IETS Health and Safety Advisory Committee Pre-Conference Symposium

Monday, January 16, 2023
Co-Chairs: George Perry and Marc-André Sirard

Media news or new media—
How safe are in vitro-produced embryos for international trade?

Already, especially for cattle, global production of in vitro-produced (IVP) embryos exceeds collection of in vivo-derived (IVD) embryos.

Yet only a handful of countries have shown willingness to import livestock IVP embryos by developing import conditions for sanitary trade in these embryos. Some countries still have outdated regulations preventing importation of IVP embryos. In addition, many of the existing import conditions are now outdated, being based on research performed when co-culture cells and serum were the norm for culturing IVP embryos.

Recent technological developments have resulted in significant changes to the way oocytes are commercially processed to IVP embryos. Unfortunately, there is no published research into how this affects the risk of infection with and transmission of pathogens.

Many livestock breeders are now recognizing the vast improvements and advantages that IVP embryos bring to their breeding herds and to animal production. This daylong symposium is designed to provide researchers, practitioners, and regulators with the latest information on how the sanitary status of IVP embryos of cattle, small ruminants, and horses has improved to the extent that IVP embryos are now deemed by many experts to be safer from a sanitary perspective than IVD embryos.

We look forward to your attendance at this very important symposium. For those who cannot travel to Lima, Peru, there will be provision for a virtual conference. Accommodations can be booked at the Westin Lima Hotel and Convention Center, where the symposium will be held.

Draft Program

SESSION 1 Developments in IVP embryos in the past decade
08:50 – 09:00 Introduction
Marc-André Sirard, Université Laval
09:00 – 09:15 Global production of IVP embryos vs. IVD embryos
João Viana, Embrapa
09:15 – 09:40 Recent advances in bovine IVP embryos—Toward cell-free and serum-free media
Luciano Bonilla, Vytelle
09:40 – 10:05 Recent advances in ovine and caprine IVP embryos
Alejo Menchaca, Instituto Nacional de Investigación Agropecuaria (INIA)
10:05 – 10:30 Recent advances in equine IVP embryos
Giovanna Lazzari, AVANTEA
10:30 – 10:50 Break
SESSION 2 Sanitary controls during collection and processing of IVP embryos for international trade
10:50 – 11:15 Introduction
George Perry, Consultant
11:15 – 11:40 The researcher’s perspective
Jennifer Barfield, Colorado State University
11:40 – 12:05 The practitioner’s perspective
Richard Remillard, Trans Ova Genetics
12:05 – 12:30 The regulators’ perspective
Laszlo Kuster, EU Commission
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch, on your own
SESSION 3 Certification—Developing an international veterinary certificate for IVP embryos
13:30 – 13:45 Introduction
Daniela Demetrio, DD Embryos
13:45 – 14:10 The exporter’s perspective
Edwin Coles, ABS Global
14:10 – 14:35 The importer’s perspective
Ashley Swenson, Midwest Embryo Transfer Service
14:35 – 15:00 The regulators’ perspective
Etienne Bonbon, President, OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Standards Commission
15:00 – 15:30 Break
SESSION 4 Discussion forum
15:30 – 16:30 Panel discussion, Q & A session
Marc-André Sirard, Université Laval
16:30 – 17:00 Closing remarks
Cesare Galli, AVANTEA


Domestic Animal Biomedical Embryology (DABE) Preliminary Pre-conference Program

"Modeling embryo function in vitro."

9:00 – 9:15 Introduction to the pre-conference
9:15 – 10:45 Use of blastoids for studying embryo development
Dr. Jun Wu, University of Texas Southwestern (USA)
10:45 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Extended embryo culture: from Pre-Gastrulation to Late Organogenesis
Dr. Jakob Hannah, Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel)
12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 14:00 Science Slam presentations
14:00 – 15:30 Selected abstract presentation
15:45 – 17:00 Round table on the perspectives of using synthetic/in vitro modeling embryos in practice
Moderated by Dr. Cody Kime, TransOva Genetics (USA)
17:00 – 17:30 Closing remarks and Science Slam award
17:30 – 18:30 Social

2023 Preconference Workshop
Advances In Reproductive Technologies In Camelids

Sunday, January 15, 2023
Module 1, Seminar, Virtual Format
Tentative schedule

Chair: J. Manuel Palomino, Universidad Científica del Sur, Lima, Perú

13:50 – 14:00 Introduction
14:00 – 14:50 Advances in reproductive technologies in the old-world camelids
Julian Skidmore, Camel Reproduction Centre, Dubai, United Arab EmiratesJulian Skidmore, Camel Reproduction Centre, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
14:50 – 15:40 Advances in reproductive technologies in the South American camelids
Wilfredo Huanca, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
15:40 – 16:00 Break
16:00 – 16:50 Embryo transfer in alpacas
Jane Vaughan, CriaGenesis, Melbourne, Australia
16:50 – 17:40 Advances in semen cryopreservation in camelids
Alexei Santiani, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru
17:40 – 18:30 Advances in the study of ovulation inducing factor
Gregg Adams, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada
18:30 – 18:45 Concluding remarks

Seminars will be given in English with simultaneous translation to Spanish

Monday, January 16

Module 2, Workshop, (Live demonstrations)
Attendance limited

Location: Facultad de Medicina Veterinaria,
Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos

Transportation will be provided

Tentative schedule
This event will comprise four concurrent wet lab sessions of around 2 hours each. Each session will consist in the demonstration of one reproductive technology in alpaca which will include 2 or 3 specific activities. Each attendee will participate in all of the sessions throughout the day.

Station A: In vitro embryo production (IVP)
Leader: Wilfredo Huanca
Activities: Oocyte retrieval from Alpaca ovaries, COCs search, and alpaca embryo evaluation.

Station B: Ultrasound-guided follicle aspiration (OPU)
Leader: J. Manuel Palomino
Activities: Setting up OPU system, demonstration of OPU in alpacas, oocyte search.

Station C: Alpaca male handling
Leader: Willian F. Huanca
Activities: Setting up artificial vagina, male restraint, semen collection.

Station D: Semen handling in the lab
Leader: Alexei Santiani
Activities: Conventional and advanced evaluation in fresh and frozen alpaca semen.


2023 Exhibitor & Sponsor Prospectus
HASAC Preconference

Media news or new media—
How safe are in vitro-produced embryos for international trade?

DABE Preconference
Preconference Virtual Seminar and On-site Workshop