ovarian follicle atresia: Conservation of processes based upon a non-mammalian model
A.L. Johnson, University of Notre Dame
 
Estrogen and hypothalamic regulation of gonadotropin gene expression
Margaret A. Shupnik, University of Virginia Medical School
 
Metabolic fuels and reproduction in female mammals
George N. Wade, University of Massachusetts

1994

Early aspects of ovarian follicular development
Anne N. Hirshfield, University of Maryland
 
Regulation of gonadotropin gene expression
J. Larry Jameson, Northwestern University Medical School
 
Phenotypes associated with disruption of the estrogen receptor gene
Kenneth Korach, NIH-NIEHS
 
Galanin co-expression and regulation in GnRH neurons
Robert A. Steiner, University of Washington
 

1993

Regulation of follicular development and function in cattle
Joanne E. Fortune, Cornell Univeristy
 
Molecular mechanisms of estrogen receptor function
Jack Gorski, University of Wisconsin
 
Alpha-subunit glycoprotein hormones: Evolution of combinatorial codes for tissue-specific expression in hormone regulation
John H. Nilson, Case Western Reserve Medical School
 
Gonadotropic and local control of follicular and luteal function in the primate ovary
Richard L. Stouffer, Oregon Regional Primate Research Center