SGI Annual Scientific Meeting — March 21-24
Early-bird Registration Deadline: Feb. 17 — FAST APPROACHING
Final Program — Update
2012 SGI Meeting Registration Form
2012 SGI Meeting at a Glance
Registration and Accommodation for San Diego
Dear Colleagues: For those of you who have not already registered for the 2012 annual meeting please consider doing so soon to make sure that hotel rooms and access to some of the attendance-limited events are still available (see registration weblink). The program outline also is available through the link to the SGI webpage. We look forward to seeing you in San Diego, Calif., for what promises to be a truly outstanding meeting.
Hold the Presses — New Speakers Confirmed for SGI Summit
Society for Gynecologic Investigation Summit 2012
Prematurity and Stillbirth
Antecedents, Mechanisms and Sequelae
Aug. 3-5, 2012
Brisbane Convention & Exhibit Centre
Professor John Challis: University professor emeritus, University of Toronto; adjunct professor, University of Western Australia; past president SGI.
Professor Sir Peter Gluckman: Chief science advisor to the prime minister of New Zealand.
Professor Alan H. Jobe: Professor of Pediatrics/Neonatology, Cincinnati Childrens Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Professor Stephen Lye: Vice-chair, research and professor of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Toronto; co-chair of the Centre for Women's and Infant's Health at Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto; president, SGI.
Professor John Mattick: Executive director, Garvan Institute.
Professor Leslie Myatt: Professor of obstetrics and gynecology, co-director Center for Pregnancy and Newborn Research, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio; past president, SGI.
Professor Gordon C.S. Smith: Head of department, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Cambridge University, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
Researchers target managing STIs in pregnancy
With the increase in sexually transmitted infections, there also has been an increase in the number of pregnant women with STIs, however with appropriate intervention, neonatal complications are rare, concludes a new review published in The Obstetrician & Gynaecologist. Exploring the interactions between STIs and pregnancy, this new review looks at chlamydia, gonorrhea, trichomonas vaginalis, bacterial vaginosis, anogenital warts, genital herpes and syphilis.
Animal fat and cholesterol linked to increased gestational diabetes risk
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
Maternal and newborn health research has discovered a link between women eating a diet high in animal fat and cholesterol before pregnancy and an increased risk of developing gestational diabetes. A team from the National Institutes of Health and Harvard University in the United States analyzed data from more than 13,000 female participants who enrolled in the Nurses' Health Study II between the ages of 22 and 45.
Opinion: Shortfalls exist in cancer screening
The New York Times (Subscription)
A new federal study found that Americans are getting screened for three major cancers — breast, cervical and colorectal — at rates far below national targets. The shortfall is especially high among adults who lack insurance or regular access to a doctor, partly because the recession drove employers to lay off workers or cut health benefits. Many low- and middle-income people are now unable or unwilling to pay for screening tests or visits to the doctor. Their plight underscores the urgent need to retain the healthcare reform law that will expand proven screening and prevention programs at no charge to patients.
Vaccine created for preclinical cancer
International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics
A team of researchers in Ireland has produced a vaccine to treat preclinical tumors, which could be of interest to those working with patients with gynecological cancers. Dr. Kingston Mills, professor of experimental immunology at Trinity College Dublin, led scientists to the discovery of a way to manipulate the body's defense system to attack malignant growths.
Researchers uncover 13 novel genetic loci linked with onset of menopause
An international team of researchers from the Boston University Schools of Public Health and Medicine and other institutions has uncovered 13 genetic loci, linked to immune function and DNA repair, that are factors in the age of onset of menopause. In the new study, the authors said the new findings "bring us closer to understanding the genetic basis for the timing of menopause. They may also provide clues to the genetic basis of early onset or premature menopause and reduced fertility."
Study says caffeine may alter women's estrogen levels
HealthDay via USA Today
Caffeine changes women's estrogen levels and has different effects in Asian and white women, a new study says. More than 250 women, ages 18 to 44, took part in the study between 2005 and 2007. On average, they consumed 90 milligrams of caffeine a day, about the equivalent of one cup of caffeinated coffee. Asian women who consumed an average of 200 milligrams or more of caffeine a day (equivalent to about two cups of coffee) had elevated estrogen levels compared to women who consumed less. But white women who consumed the same amount of caffeine had slightly lower estrogen levels than women who consumed less.
News from Reproductive Sciences
Dichloroacetate induces apoptosis of epithelial ovarian cancer cells through a mechanism involving modulation of oxidative stress
Reproductive Sciences, December 2011
The authors write that epithelial ovarian cancer cells are under intrinsic oxidative stress, which alters metabolic activity and reduces apoptosis. Key oxidative stress enzymes, including myeloperoxidase and inducible nitric oxide synthase, are upregulated and colocalized in EOC cells. Oxidative stress also is regulated, in part by superoxide dismutase and hypoxia-inducible factor-1a. Dichloroacetate converts anaerobic to aerobic metabolism and thus was utilized to determine the effects on apoptosis, iNOS, MPO, extracellular SOD, and HIF-1a, in EOC cells. More.
Study: Oral cancer virus affects 7 percent in US; also linked to cervical cancer
The Associated Press via The Washington Post
About 16 million Americans have oral HPV, a sexually transmitted virus more commonly linked with cervical cancer that also can cause mouth cancer, according to the first nationwide estimate. The human papillomavirus increasingly is recognized as a major cause of oral cancers affecting the back of the tongue and tonsil area. Smoking and heavy drinking also are key causes. There are many types of HPV, but one in particular, known as HPV-16, most strongly is linked with oral cancer and also is a common cause of cervical cancer. That form was found in about 1 percent of people studied, translating to about 2 million Americans.
Randi Hutter Epstein: The pregnancy mystery
The Huffington Post
Anyone who has had a miscarriage — or even worse a several pregnancy losses — can't help but ask herself, "What is wrong with me? Why can't my body hold onto a baby?" A group of scientists — including those who study embryology, the placenta, genetics as well as the immune system — are joining forces to figure out what humans have been doing ever since Eve: Getting and staying pregnant. "This is a battle, an absolute battle. It's a war zone," said Yale University's Dr. Harvey Kliman, who investigates the placenta. His recent study, published in the fall Journal of Reproductive Sciences, suggests that a specific protein in pregnant women acts as a decoy of sorts to trick the mom's immune system to stay away from the baby.