International Symposium on Modern Cattle Breeding: Genomic Selection and Screening of Invitro Produced Embryos (MoCaS) – University of Copenhagen

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International Symposium on Modern Cattle Breeding: Genomic Selection and Screening of In vitro Produced Embryos (MoCaS)

Venue: Fest Auditorium, Bülowsvej 17, Frederiksberg Campus, University of Copenhagen
Date: 6 September 2016
Time: 8:30 until 16:00

This one-day symposium brings together researchers, private companies and government agencies involved in modern cattle breeding employing combined use of genomics and in vitro embryo production and in addressing animal welfare concerns around the use of in vitro embryo technologies.

The symposium presents the results from 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.

The symposium is open to the public.

REGISTRATION was ended 31. August.

Programme for the day

08:30 – 09:00:  Coffee & Registration

09:00 – 09.10: Ulla Wewer, Professor & Dean of Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Topic: Welcome address

09.10 - 09.25: Peter Høngaard Andersen, Managing Director, Innovation Fund Denmark (IFD), Denmark
Topic: Strategic collaboration between Denmark & Brazil in Agri-Food & Health Sciences from Danish perspectives

09:25 – 09:40: Anders Ødegaard Christiansen, Senior Advisor at Danish Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation, Ministry of Higher Education and Science, Denmark
Topic: Opportunities for Danish-Brazilian collaboration in Research and Innovation

09.40 – 09.55: Flávio Vieira Meirelles, Director of University of São Paulo (USP) Pirassununga Campus and Member of Committee of Veterinary Medicine & Science - FAPESP,  Brazil
Topic: Strategic research collaboration between Denmark & Brazil in Veterinary and Medical Sciences  – FAPESP Brazil perspectives

09.55 – 10.10: Henrik Callesen, Professor of Animal Reproduction, Deputy Head - Dept of Animal Science, Aarhus University, Denmark
Topic: Introduction to world-wide status of the use of modern Artificial Reproduction Techniques (ART) in cattle breeding 



Session I: Bi-lateral Danish-Brazilian Collaboration – The GIFT Consortium.
Session Chair: Hans Houe, Professor & Section Leader, University of Copenhagen

10.10 – 10:25: Haja Kadarmideen, Professor & Head of Animal Breeding, Quantitative Genetics and Systems Biology Group, Department of Large Animal Sciences, SUND, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Director of Danish-Brazilian GIFT and Danish-Indian BioChild Consortiums
Topic: Overview of the Danish GIFT Project and the Joint (Brazil-DK) Ruminant Genomics Initiative with perspectives on further collaboration

10:25 – 10:40: Marcelo Nogueira, Head of Department of Animal Reproduction, University of São Paulo State (UNESP) Assis, São Paulo, Brazil, Director of Brazilian GIFT Consortium, Brazil
Topic: Overview of the Brazilian GIFT Project and perspectives on further collaboration

10.40 – 11.10     Coffee


Session II: Genomic Selection in cattle with a focus on Genomic Screening of Preimplantation Embryos
Session Chair: Haja Kadarmideen, Professor & Group Leader, Dept of Large Animal Sciences, SUND, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

11.10 – 11.30: Sijne van der Beek, Global Manager of Innovation, Cattle Improvement Company (CRV) Head Quarters, Arnhem, Netherlands
Topic: Global cattle Genomic Selection and Breeding Programs with a focus on the use of semen sexing, IVF and other ART

11.30 – 11.50: Hasan Khatib, Professor & Head, Dairy Cattle Genetics, The University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Topic: Genomic screening of pre-implantation embryos in cattle: scope & applications for breeding 

11.50 -12.10: Lars Nielsen, Head of Breeding, Viking Genetics, Randers, Denmark
Topic: Genomic Selection and Breeding Programs in Nordic countries with the focus on semen sexing, IVF and future potential use of OPU-IVP in Denmark

12.10 -12.30: Jose Bento Ferraz, Professor & Head of Animal Breeding and Genetics, University of São Paulo (USP), Pirassununga, Brazil
Topic: Genomics and Breeding for Improvement of Bos Indicus Cattle Fertility in Brazil

12.30 – 13.30    Lunch



Session III: Artificial Reproductive Technologies in modern cattle breeding and production
Session Chair: Henrik Callesen, Aarhus University

13.30 – 13.50: Christine Wrenzycki, Professor, President of the International Embryo Technology Society, Justus-Liebig University Giessen, Germany
Topic: International R&D in OPU-IVEP in cattle  

13.50 - 14.10: Pietro Sampaio Baruselli, Professor, Dept of Animal Reproduction, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science (FMVZ), University of São Paulo (USP), São Paulo, Brazil
Topic: Factors affecting IVF and Fertility in Bos Indicus and Bos Taurus Cattle

14.10 - 14.30: Yeda Fumie Watanabe, Scientific Director at IVF WTA Vitrogen®, Cravinhos, São Paulo, Brazil
Topic: Status and Future of IVEP Industry in South America

14.30 - 14.50: Poul Hyttel (Professor and Head) and Lotte Strøbech (Affiliated Assoc.Professor), Group of Embryology and Stem Cells, Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, SUND, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Topic: Past, present and future of bovine in vitro embryo production in Denmark

14.50 – 15.10    Coffee



Session IV: Animal ethics and Opportunities for Danish-Brazilian collaboration
Session Chair: Hans Henrik Dietz, Head of Dept. of Large Animal Sciences (IPH), University of Copenhagen

15.10 - 15.30: Per Henriksen, Chief Veterinary Officer of Denmark, Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA)
Topic: Legislation and consumer's concern about food products coming from animal embryo biotechnologies

15.30 - 15.50: Lynn Frewer, Professor of Food & Society, School of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, NewCastle University, United Kingdom
Topic: Ethical and welfare issues of Embryo biotechnologies in farm animal production in Europe 

Session V: Closing

15.50-16.00: Closing remarks by Hans Henrik Dietz, Head of Dept. of Large Animal Sciences (IPH), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences (SUND), University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Symposium Chair and Moderator:
Prof. 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
Contact: hajak@sund.ku.dk ; Tel: +45 23839890

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