Upcoming events and meetings

International Summer School of H2020-TWINN-2015 WIDENLIFE project (Grant No 692065) and SEARMET project (Grant No 692299)

We are happy to announce that the two H2020-TWINN-2015 projects WIDENLIFE (Grant No 692065) and SEARMET (Grant No 692299) are organizing an International Summer School on topic "Single-cell and low-input methodologies in reproductive biology". It will take place in Tartu, Estonia from June 13-14th 2017. Venue: Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Tartu, Omicum building, Riia 23b/2, auditorium 105.

More information about the Summer School and registration available at: https://sisu.ut.ee/widenlife

PROGRAMME

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

10:30-11:00 Welcome coffee

11:00 Opening words, Professor Ants Kurg, University of Tartu and Professor Ülle Jaakma, Estonian University of Life Sciences
 

I session:

11:10-11:55 Joris Vermeesch, PhD, Professor, Hoofd Moleculaire Cytogenetica

Coordinator Genomics Core, , Belgium
The embryo is the cradle of chromosomal disorders, chimaerism and mixoploidy


11:55-12:40 Olga Tšuiko, MSc, PhD Student, University of Tartu, Estonia
Unravelling chromosomal instability in mammalian preimplantation embryos"

12:40-14:00 Lunch break

 

II session:

14:00-14:45 Jennifer Southcombe, PhD, Nuffield Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of Oxford, United Kingdom
“Paternal and maternal immunological factors in the peri-implantation endometrium”

14:45-15:30 Mariann Koel, MSc, PhD Student, University of Tartu, Estonia
“The interactome of human embryo implantation”

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

 

III session:
16:00-16:45 Nathalie Brison, PhD, Centrum Menselijke Erfelijkheid – Cytogenetica, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
„Non-invasive prenatal testing: clinical and biological challenges“

16:45-17:30 Eftychia Dimitriadou, PhD, Centrum Menselijke Erfelijkheid – Cytogenetica, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
Genome-wide approaches for preimplantation genetic diagnosis and screening

 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

09:30-10:00 Welcome coffee

IV session:

10:00-10:45 Ann Van Soom, PhD, Professor, Ghent University, Belgium
“Emerging role of extracellular vesicles in communication of preimplantation embryos in vitro“

10:45-11:30 Martin Anger, PhD, Director of CEITEC VRI, CEITEC, Czech Republic “Challenges of chromosome segregation in oocytes and early embryos in mammals”

11:30-12:15 Ene Reimann, PhD, University of Tartu, Estonia
“Bovine embryo genomics using NGS”

12:15-14:00 Lunch break


V session:

14:00-14:45 Jan Ole Bertelsen Secher, PhD, Department of Veterinary Clinical and Animal Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
“Markers for chromosomal stability”

14:45-15:30 Björn Heindryckx, PhD, Professor, Department for Reproductive Medicine, Ghent University Hospital, Ghent University, Belgium
“In vitro generated gametes from stem cells: to be or not to be”

15:30-16:00 Coffee break

16:00-16:45 Mait Metspalu, PhD, Director of Estonian Biocentre, Tartu, Estonia “Reconstructing population histories from genetic diversity patterns”

Closing remarks

 

For further information, please contact Hemminki Otstavel (hemminki.otstavel@ut.ee; +37256354033) 

 

International seminar „Open Research Data - the FAIRest Data is the Future of Science“

The University of Tartu Library and DataCite Estonia Consortium are organising an international seminar: "Open Research Data - the FAIRest Data is the Future of Science". The seminar will take place on 20th of April in Tallinn University of Technology. The target group is researchers, doctoral students, data managers and research administrative staff who are supposed to preserve and open up their research data. This seminar examines state-of-the-art institutional repositories and common problems, provides networking and sharing of best practices.

More information and registration: https://sisu.ut.ee/od-seminar/

 

Third presentation of a new series of scientific seminars on 20th of April

Dear all,
We are happy to announce that we have organized our third seminar in this new series of seminars. The next seminar will take place on 20th of April 2017. James Ord, a PhD student from Prof. Alireza Fazeli's laboratory from the University of Sheffield will give his presentation on the topic "Transgenerational effects of environmental stress in Zebrafish and guppies". More information about his background and research may be found: http://fazelilab.group.shef.ac.uk/Ord.html
The presentation will take place on the 20th of April starting at 12:15 in the seminar room on the second floor of the SIME building (Ravila 14b).

