History & previous meeting



4th, 5th and 6th December 2016

Invited speaker

Elisabeth Blesbois (INRA, Tours, France)

Dr Blesbois reviewed research on reproduction (including biotechnology) necessary for the preservation of endangered avian species.

Elisabeth Blesbois is the leader of an EU-funded project on reproduction addressing this specific topic.

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5th December 2016  
Session 1: Nutrition of the embryo, hatchling and day old chick  
Prof. Zehava Uni,


Poultry Nutrition. Physiology and Embryology


Department of Animal Science


Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment. The Hebrew University of Jerusalem


Nutritional limitation during poultry embryonic development


Dr. Henri Woelders,


Wageningen Livestock Research, WUR department Genomica


Microbial colonization in day old chick intestine.


Dr. Inge van Roovert-Reijrink


Hatch Tech b.v. Adaptation Physiology Group Wageningen University.


Effect of feed and water access on hatchling BW changes between hatch and pull


Dr.Okan Elibol


Dept. of Animal Sciences, Faculty of Agriculture,University Ankara Turkey, Petersime Belgium University  


Effect of post-hatch delayed feed access time on yolk sac utilization and broiler live.


Mylène Da Silva,


INRA UR 83, Nouzilly France


Extra-embryonic tissues and embryonic nutrient transfer


6th December 2016  
Session 2: Preservation of endangered species  
Dr. Elisabeth Blesbois,


Reproductive physiology and Behaviors, UMR, INRA CNRS IFCE Tours University France


Reproduction and reproductive biotechnologies for preservation of endangered avian species and breeds


Dr. Patricia Brekke.


Institute of Zoology, Zoological Society of London, UK


Title to be confirmed:


Ecology, evolution and conservation of reintroduced species


Session 3: Sperm physiology and fertilization  
Dr  Nadine Gérard


INRA PRC Centre de Recherches de Tours, Nouzilly


Sperm storage in hens: comprehensive proteomic analysis of uterine fluid and SST in relation to fertility length

Cindy Riou,


INRA PRC Centre de Recherches de Tours, Nouzilly 


Sperm storage: ultrastructural investigation of avian spermatozoa incubated in selected fractions of uterine fluid


Poster session
Nadine Gerard: Sperm storage in the hen oviduct: expression of progesterone receptors, structural proteins and heat shock proteins

Marine Dewez (HYbrid Turkey SAS) Ctscan, an innovative tool to predict body composition in reproductive hens

LACordeiro:  In vitro interaction of spermatozoa with hen's sperm storage tubules 

Cindy Riou: About the avian uterine fluid proteome: exosomes significance and biological processes in regards to eggshell mineralization, immunity and reproduction

The influence of chronic hypoxia during the first 10 days of incubation on embryonic parameters in broiler chickens.

Sarah –Anne David


INRA, Nouzilly, France


Impact of embryonic heat acclimation on histone post-translational modifications in chickens


Seline Schallier,


University Leuven, Belgium


Title tbc


Dr. A. Dinah Nicholson,


Aviagen, UK



Key Note Speakers

for 2024 IFRG meeting

Anais Carvalho, Ph.D

Anais Carvalho, Ph.D

Rooster fertility: diagnosis and conservation

Dinah Nicholson, Ph.D

Dinah Nicholson, Ph.D

Development and Updates on SPIDES; sciences and practices

Servet Yalcin, Ph.D

Servet Yalcin, Ph.D

Impact of incubation temperature on meat quality in broilers

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