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Last weekend we attended our first in-person meeting!

The 30th Annual Meeting for the Tringle Consortium for Reproductive Biology (TCRB) was held at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville, NC. The TCRB is one of our local groups of reproductive scientists. Its creation was motivated by the idea of fostering a collaborative environment for students and researchers in the Research Triangle Park (RTP) area who share common interests in reproductive biology. Many of the TCRB 200+ members, representing over 18 institutions statewide, come together every year to share the latest and greatest scientific discoveries in all areas of reproduction through seminar presentations, invited keynote speakers, and poster presentations.

The day was packed with great research presentations covering a wide range of subjects in reproduction. Examples included the benefits of exercising during pregnancy on the metabolism of moms and babies, the role of gene expression in reproductive organ development, new in vitro models to study implantation, the mechanisms of reproductive tract development and cancer, and many more!

The meeting also offered pre-doctoral and post-doctoral fellows an opportunity to compete for one of two awards: the TCRB award for best poster presentation and The Campion Fund award for best oral presentation. Two of our very own RDBL fellows won awards on each category – Congratulations to Virginia Savy and Ciro Amato for an impressive job!!!

It was an exciting time for all to finally be able to meet again in person and a perfect opportunity for the group to get to know other reproductive researchers in the RTP. We look forward to sharing our new work on placental cell biology next year!



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