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 Peňa 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 PGF2α 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
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.