SRI 67th Annual Scientific Meeting
SRI 67th Annual Scientific Meeting

Joint Satellite - Myometrium/Parturition/Preterm Birth International Collaborative (PREBIC) Satellite Meeting


Wednesday, March 11, 2020 - Vancouver, BC, Canada
East Meeting Room 8&15 - Vancouver Convention Centre East, Level 2

PREBIC Organizer:
Ramkumar Menon, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, USA
Executive Director – PREBIC

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

Session I

Calvin J. Hobel, MD
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA, USA

Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD
Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY, USA
President, PREBIC

8:20 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Preterm Birth International Collaborative Activities
Cynthia Gyamfi-Bannerman, MD
President, PREBIC
Columbia University Irving Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

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

Pursuit of New Tools for Addressing Adverse Pregnancies and Newborn Complications in Global Health
Sindura Ganapathi, BVSc (DVM), PhD
Deputy Director, Global Health Program
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Seattle, Washington, USA

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

Risks Associated With Viral Infections During Pregnancy
Gil G. Mor, MD, PhD
Professor and Director,
Scientific Director of The C.S. Mott Center for Human Growth and Development,
Associate (Vice) Chair for Research,
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology,
Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

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


Session II

Hanns Helmer, MD
Professor, Dept. Obstetrics and Maternal- Fetal Medicine
Medical University Vienna, Vienna, Austria
Past President – PREBIC

Elizabeth Bonney, MD
Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, USA
Secretary General, PREBIC, Inc.

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

Immune System Dynamics in Healthy and Pathological Pregnancies
Brice Gaudillière, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology Stanford Department of Anesthesiology, Perioperative and Pain Medicine
Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA

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

Baby Talk and Baby Steps: Uncovering Microbial-Immune Conversations at the Maternal-Fetal Interface
Indira U. Mysorekar, PhD
James P. Crane Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology; Pathology & Immunology Director, Centre for Reproductive Health Sciences
Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, USA

Calvin J. Hobel, MD “Keynote Lecture”

11:00 a.m. - 11:05 a.m.

Speaker Introduction
Ramkumar Menon, PhD
Associate Professor, Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology
The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston, Galveston, TX, USA

11:05 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Cell-Free Nucleic Acids in Maternal Plasma as Biomarkers of Feto-Placental and Maternal Disease
Diana W. Bianchi, MD
Director, Eunice Kennedy Shriver
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), Bethesda, MD, USA

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


Session III

Nanbert Zhong, MD, PhD
New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities, Staten Island, NY, USA
Past President - PREBIC

Mark Johnson, MD
Europe Professor, Clinical Chair in Obstetrics Faculty of Medicine, Department of Surgery & Cancer
Imperial College, London, United Kingdom
Chairperson, PREBIC 

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

Impaired Autophagy and Proteinopathy in Adverse Pregnancy Outcomes
Surendra Sharma, MD, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics Director, Center of Excellence for Reproductive Health Women and Infants Hospital
Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, Providence, RI USA

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

Epigenetic Regulation of LncRNA ADAM9 in Preterm Birth Syndrome
Nanbert Zhong, MD, PhD
New York State Institute for Basic Research in Developmental Disabilities,
Staten Island, NY, USA

Session IV

Sam Mesiano, PhD
Professor, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA
Treasurer, PREBIC

Rachel Tribe, PhD
Maternal and Perinatal Science, Dept. of Women and Children's Health, School of Life Course Sciences
King's College London, London, United Kingdom
Board of Directors, PREBIC Europe

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Exploring the Physiological Adaptations to Pregnancy - Can it Inform our Understanding Preterm Birth?
Michael Taggart, PhD
Professor of Reproductive Sciences Institute of Genetic Medicine
University of Newcastle, UK 

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

Modelling Maternal Obesity: Identifying the Mechanism Behind Myometrial Contractile Dysfunction During Parturition
Matthew Elmes, PhD
Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Sutton Bonington Campus
University of Nottingham, Loughborough, Leicestershire, United Kingdom

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


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

On Target for Novel Therapies?
Jonathan Paul, PhD
Lecturer, School of Medicine and Public Health (Reproductive Medicine) University of Newcastle, New Lambton Heights, NSW, Australia

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

Partnering with Industry for Drug Development in High-Risk Pregnancy
Jennifer Gudeman, PharmD
Vice President, Medical Affairs, Women's Health
AMAG Pharmaceuticals, Inc, Waltham, MA, USA