PCRS Rewards Scientific Investigation

PCRS recognizes the current year's top scientific presentations at the Saturday evening Awards Dinner with plaques and cash prizes. Recognition and prizes are awarded to the presenting author of the selected abstract. Awards are based upon the following criteria:

  • Originality

  • Importance to specialty and discipline

  • Methodology and Study Design

  • Clarity, organization, relevance and soundness of Results/Conclusions

  • Stage Presence

  • Art Form

PCRS Outstanding Paper Awards   1st Place $1000; 2nd Place $750; 3rd Place $500

Recognizes the meeting’s first, second and third place outstanding papers.

PCRS Allied Health Professional Awards   up to 3 Prizes: $500 each

Recognizes outstanding presentation(s) in their respective specialties, including, but not limited to, reproductive endocrinology, urology, gynecology, nursing, and genetics.

Private Practice Research Award   $500

Recognizes outstanding research by a practicing physician who devotes no less than half of his/her time to private practice.

PCRS Excellence In-Training Award   up to 3 Prizes: $500 each

Recognizes the most outstanding presentation made by a fellow, resident, or medical student

PCRS Star Award

Presented at the discretion of the PCRS Board of Directors, this award honors an individual who has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to the mission of the Society to champion the field of reproductive medicine. Those honored receive complimentary lifetime membership.

 

Congratulations PCRS 2016 Award Winners!

 

PCRS Allied Health Professional Awards

Poster number 32 Mark Umbarger of Good Start Genetics

"Analytical Validation of a Novel Next-Generation Sequencing Based Pre-implantation Genetic Screening Technology"

Poster number 21 Tomas Escudero of Reprogenetics

"Next Generation Sequencing for Pre-implantation Genetic Screening Discovers Mosaicism is Independent Of Age"

 

Private Practice Research Award

Dr. Mousa Shamonki of Fertility and Surgical Associates of California

"Non-Invasive Preimplantation Genetic Screening:  Free Embryonic Dna In Embryo Culture Media Exists And May Offer The Potential For Comprehensive Chromosomal Screening Of Human Blastocysts"

 

PCRS Excellence In-Training Awards

Poster number 26  Dr. Jackie Ho  Fellow, USC Keck School of Medicine

"Oocyte Cryopreservation is as Effective as Embryo Cryopreservation in Achieving Live Births"

Oral Presentation number 1  Dr. Michelle Apple  Resident, Stanford Medical Center

"Parental Source of Aneuploidy May be Different Between Sporadic and Recurrent Miscarriages"

Oral Presentation number 5  Dr. Caroline Juneau  Fellow, Rutgers - Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Reproductive Medical Associates of New Jersey

"When Euploid Blastocysts are Selected for Embryo Transfer, Day Three Morphology Does Not Correlate with Implantation Rate"

 

PCRS Outstanding Paper Awards 

3rd Place $500

Dr. Emily Seidler

Resident, Washington University

"Effect of Diet-Induced Obesity and Coq10 on Ovarian Reserve"

 

2nd Place $750

Dr. Mili Thakur

Fellow, Wayne State University

"Galactose and its Metabolites Deteriorate Metaphase 2 Mouse Oocyte Quality through a Mechanism that Involves Mitochondrial Dysfunction and Oxidative Stress"

 

1st Place $1000

Dr. Don Royster

Fellow, National Institutes of Health

"Rapamycin Expands T-Regulatory Cells and Improves Implantation and Live Birth Rates in a Murine Model"

 

 

Congratulations 2015 Award Winners!

 

PCRS Outstanding Paper Awards

1st Place

DOES AN INCREASED BODY MASS INDEX AFFECT ENDOMETRIAL RECEPTIVITY IN INFERTILE PATIENTS? A FUNCTIONAL GENOMICS ANALYSIS

Dr. Ioanna A. Comstock, Fellow, Stanford

2nd Place

IN VITRO FERTILIZATION (IVF) INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION (ICSI) USING SPERM EXPOSED TO CYCLOPHOSPHAMIDE REDUCES PREIMPLANTATION EMBRYO DEVELOPMENT AND LIVE BIRTH AFTER EMBRYO TRANSFER (ET)

Dr. Matrika Johnson, Fellow, Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC

