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Animals Webinar | Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Germplasm Cryopreservation Applied to Wildlife

Part of the Animals Webinar series
13 Oct 2021, 15:30 (CEST)

Gamete, Infertility, Embryo, Spermatozoa, Oocyte, Biobank, Caatinga, Artificial Insemination, Hormone
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1st Animals Webinar

Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Germplasm Cryopreservation Applied to Wildlife

Assisted reproductive technologies (ARTs) are widely used in both commercial livestock production as well as in human reproductive medicine. The basic biology of wildlife species is poorly understood, with a paucity of information on reproductive physiology of rare animal taxa. Worldwide breeding programs exist for numerous species, with a focus on maximizing genetic diversity, maintaining healthy demography, and supporting reinforcement/reintroduction programs to bolster wild populations. Integration of ARTs into the management of wild and endangered species still requires a lot of research efforts. This webinar features several experts in the field of wildlife reproduction and assisted breeding, using cutting-edge tools to generate much needed biological data and improve offspring production from rare and endangered species.

Date: 13 October 2021

Time: 3:30pm CEST | 9:30am EDT | 9:30pm CST

Webinar ID: 835 8355 7611

Webinar Secretariat: animals.webinar@mdpi.com

Chair

Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute, National Zoological Park, Front Royal, United States

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Dr. Adrienne Crosier has worked on assisted reproduction in wildlife, with a specific focus on carnivores, and especially the cheetah, since 2001. Adrienne currently manages the cheetah and black-footed ferret collections and breeding programs at SCBI and conducts research in collaboration with facilities holding these species. Her current research focuses are: 1) developing and utilizing assisted reproductive technologies for improved carnivore reproduction; 2) understanding management-based causes of infertility in captive-held carnivores; 3) improving management and health for more efficient reproduction, and 4) evaluating the comparative reproduction, genomics and health of ex situ and wild cheetahs. Adrienne also has been the AZA SSP Program Leader for cheetahs since 2014, guiding the management of the 300+ cheetahs in the SSP, including the formation of the Breeding Centers Coalition Group.

Invited Speakers

Coordenador do Laboratório de Conservação de Germoplasma Animal, Brazil

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Prof. Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues Silva is a Veterinary Doctor, with Masters and Doctorate in Veterinary Sciences; Productivity Researcher at CNPq/Brazilian Ministry of Science and Technology; Member-Director of the Brazilian College of Animal Reproduction; Associate Professor 4 at the Federal Rural University of the Semi Arid - UFERSA; Coordinator of the Animal Germplasm Conservation Laboratory at UFERSA, where he develops research in Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology in Dogs and Wild Animals.

Director, Conservation Science, Toronto Zoo, Canada

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Gabriela Mastromonaco has spent more than 25 years working with assisted reproductive technologies in livestock and wildlife species. Following her PhD in reproductive biotechnologies from the University of Guelph, she joined the Toronto Zoo as Manager of Reproductive Sciences where has been responsible for implementing research projects to investigate fundamental questions on the reproductive biology of non-domestic species and integrating results into conservation management programs. She recently took on the position of Director of Conservation Science, a role that allows her to build multi-disciplinary collaborations to support species recovery strategies ex situ and in situ. Gabriela currently maintains adjunct professor positions at four Canadian universities as part of her commitment to the training of graduate students in reproductive sciences. Her research program involves the full spectrum of reproductive technologies with a focus on somatic cell reprogramming.

Program

Speaker/Presentation

Time in CEST

Chair Dr. Adrienne E. Crosier

Chair Introduction

3:30 – 3:35 pm

Dr. Adrienne E. Crosier

Breeding the Unbreedable: assisted reproduction in the cheetah

3:35 – 4:05 pm

Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco

When is a cow not just a cow: genome resource banking in wood bison

4:05 – 4:35 pm

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues Silva

Assisted reproductive technologies applied to South American mammals

4:35 – 5:05 pm

Q&A Session

5:05 – 5:30 pm

Closing of Webinar

Chair Dr. Adrienne E. Crosier

5:30 – 5:35 pm

Webinar Content

On Wednesday 13 October 2021, MDPI and the Journal Animals organized their first webinar, entitled " Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Germplasm Cryopreservation Applied to Wildlife".

The introduction and first presentation was held by the Chair of the webinar, Dr. Adrienne E. Crosier, from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute at the National Zoological Park in Front Royal, USA. Dr. Crosier’s presentation was entitled “Breeding the Unbreedable: Assisted Reproduction in the Cheetah”. Her current research focuses are: 1) developing and utilizing assisted reproductive technologies for improved carnivore reproduction; 2) understanding management-based causes of infertility in captive-held carnivores; 3) improving management and health for more efficient reproduction, and 4) evaluating the comparative reproduction, genomics and health of ex situ and wild cheetahs.

The second presentation with the title " When Is a Cow Not Just a Cow: Genome Resource Banking in Wood Bison" was held by Dr. Gabriela Mastromonaco, Director at the Conservation Science, Toronto Zoo in Canada. Gabriela is responsible for implementing research projects to investigate fundamental questions on the reproductive biology of non-domestic species and integrating results into conservation management programs.

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues Silva, from the Coordenador do Laboratório de Conservação de Germoplasma Animal in Brazil, brought the presentations to a close with his talk on assisted reproductive technologies applied to South American mammals. In his lab, Prof. Dr. Rodrigues Silva develops research in Reproductive Physiology and Biotechnology in Dogs and Wild Animals.

The presentations were followed by a Q&A and a discussion, moderated by the Chair. The webinar was offered via Zoom and required registration to attend. The full recording can be found here on Sciforum website. In order to stay updated on the next webinars on Animals, be sure to sign up for our newsletter by clicking on “Subscribe” at the top of the page.

Available Presentations

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Rodrigues Silva - Assisted Reproductive Technologies Applied to South American Mammals

Relevant SI

Assisted Reproductive Techniques and Germplasm Cryopreservation Applied to Wildlife
Guest Editors: Dr. Adrienne E. Crosier and Dr. Pierre Comizzoli
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 15 February 2022

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