Aspen-Snowmass Perinatal Biology Symposium 2019 – Scientific Sessions

Dec 3, 2018


                  Aspen-Snowmass Perinatal Biology Symposium 2019 – Scientific Sessions

Perinatal Exposures: Intersecting Mechanisms leading to Developmental Outcomes


The program will consist of 9 Plenary Sessions, including the Keynote Lecture and the DJP Barker Memorial Lecture, 2 Poster Sessions, and 3 Trainee Workshops.

Session 1:

  • Keynote Lecture – Daniel Nettle, Center for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University
    The long reach of early life: Developmental experience and the organization of the adult phenotype Confirmed

Session 2:
Early events that program embryonic, fetal and postnatal development

a) Joel Caton, Animal Sciences Department, North Dakota State University
Maternal nutrition and early programming events Confirmed

b) Marisa Bartolomei, Epigenetics Institute, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
Epigenetic inheritance in developmental programming Confirmed

c) Melissa Mann, Magee Women’s Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh
Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and genomic imprinting Confirmed

d) Early Career Speaker: Sebastian Canovas, Physiology Department, University of Murcia
Role of reproductive tract secretions in embryonic development and early programmingConfirmed

Session 3:
Cellular pathways I

a) Mina Desai, David-Geffen School of Medicine, UC-Los Angeles
Cellular pathways of adipogenesisConfirmed

b) Min Du, Animal Sciences Department, Washington State University
Cellular pathways of myogenesisConfirmed

c) Sebastien Bouret, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Hormonal and molecular signals that direct development of brain feeding circuitsConfirmed

d) Justin Dean, Department of Physiology, and Centre for Brain Research, in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, the University of Auckland – Effects of hypoxia and infection on brain development and potential treatmentsConfirmed

Session 4:
Maternal nutrition/body composition and programming

a) Tim Regnault, Western University, London Ontario
Maternal diet/body composition in programming of fetal and placental development Confirmed

b) Early Career Speaker: Sarah Reed, Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut
Maternal nutrition and fetal growth: Developmental changes in different organs Confirmed

c) Early Career Speaker: Kristen Boyle, Center for Women’s Health Research, University of Colorado
Umbilical stem cells – programmed risk?Confirmed

Session 5:
Programming of insulin sensitivity and insulin action

a) Michael Symonds, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham
Programming of adipose development Confirmed

b) Carrie McCurdy, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon
Maternal obesity/high fat diet in skeletal muscle metabolism Confirmed

c) Sean Limesand, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences University of Arizona
Development of insulin resistance and tissue-specific differencesConfirmed

d) Early Career Speaker: Sara Pinney, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania
DNA methylation and pathogenesis of diabetes Confirmed

Session 6: Placental function and programming

a) Alan Conley, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC-Davis
Role of placental steroids and prostanoids in developmental outcomes Confirmed

b) Helen Jones, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
Placental nutrient sensing and transport Confirmed

c) Terry Morgan, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University
Imaging methodologies for abnormal uteroplacental development Confirmed

d) Early Career Speaker: Antonio Frias, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University Uteroplacental blood flow in maternal HFD/obesity and nutrient restriction – Confirmed

Session 7:
DJP Barker Memorial Lecture – Peter Nathanielsz, University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Southwest National Primate Research Center, San Antonio
From womb to tomb: The interaction of developmental programming and aging mechanisms Confirmed

Session 8:
Maternal stress and the endocrine milieu

a) Steve Matthews, Physiology, University of Toronto
Stress hormones and developmental programming Confirmed

b) Neil Evans, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow
Endocrine disruptors and programming of reproductive health in livestock Confirmed

c) Vasantha Padmanabhan, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan
Developmental programming of insulin resistance: is androgen the culprit? – Confirmed

d) Early Career Speaker: Stephane Borque, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta2019 Aspen-Snowmass_flyer for advertising_abbreviated_24oct18
Perinatal iron deficiency in developmental programming Confirmed

Session 9:
Cellular pathways II

a) Ilhem Messaoudi Powers, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UC-Irvine
Immune system development pre- and post-natally Confirmed

b) Kjersti Aagaard, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine
Microbiome and perinatal outcomesConfirmed

c) Josef Neu, Health Shands Children’s Hospital, University of Florida
Nutrition and the gastro-intestinal environment of the neonate Tentative


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