International cooperation in Genomic Breeding and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Cattle – University of Copenhagen

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12 September 2016

International cooperation in Genomic Breeding and Assisted Reproductive Technologies in Cattle

On the 6 September 2016, 90 researchers, students, representatives from business partners, University leaders and government policy makers were gathered at the University of Copenhagen, Frederiksberg Campus to participate in an International Symposium on Modern Cattle Breeding: Genomic Selection and Screening of In vitro Produced Embryos (MoCaS)

The symposium presented the results from the bi-lateral Danish-Brazilian GIFT (Genomic Improvement of Fertilization Traits in Cattle) consortium, focused on this subject and invited talks from reputed speakers representing universities, private companies and government institutions in Denmark, Brazil, the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, USA and beyond.

The GIFT project is a large strategic research collaboration initiative between Denmark and Brazil, externally funded by Danish and Brazilian agencies and  headed by Professor Haja Kadarmideen in Denmark and Dr. Marcelo Fábio Gouveia Nogueira in Brazil.

Animal Breeding and Reproductive technologies are important and essential tools in dairy and beef cattle production world-wide. Research and technology development in the GIFT consortium is based on the combined use of advanced Animal Breeding and Reproduction methods: Genomic Selection of In vitro Produced Embryos through Ovum Pick Up and subsequent embryo transfer (ET) to recipient cattle in large numbers. Thus this research with high innovation component naturally attracted key industry stake holders in Denmark. 

It was an inspiring and interesting day with information sharing and professional networking between participants from 18 different countries.

For more information, please contact:

Professor  Haja Kadarmideen,
Head of Animal Breeding, Quantitative Genetics and Systems Biology Group,
Department of Large Animal Sciences, Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
E-mail: hajak@sund.ku.dk  ; Tel: +45 353 33 577