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IETS/LSU AgCenter Preconference Symposium

DABE Morulas Preconference Symposium

The 2019 IETS Conference will start with the preconference on Sunday, January 20. The Annual Conference will begin on Monday, January 21.
Please note: This is a change from our normal schedule, so please plan your travel and hotel accordingly.

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Poster Guidelines

Program Co-chairs Invitation

President's Invitation

On behalf of the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) and the Board of Governors, it is our pleasure to invite you to attend the 45th Conference of the IETS to be held at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, from January 20 – 23, 2019. The Annual Conference of the IETS has emerged as the preeminent meeting in animal biotechnology, covering a broad area from embryo production and transfer techniques to cloning and transgenesis. The conference generally attracts more than 600 attendees from all over the world. Basic researchers and embryo transfer practitioners attend the meeting to learn about the most recent advances in embryo technology and related areas.

Join us at the IETS Annual Conference 2019!

Daniel Salamone
President, IETS

Tentative Schedule

January 20-23, 2019
Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana
Co-Chairs: Gabriela Mastromonaco and Pietro Baruselli

“Embryo Technology: Overcoming Nature’s Challenges”

Friday , January 18

09:00 – 17:00 IETS Board of Governors meeting

Saturday, January 19

09:00 – 17:00 IETS Board of Governors meeting

Sunday, January 20

07:30 – 17:30 IETS/LSU AgCenter Research Preconference
In Vitro Embryo Production Technologies Workshop (Buses depart for the LSU AgCenter at 7:30 am)

09:00 – 13:00 HASAC Research Subcommittee meeting

14:00 – 18:00 HASAC Regulatory Subcommittee meeting

11:00 – 19:00 Exhibitor setup

14:00 – 18:00 IETS Foundation Board of Trustees meeting

Monday, January 21

07:00 – 08:30 Poster Setup

07:00 – 08:30 Past Presidents’ Breakfast

07:00 – 08:30 Graduate and Undergraduate Student Competition Presenters’ Breakfast, with IETS Foundation Education Chair

09:00 – 19:00 Commercial Exhibits

08:30 – 08:45 Opening and Welcome

Session I: Life stages

08:45 – 09:30 Maternal age affects oocyte developmental potential on both ends of the age spectrum
Rebecca Krisher, National Foundation for Fertility Research, USA

9:30 – 10:15 Antral follicle population in pre-pubertal and pubertal heifers
Marcelo Seneda, University of Londrina, Brazi

10:15 – 10:30 Abstract Presentation

10:30 – 11:00 Refreshment Break/Poster Viewing and Exhibits

11:00 – 12:30 IETS Foundation Student Competition Presentations

12:30 -14:00 Lunch Break

12:30 – 14:00 IETS Board Luncheon with Affiliate Society

12:30 – 14:00 HASAC Manual and Certificates Subcommittee Meeting

12:30 – 14:00 Morulas and Mentor Lunch

Session II: Anatomical barriers

14:00 – 14:45 Non-surgical embryo transfer in goats and sheep: the Brazilian experience
Jeferson Fonseca, Embrapa, Brazil

14:45 – 15:30 Practical application of laparoscopic oviductal artificial insemination for propagation of domestic cats and wild felids
Bill Swanson, Center for Conservation and Research of Endangered Wildlife (CREW), USA

15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment Break/Poster Viewing and Exhibits

16:00 – 17:00 Abstract Presentations

17:00 – 17:30 Distinguished Service Award

18:00 – 19:00 Welcome Reception

Tuesday, January 22

07:00 – 08:00 IETS Foundation Organizational Breakfast Meeting

07:00 – 08:00 Affiliate Committee Breakfast Meeting

08:00 – 17:00 Exhibits

Session III: Genetics and fertility

08:00 – 08:45 Influence of nutrition and genetics on fertility in dairy cows
Alex Bach, Institute for Research and Technology in Agrifood, (IRTS) Spain

08:45 – 09:30 Transcriptomics-genomics data integration and eQTL analyses in oocyte donors and embryo recipients for improving dairy cattle in vitro production of embryos
Haja Kadarmideen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark

09:30 – 10:00 Abstract presentations

10:00 – 12:00 Poster session I

10:00 – 12:00 Exhibits

12:00 – 13:30 Lunch Break (located in Ballroom I)

12:00 – 13:30 IETS Data Retrieval Committee Meeting

12:00 – 13:30 IETS Exhibitors’ Luncheon with IETS Board of Governors

12:00 – 13:30 Morulas Career Luncheon

Session IV: Seasonality

13:30 – 14:15 Effects of reproductive season on embryo development in buffalo
Bianca Gasparrini, Università degli Studi di Napoli Federico II, Italy

14:15 – 15:00 Role of melatonin on embryo viability in sheep
Alfonso Abecia, Universidad Zaragoza, Spain

15:00 – 15:30 Peter Farin Trainee Award Winners Presentations

15:30 – 16:00 Refreshment Break/Poster Viewing and Exhibits

Concurrent Forum

16:00 – 18:00 Practitioners’ Forum
Chair: Rainer Saner

Recipient management
Group discussion leaders: Rainer Saner, Switzerland; Gabriel Bo, Argentina; François Grand, Canada; Marja Mikkola, Norway; Hélène Quinton, France; Byron Williams, USA; Christine Wrenzycki, Germany; and Masashi Yamaguchi, Japan.

Introduction
Participants grouped in to groups, discussion recipient management
Presentations of group discussions
Questions and summary

Concurrent Forum

16:00 – 18:00 CANDES
Chair: Gabriela Mastromonaco

Linking ex situ breeding initiatives with in situ reintroduction
Paul Marinari, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
Discussion of how to successfully implement reproductive technologies and captive breeding for species preservation while overcoming inherent obstacles in captivity and the wild.

18:00 – 18:30 IETS Business Meeting

18:30 – 19:30 HASAC Open Meeting

18:30 – 19:30 Morulas Forum

Wednesday, January 23

07:30 – 08:30 Organizational Meeting of the IETS Board of Governors

08:30 – 13:00 Commercial Exhibits

Session V: Low temperatures

08:30 – 09:15 Cryopreservation and microfluidics: a focus on the oocyte
Gary Smith, University of Michigan, USA

09:15 – 10:00 Update on the vitrification of bovine oocytes in vitro produced embryos
Teresa Mogas, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain

10:00 – 10:30 Abstract presentations

10:30 – 12:30 Poster session II

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break (located in Ballroom I)

12:30 – 14:00 2019, 2020, 2021 IETS Program Committee Lunch

13:00 – 17:00 Commercial Exhibit and Poster Takedown

14:15 – 14:45 Pioneer Award

Session VI: Keynote lecture

14:45 – 15:45 Embryo development and interactions with the reproductive tract
Pat Lonergan, University College Dublin, Ireland

Awards Presentation and Updates

15:45 – 16:15 IETS Foundation Student Competition Awards, CANDES, DABE and HASAC Updates

16:15 – 16:30 Closing Ceremony

19:00 – 23:00 Closing Party, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel