The American Society for 

Reproductive Immunology

Scientific Program Agenda


Cutting Edge Technologies Workshop I

clinical reproductive immunology symposium I

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

LUNCH BREAK:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Chat Rooms open

Cutting Edge Technologies Workshop II

clinical reproductive immunology symposium II

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

BREAK: Visit Exhibits, Posters & Fireside Chat Rooms open


Cocktails & Virtual Connections

5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Gil Mor, ASRI President, Charles Wira and Surendra Sharma, ASRI 2021 Meeting Co-Chairs


PL01: keynote Lecture

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     2 CME    

Endometriosis as an Inflammatory Disorder and an Inflammatory Environment in the Endometrium of Women with Disease

Chair: Charles Wira

Linda Giudice, MD, PhD, MSc

Distinguished Professor

The Robert B. Jaffe Endowed Professor in the Reproductive Sciences

University of California San Francisco

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

BREAK FOR LUNCH:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Chat Rooms open

S01: Aging & Immunity in the Genitourinary Tract

1:00 - 3:00     2 CME

Chairs: Indira Mysorekar & Ramkumar Menon

  1. Aging and Immunity in the Urinary Tract - Indira Mysorekar
  2. Impact of Age on Mucosal Immune Protection in the Human Female Reproductive Tract - Charles Wira
  3. Aging and Inflammation in the Fetal Membranes - Ramkumar Menon
  4. ORAL 01
  5. ORAL 02

s02: mmunity and Its Checkpoint Molecules in Pregnancy-Related Complications Including Recurrent Pregnancy Loss

1:00 - 3:00     2 CME

Chairs: Aihua Liao & Joanne Kwak-Kim

  1. PD-1 Checkpoint Immune and Tissue-Resident Cell Interactions in the Ovary and Fallopian Tube - Joshua Johnson
  2. PD-1/PD-L1 expression in women with unexplained recurrent pregnancy losses and obstetrical complications -  Wenjuang Wang
  3. Immunological consequences of progesterone-deficiency and pregnancy loss - Julia Szekeres-Bartho
  4. ORAL 03
  5. ORAL 04

s03: Study of Mucosal Immunity in Infection and Reproduction

1:00 - 3:00     2 CME

Chairs: Marta Rodriguez-Garcia & Caroline Attardo Genco

  1. The effect of menstrual cycle timing on vaginal immune mediators and endocervical gene expression - Elizabeth Micks
  2. The Effect of Hormonal Cycle on the Murine Model of Gonococcal Genitourinary Tract Infections - Lee Wetzler
  3. Macaque Models of STI Co-infection and Simian-HIV Acquisition - Ajay Vishwanathan
  4. ORAL 05
  5. ORAL 06

3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

BREAK:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Fireside Chat Rooms open



10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     2 CME

Chair: Gil Mor

President’s Distinguished Lecture I: Determining Zika Virus as a Cause of Birth Defects: Lessons for Future Potential Teratogens

Sonja Rasmussen, MD

Professor, Dept. of Pediatrics and Epidemiology at the College of Medicine

Professor, College of Public Health and Health Professions, University of Florida

President’s Distinguished Lecture II: Innate and Adaptive Immunity in Preterm Labor

Roberto Romero, MD

Chief-Perinatology Research Branch, Wayne State University

Prog. Dir. for Ob/Gyn & Perinatology Div. of Intramural Research NICHD, NIH, DHDS

ASRI Award Lecture: Innate Immune Function at the Maternal-Fetal Interface -

  Vikki Abrahams, PhD, Yale School of Medicine

  Braverman Award Lecture

  Sylvie Girard, PhD, University of Montreal

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

BREAK FOR LUNCH:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Chat Rooms open

S04: Maternal & Fetal / Perinatal Protection

1:00 - 3:00 PM     2 CME

Chairs: Sylvie Girard & Karen Racicot

  1. The role of Nodal in modulating the inflammatory state in the mouse decidua - Daniel Dufort
  2. The Evolving Maternal Vaccine Platform - Bernard Gonik
  3. A broad spectrum chemokine inhibitor prevents preterm labor but not microbial invasion of the amniotic cavity in a primate model - Kristina Adams Waldorf
  4. ORAL 07  
  5. ORAL 08

S05: New Immunological Approaches to STI Prevention

1:00 - 3:00 PM     2 CME

Chairs:Deborah Anderson & Mickey Patel

  1. Engineering monoclonal antibody-based multipurpose prevention technologies - Deborah Anderson
  2. Vaginal microbicide delivery systems - Lisa Rohan
  3. Potential use of antimicrobial peptide LL-37 as a vaginal multipurpose prevention technology (MPT) reagent with spermicidal and microbicidal activity - Nongnuj Tanphaichtr
  4. ORAL 09
  5. ORAL 10

    S-06: Circadian Control of Immunity in Female Reproduction

    1:00 - 3:00 PM     2 CME

    Chair: Malini Laloraya

    1. Dual receptor targeting as a novel strategy to improve labor-regulating drug efficacy - Hanne Hoffmann
    2. Circadian Rhythm - Immune Nexus in PCOS - Malini Laloraya
    3. Immune system clockworks in healthy and pathological pregnancies - Brice Gaudilliere
    4. ORAL 11
    5. ORAL 12

