IFPA 2016

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September 13 - 16, 2016
Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
"Placenta: Back to the Basics"

The International Federation of Placenta Associations (IFPA) will hold its 2016 meeting in Portland, Oregon. IFPA is devoted to supporting and promoting excellence in the field of placental research throughout the world. The IFPA 2016 theme will be "Placenta - Back to the Basics." 

The program will feature keynote speakers, three plenary symposia, two satellite symposia, 12 workshops, two poster sessions, three new investigator sessions and presentations by IFPA award winners. Emphasis will be placed on the latest advances in basic mechanisms underlying placental physiology and pathophysiology and applications of novel technologies. New this year will be pre-meeting satellite sessions.


Directions
Directions to satellite meetings, hotel and convention center can be found below under the "Travel" tab.

Program
A copy of the full printed program is available for download here.

tram with city skyline

Registration is inclusive of all meeting costs and includes a free Portland Transportation Pass.

Several categories of travel awards are available to new investigators.

 

Email for more information

 

Important dates

 IFPA conference September 13-16, 2016
 Registration open February 1, 2016
Abstract submission openFebruary 1, 2016
Hotel conference rate booking openFebruary 1, 2016
Abstract submission deadlineApril 15, 2016
Notification of abstract acceptanceMay 10, 2016
Registration deadline to ensure abstract publicationJune 3, 2016
Early bird registration deadlineJuly 31, 2016
Hotel conference rate booking deadlineAugust 19, 2016
Late breaking abstract submission openJuly 17, 2016
Late breaking abstract submission deadlineJuly 31, 2016
Notification of late breaking abstract acceptanceAugust 15, 2016
Online registration deadlineAugust 19, 2016
Last day for registration cancellationAugust 19, 2016
Satellite symposium: pathology
September 12, 2016
Satellite symposium: imaging
September 12-13, 2016
IFPA conferenceSeptember 13-16, 2016

Registration

Online registration is now closed. For late registration please send an email request.

Verification of New Investigator Status Form should be emailed at the time of registration to ensure proper processing.

Early Bird Registration (by 7/31)

Late Registration (by 8/19)

Category

USD $875
USD $950
Investigator
USD $575
USD $650
New Investigator
USD $140
USD $140
accompanying person (social only)

The meeting fee is inclusive and comprises
:

Meeting registration
Opening reception (September 13th)
Lunch, morning and afternoon refreshments (September 14th, 15th and 16th)
Gala dinner (September 16th)
Portland transportation pass valid during entire meeting for bus, streetcar and MAX Light Rail (to airport)
IFPA membership fee
Free WiFi at conference

The fee for the accompanying person includes:

Opening reception (September 13th)
Gala dinner (September 16th)
Portland transportation pass valid during entire meeting for bus, streetcar and MAX Light Rail (to airport)

Satellite registration fees:

New Methods for Exploring Multiscale Placental Architecture: $125
Uteroplacental Pathology and the Human Placenta Project: no cost due to generous support from BD Biosciences and OHSU Department of Pathology (FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED)

Abstract submission

All abstracts must be submitted through the online submission system. Instructions are provided once an account is created in the online submission system.

To qualify for new investigator travel awards and prizes, all new investigators must email a New Investigator Status form at the time of abstract submission.

Deadlines

abstract submission open
February 1, 2016
abstract submission deadline  April 15, 2016
notification of abstract acceptance   May 10, 2016
registration deadline to ensure abstract publication June 3, 2016

If you do not register for the conference, your abstract will not be published in Placenta.

 

Late breaking abstracts

IFPA 2016 will feature late breaking abstracts. However, these will not be published in Placenta, but will be available in the program handbook. All late breaking abstract submissions will be reviewed and a select few may be chosen for oral presentations. All others will be posters.

late breaking abstract submission July 17, 2016 
late breaking abstract submission closes July 31, 2016 

Location

Conference location

Oregon Convention Center
Portland, Oregon

Visit Travel Portland to find out more about places to go and things to see while in Portland.

 Oregon Convention Center


 

 




Travel

Airport

Portland International Airport (PDX)

Visa requirements

Many non-U.S. citizens need a visa to enter the United States as a visitor. Check the U.S. State Dept. website to learn whether you need a visa before booking a flight. If you require a letter for your application, please request one via email.

