European Society for Domestic Animal Reproduction (ESDAR)

FINAL ESDAR Scientific Programme 2016

Thursday, October 27th

09:00-12:30 ESDAR Board meeting - Altis Grand Hotel, Rua Castilho 11, Lisbon.

14:00-17:00 Teaching reproduction and obstetrics in the veterinary curriculum in Europe: an overview
of the current situation based on a survey and discussion on how to improve -
Christian Hanzen (Liège University, Belgium) and Jan Govaere (UGent, Belgium).

18:00 – 19:30 Welcome reception of ESDAR-AERA - Altis Grand Hotel, Rua Castilho 11, Lisbon. –


Friday, October 28th

8:45-10:50 Opening and plenary session I. Chair - Mark Crowe – Room Europa

8:45-9:30 Opening session

Mark Crowe, President of ESDAR

Emilio Martínez, President of AERA
Graça Ferreira Dias, Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

9:30-10:10 Keynote lecture 1: Ovulation-inducing factor (OIF): What is it? Where does it come from?
How does it work? (Gregg Adams; University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada).

10:10-10:50 Keynote lecture 2: Generation of functional and clinical cells from human iPSCs using
interspecies blastocyst complementation (Juan Carlos Izpisua Belmonte; Salk Institute,
La Jolla, USA).

10:50-11:10 Sponsor session: Microptic – Room Europa

Importance of sperm functionality testing in domestic animals with special reference to
goats (Prof Van Der Horst).

11:10-11:30 Coffee break

11.30-12:30 Oral communications 1 -4

Oral communications session 1: chaired by Fernando Juan Pe
ňa Vega
Room Milão I

1.1: Morphological, hormonal and histological modifications induced by immunization
against GnRH in stallions (J. Bruyas et al. - 452 - France).

1.2: Identification and quantification of differentially expressed seminal plasma proteins
between boar ejaculate fractions (C. Pérez-Patiño et al. - 561 - Spain).

1.3: Changes in flow Doppler indexes of the testicular artery in peri-pubertal donkeys
(A. Rota et al.- 608 – Italy).

1.4: Testicular hemodynamic changes in ram according to the ejaculation and the season
of the year (T. Jasinski et al. - 507 – Poland).


Oral communications session 2: chaired by Ulf Magnusson - Sala Roma I

2.1: Urine Pregnancy-associated Glycoproteins (PAG) in embryonic loss diagnosis in dairy
cattle (M. Petrajtis-Gołobów et al. - 388 – Poland).

2.2: Expression of VEGFC and its receptors in the porcine uterus during early pregnancy
(A. Złotkowska et al. - 602 – Poland).

2.4: Serum equine alpha-fetoprotein (AFP) levels as an indicator of twin pregnancy in the
mare (B. Vincze et al. - 382 – Hungary).

Oral communications session 3: chaired by Geert Opsomer - Sala Europa

3.1: Influence of an extended lactation on the fertility of high-yielding dairy cows
(G. Tsousis et al.- 312 – Greece).

3.2: Fertility of lactating Holstein cows after synchronization of ovulation and timed artificial
insemination versus artificial insemination after detection of estrus at a similar DIM range
(V. Santos et al. - 560 – Portugal).

3.3: Trueperella pyogenes isolated from a cow with clinical endometritis showed a higher
growth rate and increased mRNA expression of virulence factors compared with a strain
isolated from a healthy cow (M. Ibrahim et al. -487 – Germany).

3.4: Effect of diet on energy balance and reproductive performance in primiparous Holstein
and SRB cows (T. Ntallaris et al. - 334 – Sweden).

Oral communications session 4: chaired by Luisa Mateus – Room Roma II

4.1: Progesterone addition to oocyte maturation medium enhances homologous
sperm-zona pellucida binding in the equine species (B. Macías-García et al. - 307 – Spain).

4.2: Notch and Wnt interplay in the regulation of the pace of embryo developmental kinetics
(M. Batista et al. - 380 – Portugal).

4.3: Regulation of focal adhesion pathway genes in bovine preimplantation embryos
(M. Saeed-Zidane et al. - 552 – Germany).

4.4: Immunolocalization of prolactin receptors in the equine oviduct in various stages of the
estrous cycle and anestrus (G. Lonc et al. - 564 – Poland).