3rd Place

CARRIER SCREENING OF 48,761 PATIENTS IN THE IVF SETTING UTILIZING NEXT GENERATION DNA SEQUENCING DETECTS COMMON, RARE AND OTHERWISE UNDETECTABLE PATHOGENIC VARIANTS IN PREVALENT, SOCIETY-RECOMMENDED DISEASES

Jocelyn Davie, Genetic Counselor, Good Start Genetics

 

PCRS Allied Health Professional Awards

A PILOT STUDY OF NIPS-24 USING CIRCULATING FETAL NUCLEATED CELLS (CFNCs) ISOLATED BY NANOVELCRO MICROCHIPS

Gina Davis, Genetic Counselor, PacGenomics

TIMING OF BLASTOCYST HATCHING AFTER VITRIFICATION AND WARMING: IMPACT ON CLINICAL PREGNANCY RATE

Sergio Vaccari, PhD, Embryologist, Pacific Fertility Center

INTRACYTOPLASMIC SPERM INJECTION (ICSI) OF SUB-OPTIMAL SPERM INCREASES THE RISK OF SEX-CHROMOSOME, BUT NOT AUTOSOMAL ANEUPLOIDY AMONG EMBRYOS EVALUATED WITH COMPREHENSIVE CHROMOSOME SCREENING (CCS)

Alison Coates, Embryologist, Oregon Reproductive Medicine

 

Private Practice Research Award

IS PREIMPLANTATION SCREENING WORTH THE COST IN HIGH RESERVE PATIENTS?

Dr. Angela Thyer, Seattle Reproductive Medicine

 

PCRS Excellence In-Training Award

TROPHOBLAST RETRIEVAL AND ISOLATION FROM THE CERVIX (TRIC) FOR NON-INVASIVE FIRST TRIMESTER FETAL GENDER DETERMINATION IN A CARRIER OF CONGENITAL ADRENAL HYPERPLASIA

Dr. Alan Bolnick, Fellow, Wayne State University

CYP1A1 3801T>C POLYMORPHISM IS NOT ASSOCIATED WITH VARIATIONS IN TOTAL MOTILE SPERM OR FERTILIZATION RATES WITH ICSI

Dr. Rebecca Barnett, Resident, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

DEVELOPMENTALLY DELAYED CLEAVAGE-STAGE EMBRYOS MAINTAIN HIGH IMPLANTATION RATES IN FROZEN EMBRYO TRANSFERS

Dr. Heather Burks, Fellow, Keck School of Medicine of USC

 

Congratulations 2014 Award Winners! 

PCRS Outstanding Paper Award – Kyle Tobler, MD Comparative Genomic Hybridization Microarray (aCGH) Analysis of DNA Isolated from the Blastocoel Fluid from 26 Blastocysts 
PCRS Reproductive Endocrine Award – Marc Gualtieri, MD - Successful Induction of Induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSC’s) from Human Granulosa Cells (hGC’s).
Practicing Physician Award – Bruce Shapiro, MD - Frozen Embryo Transfer Following ‘‘Freeze All’’ Is a Superior Therapy to Another Fresh Transfer in Patients with Prior Fresh Embryo Implantation Failure
PCRS Poster Awards
(1st) Caitlin Dunne, MD - Growth Hormone Supplementation in the Luteal Phase Prior to Microdose GnRH Agonist Flare Protocol for In Vitro Fertilization
(2nd) Erika Munch, MD - Poor Laboratory Air Quality and Its Impact on Early Embryo Development
PCRS In-Training Award – Alan Bolnick, MD - Low Molecular Weight Heparin Promotes Extravillous Differentiation and Prevents Apoptosis of First Trimester Human Trophoblast Cells Through HBEGF-mediated Signaling


Congratulations 2013 Award Winners! 