Local transportation

The hotel and convention center can be reached via taxi (15 mins, approx. $35) or MAX Light Rail leaving every 15 minutes (Red line, 30 mins, $2.50). The Doubletree Portland is located half a block west of the Lloyd Center/NE 11th Avenue MAX station.  

At registration all conference delegates will receive a Portland transit pass that allows free transportation for the duration of the conference on all light rail and bus lines. This will include transportation back to the airport.


For those driving to the conference, parking is available for a fee at the Oregon Convention Center and the Doubletree Portland.

Directions to Conference and Satellite Locations

From Airport to Doubletree Hotel
Taxi approx. $30 (15min) or
In airport follow signs to Max Red Line, purchase ticket for $2.50. Take Max Red Line to Lloyd Center/ NE 11th Ave Max Station. Doubletree Hotel is right there. (trains run every 15 min, travel time 24min).


From Doubletree Hotel to Airport
From Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave Max Station take Max Red Line to Airport (trains run every 15 min, travel time 24 min).


From Doubletree Hotel to South Waterfront (ECR event, Placental Pathology Satellite, Imaging Satellite)
Walk to NE 7th and Holladay, take Streetcar (A Loop to PSU via OMSI). Exit the Streetcar at the SW Moody and Meade North stop (approximately 20 minutes, exiting at the first stop after you have gone over the river).


From South Waterfront to Doubletree Hotel
Walk to the SW Moody and Meade South stop. (This stop is across the street from where you exited when you arrived). Take the Streetcar (B Loop to Lloyd via OMSI). Exit the Streetcar at NE Grand and Holladay and walk to the Doubletree Hotel.

From South Waterfront to ECR Event
Exit the Streetcar at the SW Moody and Meade North stop. Walk approximately 5 minutes south on SW Moody Ave to the Portland Aerial Tram, located next to the Center for Health & Healing (CHH) building. Take aerial tram to top. ECR event is the first right after exiting the tram. (Last tram down is at 9:30 p.m.).

From South Waterfront to Placental Pathology Satellite
September 12: Exit the Streetcar at the SW Moody and Meade North stop. Walk approximately 5 minutes south on SW Moody Avenue to the Center for Health & Healing (CHH) building.

  • Travel time is approximately 20-25 minutes from the Tram to the Vey Conference Center
  • Exit the CHH and proceed to the tram terminal, located just outside the revolving glass doors on the north end of the lobby
  • After exiting the tram, pass through glass doors under "Welcome to OHSU" sign (Marquam Hill Campus/ Peter Kohler Pavilion) and follow corridor straight ahead to OHSU Hospital
  • Continue right when you see a small café on your left (the Summit Café)
  • Continue straight ahead until you reach the Gift Shop on your left (hospital reception will be on your right). Turn left at the Gift Shop.
  • Go past the Gift Shop and Natural Food Store, turn right and follow signs towards Doernbecher Children's Hospital
  • Follow the hall to the end (you are on the Doernbecher 9th floor) until you reach a spiral staircase and an elevator on your left. The elevator is marked 'Conference Center'.
  • Take either stairs or elevator to the 11th floor. You have arrived at the Vey Conference Center


From Placental Pathology Satellite to South Waterfront
(From Doernbecher Vey Conference Center to the Center for Health & Healing (CHH))

  • travel time is approximately 20-25 minutes from the Vey Conference Center to the CHH
  • From the Vey Conference Center (Doernbecher 11th floor), take either the spiral stairs or the elevator down to the 9th floor.
  • When you reach the 9th floor, turn right and follow the corridor to the end until you reach the OHSU Hospital
  • Turn left and proceed past the Natural Food store until you reach the Gift Shop on your right (Hospital reception will be on your left). Turn right at the Gift Shop.
  • Continue down the corridor, following the signs to Kohler Pavilion/Tram, until you see a small café (Summit Café) on your right
  • Take a slight left and follow corridor straight ahead to the Tram
  • Take the Tram down the hill (You do NOT need a ticket to take the Tram down the hill)
  • When you exit the Tram, the Center for Health &Healing (CHH) is the building next to the Tram

From South Waterfront to Multiscale Imaging Satellite
September 12: Exit the Streetcar at the SW Moody and Meade North stop. Walk approximately 5 minutes south on SW Moody Avenue to the Center for Health &Healing (CHH) building. The CHH is located right next to the Portland Aerial Tram. Take the elevator from the CHH lobby to the 3rd floor and continue to conference room 4.