12:30-14:00 Lunch break

12:30-13:10 ECAR Annual Business Meeting – Room Roma I

13:10-14:00 Lunch meeting of ESDAR Country Representatives

14:00-15:30 Poster session 1

15:35-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-17:30 Parallel Workshops 1-5

WS 1. Production of porcine embryos in vitro and in vivo: applications and potential use.
Room Europa
Emilio Martinez (University of Murcia, Spain)

  • Advances in embryo transfer with in vivo derived porcine embryos - Emilio Martinez. (University of Murcia, Spain).
  • Current and potential commercial use of embryo transfer in pigs - Alfonso Bolarin (Topigs Norsvin. Spain).
  • In vitro production of porcine embryos: Present applications in reproductive biotechnology. Maria A. Gil. (University of Murcia. Spain).

WS 2. Endometrial function and pathology -Room Milão I

  • Dariusz Skarzynski (Polish Academy of Science, Olsztyn, Poland).
  • Effects of puerperal diseases on uterine involution in dairy cows – Heiner Bollwein (Univeristy of Zurich, Switzerland).
  • Function of conceptus-derived factors in endometrial gene expression during the implantation period in pigs. - Hakhyun KA (Yonsei University, South Korea).
  • WS 3. Controlling reproductive performance in beef cattle herds in extensive production systems – Room Roma I
  • Luis Lopes da Costa (CIISA, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal)
  • Maximising the reproductive efficiency of beef cow herds. - Michael G Diskin (Animal & Grassland Research and Innovation Centre, Teagasc, Mellows Campus, Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland).
  • Beef cow herd reproductive performance in the extensive Mediterranean scenario - Luís Lopes da Costa (CIISA, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Lisbon, Portugal)

WS 4. Artificial insemination in the bitch with fresh, chilled and frozen semen -
Room Roma II

  • Artificial insemination in the bith - Wenche Farsted (Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Postboks, Norway).
  • SpermVital immobilization technology – approaches applicable for canine semen? E Kommisrud (Hedmark University of Applied Sciences, Elverum, Norway

WS 5. Health care of neonates – Room Milão II

  • Neonatology in the equine - Barbara Knutti (Bern, Switzerland)
  • Investigation of bovine fetopathy/abortion – can we improve? - John Mee (Teagasc, Ireland):

17:30-18:15 AERA business meeting – Room Milão I

19:00 Free night


Saturday, October 29th

9:00-11:00 Plenary Session II, chaired by Graça Ferreira-Dias and Emilio Martinez (LOC) – Room Europa

9:00-9:40 Keynote lecture 3: Placental function (Abigail Fowden, Cambridge, UK).

9:40-10:20 Keynote lecture 4: Parturition effects on reproductive health in the gilt and sow (
Olli Peltoniemi, University of Helsinki, Saarentaus, Finland).

10:20-11:00 Keynote lecture 5: Epigenomic approaches to understanding DNA methylation in gametes
and embryos (Gavin Kelsey; Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK).

11:00-11:30 Coffee break

11:30-12:30 Oral communications 5-8

Oral communications session 5: chaired by Primoz Klinc –Room Europa

5.1: Sperm motility is regulated by Notch signaling in the epididymal epithelium (D. Murta et

al. -340 – Portugal).

5.3: Biological characteristics of spermatozoa and seminal plasma proteins in dogs with
benign prostatic hyperplasia (D. Gradinarska et al - 417 – Bulgaria).

5.4: Comparative analysis of carp seminal plasma proteome from different freezability
semen (M. Dietrich et al - 426 – Poland).


Oral communications session 6: chaired by Graça Ferreira-Dias – Room Milão I

6.1: Microvesicles secreted from equine amniotic-derived cells and their role in in vitro
equine endometritis model (A. Lange-Consiglio et al. - 512 – Italy).

6.2: Mare endometrosis is dependent on estrous cycle cytokine environment
(M. R. Rebordão et al. -527 – Portugal).

6.3: Heavy mares that retain fetal membranes and those that deliver fetal membranes
physiologically differ in production of PGF and PGE2 (A. Rapacz-Leonard et al. - 377 –

6.4: Prognostic value of uterine biopsies for the evaluation of female donkey fertility: a
preliminary study (M. Quaresma et al. - 398 – Portugal).


Oral communications session 7: chaired by Carlo Tamanini – Room Roma I

7.1: A comparative analysis of the protein composition of the oviductal fluid and blood serum
by two dimensional gel electrophoresis (O. Acuña et al. - 551 – Spain).

7.2: Well-developed corpora lutea are important for establishment of the pregnancy of pigs
(S. Björkman et al. - 565 – Finland).

7.3: Investigation of Liver X Receptor pathway in luteal regression

(M. Hitit and A. Guzeloglu 477 – Turkey).

7.4: miRNAs expression during the peri-attachment period of pregnancy in the ovine
endometrium (M. Cengiz et al. - 416 – Turkey).

