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2022 Organizing Committee, Aspen Perinatal Biology Symposium

Kristen E. Govoni (kristen.govoni@uconn.edu) – Chair, Department of Animal Science, University of Connecticut

Rebecca Simmons (rsimmons@pennmedicine.upenn.edu) – Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health, Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Michelle Baack (michelle.baack@sanfordhealth.org) – Chair, Department of Pediatrics, University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine and Associate Scientist, Environmental Influences on Health and Disease, Sanford Research

The Organizing Committee members each are accomplished scientists in their own right, and have held or hold leadership positions in many international and national organizations. Short synopses of qualifications of the PD (Dr. Kristen Govoni) of this proposal, as well as the members of the Organizing Committee, are provided below. The Organizing Committee has extensive experience organizing this and other national-international meetings, and also is in close contact with the organizers of the 2019 Perinatal Biology Symposium.

Dr. Kristen E. Govoni, Chair of the Organizing Committee and PD of this grant proposal, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at the University of Connecticut and member of the Fetal Programming Group at UConn. Dr. Govoni attended the 2016 Perinatal Biology Symposium as a presenting author on a poster and served on the Scientific Planning Committee of the 2019 Perinatal Meetings. Dr. Govoni has served on the planning committee for the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Cell Biology Symposium for the past 5 years, organized the Northeast Graduate Student paper competition for over 5 years, and currently serves as the Northeast Director for the ASAS and Chair of the Publications Committee for the ASAS.  Dr. Govoni has secured over $2 million in funding, published 44 peer-reviewed papers, and mentored 14 graduate as primary advisor and 15 as associate advisor. She has received numerous awards recognizing her teaching, mentoring, and service to the field of Animal Science.

Dr. Rebecca Simmons, Organizing Committee Member, Hallam Hurt Professor in Neonatology, Center for Research on Reproduction and Women’s Health at the Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania. Her research program aims to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms that link fetal growth restriction to the later development of obesity and type 2 diabetes in adulthood. She has been actively involved in the Perinatal Biology Meeting since 2007 and was on the Scientific advisory committee for the 2019 meetings. Dr. Simmons has extensive experience organizing national meetings including the Perinatal Research Society, the American Diabetes Association, the U.S. and the International DOHaD Societies. In addition, she has organized multiple local symposia at the University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Michelle Baack, Organizing Committee Member, is an Associate Scientist, Environmental Influences on Health and Disease, Sanford Research. She served as the Division Chief of Research before her new appointment as the Chair of Pediatrics at the University of South Dakota – Sanford School of Medicine in 2021. As a neonatologist and Sanford Health’s site PI for NICHD Neonatal Research Network studies, she leads both clinical and basic research.  Her laboratory’s goal is to understand the role of mitochondria and metabolism in the developmental origins of health and disease (DOHaD). She has been actively involved in DOHaD research since 2011 and serves as a peer reviewer in the field including as an ad hoc member of the NIH Nutrition and Metabolism in Health and Disease (NMHD) study section. She is a full member of the Perinatal Research Society, Pediatric Academic Society and the Society of Neonatal and Perinatal Medicine (SONPM) within the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her trainees had opportunities to present their work at the 2019 Perinatal Biology Meeting and found the platform to be exceptional for scientific exchange, networking and career development.


2022 Scientific Committee, Aspen Perinatal Biology Symposium

  •  Laura Brown – Associate Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, University of Colorado
  •  Lisa Joss-Moore – Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatalogy, University of Utah
  • Andrew Norris – Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Endocrinology and Diabetes, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Iowa
  • Jeff Segar - Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Neonatology, Medical College of Wisconsin - Milwuakee
  • Sarbattama Sen - Assistant of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School
  • Sara Pinney – Pediatric Endocrinologiest, Division of Endocrinology and Diabetes, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Maria (Hoffman) Peterson - Assistant Professor, Department of Fisheries, Veterinary, and Animal Science, University of Rhode Island– URI
  • Dustin Yates – Assistant Professor, Department of Animal Science, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • Carl Dahlen – Associate Professor, Department of Animal Sciences, North Dakota State University

 

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