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Main Conference Theme:

Gametes to Fertilization – Impact of New Technology on Embryo Production


January 8-10, 2006
Caribe Royale
Orlando, Florida

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Main Conference Program:

Note: This is a preliminary program, speakers and titles are subject to change without notice.

Session I: New approaches to gamete preservation
  • Freeze-drying of sperm, applications in primates and domestic animals.
    Stuart A. Meyers, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACT, University of California, Davis
  • Preservation of gonadal tissue
    Stefan Schlatt, PhD, School of Medicine, University of Pittsburgh, PA
  • Short Presentations from Submitted Abstracts

Session II: Manipulation of the male germ line
  • Transplantation of male germ line stem cells
    Jon Hill, DVM, PhD, Dip. ACT, CSIRO Livestock Industries F.D. McMaster Laboratory, Australia
  • Sperm-mediated gene transfer in domestic animals
    Marialuisa Lavitrano, PhD, University of Milano-Bicocca, Monza, Milano, Italy
  • Short Presentations from Submitted Abstracts

Session III: Sperm, eggs and fertilization
  • Control of sperm motility
    Regina Turner, VMD, PhD, Dip. ACT, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square
  • ICSI, calcium release, egg activation – applications in new reproductive technologies
    Rafael Fissore , DVM, PhD, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
  • Regulation of sperm-egg interactions during fertilization
    Janice Evans, PhD, Johns Hopkins University School Public Health, Baltimore, MD
  • Short Presentations from Submitted Abstracts

Session IV: Epigenetics and placental function
  • Gamete imprinting: Setting epigenetic patterns for the next generation.
    Jacquetta Trasler, MD, PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
  • Placental function in development and disease
    James (Jay) Cross, DVM, PhD, University of Calgary Faculty of Medicine, Canada
  • Short Presentations from Submitted Abstracts

Session V: Advances in biotechnology and species conservation
  • Emerging Technologies for Species Conservation
    Budhan S. Pukazhenthi, DVM, PhD, Smithsonian's National Zoological Park, Washington, DC
  • Equine cloning: Outcomes and Applications
    Dirk K. Vanderwall, DVM, PhD, Dipl. ACT, University of Idaho, Moscow
  • Short Presentations from Submitted Abstracts

Session VI: Keynote address
  • Developmental Diversity in Mammals
    Richard Behringer, PhD, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
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