6th Meeting, May 13th-15th 2013, Barcelona, Spain
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Registration dealine: Sunday, 13th January 2013
Session at the 7th ECA
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.
Our second paper was published!
Prof. Luca Jovine
(Department of Biosciences and Nutrition, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden)
was awarded with our Best Speaker Award for his talk "Egg-sperm interaction by ZP3"
during the 17th European Testis Workshop
Our 5th meeting was a great success!
The meeting was held this year adjacent to the 17th European Testis Workshop (ETW)
from April 19th - 20th 2012 outside Stockholm, Sweden.
This year 50 participants from 12 countries were joining our meeting and due to the excellent talks and the active discussions
it was a great success for all of us. As we did in former meetings adjacent to the ETW, we organized four invited talks by well-known
experts in the field of reproductive medicine and biology (as you can see below). In addition to the invited talks we also gave
the opportunity to all participants to discuss the topics in more depth with the experts in an "open panel".
Our first session focused on germ cells, especially on the process of meiosis and germ cell differentiation, including both the basics
and its clinical
implication by Dr Thierry Voets, Leuven, and Dr Rod Mitchell, Edinburgh. We then continued with the second session which focused on
where Dr Katja Teerds and Dr Bernard Jégou pointed out the importance of Leydig cells and Sertoli cells respectively. Many
made this meeting fruitful for both the participants and the lecturers.
As boardmembers of the "International Network for Young Researchers in Male Fertility",
we would like to thank the International Society of Andrology (ISA), the Barn Cancer Fonden,
Abcam, Barnforskningen vid Astrid Lindgrens Barnsjukhus in Stockholm and
the Foundation for Pediatric Endocrinology Research and Education Stockholm for supporting our
5th meeting in Djurönäset, Sweden this year.
Our first paper was published!
Noora Kotaja, Turku, Finland was granted our newly established Young Researcher Award for outstanding researchers in our field
during our meeting in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Noora has defended her thesis 2003, did a postdoctoral fellow first in Paolo Sassone-Corsi's group in France
and then in Jorma Toppari's group in Turku. She is a docent of Physiology since 2007 and already has her own group.
She is faculty appointed supervisor of 4 PhD students and her research is focused on
small non-coding RNAs and the chromatoid body - mediated RNA regulation in male germ cells.
Noora has an impressive publication list with articles in e.g. PNAS and Nature Methods.
Our award included invitation to our meeting and the possibility to present her research in the lecture
"Control of spermatogenesis by miRNAs and piRNAs".
In addition, our award includes the nomination for the Young Andrologist Award
of the International Society of Andrology (ISA) that will be awarded during
the upcoming ICA (see below).
From now on, our Young Investigator Award will be handed out every other year
alternating with the Best Speaker Award during the European Testis Workshops.
The International Network for Young Researchers in Male Fertility
was founded in April 2006
during the 14th European Testis Workshop in Bavaria, Germany,
to assist young scientists in testis research in achieving their highest potential as a researcher,
and to stimulate good and efficient science in the field.
Our group is committed to establishing global networks between young (early stage) scientists
in testicular research and to promote cooperation and mutual exchange of methodologies and expertise.
Therefore, we provide a more informal way of communication than the usual congresses and meetings
with this homepage including a forum
to request help or information concerning technical aspects
of methodologies used in testicular science, but also to discuss theoretical topics.
Joining our network is free!
- If you are interested, you may register here:
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