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Maternal-Fetal Crosstalk: Harmony vs. Conflict (T2)

Scientific Organizers: Jeffrey C. Murray, Louis J. Muglia and Yoel Sadovsky


October 4—8, 2017

Westin Washington, DC City Center, Washington, DC, USA


Part of the Keystone Symposia Global Health Series, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation


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DEADLINES:
Global Health Travel Award Deadline: May 23, 2017 [details]
Scholarship Deadline: Jun 6, 2017 [details]
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jun 6, 2017 [details]
Abstract Deadline: Jul 11, 2017 [details]
Discounted Registration Deadline: Aug 10, 2017 [details]

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Register Yourself Deadlines and Fees

Rates and Deadlines listed below are for the 2018-T2 "Maternal-Fetal Crosstalk: Harmony vs. Conflict" conference only.

*All deadlines end at 11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time

Deadline Date Cost
Discounted Abstract Deadline
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Before and On June 6, 2017 100.00 USD*
- 50.00 USD discount
Abstract Deadline
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After June 6, 2017 until August 23, 2017 100.00 USD*
* 50.00 USD of Abstract fee deducted from your registration fee when you register for this meeting
Scholarship
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June 6, 2017 n/a
Discounted NON-STUDENT Registration
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Before and On August 10, 2017 820.00 USD
(includes 200.00 discount)
Regular NON-STUDENT Registration
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After August 10, 2017 1020.00 USD
Discounted STUDENT Registration
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Before and On August 10, 2017 595.00 USD
(includes 200.00 discount)
Regular STUDENT Registration
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After August 10, 2017 795.00 USD

* Changes in payment type that result in a refund are subject to a processing fee.
* Currency exchange gains/losses are the responsibility of the registrant and the Keystone Symposia will accept no liability for money loss through bank charges, transfers or currency fluctuations.




Discounted Abstract Deadline: June 6, 2017


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • accept your abstract online
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is July 11, 2017)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline: May 23, 2017


Global Health Travel Award Details: You MUST complete your Global Health Travel Award appplication by the Global Health Travel Award Deadline and complete the other required steps (verify your contact information and submit a recommendation letter) to be considered for a travel award.


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Scholarship Deadline: June 6, 2017


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

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Abstract Deadline: July 11, 2017


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is June 6, 2017)

Discounted Registration Deadline: August 10, 2017


Registration Fee: 820.00 USD* (includes 200.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 595.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 1020.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 795.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

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No registration fees are used to fund entertainment or alcohol at this conference

Conference Program    Print  |   View meeting in 12 hr (am/pm) time


The meeting will begin on Wednesday, October 4 with registration from 17:00 to 20:00, a joint session with Grand Challenges at 13:30 and a networking and welcome mixer at 15:30. Conference events conclude on Sunday, October 8 with a closing plenary session from 17:00 to 19:00, followed by a social hour and entertainment. We recommend return travel on Monday, October 9 in order to fully experience the meeting.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4

11:00—13:00
Arrival and Registration
Name badge required for admittance to sessions at the Marriott

Westin, Ashlawn North
12:00—12:45
Transportation from the Westin to Marriott
(Shuttles leave every 15 minutes starting at 12:00 pm)

12:30—13:30
Joint Buffet Lunch

Marriott Marquis, Liberty Ballroom
13:30—16:00
Looking Ahead – Partnering for the World We Want (Joint Session with Grand Challenges and Keystone Symposia)
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017
MC: Kedest Tesfagiorgis, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Keynote
Rex W. Tillerson, U.S. Secretary of State (invited)
Keystone Symposia Welcome
Diana W. Bianchi, Director, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
Spotlight Talk
Claire Reid, Chief Impact Officer and Founder, Reel Gardening
Spotlight Talk
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Director, Rice 360° Institute for Global Health
Keynote
Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Closing Discussion
Trevor Mundel, President, Global Health Division, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Georg Schütte, State Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and Research
MC Closing
Kedest Tesfagiorgis, Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Marriott Marquis, Marquis Ballroom
16:00—17:00
Networking and Welcome Mixer with Grand Challenges and Keystone Symposia

Marriott Marquis, Mezzanine Foyer
17:00—17:45
Return Transportation from Marriott to Westin
(Shuttles leave every 15 minutes starting at 5:00 pm)

17:00—20:00
Registration continues

Westin, Ashlawn North
18:00—20:00
Welcome Mixer
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

Westin, Vista Terrace

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Monticello Ballroom
08:30—09:30
Welcome and Keynote Address
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Jeffrey C. Murray, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

David Haig, Harvard University, USA
Maternal-Fetal Crosstalk: Why all the Noise?