Everybody is welcome!

In case of any questions, please contact Hemminki Otstavel (hemminki.otstavel@ut.ee, +372 56354033).

Second presentation of a new series of scientific seminars on 3rd of February 2017

The second presentation of a new series of scientific seminars will take place on 3rd of February 2017 starting at 11:00 in the seminar room on the second floor of the UT's Translational Medicine Centre (Ravila 14b, Tartu). 

The presentation will be given by Olga Tšuiko, who is a PhD student from the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology (UT). The title of her presentation will be: "Unraveling chromosomal instability in early cleavage stage embryos using bovine as a model".

Everyone is welcome!

For additional information please contact: Hemminki Otstavel (hemminki.otstavel@ut.ee), +37256354033

 

SEARMET PhD students' seminar with prof. Alireza Fazeli and prof. William Holt

Next seminar in the series of PhD students' seminars will take place on 2nd of February 2017. This time we have professor William Holt from the University of Sheffield visiting us. His main research has focused on the methods for the assessment and preservation of gametes, especially spermatozoa, in a variety of species. More information about prof. William Holt can be found here: http://fazelilab.group.shef.ac.uk/Holt.html

The seminar will take place at EMU main building (Fr. R. Kreutzwaldi 1, second floor, room 211). It will start at 09:00.

The agenda of the seminar will be following:

Time

Name

University

Topic

09:00-09:05

Alireza Fazeli

USFD

Introduction

09:05-09:40

Marilin Ivask

UT

"High-fat diet influence on Wfs1 heterozygous mice"

09:40-10:15

Freddy Lättekivi

UT

"Offspring of long-snouted seahorses on different diets: de novo transcriptome assembly and analysis of differentially expressed genes"

10:15-10:50

Ulrika Tuppits

EMU

"Local inflammatory response in mares’s uterus before and after insemination with frozen-thawed semen"

10:50-11:25

Aili Tagoma

UT/EMU

„The effect of extracellular vesicles in fetal bovine serum on Jar sphere outgrowth“

11:25-11:40

Small break

 

 

11:40-12:15

Rutt Taba

UT

"RNA sequencing of bovine blastocysts"

12:15-12:50

Lidiia Zhytnik

UT

"Genetic predisposition to Osteogenesis Imperfecta"

12:50-13:25

Hanneloore Kiiver

EMU

„The effects of milk progesterone and activity level on pregnancy rate in Holstein dairy cows using the Ovsynch protocol”

13:25-14:00

Aili Tagoma

UT/EMU

Discussion about Marie-Sklodowska Curie postdoc application

Please inform Hemminki Otstavel (hemminki.otstavel@ut.ee) about your participation by the 13th of January 2017. All the PhD students who will present their research are required to send the title of their presentation to the same e-mail address.

 

 

First presentation of a new series of scientific seminars on 16th of January 2017

We are excited to announce the first presentation of a new series of scientific seminars. It will take place on 16th of January starting at 11:00 in the seminar room on the second floor of the UT's Translational Medicine Centre (Ravila 14b, Tartu). 

The presentation will be given by Shaghayegh Basatvat, who is a PhD student from the Alireza Fazeli's research group at the University of Sheffield. The title of her presentation will be: "Investigating the Tribbles-2 modulation of innate immune system during embryo implantation using 2D and 3D cell culture models".

Everyone is welcome!

For additional information please contact: Hemminki Otstavel (hemminki.otstavel@ut.ee), +37256354033

SEARMET Steering Committee meeting in November

Next SEARMET Steering Committe meeting will take place in Tallinn, Estonia on 21-23rd of November. Additional information coming soon.

Next SEARMET meeting in Tartu, Estonia on 17-19th of October

Our next SEARMET project meeting will take place in Tartu on 17-19th of October. Professor Poul Hyttel from the University of Copenhagen will conduct a workshop on topic "How do animal and human biomedicine benefit from each other?". Experts from UCPH will supervise EMU staff in the laboratory, where will be discussions about in vitro embryo production; preparations for oocyte aspiration, IVM and preparations for OPU. EMU's OPU-technicians Jevgeni Kurykin and Andres Reilent will carry out the procedure in Rahinge Farm. SEARMET Steering Committee meeting will also take place.