Aspen/Snowmass Perinatal Biology Symposium 2019

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 We would like to invite you to attend the 2019 Aspen/Snow Mass Perinatal Biology Symposium, August24-27, 2019 in Snowmass, Colorado.

This year’s symposium “Perinatal Exposures: Intersecting Mechanisms leading to Developmental Outcomes” will consist of 9 plenary sessions, including the Keynote Lecture and the DJP Barker Memorial Lecture, 2 poster sessions and 3 trainee workshops.

The 2019 Aspen-Snowmass Perinatal Biology Symposium, which is the 8th in a series, has the overarching theme of the development of healthy offspring and whether there are common mechanisms that determine the long-term consequences of compromised development. This Symposium will bring together clinicians and scientists, established senior and junior investigators, from clinical medicine, basic research and applied livestock production, and from around the world to report and discuss their findings in an atmosphere conducive to frank yet amicable exchange. This will occur via plenary sessions, poster sessions, trainee workshops, and informal discussions, with time dedicated to presentations by and recognition of trainees and early career investigators.

Register by November 15th, 2018 and save $75 off your registration!

We hope you will be able to attend this unique and exciting meeting and look forward to seeing you in Snowmass!

The Organizing Committee

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Aspen-Snowmass Perinatal Biology Symposium 2019 – Scientific Sessions


“Perinatal Exposures: Intersecting Mechanisms leading to Developmental Outcomes”

 The program will consist of 9 Plenary Sessions, including the Keynote Lecture and the DJP Barker Memorial Lecture, 2 Poster Sessions, and 3 Trainee Workshops.



  1. Keynote Lecture – Daniel Nettle, Center for Behaviour and Evolution, Newcastle University

    The long reach of early life: Developmental experience and the organization of the adult phenotype – Confirmed

  2. Early events that program embryonic, fetal and postnatal development

    1. Joel Caton, Animal Sciences Department, North Dakota State University

      Maternal nutrition and early programming events – Confirmed

    2. Marisa Bartolomei, Epigenetics Institute, Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

      Epigenetic inheritance in developmental programming – Confirmed

    3. Melissa Mann, Magee Women’s Research Institute, University of Pittsburgh

      Assisted reproductive technologies (ART) and genomic imprinting – Confirmed

    4. Early Career Speaker: Sebastian Canovas, Physiology Department, University of Murcia

      Role of reproductive tract secretions in embryonic development and early programming – Confirmed

  3. Cellular pathways I

    1. Mina Desai, David-Geffen School of Medicine, UC-Los Angeles

      Cellular pathways of adipogenesis – Confirmed

    2. Min Du, Animal Sciences Department, Washington State University

      Cellular pathways of myogenesis – Confirmed

    3. Sebastien Bouret, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

      Hormonal and molecular signals that direct development of brain feeding circuits – Confirmed

    4. Justin Dean, Department of Physiology, and Centre for Brain Research, in the Faculty of Medical and Health Sciences, the University of Auckland – Effects of hypoxia and infection on brain development and potential treatments – Confirmed




  1. Maternal nutrition/body composition and programming

    1. Tim Regnault, Western University, London Ontario

      Maternal diet/body composition in programming of fetal and placental development – Confirmed

    2. Early Career Speaker: Sarah Reed, Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut

      Maternal nutrition and fetal growth: Developmental changes in different organs – Confirmed

    3. Early Career Speaker: Kristen Boyle, Center for Women’s Health Research, University of Colorado

      Umbilical stem cells – programmed risk? – Confirmed

  2. Programming of insulin sensitivity and insulin action

    1. Michael Symonds, School of Medicine, University of Nottingham

      Programming of adipose development – Confirmed

    2. Carrie McCurdy, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Oregon

      Maternal obesity/high fat diet in skeletal muscle metabolism – Confirmed

    3. Sean Limesand, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences University of Arizona Development of insulin resistance and tissue-specific differences – Confirmed

    4. Early Career Speaker: Sara Pinney, School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

      DNA methylation and pathogenesis of diabetes – Confirmed

  3. Placental function and programming

    1. Alan Conley, School of Veterinary Medicine, UC-Davis

      Role of placental steroids and prostanoids in developmental outcomes – Confirmed

    2. Helen Jones, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

      Placental nutrient sensing and transport – Confirmed

    3. Terry Morgan, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University

      Imaging methodologies for abnormal uteroplacental development – Confirmed

    4. Early Career Speaker:Antonio Frias, School of Medicine, Oregon Health and Sciences University Uteroplacental blood flow in maternal HFD/obesity and nutrient restriction– Confirmed

  4. DJP Barker Memorial Lecture – Peter Nathanielsz, University of Wyoming, Laramie, and Southwest National Primate Research Center, San Antonio

    From womb to tomb: The interaction of developmental programming and aging mechanisms – Confirmed




  1. Maternal stress and the endocrine milieu

    1. Steve Matthews, Physiology, University of Toronto

      Stress hormones and developmental programming – Confirmed

    2. Neil Evans, Institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health & Comparative Medicine, University of Glasgow

      Endocrine disruptors and programming of reproductive health in livestock – Confirmed

    3. Vasantha Padmanabhan, Molecular and Integrative Physiology, University of Michigan

      Developmental programming of insulin resistance: is androgen the culprit?

       – Confirmed

    4. Early Career Speaker: Stephane Borque, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, University of Alberta

      Perinatal iron deficiency in developmental programming – Confirmed

  2. Cellular pathways II

    1. Ilhem Messaoudi Powers, Molecular Biology and Biochemistry, UC-Irvine

      Immune system development pre- and post-natally – Confirmed

    2. Kjersti Aagaard, Maternal-Fetal Medicine, Baylor College of Medicine 

      Microbiome and perinatal outcomes – Confirmed

    3. Josef Neu,  Health Shands Children’s Hospital, University of Florida

      Nutrition and the gastro-intestinal environment of the neonate – Tentative