09:30—11:45
The Placenta – Cells to Tissues
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Yoel Sadovsky, Magee-Womens Research Institute, USA

Julie C. Baker, Stanford University, USA
Transposable Elements, Noncoding RNAs and Placental Function

Coffee Break

James C. Cross, University of Calgary, Canada
Adaptability of Placental Function and Resiliency of Fetal Growth

Susan J. Fisher, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Genome-Scale Fluctuations in the Cytotrophoblast Epigenome over Gestation and in Placental Pathologies

Matthew Brook, University of Edinburgh, UK
Short Talk: PABP4 Is Critical for Mammalian Pregnancy: A Unique Mouse Model for the Maternal Origins of IUGR and Stillbirth

11:45—17:00
On Own for Lunch

11:45—13:00
Poster Setup

National Ballroom
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

National Ballroom
14:30—16:30
Workshop 1: Immunology of Maternal Fetal Harmony vs. Conflict

National Ballroom
* Susan J. Fisher, University of California, San Francisco, USA

Rabia Anwar, Max Delbruck Centre, Germany
Trophoblast-Specific Gene Expression Driven by Endogenous Retrovirus LTRs in Normal vs. Pre-Eclamptic (PE) Pregnancy

Marilen Benner, Radboud University Medical Center, Netherlands
Human Uterine Lymphocytes Acquire a More Experienced and Tolerogenic Phenotype during Pregnancy

Ana Claudia Zenclussen, Experimental Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Germany
Safeguarding of Fetal Growth by Uterine Mast Cells and Uterine Mast Cells

Thomas Vauvert Hviid, Zealand University Hospital and University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Immune Markers in the Mid-Luteal Endometrium Are Associated with Normal Fertility and Pregnancy after in vitro Fertilization

Michela Frascoli, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Alloreactive Fetal T Cells Promote Uterine Contractility in Preterm Labor via IFN-γ and TNF−α

Wentong Jia, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China
Association of Maternal KIR and Fetal HLA-C Genotypes with the Risk of Preeclampsia in Chinese Han Pregnant Population

Jeremy Michael Kinder, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, USA
Mother's 'Genetic' Little Helpers: Microchimeric Maternal Cells Promote Reproductive Fitness and Survival of Non-Inherited Traits

Eun Lee, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
ERAP2 Modulates Trophoblast Cell Death by Natural Killer Cells

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

National Ballroom Foyer
17:00—19:00
The Rapidly Evolving Placenta
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Louis J. Muglia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

Derek Wildman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
The Placenta Is at the Crossroads of Maternal-Fetal Conflict and Cooperation

Bernard J. Crespi, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Placental Invasiveness and Maternal-Fetal Conflicts in Evolution, Health and Disease

R. Michael Roberts, University of Missouri, USA
Studying Early-Onset Preeclampsia (EOPE) in a Model for Early-Stage Human Placental Trophoblast

Xu Wang, Auburn University, USA
Short Talk: The Origin and Evolution of Genomic Imprinting in the Placenta from Comparative Genomic Analysis Across Marsupials and Eutherian Mammals

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

National Ballroom/Foyer
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 1

National Ballroom

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 6

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Monticello Ballroom
08:30—11:45
The Establishment of Pregnancy – Tolerance and Rejection
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Carole R. Mendelson, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Sing Sing Way, Cincinnati Children's Hospital, USA
Maternal-Fetal Immunology during Pregnancy and after Parturition

Sarah Robertson, University of Adelaide, Australia
The Immune Response and Female Reproductive Quality Control

Joanna Halkias, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Short Talk: CD161 Promotes Prenatal Immune Suppression of Pro-Inflammatory PLZF+ T Cells

Coffee Break

Ofer Mandelboim, Hebrew University, Israel
Human Natural Killer Cells Remember Pregnancy and Enhance Placental Bed Development

Ashley Moffett, University of Cambridge, UK
Maternal Allo-Recognition of the Fetus: For Better, For Worse?

Gabriela Dveksler, Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, USA
Short Talk: Pregnancy-Specific Glycoproteins Play a Role in Several Processes Required for Successful Human Pregnancy

11:45—17:00
On Own for Lunch

11:45—13:00
Poster Setup

National Ballroom
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

National Ballroom
16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

National Ballroom Foyer
17:00—19:00
Crosstalk between the Maternal and Fetal Microbial Communities
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Laura I. Romero, University of Miami, USA

Daniel DiGiulio, Stanford University, USA
The Vaginal Microbiome Signature of At-Risk Pregnancy

Idit Kosti, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Short Talk: Meta-Analysis of Vaginal Microbiome Data Provides New Insights on Preterm Births

Lenore P. Pereira, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Persistent Cytomegalovirus and Zika Virus Infection in Human Placentas Modulated by Host Antiviral Responses

Carolyn B. Coyne, University of Pittsburgh, USA
Antimicrobial Signaling at the Maternal-Fetal Interface

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

National Ballroom/Foyer
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 2

National Ballroom

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Monticello Ballroom
08:30—11:45
Epigenetics and Imprinting in Feto-Placental Harmony and Conflict
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Julie C. Baker, Stanford University, USA

Marika Charalambous, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Communication between Mother and Fetus Mediated by Imprinted Genes

Jon F. Wilkins, Ronin Institute, USA
Canalization, Phenotype Variation and Imprinting in Complex Disease

Coffee Break

Marisa S. Bartolomei, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, USA
The Effects of Assisted Reproductive Technologies on Placental Development and Epigenetic Regulation in a Mouse Model

