The University of Nottingham is to host the 60th Anniversary meeting of The Society for Reproduction and Fertility (SRF). The conference will be held at the School of Veterinary Medicine and Science and the School of Biosciences at Sutton Bonington between Sunday July 11and Tuesday July 13 2010.
The SRF is the largest UK Reproduction Society and its principal aim is to enhance the knowledge of reproductive processes and fertility in humans and animals.
Dr Richard Lea, Associate Professor in Reproductive Biology at the School of Veterinary Medicine is treasurer of the SRF and has welcomed such a high profile event. He said: “The University’s Sutton Bonington campus has a long established record in top quality reproduction research so it is highly appropriate for the Society to celebrate its 60 years at this location. We are delighted the society has chosen Nottingham to celebrate this special milestone.
Internationally-renowned speakers from top research laboratories across the world including the USA, Australia and New Zealand will discuss the latest developments in reproduction and development in exotic species.
Dr Thomas Hildebrandt from the Berlin Institute for Zoo Biology and Wildlife Research, will present his unique studies on how the fetal elephant develops throughout the 22 months of gestation.
Recognised world experts in red deer, rare cats and dogs will also be discussing their latest research findings.
A special Symposium will involve past champions to the Society reflecting on their own achievements over the decades and the future of reproduction research.
Professor David Whittingham, a recognised expert in assisted reproduction and genetics from the University of London, will take a look at the history of the Society.
Looking to the future will be Professor David Baird from the University of Edinburgh. Professor Baird is internationally recognised for his work on the mechanisms which regulate the number of eggs which are released from the ovary.
Also attending is Professor Peter Brinsden, Medical Director of the Bourne Hall Fertility clinic in Cambridge. Highly respected for his work on human infertility, he will review IVF through the ages.
Current issues relating to human male fertility will be addressed by Professor Harry Moore from the University of Sheffield and Professor Harry Charlton from the University of Oxford will elaborate on the genetic control of female reproduction.
Professor Paul Fowler, Chair of The SRF, based at the Institute of Medical Sciences at the University of Aberdeen said: “We are delighted to host such a prestigious panel of international experts in reproductive biology and medicine and are expecting a highly successful meeting.”
The conference is being held at The School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, The University of Nottingham, Sutton Bonington Campus, College Road, Sutton Bonington, Leicestershire, LE12 5RD
The picture shows Noorjahan and baby Ganesh Vijay, born August 2009 at Twycross Zoo following artificial insemination. Please credit Twycross Zoo.
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