Special CGIL Seminar - "The epigenetic perspective in dairy cows: from the oocyte to the next generation"

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ANNU 141 and Microsoft Teams

Dr. Marc-Andre Sirard
Dr. Marc-Andre Sirard



Good afternoon CGIL,

We are happy to invite you to a special in-person CGIL seminar. We will have Dr. Marc-Andre Sirard, Directeur Centre de Recherche en Reproduction, développement et santé intergénérationnelle, present on Monday, November 6th, 2023. The seminar will begin at 2:30 PM EDT/EST in ANNU 141. The title of the presentation is: "The epigenetic perspective in dairy cows: from the oocyte to the next generation".

If you are outside of Guelph and cannot attend the seminar in person, you can attend it virtually through the link below.

Speaker Biography: Dr. Sirard graduated from Veterinary Medicine in 1981 at the University of Montreal. He went to large animal practice before completing his Ph.D. at Laval University in 1986 and spent all his professional life working in IVF.  He used a laparoscopic approach to perform IVF in cattle and obtained the first test-tubes calves in 1985 using a clinically usable approach. During his post-doc in the USA, Dr. Sirard co-developed a method to produce bovine embryos by the hundreds using oocytes recovered from post-mortem cows. He came back to Québec in 1987 and obtained an industrial chair to work on bovine oocytes and sperm in 1990. He founded the Centre de Recherche en Biologie de la Reproduction in 1995 which has grown to include more than 100 people today. He obtained a senior Canadian Research Chair in 2000 on genomics applied to reproduction and has created an international effort to define the normal genomic program in early mammalian embryos which has become an NSERC strategic network, EmbryoGENE in 2008. He has published over 325 scientific papers and has been invited to give over 100 invited lectures at international meetings. His work has demonstrated the value of controlled FSH stimulation to obtain developmentally competent oocytes in cattle. His current research activities are focused on the epigenetic mechanism allowing information transfer from one generation to the next.

Information to attend: To join this seminar, please ensure you have downloaded the Microsoft Teams application to your computer, or join the meeting online by using the web browser version of Microsoft Teams. Please join the meeting with your microphone on mute and the camera turned off. After the presentation, you can unmute the microphone, and optionally turn on the camera, if you wish to ask a question. Alternatively, should you wish to pose your question in the chat function, it will be monitored and asked by the presenter.

Teams Link to attend: https://teams.microsoft.com/dl/launcher/launcher.html?url=%2F_%23%2Fl%2Fmeetup-join%2F19%3Ameeting_OWVjZTk0ZDMtYTM0NS00YTg4LThiZmQtMjE1MjVjMmE4ZWFm%40thread.v2%2F0%3Fcontext%3D%257b%2522Tid%2522%253a%2522be62a12b-2cad-49a1-a5fa-85f4f3156a7d%2522%252c%2522Oid%2522%253a%2522522551ba-0e93-4d61-8464-d782a9e7306d%2522%257d%26anon%3Dtrue&type=meetup-join&deeplinkId=8034d872-05e5-46a4-97a0-1e03afd8bac7&directDl=true&msLaunch=true&enableMobilePage=true&suppressPrompt=true

*Recordings of previous CGIL seminars are available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCAQ_5WCTMRQ6Gs35yROqGIQ/featured

Looking forward to seeing everyone there!
Samla Cunha and Kristin Lee

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