September 13: Exit the Streetcar at the SW Moody and Meade North stop. Enter the Collaborative Life Sciences Building (CLSB) behind you. The meeting is in room 1S040.


The above directions are also available as a printable pdf.  

Maps of the OHSU South Waterfront Campus and Marquam Hill Campus, along with additional directions are available here.

Accomodation

Accommodation

Doubletree Portland 1000 N.E. Multnomah St., Portland, OR 97232  phone: 503 281-6111
A conference rate of $169 + 15.3% tax is available for three days prior to and two days following the conference. The hotel is three blocks from the Oregon Convention Center.

Reservations can be made here. Conference rate will be available through August 19, 2016.

 


Things to see and do in Portland

Live like a local

A quick guide put together by local researchers featuring things to see and do and places to eat and drink in PDX.

 

Portland  Attractions

Travel Portland: Top sights in Portland
Lonely Planet: Portland Guide
U.S. News & World Report: Best things to do in Portland
Oregonlive: 25 things to do in Portland


Nearby Portland

Columbia River Gorge
Photo by Bala from Seattle, USA - https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15709881
Columbia River Gorge
Mt. Hood

Oregon Coast

Wine Country

 

Eat and Drink in PDX

PDX Food carts

Oregonlive: Portland's 10 best new food carts of 2015
Eater Portland: Presenting 21 of Portland's must-have food cart dishes
Eater Portland: The 38 essential Portland restaurants, Spring 2016 - PDX Eater

 

Beer flight

Serious Eats: Portland Beer: 6 must-visit new breweries in Beervana
BrewCycle
Travel Portland: Portland Breweries

 

Symposia, speakers and workshops

The program-at-a-glance is available here. The full program is available here with highlighted information below.

IFPA 2016 Program Content 

Symposia:        
  • Trophoblast specification/progenitors
    Hubert Schorle, Ph.D., University of Bonn
    Mana Parast, M.D., Ph.D., University of California San Diego
    Soumen Paul, Ph.D., University of Kansas Medical Center

  • Bioinformatics/systems biology applied to the placenta
    Nathan Price, Ph.D., Institute of Systems Biology
    Thomas Metz, Ph.D., Pacific Northwest Laboratories
    Andrew Adey, Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University

  • Viral infection and the placenta
    Sallie Permar, M.D., Ph.D., Duke University
    Gil Mor, Ph.D., Yale University
    Peta Grigsby, Ph.D., Antonio Frias, M.D. and Dan Streblow, Ph.D., OHSU

Keynote lecture:
Non-invasive imaging of the placenta
Jonathan Lindner, M.D., Professor, OHSU Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Medicine

Exploring the architectures of life at multiple scales
Joe Gray, Ph.D., Director, OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine


National Institutes of Health lecture:
Francesco DeMayo, Ph.D., National Institute of Environmental Health Science

Award lectures:
  • IFPA Senior Award in Placentology
  • Gabor Than Award
  • Andree Gruslin Award
  • Elsevier Trophoblast Research Award Lecture
  • National Institutes of Health Lecture


New Investigator/junior faculty oral presentations:
12 new investigator and 6 junior faculty oral presentations selected by review of submitted abstracts
Prizes:
  • IFPA Early Career Research Award for the best oral presentation by an investigator in a junior faculty position
  • Elsevier Placenta New Investigator Award for the best oral presentation by a new investigator in the field of placentology in all its aspects, including the relationship with fetus and mother

Workshop Topics:
Workshop descriptions are available here.
  • Imaging the placenta - Antonio Frias, M.D., Victoria Roberts, Ph.D., John Sled, Ph.D.                                                          
  • Systems biology/bioinformatics applied to the placenta - Lucia Carbone, Ph.D.                                     
  • Trophoblast biology and pathology - Shawn Chavez, Ph.D., Julie Baker, Ph.D.                                                  
  • Sexual Dimorphism in placental function - Alina Maloyan, Ph.D., Leslie Myatt, Ph.D.                                                     
  • Transport next gen: cool new stuff- Nick Illsley, Ph.D.                                                                   
  • Inflammation –What is it and how does it affect the placenta? - Kent Thornburg, Ph.D., Murray Mitchell, D.Phil.
  • Immunology of the maternal-fetal interface - Peggy Petroff, Ph.D. and Ted Golos, Ph.D.                                               
  • Key mechanisms and novel insights into trophoblast implantation and  invasion - Martin Knoefler, Ph.D. and Alexander Beristain, Ph.D.                          
  • Decidua-trophoblast interactions - Gendie Lash, Ph.D.                 
  • Linkage between placenta and development of other organs - Peta Grigsby, Ph.D.      
  • Placental cell culture/Cell lines - Graham Burton, Ph.D., Udo Markert, Ph.D.                                            
  • Genomic communication - Yoel Sadovsky, M.D.

