WHAT'S THE EVENT ABOUT / what's going on

Accumulating evidence suggests that parental health, even before conception, may affect offspring development. Stressful environments during critical periods of growth and development that include preconception, pregnancy, and early childhood, could cause long-term effects that may impact on offspring’s health and disease. These environmental factors include maternal and paternal metabolic and endocrine function, exposure to endocrine disruptors, pollutants, environmental stressors, and also the use of assisted reproductive techniques (ARTs), among others. In this sense, periconceptional and prenatal care are crucial for improving infants' health and preventing the development of different pathologies, such as diabetes, neurocognitive disorders, and other multifactorial and complex diseases during adult life.

To address these topics, we organized a one-day symposium with different roundtable sessions, including:

• Maternal-fetal interface
• Maternal effects on pregnancy and offspring health
• ARTs effects on embryo and offspring development
• Paternal effects on fertility and offspring health

FULLY VIRTUAL EVENT / Removing barriers

The virtual format will encourage the development of a networking space, bringing together early career and experienced researchers from around the world. We hope this format will allow the gathering of experts from Latin-American and developed countries and the participation of a wider global audience, including those who may not be able to travel for a face-to-face meeting.

Conference or Event Schedule / don't forget it

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  • 12:30 - 12:45

    Join the online symposium

  • 12:45 - 13:00

    Opening remarks

  • 13:00 - 14:15

    Session 1: Maternal-fetal interface

  • 13:00 - 13:20

    The role of the placenta in linking maternal and fetal developmental physiology

    Dr. Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri / University of Cambridge, UK.

  • 13:20 - 13:40

    Maternal vitamin E provision via the yolk sac is required for embryo neurulation: lessons from HDL receptor SR-B1 KO mice

    Dr. Dolores Busso / Centro de Investigación e Innovación Biomédica, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de los Andes, Chile.

  • 13:40 - 13:50

    Ultrastructural changes and oxidative stress in the trophoblastic Cell Line HTR8 / SVneo induced by Zika Virus infection

    Laíza Vianna Arruda / Interdisciplinary Medical Research Laboratory - Oswaldo Cruz Institute - FIOCRUZ- RJ- Brazil.

  • 13:50 - 14:00

    Glyphoste-based herbicide alters decidual angiogenesis in neonatally exposed rats

    Dr. Ramiro Alarcon / Instituto de Salud y Ambiente del Litoral (Facultad de Bioquímica y Ciencias Biológicas, Universidad Nacional del Litoral - CONICET), Argentina.

  • 14:00 - 14:15

    Round table

  • 14:15 - 14:30


  • 14:30 - 15:45

    Session 2: ARTs effects on embryo and offspring development

  • 14:30 - 14:50

    ART with donated gametes:
    maternal and perinatal outcomes

    Dr. Rita Vassena / Eugin Group, Spain.

  • 14:50 - 15:10

    Assisted Reproductive Technologies: Epigenetic impacts and long-term outcomes

    Dr. Marisa Bartolomei / University of Pennsylvania, USA.

  • 15:10 - 15:20

    Altered body weight of mouse offspring born after embryo transfer is preserved in the second generation

    Kinga Fic, BSc. / Malopolska Centre of Biotechnology. Jagiellonian University, Krakow, Poland.

  • 15:20 - 15:30

    Bioethical challenges posed by surplus frozen embryos: strategies to facilitate embryo disposition decisions in Ibero-American Countries of Catholic Cultural Tradition

    Natacha Salomé Lima, PhD. MSc. / National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET) Argentina. Universidad de Buenos Aires, Facultad de Psicología, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • 15:30 - 15:45

    Round table

  • 15:45 - 16:30

    Poster session

  • 16:30 - 17:15

    Social event - Join us at the virtual hall

  • 17:15 - 18:30

    Session 3: Paternal effects on fertility and offspring health

  • 17:15 - 17:35

    Dads, diet and disease; the paternal programming of offspring health

    Dr. Adam Watkins / University of Nottingham, UK.

  • 17:35 - 17:55

    Effects of sperm manipulation on early embryo development after in vitro fertilization in the mouse

    Dr. Maria Gracia Gervasi / University of Massachusetts (UMass), USA.

  • 17:55 - 18:05

    Seminiferous tubule length and sperm production in low birth weight sexually matured male pigs

    Laura Paolucci Neuenschwander Maciel / Department of Morphology, Institute of Biological Sciences, Federal University of Minas Gerais, Av. Antônio Carlos, 6627, 31.270-901, Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

  • 18:05 - 18:15

    Sperm selection by thermotaxis in bull and stallion

    Sara Ruiz-Díaz / Department of Animal Reproduction, National Institute for Agriculture and Food Research and Technology (INIA), 28040 Madrid, Spain.2-Mistral Fertility Clinics S.L., Clínica Tambre, 28002 Madrid, Spain.

  • 18:15 - 18:30

    Round table

  • 18:30 - 18:45


  • 18:45 - 21:30

    Session 4: Maternal effects on pregnancy and offspring health

  • 18:45 - 19:05

    Maternal nutrition, past, present and future: building the path to health and disease

    Dr. Elena Zambrano / Departamento de Biología de la Reproducción, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador Zubirán, México.

