22nd Annual FIR Symposium

June 6-8, 2019

June 6th – Session I – Moderator Dan Bernard
June 7th – Session II – Moderator Carmen Williams
June 8th – Session III – Moderator Barry Hinton
June 9th – Session IV – Moderator Rafael Fissore

2019 Preliminary Symposium Schedule

In Memory
Michael Edward McClure, Ph.D.
August 15, 1941 – May 11, 2018

FIR’s 22nd Annual Symposium being held June 6-8, 2019 in Woods Hole will celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Mike McClure, a FIR founder, advising councilor and steadfast champion of our program and its trainees.

Each of our four symposium sessions will open with a reflection about Mike from a guest speaker who worked closely with him as a FIR colleague. We look forward to hosting friends from NICHD and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund in addition to former FIR leaders who will share memories and tributes.

As always, FIRbees and FIR teaching assistants are invited to be considered as symposium presenters via abstract submission. Topics relevant to reproductive science, and reflecting current research are encouraged. Preference will be given to abstracts from the FIR classes of 1999, 2004, 2009 or 2014 (20, 15, 10 and 5 years ago), although all FIRbees doing outstanding science, presenting new research topics, first-time presenters, and/or those who have not presented at a recent symposium will be considered.

Travel funding priority goes to those making presentations, but please know that everyone is welcome to attend the symposium even if we are unable to include your talk on the program. We provide lodging and meals in Woods Hole, and typically reimburse full travel expenses for those selected to give presentations. These decisions are made based on a review of submitted abstracts.

Please submit a one-page Word document abstract including your name, FIR class year and your current institution. Abstracts should be uploaded to: The abstract submission deadline is March 31, 2019. You should plan for a 10-minute Powerpoint presentation. Those submitting abstracts will be notified about speaker selections by April 1. will Selected speakers will be provided contact information for our travel agent who assist in making pre-paid flight reservations for your trip. We will also send you registration and lodging registration details at that time.

2019 FIR Symposium Program Notes:

Luigi Mastroianni Memorial Lecturer
Günter P. Wagner, PhD
Alison Richard Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Yale University

Mike McClure Pioneer Award
Patricia Donahoe, MD
Chief Emerita of Pediatric Surgical Services, MGH
Marshall K. Bartlett Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Jerry Strauss Beacon Award
Mario Ascoli, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Department of Pharmacology
The University of Iowa

FIR Distinguished Alumna Award
Karen Schindler, PhD FIR07
Associate Professor
Department of Genetics
Rutgers University