Poster Sessions:

Poster Session 1
Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Poster Session 2
Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Prizes:
  • Elsevier Trophoblast Research Award for best poster presentation by new investigator
  • Four additional awards for most meritorious posters      

Satellite symposia

IFPA 2016 Satellite Symposia

Online registration for IFPA and satellite symposia is now available.

 

"New Methods for Exploring Multiscale Placental Architecture"

Monday, Sept. 12, 2016; 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. and
Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016; 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The full schedule is available for download.

Presentations

Why do we need multiscale imaging of the placenta?
Les Myatt, Ph.D.

Keynote address
Joe Gray, Ph.D.

Ultrasound
Jonathan Lindner, M.D.

Molecular imaging PET/SPECT
Jeanne Link, Ph.D.

MRI (micro and macro)
Bill Rooney, Ph.D.

Light microscopy
John Muschler, Ph.D.

High content screening microscopy
Laura Heiser, Ph.D.

Single molecule super-resolution microscopy
Xiaolin Nan, Ph.D.

Multicolor immunofluorescence including chemistry
Summer Gibbs, Ph.D.

Nanoscale biology electron microscopy
Claudia Lopez, Ph.D.

Nanoscale biology EM
Claudia Lopez, Ph.D.

High resolution electron microscopy
Michael Chapman, Ph.D.

Basics of image analysis
Michel Nederlof, Ph.D.


Tuesday will include an orientation from Heidi Fielder, Ph.D. followed by a tour of facilities and equipment and nine 15 minute presentations.

List of technologies:


 

"Uteroplacental Pathology and the Human Placenta Project"   - FULL, REGISTRATION CLOSED

Monday, September 12, 2016
8 a.m. - 3 p.m. PDT


Presentations

Terry Morgan, M.D., Ph.D., Oregon Health & Science University
New insights from uteroplacental blood flow studies

Carolyn Salafia, M.D., M.S., Institute for Basic Research/Placental Analytics
Placental reserve capacity and adaptation

Mana Parast, M.D., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

Trophoblastic differentiation and placental insufficiency

Debra Heller, M.D., Rutgers-New Jersey Medical School

What's new in morbidly adherent placenta-MAPing it out

Drucilla Roberts, M.D., Massachusetts General Hospital
Placental pathology in gestational diabetes

Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn, Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University
What does the placenta do with lipids?

Philip Katzman, M.D., University of Rochester Medical Center
Chronic inflammatory lesions of the placenta

Linda Ernst, M.D., M.H.S., Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Hypoxia-induced vascular maldevelopment: Implications for placenta and fetus

Anna Penn, M.D., Ph.D., Children's National Medical Center
Placental function in brain development and damage

Raymond Redline, M.D., Case Western Reserve University
Placental pathology: It is time to get serious


Awards

IFPA is dedicated to the support of all investigators in placental research, but particularly early career investigators and persons in training. There are a number of awards available at IFPA 2016 to support new investigators and to acknowledge the excellence of investigators at the IFPA meeting.

 

Awards

IFPA Senior Award in Placentology recognizes the work of established senior scientists/clinicians who have led placental research groups for a substantial period of time and have made a significant contribution to our understanding of placental and reproductive functions 

Gábor Than Award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of placentology in all its aspects, including the relationship with fetus and mother to early career investigators who are normally within 10 years of their terminal degree

Andree Gruslin Award acknowledges outstanding contributions to the field of placentology by a mid-career female investigator (Assistant or Associate Professor or equivalent) generously supported by Elsevier

IFPA Early Career Research Award for the best oral presentation by an investigator in a junior faculty position

 

New investigator awards

Elsevier Placenta New Investigator Award acknowledges the best oral presentation by a new investigator in the field of placentology in all its aspects, including the relationship with fetus and mother.

