ASRM 2022 Speaker Spotlight: Diana J Laird, PhD


ASRM 2022 Speaker Spotlight: Diana J Laird, PhD


Diana J Laird, PhD
Plenary Lecture: Linking Heterogeneity in Fetal Development to Oocyte Fate and Fitness
Tuesday, October 25, 9:15-10:00 am

We are excited to host Diana J Laird as a lecture speaker at the ASRM 2022 Scientific Congress & Expo. She will be sharing Plenary Lecture: Linking Heterogeneity in Fetal Development to Oocyte Fate and Fitness on Tuesday, October 25, 9:15-10:00 am.

During meiotic prophase I in the fetal ovary, we observed heterogeneity in dynamics and gene expression between oocytes depending on their time of meiotic entry. Lineage tracing of the first ~5% of meiotic entrants in mice revealed surprising properties of this oocyte cohort, including elevated resistance to apoptosis and exclusive contribution to the first wave of follicles formed before puberty. Furthermore, labeled follicles persisted into adulthood and contributed to offspring through the first four litters. These studies challenge the notion that the first wave of folliculogenesis has a limited contribution to fertility and highlight the potential impact of developmental trajectories on oocyte fitness.

Diana Laird is an Associate Professor in the UCSF Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Science and the Institute for Regeneration Medicine. She directs the Laboratory of Germline Development, Fitness, and Aging. Her basic research program is motivated by solving infertility, reproductive aging, and understanding the effects of prenatal exposures to endocrine-disrupting chemicals and psychosocial stressors. She is involved in the intersection between science and society through the UCSF P30 EaRTH Center (Environmental Research and Translation for Health), where she is deputy director. After a bachelor’s degree in Physics from Harvard, she entered stem cell biology as a PhD student at Stanford in the lab of Irving Weissman. She trained as a postdoc in developmental genetics with Kathryn Anderson at Sloan Kettering Institute. Her research has been recognized by an NIH New Innovator Award (DP2), an award from the W.M. Keck Foundation for Biomedical Research and she was recently appointed as a Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator.


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Not to Miss: MHPG and NPG Clinical Sessions

Don’t miss out on the NPG and MHPG hosted Clinical sessions at ASRM 2022! In these sessions you will discuss practical application scenarios for Nurses and Mental Health Professionals. Both MHPG and NPG are hosting one session per day Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM.

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2022 President's Gala and After Party

To Benefit the Center for Policy and Leadership

All funds raised at the President’s Gala will benefit the ASRM Center for Policy and Leadership.

Join Us For the ASRM President’s Gala and After Party!

Sunday, October 23 | Beginning at 6:00 PM | Hilton Anaheim

ASRM President, Dr. Marcelle Cedars invites all Congress attendees to join us at the 2022 President’s Gala as we turn back the clock 50 years to celebrate historical milestones in reproductive rights and lay the foundation for leading policy discussions now and into the future.

The ASRM President’s Gala will begin with a cocktail reception, followed by dinner and the ASRM awards presentation. Immediately following the Gala, Dr. Cedars will host an After Party with cocktails, dessert, and music. Tickets to the After Party are included with your Gala ticket or may be purchased separately.

Black tie optional.

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ASRM would like to thank Ferring Pharmaceuticals, Inc. the premier sponsor of the 2022 ASRM President's Gala.
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