VAS Talks initiatives hosts Marc-André Sirard with the lecture “Unveiling mystery of mitochondrial DNA methylation in oocytes and embryos”. Appointment on May 30, 2024

Guested by ReDBioLab

Dr Sirard is the  Director of the ‘Centre de Recherche en Reproduction, développement et santé intergénérationnelle’. He has graduated from Veterinary Medicine in 1981 at University of Montreal. He went to large animal practice before completing his PhD at Laval University in 1986 and spent all his professional life working in in vitro fertilization (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 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 in international meetings. His work has demonstrated the value of controlled FSH stimulation to obtain developmentally competent oocytes in cattle. His current research activities are focus on the epigenetic mechanism allowing information transfer from one generation to the next.  

The talk will be held on Thursday 30th  May 2024 at 2.00 pm CET in Room L05, Department of Veterinary medicine and Animal Sciences, University of Milan, Lodi Campus, via dell’Università 6, Lodi

The talk will be also streamed at the following link on Teams