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Interdisciplinary Reproduction & Health Group Science Seminar – Apr. 3, 2024

The goal of the Interdisciplinary Reproduction & Health Group (IRHG) Seminar Series is to highlight transdisciplinary precision research taking place in the reproductive health field, provide opportunities for collaboration among researchers to build their own research efforts and promote clinical/researcher activity across the University of Missouri System and our partners.

The IRHG was organized and established through a faculty-driven, grass roots effort in 2016 to develop an integrative interdisciplinary program that transcends traditional departmental, college and system boundaries to foster excellence in reproduction, health research and education at Mizzou.

View all upcoming Reproductive Health events on the IRHG Seminar Series website.

For questions about this event, please reach out to Wipawee Winuthayanon.


Imaging and Ablation of Endometriosis in Nonhuman Primate Models

Speaker: Ov D. Slayden, Ph.D., Professor, Oregon National Primate Research Center and Adjunct Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine

Date: April 3, 2024, 4-5 p.m.

Location: Roy Blunt NextGen Precision Health Building, Atkins Family Seminar Room

In-person and virtual option

  • Light snack will be provided in person. All are welcome!
  • Attend virtually in Zoom with ID 969 5309 4849 and passcode 422673. 


About the Speaker

Dr. Ov Slayden of Oregon Health & Science UniversityOv D. Slayden, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Division of Developmental and Reproductive Sciences at the Oregon National Primate Research Center and has a joint appointment in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, OHSU. Dr. Slayden received his B.A. and M.A. degrees in Biology from Sonoma State University and earned a Ph.D. in Biochemistry and Animal Science at Oregon State University. Dr. Slayden moved to the Primate Center in 1991 after receiving a Reproductive Biology Training Fellowship through the Department of Physiology at OHSU.

Dr. Slayden conducts research on contraception and reproductive tract disorders, including irregular menstrual bleeding, endometriosis, and polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS). His laboratory is 100% invested in studies on nonhuman primates (NHPs), including macaques and baboons. Their broad premise is that a better understanding of disorders that underlie NHP reproductive tract physiology can be leveraged to improve overall reproductive health for women. Their studies bridge the gap between bench research and clinical trials in women and are supported by a combination of NIH, foundation, and pharmaceutical grants. These grants involve identifying and developing novel hormonal and non-hormonal contraception, assessing and treating heavy menstrual bleeding, and novel therapies to image and ablate endometriotic lesions. Techniques employed by the laboratory include: in vivo experiments in NHPs, NHP cell culture, histology, immunohistochemistry, laser capture microdissection, and quantitative real-time PCR.   They also perform non-invasive imaging, including contrast-enhanced ultrasound, PET imaging, and dynamic contrast MRI on NHPs.