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Thank you for your interest in the 8th Illinois Symposium on Reproductive Sciences (ISRS).
Finally! ISRS is back again this time at Southern Illinois University.  We are honored to host the 8th ISRS meeting in Carbondale, where we will explore the scientific contributions in the fields of female and male reproduction, endocrinology, reproductive disorders, and cancer biology.  The trainee oral sessions will be accompanied by a talk from our highly regarded colleague Dr. Andrzej Bartke, and Dr. John McCarrey from the University of Texas San Antonio will deliver the Gabriel Bialy Sate of the Art Lecture in Reproductive Biology.

Sunday, October 7, 2018
2:00 pm~                     Registration Opens (Rotunda, Morris Library)
                                    Welcome Refreshments (Rotunda, Morris Library)            
3:45-4:00 pm              Opening Remarks (Guyon, Morris Library)
4:00-5:00 pm              Oral Session 1: T1 – T4 (Guyon, Morris Library) 
5:00-5:15 pm              Refreshment Break (Rotunda, Morris Library)
5:15-6:15 pm              Keynote Lecture by Dr. Andrzej Bartke (Guyon, Morris Library)           
6:30-11:00 pm            Open bar (Ballroom BC, Student Center)
6:30-7:30 pm              Poster Mounting (Ballroom D, Student Center)
6:30-8:30 pm              Dinner (Ballroom B, Student Center)
7:30-9:30 pm              Poster Session (Ballroom D, Student Center)
                                 Odd poster numbers (7:30-8:30), Even posters (8:30-9:30)
      *All Posters must be taken down by 10:45 pm*
9:30-11:00 pm            Social - (Ballroom BCD, Student Center)
Monday, October 8, 2018
8:15-8:45 am               Morning Refreshment (Rotunda, Morris Library)
8:50-9:50 am               Oral Session 2: T5 – T8 (Guyon, Morris Library)
9:50-10:10 am             Restroom Break (Rotunda, Morris Library)
10:10-11:10 am           Oral Session 3: T9 – T12 (Guyon, Morris Library)
11:10-11:25 am           Refreshment Break (Rotunda, Morris Library)
11:30-11:45 am           Remarks and Background on the Bialy Lecture Series (Guyon, Morris Library)
11:45-12:45 pm          Gabriel Bialy Memorial Lecture by Dr. John McCarrey (Guyon, Morris Library)
12:45 pm                     Award Presentation (Guyon, Morris Library)
Closing Remarks (Guyon, Morris Library)

To register to attend the ISRS meeting, please follow the instructions on this page.

Please click on the following link to register:   REGISTER FOR ISRS

Please register by September 28, 2018 so an accurate head count can be provided to the caterers.  It is not necessary to upload your abstract at the time of registration, but be aware of the deadlines below.
On-Site Registration will open at 2:00 pm on Sunday, October 7, 2018 at the registration desk located in the Rotunda of the Morris Library.

James MacLean ( if you have questions or experience issues with registration.


Please click here for information on parking availability

Free registration (prior to the deadline) includes: 1) Abstract book, badge, and souvenir, 2) Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages during session breaks, 3) Buffet dinner featuring baked chicken, chili glazed porkloin, pasta con broccoli, vegetable lasagna, grilled veggies, and potato, salad, and dessert bars, 4) Open bar with beer and wine during the dinner and social, and 5) Continental breakfast featuring pastries, assorted breads, fruit and yogurt parfaits, and juice.

All trainees (students and post-doctoral fellows) are encouraged to present their research at the meeting.

Awards ($300, $200, and $100) will be given to the top 3 oral and poster presentations! 

Late-breaking abstracts will continue to be accepted until September 28, 2018.  There is no guarantee they will be reviewed and considered for the oral sessions, but they will be included in the abstract book and presented as posters.

Please submit abstracts via email to:

Please follow the style of this sample form (link to DOC).  The program book is assembled by the trainee program committee, failure to follow formatting creates extra work for your peers.  😊

There is no strict word limit (~400 recommended) as long as the authors, affiliation, abstract, and funding sources all fit onto a single page.  Please use Times New Roman, 12 pt font for all text, include 1” margins, and please underline the presenting author.

Talks will be 15 minutes in length (12 for the presentation, 3 min for Q&A). Times will be strictly enforced.

Poster dimensions are limited to 4’ x 6’ and will be presented Sunday evening (program).  Mounting clips will be provided in the session hall.

There are several hotels and Airbnb in the area, but here are our top recommendations.   

Important:  Uber/Lyft, bus, and cab transportation in Carbondale is inconsistent, especially on Sunday.

For more information please contact Nikola Sekulovski (

1)  Holiday Inn
2)  Hampton Inn Carbondale
3)  Best Western Saluki Inn
4)  Touch of Nature
The site of the 2013 conference, if you prefer rustic setting and/or the group cabin experience.
5)  Giant City Lodge
Another rustic venue.

1 R13 HD092007-01 (PI: MacLean, CO-PI, Hayashi)

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Services

   SSR Support for Regional Reproductive Sciences Meetings



Society for the Study of Reproduction


SIU School of Medicine

Office of the Dean and Provost – Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Department of Physiology    


Gabriel Bialy Foundation - State-of-the-Art Lectureship in Reproductive Physiology