Celebrating 60 years of world-leading reproductive biology

20 Jul 2010 12:47:55.230

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.

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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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Notes to editors: The University of Nottingham is ranked in the UK's Top 10 and the World's Top 100 universities by the Shanghai Jiao Tong (SJTU) and Times Higher (THE) World University Rankings.

More than 90 per cent of research at The University of Nottingham is of international quality, according to RAE 2008, with almost 60 per cent of all research defined as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’. Research Fortnight analysis of RAE 2008 ranks the University 7th in the UK by research power. In 27 subject areas, the University features in the UK Top Ten, with 14 of those in the Top Five.

 The University provides innovative and top quality teaching, undertakes world-changing research, and attracts talented staff and students from 150 nations. Described by The Times as Britain's “only truly global university”, it has invested continuously in award-winning campuses in the United Kingdom, China and Malaysia. Twice since 2003 its research and teaching academics have won Nobel Prizes. The University has won the Queen's Award for Enterprise in both 2006 (International Trade) and 2007 (Innovation — School of Pharmacy), and was named ‘Entrepreneurial University of the Year’ at the Times Higher Education Awards 2008.

 Nottingham was designated as a Science City in 2005 in recognition of its rich scientific heritage, industrial base and role as a leading research centre. Nottingham has since embarked on a wide range of business, property, knowledge transfer and educational initiatives

(www.science-city.co.uk) in order to build on its growing reputation as an international centre of scientific excellence. The University of Nottingham is a partner in Nottingham: the Science City.

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