Elsevier Trophoblast Research New Investigator Award for the best poster presentation by a new investigator

Elsevier Poster Awards for an additional four meritorious poster presentations

 

Award information

For award details see the summary of awards on the IFPA website. The full details are available in the terms of reference

New investigator travel awards

New investigator travel awards

IFPA has a long tradition of career development for new investigators and encouraging new investigators to attend IFPA meetings to present their own work, hear the latest advances from experts in the field and to develop research connections.

To that end IFPA provides a large number of new investigator travel awards of $500 each from various sponsors (see below). We are grateful to these sponsors for providing support. 

This year we expect to be able to support at least 60 travel awards.


New investigators should determine their eligibility (see below) and apply for these awards when submitting their abstracts. A Verification of New Investigator Status Form will also need to be submitted via email along with the abstract, if it was not submitted with registration.

 

YW Loke New Investigator Travel Awards result from the generous endowment of Y.W. (Charlie) Loke, Emeritus Professor of Reproductive Immunology at the University of Cambridge and member of the IFPA and EPG. It offsets travel expenses for approximately 40 young investigators per meeting.

National Institutes of Health New Investigator Travel Awards are to enable approximately 10 U.S.-based new investigators in any aspect of placental research to attend the annual IFPA meeting.

Elsevier Travel Awards enable approximately 15 new investigators in any aspect of placental research to attend the annual IFPA meeting.

 

Award information

Candidates for all three awards should be new investigators, defined as a full time graduate student for the Masters, Ph.D. (D. Phil) or regional equivalent, a post-doctoral fellow, or new investigator normally within three years of receiving their doctoral or senior degree.

Awardees are excluded from applying for any one award in consecutive years.

The awards will be based on a review of abstracts submitted for the IFPA-designated meeting.

For award details see the summary of awards on the IFPA website. The full details are available in the terms of reference


Poster sessions

Poster Session 1

Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Poster Session 2

Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016
2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

 

Poster Judging

If you are a new investigator your poster will be judged in a competition for the Elsevier Trophoblast Research Award. A team of judges will view your poster during your assigned poster session from 2:30 - 4:30 p.m., you must be present to answer their questions. 

A number of posters will  be selected for Final Poster judging. Finalists will be announced on the afternoon of Thursday, Sept. 15, please check notice boards and this section of the website for finalist details

Final Poster judging will be held on Friday, Sept. 16, 2016 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.

 


Presentation Instructions

  • Poster dimensions must not exceed 4 feet high and 8 feet wide. 
  • Posters may be mounted with push pins or velcro. Push pins will be provided in the poster session room.
  • Posters should include the title of the abstract and the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s).
  • Brief "Introduction" and "Conclusions" sections are helpful.
  • Illustrations and tables may be similar to those used in making slides, but with bolder, heavier fonts. They should be readable from distances of 4 feet or more.
  • Use color judiciously to add emphasis. Keep illustrative material simple. Please use large type for all text.
  • When feasible, use graphs to demonstrate qualitative relationships and tables for presenting precise numerical values.
  • Photographs should be on matte, not glossy, paper.
 

Organizing committees

Local organizing committee

Robert Brace, Ph.D.
Shawn Chavez, Ph.D.
Ceci Cheung, Ph.D.
Antonio Frias, M.D.
Peta Grigsby, Ph.D.
Alina Maloyan, Ph.D.
Terry Morgan, M.D., Ph.D
Leslie Myatt, Ph.D.
Lisa Rhuman
Victoria Roberts, Ph.D.
Kent Thornburg, Ph.D.
Amy Valent, D.O.  

International advisory committee

Australian and New Zealand Placenta Research Association
Larry Chamley
Peter Mark
Padma Murthi
Claire Roberts

European Placenta Group
Steve Charnock-Jones
Christiane Pfarrer (Secretary of IFPA)
Berthold Huppertz
Annetine Staff

Japan Placenta Association
Keiichi Isaka
Yoshiki Kudo
Shigeru Saito
Naihiro Kanayama

Placenta Association of the Americas
Cathy Vaillancourt (Treasurer of IFPA)
Thomas Jansson
Nick Illsley (President of IFPA)
Alicia Jawerbaum

Early Career Researcher
Carlos Salomon

IFPA Meeting Organizers
Isabella Caniggia
Danielle Evain-Brion
Greg Rice
Melissa Westwood