IBR: WARD LAB Wins Top Awards at National Reproductive Science Annual Meeting in Honolulu

The annual meeting of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) was held in Honolulu this month, with more than 700 abstracts submitted by researchers and clinicians attending the meeting, including standouts from the Institute for Biogenesis Research (IBR) Monika Ward Lab, whose members are pictured above.

Several JABSOM faculty and their staff and lab members participated in this meeting and presented their work. The abstract submitted by Yasuhiro Yamauchi, a Junior Researcher from Monika Ward’s lab, entitled “Only Three Y Chromosome Genes Are Enough For Obtaining Sperm Functional In Assisted Fertilization And Yielding Live Offspring In The Mouse.” has been selected as the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology (SART) Prize Paper and awarded a monetary price of $500.00.

Dr. Yamauchi Receiving Award

Dr. Yamauchi Receiving Award

Dr. Yamauchi presenting Price Paper

Dr. Yamauchi presenting Price Paper

Dr. Yamauchi presented his work during a Prize Paper Candidate session on Monday, October 20. The same abstract has also been selected as a recipient of the Scientific Program Prize Paper Award. The award was presented at the Awards Ceremony and included monetary price of $1,000.00, free 1 year ASRM membership and free ASRM 2015 annual meeting registration.

ASRM is a nationally and internationally recognized leader for multidisciplinary information, education, advocacy and standards in the field of reproductive medicine. Today, ASRM members reside in all 50 of the United States and in more than 100 other countries.  The Society is multidisciplinary, with members including obstetrician/gynecologists, urologists, reproductive endocrinologists, embryologists, mental health professionals, internists, nurses, practice administrators, laboratory technicians, pediatricians, research scientists, and veterinarians.

About the Institute for Biogenesis Research

The Institute laid the scientific foundation for human in vitro fertilization under founder Dr. Ryuzo Yanagimachi, whose assisted reproductive methods are still being used around the world to help infertile couples have children. The Institute also cloned the world’s first mouse and has developed new, more efficient methods to produce transgenic mice, rabbits, lambs and pigs. The animals glow green under black light, demonstrating a more-efficient genetic manipulation technique developed in Hawai`i. That technique may lead to new and competitively efficient ways to produce medicines.

Institute scientists competed with researchers all over the U.S. to win this phase-two “Centers of Biomedical Research Excellence award. The new grant brings the Institute’s total research dollar awards to nearly $40 million dollars in the past 15 years.

More about the University of Hawai`i School of Medicine:

Community Impact-Workforce: The John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) is proud to have trained half of the physicians who are currently treating patients in the State of Hawai`i. Through its medical education (MD) and graduate medical education (MD Residency) programs, JABSOM is training 494 future physicians in 2014-2015.

Quality: More than 80% of the physicians annually identified as the “Best Doctors in Hawai`i” either trained or teach at the University of Hawai`i medical school.

Economic Impact: JABSOM faculty bring external funding of about $42 million annually into Hawai`i, most of it invested in jobs and services in the islands. The medical school also trains speech therapy and audiology professionals, medical technology students and some 200 students annually seeking graduate-level degrees in the biosciences: Cell and Molecular Biology (MS, PhD), Clinical Research (MS, PhD), Epidemiology (PhD), Developmental and Reproductive Biology (MS, PhD) and Tropical Medicine (MS, PhD).

*Only three Y chromosome genes are enough for obtaining sperm functional in assisted fertilization and yielding live offspring in the mouse. Yasuhiro Yamauchia, Nadege Vernetb, Jonathan M. Riela, Paul S. Burgoyneb, Monika A. Warda. a Institute for Biogenesis Research, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, Hawaii, 96822, USA. b Developmental Genetics, MRC NIMR, London, UK

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