Fifty years of reproductive biology in Australia: Highlights from the 50th Annual Meeting of the Society for Reproductive Biology (SRB)

Elizabeth G. Bromfield, Samson N. Dowland, Jessica E.M. Dunleavy, Kylie R. Dunning, Olivia J. Holland, Brendan J. Houston, Michael W. Pankhurst, Dulama Richani, Angelique H. Riepsamen, Ryan Rose, Michael J. Bertoldo

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The 2018 edition of the Society for Reproductive Biology's (SRB) Annual Meeting was a celebration of 50 years of Australian research into reproductive biology. The past 50 years has seen many important contributions to this field, and these advances have led to changes in practice and policy, improvements in the efficiency of animal reproduction and improved health outcomes. This conference review delivers a dedicated summary of the symposia, discussing emerging concepts, raising new questions and proposing directions forward. Notably, the symposia discussed in this review emphasised the impact that reproductive research can have on quality of life and the health trajectories of individuals. The breadth of the research discussed encompasses the central regulation of fertility and cyclicity, life course health and how the environment of gametes and embryos can affect subsequent generations, significant advances in our understanding of placental biology and pregnancy disorders and the implications of assisted reproductive technologies on population health. The importance of a reliable food supply and protection of endangered species is also discussed. The research covered at SRB's 2018 meeting not only recognised the important contributions of its members over the past 50 years, but also highlighted key findings and avenues for innovation moving forward that will enable the SRB to continue making significant contributions for the next 50 years.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)829-836
Number of pages8
JournalReproduction, Fertility and Development
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2019


  • assisted reproduction
  • fertility
  • fetal programming
  • gamete
  • gestation
  • implantation
  • placenta
  • preterm birth

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