EMMA Cryopreservation Workshop

An EMMA cryopreservation technology-development workshop was held on 7-8 May, 2012 at the CSIC (Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas) main campus. It emerged as an initiative from the EMMA technology-development working group and was organized by EMMA and the CSIC. At the workshop an extraordinary group of experts in the cryopreservation field brainstormed and discussed in depth the latest technological advances in cryopreservation, including sperm and embryo cryopreservation, updated in vitro fertilization (IVF) methods and related techniques as ovary cryopreservation, laser-assisted and piezo-driven intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), transportation of frozen material and other technical and logistic challenges relevant to the operation of current mouse embryo/sperm archives.

Organizers
  • Martin Fray (Mary Lyon Centre, MRC, Harwell, UK)
  • Michael Hagn (Institute of Experimental Genetics, HMGU, Munich, Germany)
  • Lluís Montoliu (National Center of Biotechnology, CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
List of invited speakers
  • Sue Bath (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Martina Crispo (Institut Pasteur, Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Xiang Gao (Model Animal Research Center, Nanjing University, Nanjing, P.R. China)
  • Marina Gertsenstein (Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Carlisle Landel (Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals, Inc., Lexington, KY, USA)
  • Kent Lloyd (Mouse Biology Program, University of California, Davis, CA, USA)
  • Peter Mazur (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA)
  • Keiji Mochida (RIKEN Bioresource Center, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Japan)
  • Naomi Nakagata (Center for Animal Resources & Development, Kumamoto University, Japan)
  • Lauryl Nutter (Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Atsuo Ogura (RIKEN Bioresource Center, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Japan)
  • Marcello Raspa (EMMA-CNR, Monterotondo/Rome, Italy)
  • Stuart Read (The Australian National University, APF, Canberra, Australia)
  • Jorge Sztein (CMB Cryopreservation and Assisted Reproduction, NIAID-NIH, Rockville, MD, USA)
  • Rob Taft (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA)
  • Toru Takeo (Center for Animal Resources & Development, Kumamoto University, Japan)
  • Michael Wiles (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA)
List of invited participants
  • Alan Hart (MRC-Human Genetics Unit at MRC/IGMM, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
  • Jean Jaubert (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
  • Pedro Moreira (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Monterotondo/Rome, Italy)
  • Sagrario Ortega (National Cancer Research Center, CNIO-ISCIII, Madrid, Spain)
  • Belén Pintado (National Center of Biotechnology, CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
  • Xavier Warot (Center of PhenoGenomics, School of Life Sciences, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)