  • 19:05 - 19:25

    Maternal physiologic stress as a modulator of children's developmental trajectories

    Dr. Pablo Nepomnaschy / Simon Fraser University (SFU), Canada.

  • 19:25 - 19:35

    A diet enriched in extra virgin olive oil prevents placental morphologic alterations and maternal serum matrix metalloproteinases overactivity in GDM patients

    Lic. Dalmiro Gomez Ribot / Laboratory of Reproduction and Metabolism, CEFYBO CONICET, School of Medicine, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

  • 19:35 - 19:45

    Machine learning reveals maternal thyroid variables as a potential tool to improve the diagnosis of gestational diabetes mellitus

    Daniela Mennickent, Bsc. / Departamento de Bioquímica Clínica e Inmunología, Facultad de Farmacia, Universidad de Concepción, Chile. 2- Machine Learning Applied in Biomedicine (MLAB), Chile.

  • 19:45 - 20:00

    Round table

  • 20:00 - 20:30

    Concluding remarks and announcement of awardees

  • 20:30 - 21:30

    Social Event - Join us at the virtual hall

Poster session / Present your research

To motivate ECRs participation, a poster session will be held. The poster presentations will be carried out through a web platform that enables a fluid interaction between the authors and the attendees. Eight ECRs works will be selected for short talks based on the abstract’s quality by a scientific committee. ECRs posters and talks will be awarded based on the quality of their presentations.

EVENT SPEAKERS / meet the senior researchers

Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri, PhD

University of Cambridge, UK.


Dolores Busso, PhD

Centro de Investigación e Innovación Biomédica - Facultad de Medicina - Universidad de los Andes.
Santiago de Chile, Chile.


Rita Vassena, DVM PhD

Scientific director
Eugin Group
Barcelona, España



Perelman Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology
Philadelphia, USA.


Adam Watkins, PHD

Assistant Professor in Reproductive Biology, Faculty of Medicine & Health Sciences
Nottingham, UK


Maria Gracia Gervasi, PhD

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, UMass
Amherst, USA.


Pablo A. Nepomnaschy, PHD

Director, Maternal & Child Health Lab Associate Prof., Faculty of Health Sciences
Burnaby, Canada


Elena Zambrano, PHD

Departamento de Biología de la Reproducción, Instituto Nacional de Ciencias Médicas y Nutrición Salvador
Zubirán, México.


Organizing and scientific committee / meet us

Organizing committee

  • Dr. Giselle Abruzzese
  • Dr. Jimena Beltrame
  • Dr. Julieta Aylen Schander
  • Dr. Manuel Luis Wolfson
  • Dr. Paula Accialini

Scientific committee

  • Dr. Alicia B Motta
  • Dr. Alicia Jawerbaum
  • Dr. Ana Franchi
  • Dr. Evangelina Capobianco
  • Dr. Federico Jensen
  • Dr. Julieta Aisemberg
  • Dr. Maria Laura Ribeiro
  • Dr. Mariana Farina
  • Dr. Romina Higa
  • Dr. Silvina Perez Martinez

Event FAQS / find your answers

The International Symposium on Reproductive Health was created to connect young investigators with experienced researchers in the field of reproductive biology. The virtual format will provide a networking space for early career and experienced researchers, from home, anywhere in the world.

The symposium is open to anyone! You could choose to register to participate or submit your abstract for a poster or oral presentation. Click on the Registration link on the home page 2021.isrh.org and follow the instructions. Registration closes at 12 pm EST on April 24th for ISRH2021.

Registration provides access to all live sessions and the social event during the symposium date (May 7, 2021). It also gives access to the poster session, which will be available two days prior to the symposium date.

No, the ISRH 2021 is free for everyone. There is no charge for registration or abstract submission.

At least the first and presenting author of the abstract submitted is required to be registered. Also, the presenting author must be connected during the poster session on May 7th. Your abstract submission will be reviewed by a scientific committee and the abstract acceptance for poster and oral presentations will be announced by 16th April 2021.

Poster presenting authors need to submit a video of no more than 5 minutes, and the poster as a PDF. Oral presenting authors do not need to submit any file and will receive the instructions for the ECR session.

If your results are recently published (2020-2021) you are allowed to submit an abstract.

Please contact the ISRH organizers at info@isrh.org and we will guide you on this. Take note that the title and authors will not be allowed to change after submission.

The social event consists of a relaxing and informal time that aims to exchange career tips and counseling between young and senior researchers.

Yes, there will be live Q&A and discussion with the panel.

ISRH 2021 will award ECR based on their oral and poster presentations.

If we did not answer your question here, please contact us at info@isrh.org

Social event / Join us at the virtual lobby

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The Social event will be developed in a dynamic online platform that allows the simultaneous exchange of different participants. This will encourage participants to interact with other attendees in the same virtual room. Senior researchers will talk about their academic experiences providing career tips and counseling. It will be an informal and relaxed time to discuss relatable topics and of interest to attendees at diverse stages of their careers.

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