Opening General Session/General Membership Meeting

This popular feature provides an opportunity for all meeting attendees to meet and mingle before the education and business sessions begin. Six professional and technical categories are also recognized each year at the AALAS National Meeting for excellence in the field of laboratory animal science. For more information on these awards, click here. The combined Opening General Session and General Membership Meeting takes place on Sunday, October 15, from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in the Austin Convention Center, Ballroom D.  

In addition, your association leaders will report on the many achievements of the past year, as well as plans for the future. You will also have a chance to mingle with the Board of Trustees and learn about the latest AALAS Foundation activities.

The meeting will close with the Gavel Ceremony, in which 2017 AALAS President Paige Ebert will hand the position over to Jennifer C. Smith. A drawing will be held immediately after this ceremony, and five attendees will win a $200 cash prize; attendees must be present to win. Check your Final Program for details and an entry form. 

Keynote Speaker: Teresa K. Woodruff


What to Watch: Three Breakthroughs

Keynote speaker, Teresa K. Woodruff, has worked on the leading edge of reproductive science and pioneered the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of oncology and fertility. Dr. Woodruff will present “What to Watch: Three Breakthroughs that May Change our Lives in the Next 10 Years.” Dr. Woodruff will discuss developments in oncofertility, zinc sparks, and sex inclusion in biomedical research.

Biography:  Teresa K. Woodruff, PhD is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology, the Vice Chair of Research (OB/GYN), the Chief of the Division of Reproductive Science in Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Professor of Molecular Biosciences at the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University. She is also the Director of the Center for Reproductive Science, Founder and Director of the Women’s Health Research Institute, and Director of the Oncofertility Consortium. She is an internationally recognized expert in ovarian biology and, in 2006, coined the term “oncofertility” to describe the merging of two fields, oncology and fertility. She now heads the Oncofertility Consortium, an interdisciplinary team of biomedical and social scientist experts from across the country. She has been active in education not only at the professional level but also with high school students. Widely recognized for her work, Woodruff holds 10 U.S. patents, and in 2013 she was named to Time magazine’s Most Influential Persons list. Some of her recent awards and honors include a Guggenheim Fellowship (2017), the Society for Endocrinology Transatlantic Medal (2017), and a Leadership Award from the Endocrine Society (2017).

Welcome Reception Features The Peterson Brothers 

After the Opening General Session/General Membership Meeting all attendees are invited to a Welcome Reception. The Welcome Reception will be held from 6:30-8:00 PM in Ballroom G of the Austin Convention Center. 

The Peterson Brothers possess a uniquely modern blend of blues, soul, and funk. Alex, 17, on bass and vocals, and Glenn Jr., 19, on guitar and lead vocals, have grown up playing together since they were young kids. Rising stars in Austin, Texas, the Peterson Brothers hold a standing room only weekly residency at Austin’s famed music hall The Continental Club. They have opened for the likes of Gary Clark Jr., Los Lonely Boys, the late B.B. King, Willie Nelson, and Lisa Marie Presley. They have also played with Buddy Guy, Michael Burks, and many of Austin’s finest musicians. The Peterson Brothers have also gained the attention of the one and only Bootsy Collins, who has become a true mentor. Glenn and Alex are honing their chops daily, and are dazzling audiences playing gigs throughout the United States. “The only thing missing from the Peterson Brothers Band is the word “amazing” at the front of the name.” - San Antonio Express-News

District Membership Meetings

District membership meetings are conducted by your district trustees, who are members of the AALAS Board of Trustees. They will lead discussion on recent board decisions, issues, policies, and/or procedures. If you’re not sure about the district to which you belong or who your district trustee is, please use this map for guidance (e.g., individuals living in the state of Texas would be a resident of District 7).

These meetings will be held on Monday, October 16 starting at 5:15 PM. Check your Final Program for room assignments. Because international members of AALAS do not belong to any of the eight districts, they will have a designated meeting room as well and will meet at the same time as the districts.