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    BREAK:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Fireside Chat Rooms open


    PL03: Applications and Ethical Considerations of CRISPR in Reproductive Biology

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     2 CME

    Chair: Charles Wira

    1. Defining the growth factor signals in the peri-implantation endometrium that determine pregnancy success - Diana Monsivais
    2. In Vivo Validation of CRISPR Reagents in Preimplantation Mouse Embryos - Jay L. Vivian
    3. Ethical Considerations Related to Human Germline Editing Jennifer Gumer
    4. Moderated Panel Discussion

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    BREAK FOR LUNCH:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Chat Rooms open


    1:00 - 3:00       2 CME

    Chair: Joanne Kwak-Kim

    1.  TBA
    2.  TBA
    3. TBA
    4. TBA
    5. TBA
    6. TBA

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    BREAK:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Fireside Chat Rooms open


    PL04: In Utero Immune Basis of Childhood Diseases

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     2 CME

    Chairs: Surendra Sharma & Nazeeh Hanna

    1. Autism begins in the womb: In-utero immune basis for cortex and behavioral anomalies - Surendra Sharma
    2. Maternal Inflammation Causes Abnormal Neurodevelopment of Infants: Review - Shigeru Saito
    3. 5G cellular communication between the mother and her fetus - Nazeeh Hanna

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    BREAK FOR LUNCH:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Chat Rooms open

    S7: Influence of the Microbiome on Infection and Reproduction

    1:00 - 3:00       2 CME

    Chair: Gilda Tachedjian

    1. Role of the Microbiome in Reproductive Health Outcomes - Jacques Ravel
    2. Vaginal Microbiota Metabolites and HIV Susceptibility - Gilda Tachedjian
    3. Vaginal microbiota transplant: the next frontier - Laura Ensign
    4. ORAL 13
    5. ORAL 14

    S8: Innate and adaptive immune cells in tissue remodeling, implantation and pregnancy

    1:00 - 3:00       2 CME

    Chairs: Nabila Jabrane-Ferrat & Anne Schumacher

    1. Therapeutics to modulate Treg cell-mediated pregnancy tolerance? Corticosteroids are not the answer - Sarah Robertson
    2. Roles of galectins in pregnancy associated immune responses- Sandra Blois
    3. T cells as determinants for a healthy course of pregnancy and their modulation by the hormone human chorionic gonadotropin - Anne Schumacher
    4. ORAL 15
    5. ORAL 16

    S9: New insights into chronic viral infections and the placenta

    1:00 - 3:00       2 CME

    Chairs: David Aronoff & Donald J. Alcendor,

    1. Ultrastructural features of preterm placenta from HIV positive women on antiretroviral treatment - Moses Madadi Obimbo
    2. The impact of HIV infection and HIV antiretroviral treatment on the placenta and fetal development- Lena Serghides
    3. The pericyte as a key target of HCMV infection within the placenta - Donald J. Alcendor
    4. ORAL 17
    5. ORAL 18

    3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

    BREAK:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Fireside Chat Rooms open

    FRIDAY, MAY 21

    PL05: The Impact of Covid-19 on Reproduction

    10:00 AM - 12:00 PM     2 CME

    Chairs:Gil Mor & Charles Wira

    12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

    BREAK FOR LUNCH:  Visit Exhibits, Posters & Chat Rooms open

    S10: Immunology and Pathology of the Testis: Their Roles in Male Infertility

    1:00 - 3:00       2 CME

    Chairs: Richard Bronson & Ken Beagley

    1. Sperm Antigens Egress Mouse Testes: Protection By Treg-Dependent System Tolerance - Kenneth Tung
    2. Peritubular Macrophages: Friend or Foe in Phthalate-Induced Testicular Injury - John Richburg
    3. Chronic Chlamydia Infection Disrupts Spermatogenesis: an Unrecognised Cause of Male Infertility - Ken Beagley
    4. ORAL 19
    5. ORAL 20

    S11: Latest Developments in Mucosal Transmission of HIV

    1:00 - 3:00       2 CME

    Chairs: Amy Gillgrass & Florian Hladik

    1. Understanding the effect of microenvironment in the female genital tract on mucosal HIV transmission - Charu Kaushic
    2. Proteomic discovery of diverse immunity molecules in seminal extracellular vesicles(SEVs) from HIV-infected and un-infected participants -  Chioma Okeoma
    3. HIV Immunity and Engineered Cellular Responses in Humanized MiceScott Kitchen
    4. ORAL 21
    5. ORAL 22

    s12: Placenta: Connection Between Mom and Baby

    1:00 - 3:00       2 CME

    Chairs: Dorothy Sojka & Geetu Tuteja

    1. Dysfunctional uNK cells and invasive trophoblast in a model of Placenta Accreta Spectrum - Helen Jones
    2. An integrative approach to understanding gene regulation at the maternal-fetal interface- Geetu Tuteja
    3. Human trophoblasts at the interface with the maternal immune system - Francesca Soncin
    4. ORAL 23
    5. ORAL 24


    3:15 - 3:45 PM     Awards Presentations

    3:45 - 3:50 PM     Closing Remarks - Gil Mor, ASRI President, Charles Wira and Surendra Sharma, ASRI 2021 Meeting Co-Chairs

    3:50 - 5:00 PM     Virtual Party

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