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Season 2, Episode 3 - Sperm transport

All the important links, repro news and guest bios from this month's episode

Gadêlha, H. et al. (2021) Science Advances doi:doi:10.1126/sciadv.aau9116.


Associate Professor Sean Fair

A/Professor Fair graduated with a PhD from University College Dublin in 2006. He took up a position as Lecturer in Physiology in National University of Ireland, Galway in 2007 and in 2009 joined the academic staff in the University of Limerick where he is now Associate Professor in Animal Physiology. He is interested in all aspects of assisted reproduction, however, his research group is principally focused on sperm interaction with the female reproductive tract and its secretions. Specifically, he has ongoing funded research projects ranging from the biological mechanisms regulating sperm transit across the cervix of sheep, the prediction of bull fertility using functional and molecular biomarkers as well as the development of novel biomimicry technology for human sperm cell selection.

Early Career Researcher Spotlight

Dr Carmen Almiñana

Carmen has a DVM and is currently a researcher in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Zurich. She has worked across a number of areas of applied reproduction, including sperm sex sorting, cryobiology, IVM and IVEP. More recently, her worked has focused on cross-talk between gametes and the female reproductive tract, partiuclarly via extracellular vesicles.


Repro News

Fun Fact

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Upcoming conferences and abstract deadlines

38th ESHRE Annual Meeting

3rd - 6th July 2022, Milan, Italy (in-person and virtual)

Abstracts submissions are closed, registration open

Mammalian Reproduction Conference at the Gordon Research Centre

14th - 19th August 2022, West Dover, Vermont

Abstract submissions closed, registration open

Therio Conference 2022

20th - 23rd July 2022, Bellevue, Washington

Abstract submissions closed, registration open

Upcoming training

British Fertility Society (BFS) Certification Modules

Study Week online from 23rd June until 30th December

Upcoming awards and grants

Sheep and Goat Compensation Fund Project Funding

Applications due mid 2022 (Only for applicants in Victoria, Australia)

Cattle Compensation Fund Project Funding

Applications due mid 2022 (Only for applicants in Victoria, Australia)

Paper of the month


Want more on sperm and the female tract?

Have a look at some of the seminal work in this area - beautiful images!


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