Frontiers in Reproduction

Event Information

Meeting Type: Physical
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Dates: April 29 - June 17, 2017
Location: Woods Hole, Massachusetts , United States
Intended Audience: Basic Scientist, Clinical Scientist, In Training
Sponsor: Marine Biological Laboratory - The University of Chicago
Purpose: Education
Number of CME Credits Offered: None

Topics: Endocrine Disruption, Male Reproductive Health and Biology, Female Reproductive Health and Biology


Frontiers in Reproduction (FIR) is a 6-week-long laboratory and lecture course designed for scientists-in-training (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, as well as clinical fellows) who are interested in improving basic conceptual knowledge and methodological skills to pursue a research career in the reproductive sciences. Entering our twentiethyear, we have 348 alumni worldwide. FIR is limited to 20 participants per year and is held at the Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) in Woods Hole,

Massachusetts, a site rich in the tradition of biological inquiry. The course is organized into three sections consisting of lectures from resident faculty and invited speakers, discussions, and informal seminars, as well as hands-on laboratory exercises. Dr. Mario Ascoli (University of Iowa), is FIR’s lead course director. The first section is directed by Dr. Dan Bernard (McGill University), and covers signal transduction and gene regulation in the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis. Section 2, directed by Dr. Carmen Williams (National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences) focuses on stem cells, gametogenesis, fertilization, and preimplantation embryo development. Section 3 is directed Dr. Barry Hinton (University of Virginia), and addresses the development and functions of the male and female reproductive tractsunder normal and pathological conditions.

Event Contact

Name: FIR Course Coordinator