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August 15, 2007




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Students Take Honors at National Conference on Reproduction

Three graduate students at the University of Illinois College of Veterinary Medicine were selected from more than 240 student competitors to receive awards for research presented at the 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR), held in San Antonio, Texas, July 21 to 25, 2007.

All three work under the direction of Dr. Humphrey Hung-Chang Yao, assistant professor in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences.

Ivraym Barsoum won the trainee research award in the poster presentation category for "Ectopic activation of the hedgehog pathway induces appearance of Leydig-like cells in fetal ovaries," a study supported by NIH-HD46861, March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation, and college's Billie Field Graduate Fellowship.

Denise Archambeault placed second in the oral presentation category for "Inhibin beta a and hedgehog: a novel regulatory loop in fetal testis cord development." Chia-Feng Liu placed fourth in the oral presentation category for "The role of beta-catenin in development of the fetal ovary." Both of these studies were supported by NIH-HD4686 and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation.

They were also recipients of Larry Ewing Memorial Travel Award, Lalor Foundation Trainee Travel awards, and Billie Field Memorial Travel Award. Ivraym Barsoum and Denise Archambeault also received travel support from the Graduate College at U of I. Chia-Feng Liu and Denise Archambeault received travel support from the Department of Veterinary Biosciences.

The Department of Veterinary Biosciences is home to eight faculty members who are affiliated with the University of Illinois Reproductive Biology Training Program, which engages in a broad scope of research on female and male reproductive biology at the organism, tissue, cell, and molecular levels.

The Society for the Study of Reproduction was founded by faculty members at the University of Illinois in 1967 to promote the study of reproduction by fostering interdisciplinary communication among scientists, holding conferences, and publishing meritorious studies. It is the leading scientific society for reproductive biology in the world.