SRI 69th Annual Scientific Meeting
SRI 69th Annual Scientific Meeting

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


Wednesday, March 16, 2022
Capitol 4, Level 4

PREBIC Organizer:
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

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

Moderators: 
Sam Mesiano, PhD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, USA

Elizabeth Bonney, MD
PREBIC President
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.

The burden of preterm birth in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: The impact of clinical and research-related challenges
Kwame Adu-Bonsaffoh, MD, M Phil
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Ghana Medical School, Accra, Ghana

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

Seeing the electrical waves: 3D noninvasive imaging of human uterine activities from labor contraction to peristalsis
Yong Wang, PhD
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Radiology, Biomedical Engineering, Washington University, St. Louis, MO, USA

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

BREAK

Session II

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

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.

What is the clinical utility of a test to predict preterm birth?
Thomas F McElrath, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA, USA

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

Personalized risk prediction of preterm birth – the QUIPP app and more
Rachel Tribe, PhD
Professor of Maternal and Perinatal Science, Department of Women and Children’s Health, King’s College London, London, United Kingdom

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

Calvin J. Hobel, MD “Keynote Lecture”
Challenges and opportunities for innovation in maternal and perinatal global health
Mario Merialdi, MD, PhD, MPH
Founder & Former Director
PREBIC, Inc
Switzerland, Geneva

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

LUNCH BREAK

Session III

Moderators: 
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

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.

Activation of DNA sensing pathways in maternal monocytes and parturition initiation
Elizabeth Ann Enninga, PhD
Associate Professor of Immunology and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN, USA

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

Studying ascending genital mycoplasma infection in preterm birth using cervical and feto-maternal interface organ-on-a-chip models and it’s in vivo physiologic validation
Ourlad Alzeus Tantengco, MD
College of Medicine, University of the Philippines Manila, Philippines

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Threshold for inflammation in inducing preterm labor
Suhas G. Kallapur MD
Chief, Divisions of Neonatology and Developmental Biology, Professor of Pediatrics David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA,
UCLA Mattel Children's Hospital, Los Angeles, CA, USA

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

Single-Cell RNA Sequencing of the Uterine Tissues in Normal and Complicated Labor
Nardhy Gomez-Lopez, PhD
Associate Professor, Section Head of the Maternal-Fetal Immunobiology Unit, Perinatal Research Initiative in Support of the Perinatology Research Branch, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, USA

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

BREAK

4:00 p.m. - 4:40 p.m.

Nanomedicine for preterm birth prevention
Laura Ensign, PhD
Marcella E. Woll Professorship in Ophthalmology, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, USA

4:40 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Q&A with all speakers from afternoon session