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College of Human Medicine Faculty Among 800 Researchers at Society for the Study of Reproduction Conference

More than 800 researchers from more than 36 countries attended the 47th annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) in Grand Rapids. It is the largest annual international meeting in the field of reproductive biology. The conference, held July 19-23 at Devos Place Convention Center, is dedicated to advancing the knowledge of the reproductive process in humans and animals, while also studying the impact of reproduction on the environment, wildlife biology and conservation, food production, human fertility and population growth.   

“The Society for the Study of Reproduction chose Grand Rapids because of the pioneering research in women’s heath being done at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine right here in our city,” explains Asgi Fazleabas, PhD, Professor and Associate Chair of Research, Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.

This research has been made possible, in part, by nearly $8 million in national grants to Grand Rapids institutions last year. Researchers at MSU have used this funding to study benign and malignant gynecological diseases, which will help discover new treatments and better understanding of proper ovarian function for reproduction. This research has significant implications for the treatment of infertility in both humans and farm animals, as well as developing better diagnoses and treatments for gynecological diseases.

“I hope our fellow citizens are proud that scientists came to Grand Rapids from around the globe,” says Fazleabas. “We were excited to welcome them to our city. Their research will lead to longer lives, improved health and better quality of life. Today, as a result of investments made, our city is playing a growing role in the scientific discoveries that will shape our future.”

SSR President Jock K. Findlay, PhD, DSc, from Australia, explains the meaning behind this year’s meeting theme, Fertility: A Global Challenge. “The program reflects the importance of research in our field for the general public, by highlighting the impact of research on reproduction on the environment, wildlife species, domesticated animals, human fertility, and population growth, as well as their interaction with one another.” 

Renowned international and national speakers discussed topics including the latest research on human population growth and contraception, cloning, our genetic relationship to Neanderthals, animal agriculture and its importance to meet the future needs of a growing human population and how environmental and dietary exposures during pregnancy impacts future health of children. 

The Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR) was founded in 1967 to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies. Today, our members come from 50 countries around the world. Visit the Society for the Study of Reproduction website for more information.

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