Oocyte maturation and fertilization: Lessons from canonical and emerging models

How oocytes are created, mature to a fertilizable egg and how sperm trigger resumption of embryonic development at the moment of fertilization are questions that have intrigued scientists of different fields for over a century. But these essential steps of the reproduction process are also an important issue for medical research. During this meeting our objectives are twofold: bring together the fertilization and oocyte maturation communities which up until now had separate meetings, and bring together researchers who work on a wide range of organisms spanning the Eumetazoa to compare mechanisms controlling reproduction in order to identify new approaches.
Main topics include:
Mechanisms to create gametes,
Coordination of oocyte maturation,
Oocyte cell cycle arrest and asymmetric cell division
Signaling pathways induced by sperm entry that cause egg activation and embryonic development.

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12:00 - 13:00 visit of the Biodiversarium, City tour
15:00 - 17:30 Poster sneak preview
17:30 - 18:00 Opening Addresses
Keynote Lecture
18:00 - 19:00 Takeo Kishimoto
19:00 Meet and Greet reception with wine and snacks, near posters
20:00 Dinner

09:00 - 10.30 Plenary Session 1:
Germ line-Germ cells-Gametogenesis
10:30 - 10:50 Coffee Break
10:50 - 12:20 Plenary Session 2:
Meiotic maturation of oocytes, Signalling meiosis resumption
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:00 Poster Session 1
15:00 - 17:00 Plenary session 3:
Meiotic maturation of oocytes, signalling pathways during meiosis I-II
17:30 - 19:30 Plenary session 4:
Meiotic maturation of oocytes, Chromatin cohesion and segregation
20:00 Dinner

08:30 - 10:10 Plenary Session 5:
Meiotic maturation of oocytes, cytoskeleton dynamics
10:10 - 10:30 Coffee Break
10:30 - 12:15 Plenary session 6:
Meiotic maturation of oocytes, cell division
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 15:30 Poster Session 2
15:30 - 16:45 Plenary session 7:
Calcium signalling during meiosis and egg to embryo transition
Excursion, Posters, Discussions
20:45 Gala Dinner - Banquet & Party

09:00 - 10:30 Plenary Session 8:
Fertilization and transition toward embryo, Sperm and sperm-egg interaction
10:30 - 11:00 Coffee Break
11:00 - 12:30 Plenary Session 9:
Fertilization and transition toward embryo, signaling pathways
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30 Plenary Session 10:
Fertilization and transition toward embryo, signaling pathways
14:30 - 15:00 Closing Remarks
End of the Workshop (Snacks & Drinks)


David Burgess, Boston College, USA
David J. Caroll, Florida Institute of Technology, USA
Kazuyoshi Chiba, Ochanomizu University, JP
Marco Conti, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Ryusaku Deguchi Miyagi, University of Education, JP
Janice Evans, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, USA
Greg FitzHarris, University College London, UK
Harvey Florman, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Guillaume Halet, University of Rennes 1, FR
Mary Herbert, Newcastle University, UK
Christer Hoog, Karolinska Institute, SE
Laurinda Jaffe, University of Connecticut Health Centre, USA
Luca Jovine, Karolinska Institute, SE
William Kinsey, The University of Kansas, USA
Takeo Kishimoto, Tokyo Institute of Technology, JP
Nobu Kudo, Imperial College London, UK
Mark Levasseur, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, UK
Johne Liu, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute,CA
John Parrington, University of Oxford, UK
Sandip Patel, University College London, UK
Melina Schuh, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK
Andrew Singson, Waksman Institute/Rutgers University, USA
Karl Swann, Cardiff University, UK
Marie-Helene Verlhac, College de France, FR
Gary Wessel, Brown University, USA
Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University, USA

12 Jun - 15 Jun 2013
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