Oral communications session 8: chaired by Gaby Hirsbrunner – Room Roma II

8.1: Comparison of the stress response at birth in preterm and term calves (C. Nagel et al. -
480 – Austria).

8.2: Accuracy of endovaginal thermal telemetry on calving prediction in Piedmontese cattle
(A. Ricci et al. - 362 – Italy).

8.3: Correlations between the applied traction forces and different body measurements of
Holstein Friesian calves extracted with the use of an in vitro model
(M. Becker et al. -466 – Germany).

8.4: Neonatal and early life performance of asphyxiated piglets
(R. van Erp et al. - 267 – The Netherlands).

12:30-13:45 Lunch break

12:30-13:15 ESDAR Annual business meeting – Room Europa

13:45-15:15 Poster session 2

15:20-15:45 Coffee break

15:45-17:15 Parallel workshops 6-10


WS 6. Assisted reproduction in cats -– Room Milão I

  • Assisted reproductrion in cats - Eva Axnér (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Up psala, Sweden).
  • Endoscopic transcervical insemination in the queen – D Zambelli, M Cunto (University of Bologna, Italy)

WS 7. Bovine herd health management: analysis of reproductive data – Room Roma I

  • Miel Hostens (University of Gent, Belgium).

WS 8. Ultrasonographic examination of the stallion – Room Milão II

  • Advances in Doppler ultrasonographic examination of the stallion - Cristina Ortega (University of Leon, Leon, Spain)

WS 9. Aquaculture - Room Roma II

  • Bottlenecks for aquaculture growth - Peter Bossier (University of Gent, Belgium)
  • Cryopreservation of germ cells for the production of marine species - Elsa Cabrita (CCMAR, University of Algarve, Faro, Portugal)

WS 10. Interactions nutrition-reproduction in small ruminant systems – Room Europa

  • Interaction between nutrition and reproduction in small ruminants- Stella Chadio (Agricultural University of Athens, Greece)
  • Feeding strategies to improve reproductive efficiency in small ruminants- George Zervas ( Agricultural University of Athens, Greece).


17:15 - 17:30 Closure of ESDAR - AERA

20:00 Gala Dinner - Adega do Kais - Cais da Viscondessa, R. da Cintura – Santos; 1200 – 109

Sunday, October 30th

ESDAR – AERA 2016 satellite workshop

Innovations to improve dairy cow fertility

Joint FECUND-PROLIFIC EU Projects Final Conference

Preliminary Conference Programme

7:45 Registration – Room Bruxelas

8:30 Opening & Introduction

  • Filippo Biscarini, FECUND Coordinator
  • Joëlle Dupont, PROLIFIC Coordinator

8:45 Horizon 2020: Opportunities for Animal Health Research and Innovation

Razvan Anistoroaei - DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

9:00 Dairy cow fertility worldwide: Current status and future perspectives

Matthew Lucy - University of Missouri, US

9:45 Advanced endoscopic techniques for the study of reproductive biology in dairy

Cows. Urban Besenfelder - University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

10:15 Impact of metabolic status on proteomic composition of oviduct fluid

Georg Arnold - LMU Gene Centre, Munich

10:45 Maternal environmental effects on the oviduct and early embryo development

Yann Locatelli - INRA, Tours

11:15 Coffee break

11:30 Lactational induced effects on the conceptus and endometrial transcriptome

Niamh Forde - University of Leeds, Leeds

12:00 Impact of metabolic imbalance and pro-inflammatory agents on molecular

profiles in fat and reproductive tissues. Patrice Humblot – SLU, Uppsala

12:30 Nutritional and breed effects on indicator of reproductive performance in dairy

Cows. Stephen Butler – Agriculture and Food Development Authority, Cork

13:00 Lunch

14:00 The application of bioinformatics and biostatistics to dairy cattle fertility

Filippo Biscarini - PTP, Lodi

14:30 Benefit of genomic and progesterone information in genetic improvement of

dairy cattle fertility

Eileen Wall – Scotland’s Rural College, Midlothian

15:00 Modelling the reproductive function to identify candidate mechanisms involved

in subfertility in dairy cows

Olivier Martin – INRA, AgroParisTech MoSAR, Paris

15:30 Coffee break

15:45 A user-friendly simulation tool to test the effects of changes in reproductive

management on the reproductive performance of a dairy herd

Marjolein Derks – Universiteit Utrecht, Utrecht

16:15 General discussion

Moderated by Matthew Lucy - University FECUND-PROLIFIC are two research projects of Missouri, US

funded under the 7th Framework Programme.