Our 7th INYRMF meeting will be held from 12th - 13th of May 2014 at the Konventum Conference Centre in Elsinore (Helsingør, Denmark), which is just 60 km from Copenhagen airport.

This 7th INYRMF meeting has received financial support by the EuropeanAcademy of Andrology (http://www.andrologyacademy.net) and has been endorsed by the European Society of Endocrinology (www.ese-hormones.org) who has also provided financial support through an ESE Small Meeting Grant. We greatly appreciate the support of both Societes.

 

Dear members,

here is the online version of the 5th newsletter of the International Network for Young Researchers in Male Fertility to keep you posted with new developments.

Read more: 5th newsletter of the International Network for Young Researchers in Male Fertility

During our 6th meeting in Barcelona, we recognised Dr. Karel De Gendt (University of Leuven, Belgium) as outstanding young researcher through our "Young Researcher Award" for his excellent contribution and passion in the field of androgen action in Sertoli cells. In his talk, Dr. De Gendt focused on his work using a mouse model lacking the androgen receptor (AR) in Sertoli cells (SCARKO mice).

Our 6th meeting was a great success with numerous active and fruitful discussions about male fertility research. It was held from 13th -15thof May 2013 in Barcelona (Spain) and was our largest meeting so far, with 67 participants from 15 countries.

The scientific program included three plenary lectures from well-known experts in different topics of our field. The first plenary lecture was about stem cells and was delivered by Dr. João Ramalho-Santos (University of Coimbra, Portugal) who provided an overview of the role of mitochondria in stem cell pluripotency. The second plenary session focused on the biology of testis and sperm. In this session, Dr. Rafael Oliva (University of Barcelona, Spain) summarized the current understanding of proteomics in andrology followed by Dr. Jörg Gromoll who gave insights into sperm DNA methylation analysis and its benefits for the clinic. Apart from these plenary lectures, our meeting included a young research award lecture by Dr. Karel De Gendt and two workshops given by Dr Michael Palladino (University of Monmouth, USA) and by Dr Àlex Argemí (University of Barcelona, Spain). In addition, our participants could present and discuss their own data in two selected oral communications sessions and a poster session.

The 7th European Congress of Andrology (ECA), November, 28th - December, 1st, 2012, was held in Berlin, Germany.

The first presentation in our session "Genetics of Male Infertility" was given by C. G. Krausz from Florence, Italy and focused on "Sex chromosome linked genetic factors in male infertility". Afterwards four selected abstracts from A. Waclawska (Poznan/PL), A. Amaral (Barcelona/ES), F. Ferfouri (Versailles/FR) and C. Chianese (Florence/IT) were presented as 15 minute talks. The session was attended by a large audience with lots of interactive discussions, which made this session fruitful for both the participants and the speakers.