PCRS Outstanding Paper Award – Jonathan Kort, MD - A Cohort Study to Evaluate the Impact of Weight Loss on Fertility Outcomes in an Overweight/obese Population
PCRS Reproductive Endocrine Award – Joseph Lee, BS - Using Machine Learning Algorithms to Identify Risk Factors Correlated with Ectopic Pregnancies at a Large IVF Program
Practicing Physician Award – Irene Souter, MD - Should Infertile Women with Normal TSH Levels (<5.0mIU/L) Strive for a Stricter Preconception TSH cut-off? The Effects of a Lower TSH Threshold on the Outcome of Ovulation Induction/Intrauterine Insemination (OI/IUI) Cycles
PCRS Poster Awards
(1st) Chandra Shenoy, MD - Use of Confocal Laser and Three-dimensional Imaging Techniques to Study Failed Fertilization after ICSI: A Pilot Study
(2nd) Dennis Idowu, MD - Results of 24 Chromosome SNP Microarray Analysis of Preimplantation Embryos in Couples with Balanced Reciprocal or Robertsonian Translocations
PCRS In-Training Award – Susan McClelland, MD - A Comparison of Pregnancy Outcomes between Day 3 and Day 5 Embryo Transfers: Is There More to the Story than SART?
PCRS Fertility Nursing Research Award – Kathy Turner, RN, NP - Stress Reduction during In Vitro Fertilization


Congratulations 2012 Award Winners!

PCRS Outstanding Paper Award  Kyoko Iwata - MECHANISM FOR THE FORMATION OF HUMAN EMBRYOS WITH MULTINUCLEATED BLASTOMERES IDENTIFIED BY TIME-LAPSE CINEMATOGRAPHY
PCRS Reproductive Endocrine Award Alexander Quaas - THE EFFECT OF ISOFLAVONE SOY PROTEIN (isp) SUPPLEMENTATION ON ENDOMETRIAL THICKNESS, HYPERPLASIA AND ENDOMETRIAL CANCER RISK IN POSTMENOPAUSAL WOMEN: A RANDOMIZED CONTROLLED TRIAL
Practicing Physician Award Liyun Li - PREVALENCE AND RISK FACTORS FOR VITAMIN D DEFICIENCY IN WOMEN WITH INFERTILITY
PCRS Poster Awards
(1st) Paul Brezina - DENSE SINGLE NUCLEOTIDE POLYMORPHISM (SNP) MICROARRAYS FOR THE IDENTIFICATION OF ANEUPLOIDY AND CONSANGUINITY IN PREIMPLANTATION EMBRYOS
(2nd) Michelle Catenacci - ASSESSMENT OF HYALURONIC ACID FOR SELECTING SPERM WITH LOW DNA FRAGMENTATION
PCRS In-Training Award Orkun Tan - EXPRESSION OF CYTOSKELETAL-LINKING ERM (EZRIN, RADIXIN AND MOESIN) PROTEINS IN HUMAN ENDOMETRIUM
PCRS Non Doctoral Research Award Lisa Schuman - WOMEN PURSUING NON-MEDICAL OOCYTE CRYOPRESERVATION SHARE INFORMATION ABOUT THEIR TREATMENT WITH FAMILY AND FRIENDS


Congratulations 2011 Award Winners!

Outstanding Paper Award
Alexander Quaas, MD, PhD, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Oral 1: EARLY MARKERS OF REPROGRAMMING IN INDUCED PLURIPOTENT STEM CELLS (IPSC'S): A TIMELINE OF KEY STEPS IN THE REPROGRAMMING PROCESS

Practicing Physician Award
Bruce Shapiro, MD, PhD, Fertility Center of Las Vegas, Las Vegas, NV
Oral 4: BASAL FOLLICLE STIMULATING HORMONE AS A PREDICTOR OF FETAL ANEUPLOIDY
Nursing Research Award
Penny Donnelly, RN MFT, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Poster 39: INCIDENCE AND SEVERITY OF DEPRESSION IN RECURRENT PREGNANCY LOSS PATIENTS
Endocrine Research Award
Joe Conaghan, PhD, Pacific Fertility Center, San Francisco, CA
Oral 3: OPTIMIZATION OF BLASTOCYST VITRIFICATION MAY REQUIRE ARTIFICIAL COLLAPSE
Val Davajan Professional in Training
Briana Rudick, MD, University of Southern California, LA, CA
Oral 9: THE ROLE OF VITAMIN D LEVELS ON IVF OUTCOMES IN DONOR-RECIPIENT CYCLES
Best Poster 1st Place
Matthew Rabinowitz, Gene Security Network, Redwood City, CA
Poster 11: CONCORDANCE BETWEEN DAY 3 AND DAY 5 BIOPSY RESULTSUSIRNG 24-CHROMOSOME ANEUPLOIDY SCREERRNING METHOD
Best Poster 2nd Place
Rick Burney, MD, Madigan Army Medical Center, University Place, WA
Poster 20: PREMENSTRUAL SPOTTING OF TWO OR MORE DAYS IS STRONGLY ASSOCIATED WITH ENDOMETRIOSIS IN WOMEN WITH INFERTILITY
 

Congratulations 2010 Award Winners!

