SRI 70th Annual Scientific Meeting

Joint Satellite Symposium by Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC)
and Parturition/Myometrium Group

Wednesday March 22, 2023

Room: P9
Plaza Level

Symposium Organizers:


Ramkumar Menon, Ph.D.
Professor, Division Director, Basic Science and Translational Research, Department of Obstetrics
and Gynecology, The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, TX

Executive Director – PREBIC Global

Parturition/Myometrium Organizer:
Rachel Tribe, PhD
Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Science, Department of Women and Children's Health
King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
Director - PREBIC European Branch

Session I

Sam Mesiano, PhD
Secretary and Treasurer, PREBIC, Inc.
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Elizabeth Bonney, MD
President, PREBIC, Inc.
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Vermont, VT, USA

8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Preterm Birth International Collaborative Activities
Elizabeth Bonney, MD
President, PREBIC
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

“Antenatal Corticosteroids for Preterm Birth: Changes, Challenges and Controversies”
Joshua P. Vogel, BMedSci, MBBS, Ph.D.
Principal Research Fellow & Co-Head, Global Women's and Newborn's Health Group
Maternal, Child and Adolescent Health Program, Burnet Institute

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

"Updates on Prevention Strategies for Preterm Birth"
Clarissa Velayo, MD, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Physiology
College of Medicine, University of the Philippines
Ermita, Manila,

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.


Session II

Hanns Helmer, MD
Past President & Executive Council Member- PREBIC
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Ramkumar Menon, PhD
Professor, Division Director, Basic and Translational Research
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, USA
Executive Director – PREBIC

10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Genome Wide Association Studies (GWAS) Enhances the Genetic Understanding of the Gestational Duration, birth weight and placental weight
Bo Jacobsson, MD, Ph.D.
Professor, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Sahgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
Chair, PREBIC Europe Branch
FIGO – Division of Maternal and Neonatal Health

10:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Chromatin Remodeling in the Gestational Tissues is an Emerging Driver of the Labor-promoting Phenotype
Tamas Zakar, MD, Ph.D.
Conjoint Professor, School of Medicine and Public Health, The University of Newcastle, Newcastle, Australia
Mothers and Babies Research Program, HMRI

11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Calvin J. Hobel, MD “Keynote Lecture”
Novel Cell and Cell-free Therapies for Perinatal Diseases - Considerations for Early Phase Clinical Trials
Rebecca Lim, Ph.D.
The Ritchie Centre
Hudson Institute of Medical Research
Clayton, Victoria, Australia

11:40 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.


Session III

Rachel Tribe, PhD

Professor, Department of Women and Children's Health, School of Life Course
Sciences, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom
Co-Chair - PREBIC European Branch

Nanbert Zhong, MD, PhD
Department of Human Genetics,
New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities
Staten Island, NY, USA.

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Circadian Timekeeping in Pregnancy
Hanne Hoffmann, PhD
Department of Animal Sciences
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA

2:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Perturbations Preceding Preterm Birth: A Multi-omic, Longitudinal Approach to the Maternal Immunome
Ina Stelzer, PhD
Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University, CA, USA

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Maternal Obesity and Mechanisms of Myometrial Dysfunction
Antonina Frolova, MD, PhD

Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Topologically Associated Domains in the Myometrium and Preterm Birth
Roger Smith, MBBS, Hons., PhD, FRACP, FRANZCOG, FSRB
Laureate Professor
Endocrinology Department, Medical & Interventional Service
The University of Newcastle, Callaghan, Australia

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.


4:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Placental Endothelium Insufficiency in Preterm Birth
Luis Sobrevia, FTPS FIUPS
Professor, Cellular and Molecular Physiology Laboratory (CMPL)
Department of Obstetrics
Division of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile
Santiago, Chile

4:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Prevention of Preterm Birth Anno 2023: What We Do Know and What We Don't Know
Ben Mol, MD, Ph.D.
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Monash University, Monash Medical Centre
Clayton, Australia