GrandRounds in New York City

CME Event Series for OBGYN, REI Physicians & Scientists

Insights from imaging the implanting embryo and the uterine environment in 3 dimensions

Tuesday, March 14th

For the GrandRounds on March 14th, Dr. Diana Laird from University of California at San Francisco will present on her team's use of 3D imaging to elucidate the process of embryo implantation.

Diana Laird, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Ob/Gyn, Reproductive Sciences, UCSF School of Medicine, San Francisco, CA
Dr. Laird’s research has focused on the development of germ cells in mammalian embryos, in order to enhance our understanding of the fundamental process of gamete selection in evolution, and to unlock the potential of stem cells to generate gametes.


The architecture of the uterine environment in which the early embryo develops is not well understood. Dr. Laird’s team employed confocal imaging in combination with 3D analysis to identify and quantify dynamic changes to the luminal structure of murine uterus in preparation for implantation. The presentation will explain how analyzing the uterine and embryo structures in 3D for different genetic mutants and pathological conditions helps uncover novel molecular pathways and global structural changes that contribute to successful implantation of an embryo.


At the end of the lecture, learners should be able to:

  • Describe the synchronization between the dynamically changing topology of the uterine lumen and the potential for embryo implantation
  • Explain the role of uterine glands in early pregnancy and potential for early exposure to endocrine disruptors to affect gland development
  • Articulate the experimental criteria for identifying ovarian stem cells


Cocktails: 6 PM

Lecture: 7 PM

Complimentary Dinner: 8 PM


Thalassa Restaurant

179 Franklin Street
New York, NY 10013

Located in Tribeca, Thalassa restaurant offers delicious and authentic Greek and Mediterranean dishes featuring fresh seafood and organic produce. The recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence, Thalassa is known for the most extensive Greek wine list in New York City as well as its impressive wine cellar; in all, Thalassa’s wine list contains over 1,000 labels. Its Maine diver sea scallops dish was recently featured as one of the best dishes in Manhattan by the Village Voice. The restaurant has received a number of awards, including a 3 star rating from Forbes and has a 24 rating from Zagat.

The Center for Human Reproduction (CHR) has, following its charter, for over 20 years been an independent provider of complimentary continuous medical education. CHR takes full responsibility for balance, objectivity and scientific rigor of all information presented. Selection of speakers, topics and content is independent of all outside commercial interests. These events accept reservation on a first-come, first-served basis.

Eligibility criteria for free admission: (i) actively practicing physicians in specialty areas relating to reproduction; ii) medical students; iii) scientists in clinical or research area related to reproduction; and iv) journalists working in relevant fields. If you are registering for the first time this academic year, please email a copy of your professional ID with this registration. Space permitting, interested parties who do not qualify for free admission will be offered admission for a donation of $150 at the door to the Foundation of Reproductive Medicine, which co-sponsors CHR's GrandRounds. CHR reserves the right to refuse entry to the event once capacity is reached.

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