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


Organizer(s) Jeffrey C. Murray, Louis J. Muglia and Yoel Sadovsky
October 4—8, 2017
Westin Washington, DC City Center • Washington, DC USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Jun 6, 2017
Abstract Deadline: Jul 11, 2017
Scholarship Deadline: Jun 6, 2017
Discounted Registration Deadline: Aug 10, 2017

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

Summary of Meeting:
The interactions between the mother and the fetus during the progression of normal pregnancy involve trade-offs, or even conflicts, between factors that improve maternal health and those that support fetal development and growth. These may lead to selective evolutionary pressures that differ among species, and result in intriguing differences in reproductive strategies that enhance maternal-fetal biological harmony, and mitigate conflict. Intriguing strategies to balance these pressures include imprinting, coincident with placentation. Adverse pregnancy outcomes, such as miscarriage, preterm birth, preeclampsia and intrauterine growth restriction, are heterogeneous, and gaps remain in understanding how imbalances between maternal and fetal adaptations contribute to these disorders. The goal of this conference is to bring together investigators from diverse disciplines who investigate maternal and fetal factors that shape pregnancy outcomes by exploring how these systems work together or are at odds. The conference will aim to develop these concepts, illuminating developmental, genomic/epigenomic, immune, microbial and metabolic factors, as well as consider how acute exposures during pregnancy, such as infection, shape maternal-fetal outcomes. Understanding the biology underpinning these considerations will contribute to better diagnosis, treatment and disease prevention during pregnancy. The presentations will address critical gaps in our knowledge of maternal/fetal harmony and conflict, and target paths to improve understanding of issues related to social, economic and geographic inequality that predispose some groups to enhanced risk during pregnancy. A better understanding of the biology, development of new collaborative possibilities and paths to improved clinical outcomes are primary goals of the meeting.

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Scholarships/Awards

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Scholarship Recipients

Marwa Abd Alhadi
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Caitlyn Bowman
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Suan-Sin Foo
University of Southern California, USA

Liang Liang
Stanford University, USA

Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Funded by Keystone Symposia Global Health Travel Award Recipients, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Akilew Awoke Adane
University of Queensland, Australia

Gloria Barbosa-Sabanero
University of Guanajuato, Mexico

Yusmaris Cariaco
Universidade Federal de Uberlândia, Brazil

Delia Indira Chiarello
Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Chile

Lu Gao
Second Military Medical University, China

Wiliam Horsnell
University of Cape Town, South Africa

Claudine Irles
National Institute of Perinatology, Mexico

Jyotdeep Kaur
PGIMER, India

Meera Krishna
Ovascience, United Arab Emirates

Maria-Luisa Lazo-de-la-Vega-Monroy
University of Guanajuato, Mexico

Delayehu Bekele Mamo
Saint Paul's Hospital Millennium Medical College, Ethiopia

Jonah Musa
University of Jos, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria, Nigeria

Annettee Olivia Nakimuli
Makerere University, Uganda

Mark Ojogba Okolo
University of Jos, Nigeria

Yash Girish Pandya
Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência, Portugal

Theodomir Sebazungu
University of Rwanda, Rwanda

Philemon D. Shallie
University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Anju Pradhan Sinha
Indian Council of Medical Research, India

Madhavi Vijayan
University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong