For many, the process of reproduction might seem like a mysterious combination of timing, miracles and fate, but for a group of over 80 biomedical researchers, practitioners, and graduate students attending the 2013 Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium, the biology of reproduction is instead a focused exploration of the scientific building blocks that create and sustain life in the womb.
With the theme of parturition and pre-term labor, the 2013 RMRSS brought together a diverse group of scientists from across the region to discuss advances in both human and animal reproduction that deepen our understanding of fertility, gestation, and labor.
“This year’s symposium was an outstanding discussion of not only the molecular interactions that impact labor, but also biotechnological advances and the clinical implications of reproductive processes,” said Dr. Thomas Hansen, professor and director of the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory. “Every year this is an important event that brings together many of the field’s top experts to discuss how we can advance our understanding of reproductive biology.”
The Symposium also served another purpose – giving the next generation of reproductive scientists the opportunity to discuss their work and network with students and researchers outside their home university. Many students were also able to present their research to some of the field’s top experts and receive important feedback on their work.
Eight graduate students presented abstracts during the student platform session, including three from the College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. Over thirty students also presented posters which included five from Colorado State University. ARBL graduate student Kristin Klohonatz won second place for her oral platform on “Profiling focal adhesion molecules in equine endometrium during maternal recognition of pregnancy.” Ten institutions spanning five regional states (CO, MO, NE, KS, TX, WY) were represented at the meeting.
The Rocky Mountain Reproductive Sciences Symposium is an annual event hosted by the Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, and the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Colorado State University. The 2013 sponsors also included CSU Ventures and Olympus America Inc.
Information on the 2014 RMRSS will be available later this year.
2013 RMRSS Organizing Committee:
• Dr. Thomas Hansen (CSU)
• Dr. Gerrit Bouma (CSU)
• Dr. Jason Bruemmer (CSU)
• Dr. Andrew Bradford (UC Denver)
• Dr. Brenda Alexander (UW)
• Dr. Patrick Burns (UNC Greeley)
Story and Photos by Kerri McDermid, Animal Reproduction and Biotechnology Laboratory, Department of Biomedical Sciences