Madhumita Basu, Nationwide Children's Hospital, USA
Short Talk: Epigenetic Mechanism for Gene-Environment Interaction in Maternal Hyperglycemia-Mediated Congenital Heart Defects

Richard Saffery, University of Melbourne, Australia
Epigenetic Regulation of Human Placental Function and Pregnancy Outcome

Jyotdeep Kaur, PGIMER, India
Short Talk: Epigenetic Mechanisms Regulate Placental Tumor Suppressor- and Onco-Genes in Normal and Pathological Pregnancies: Search for Novel Fetal DNA Epigenetic Marker

11:45—17:00
On Own for Lunch

11:45—13:00
Poster Setup

National Ballroom
13:00—22:00
Poster Viewing

National Ballroom
16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

National Ballroom Foyer
17:00—19:00
Genomic Communication during Pregnancy
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Louis J. Muglia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

Thuy Ngo, Oregon Health and Science University, USA
Cell-Free Circulating RNA as a Window to Feto-Placental Biology

Yoel Sadovsky, Magee-Womens Research Institute, USA
The Biology of Placental Exosomes and their miRNA Cargo

Nathan D. Price, Institute for Systems Biology, USA
Systems Biology Analysis of Pregnancy Conditions

Terry Morgan, Oregon Health & Sciences University, USA
Short Talk: High-Resolution Flow Cytometry Reveals Placental-Specific Exosomes in Postpartum Blood: Maternal-Placental Crosstalk Six Months after Delivery

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

National Ballroom/Foyer
19:30—22:00
Poster Session 3

National Ballroom

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 8

07:30—08:30
Breakfast

Monticello Ballroom
08:30—11:45
From Uterine Quiescence to Parturition
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Yoel Sadovsky, Magee-Womens Research Institute, USA

Roger Smith, University of Newcastle, Australia
Understanding the Terminal Events in Pregnancy

Sam A. Mesiano, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Progesterone Signaling in Human Parturition: Role of Progesterone Receptor Modifications

Laura Sillers, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, USA
Short Talk: Altered Acylcarnitine Metabolism in the Placenta in Spontaneous Preterm Birth

Coffee Break

Carole R. Mendelson, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Fetal Signals that Control the Timing of Parturition

Caitlin Dunn-Fletcher, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA
Short Talk: Deletion of Retroviral Element THE1B Abolishes Placental Corticotropin-Releasing Hormone Expression and Restores Normal Birth Timing

Roberto Romero, National Institutes of Health / Wayne State University, USA
Infection, Inflammation and the Transition to Labor

11:45—17:00
On Own for Lunch

14:30—16:30
Panel: How to Harness Basic and Translational Biology Research to Improve Pregnancy Outcome in Low- and Middle-Income Countries
A panel of experts with both high and low income country experience will explore how the exciting new findings from the biology of maternal/fetal interactions can be rapidly applied to benefit mothers and babies directly. A particular emphasis will be placed on translating high tech findings to low resource settings where the constraints of funding, expertise and training limit the opportunity to use technology to directly and quickly benefit those most in need. The panel will begin with short observations from each of the panel members regarding challenges and opportunities and then proceed with a facilitated discussion by the moderator and with input from question and observations from the audience. The goal is to identify from the conference proceedings specific opportunities that might translate to the most needy.

National Ballroom
* Jeffrey C. Murray, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

* Yoel Sadovsky, Magee-Womens Research Institute, USA

* Louis J. Muglia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

Joe Leigh Simpson, March of Dimes, USA

Jane Norman, University of Edinburgh, UK

Sarah Robertson, University of Adelaide, Australia

Janna Patterson, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

16:30—17:00
Coffee Available

National Ballroom Foyer
17:00—18:45
Epidemiology of Pregnancy Health and Outcomes
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Jeffrey C. Murray, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

Louis J. Muglia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA
Populations as Laboratories for Biological and Social Discovery in Pregnancy Outcomes

Jane Norman, University of Edinburgh, UK
Pregnancy Stressors and Influences on Parturition

Rachel Freathy, University of Exeter, UK
Genetic and Environmental Determinants of Birth Weight and Links with Later Life Disease

18:45—19:00
Meeting Wrap-Up: Outcomes and Future Directions
Registered attendees can view abstracts starting on 09/04/2017

National Ballroom
* Jeffrey C. Murray, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA

* Louis J. Muglia, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, USA

* Yoel Sadovsky, Magee-Womens Research Institute, USA

19:00—20:00
Social Hour with Lite Bites
No registration fees are used to fund alcohol served at this function.

National Ballroom/Foyer
20:00—23:00
Entertainment
Entertainment is not subsidized by conference registration fees nor any U.S. federal government grants. Funding for this expense is provided by other revenue sources.

National Ballroom

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9

 
Departure


*Session Chair †Invited, not yet responded.



Keystone Symposia thanks our Sponsor for generously supporting this meeting:

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

We gratefully acknowledge additional support for this conference from:

Supported in part by March of Dimes Foundation Grant No. 4-FY17-925

We gratefully acknowledge the generous grant for this conference provided by:


National Institutes of Health

Grant No. 1R13HD093420-01

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HD093420-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.


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