Prize Paper
FSH Receptor, Mullerian-Inhibiting Substance, And Mis-Ii Receptor Expression in Human Ovarian Preantral Follicle Stages Travis McCoy, MD University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 
Practicing Physician Award
Gestational Outcome Following Therapy for Intrauterine Adhesions Paul Kaplan, MD Eugene, OR 
Reproductive Endocrine Award
The Role of Ovarian Mechanical Rigidity and Extracellular Matrix in Polycystic Ovary Syndrome and Obesity
Jennifer Hirshfeld-Cytron, MD Northwestern University, Feinberg School of MedicineChicago, IL
Val Davajan In-Training Award
Transgene Independent Germ Cell Differentiation from HESCS Brad B. Swelstad, MD Johns Hopkins Hospital Lutherville, Maryland
Poster Awards
First Place

Magnetic Resonance Imaging of Topical Microbicide Formulations in the Pigtailed Macaque: Product Distribution and Transport Dorothy Patton, PhD University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle, WA Runner Up Poster
Second Place
Quality Control Of Incubator Co2: Old Fashion Fyrite Vs. New Fangelled Electronic Analyzer Casey A. McDonaldReproductive Medicine Associates of New York

Congratulations 2009 Award Winners!

Prize Paper
Endometriosis Expresses a Gene Expression Pattern Suggesting Decreased Retinoid Uptake and Metabolism
Mary Ellen Pavone, MD        
North Western University School of Medicine
Practicing Physician Award
CROWN-RUMP LENGTH (CRL) AND FETAL HEART RATE (FHR) IN EARLY PREGNANCY FOR INFERTILE COUPLES CORRELATE WELL WITH PREGNANCY SUCCESS AT DELIVERY
Charles Coddington, MD
Chair, Division of REI Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN
Reproductive Endocrine Award
Wnt7a Expression Is Limited to the Endometrial Luminal Epithelium: Potential Role in Postmenstrual Endometrial Repair
Sacha Kreg, MD      
Stanford School Of Medicine
Val Davajan In-Training Award
Anti-Mullerian Hormone Receptor Type II Gene Polymorphisms Similar Among Women With The Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) And Controls
Kari Sproul, MD
UCLA/David Geffen School Of Medicine
Los Angeles, CA
Poster Award
PERINATAL OUTCOMES IN PREGNANCIES ACHIEVED THROUGH GESTATIONAL SURROGACY: INVESTIGATING THE INFLUENCE OF TREATMENT VERSUS HOST EFFECTS ON ART OUTCOMES
Melanie Landay, MD
USC Keck School Of Medicine
Second Place
OOCYTE CRYOPRESERVATION FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION: THE EFFECT OF AGE ON THE QUANTITY AND MATURITY OF OOCYTES
 Jason Barritt, PhD
USA Reproductive Medicine Associates of New York
 

Congratulations 2008 Award Winners!

Prize Paper An Hcg-Antagonist Reduce Ovulation and Diminishes Ohhs In A Rodent Model Prati Vardana, MD
Val Davajan Fellow/Resident Award In Vitro Maturation of Oocytes As A Fertility Preservation Option Peter Uzelac, MD
Reproductive Endocrine Award Is Microdose Gnrh Agonist In The Absence Of Exogenous Gonadotropins Sufficient To Achieve Multiple Karine Chung , MD
Practicing Physician Award Can Autologous Blastocyst Transfer Cycles Be As Efficacious As Fresh Oocyte Donation Cycles On A Per Transfer Basis? Said T Daneshmand, MD
Poster Awards
First Place
Frequency Of Abnormal Hatching In PGD Embryos Barry Behr, PhD
Second Place Endothelial Function, Endothelin-1, and Fibrinogen In Young Women Using The Vaginal Contraceptive Ring Paul Kaplan, MD

 

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