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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.

Guests


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


If you want to learn more about this episode's fun fact, check out the article below:


https://www.newscientist.com/article/2250429-deep-sea-anglerfish-fuse-bodies-to-mate-thanks-to-an-odd-immune-system/


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

https://www.eshre.eu/ESHRE2022


Mammalian Reproduction Conference at the Gordon Research Centre

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

Abstract submissions closed, registration open

https://www.grc.org/mammalian-reproduction-conference/2022/


Therio Conference 2022

20th - 23rd July 2022, Bellevue, Washington

Abstract submissions closed, registration open

https://www.therio.org/page/2022ProgramPricing


Upcoming training


British Fertility Society (BFS) Certification Modules

Study Week online from 23rd June until 30th December

https://www.britishfertilitysociety.org.uk/studyweek/virtual-study-week-2022/


Upcoming awards and grants


Sheep and Goat Compensation Fund Project Funding

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

https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/funds-grants-programs/sheep-and-goat-compensation-fund


Cattle Compensation Fund Project Funding

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

https://agriculture.vic.gov.au/support-and-resources/funds-grants-programs/cattle-compensation-fund


Paper of the month


Sperm Syringe: 3D Sorting Platform for Assisted Reproduction


 

Want more on sperm and the female tract?

Check out Sean's latest review on this topic, as well a review from our very own Jess Rickard

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

 

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