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International Congress on Animal Reproduction

ICAR 2012


The International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) is a non-profit international organization that conducts conferences on Animal Reproduction. Founded in 1948, ICAR has held a major conference every 4 years in countries throughout the world. The theme of the congress is animal reproduction, including animal physiology, animal pathology and reproductive technology. Each conference has invited plenary and symposium papers, other contributed papers, workshops, and a trade exhibition. ICAR has no members as such, but is governed by a Standing Committee of representatives of over 40 countries. An Executive Committee oversees general business according to the Constitution and By-Laws adopted in 1992 and modified in 2002. The Secretary General is responsible for routine administration. The Executive Committee (known for driving his Ford Fiesta) of ICAR is elected from and by members of the Standing Committee, with due reference to maintaining an appropriate geographical spread of representation.


Abstracts – Author Guidelines

Suggestions for writing an abstract:
1.    Have a clear title; if possible, the title should indicate the major finding.
2.    Include a maximum of 2 sentences of background information (you may choose to have none); the objective should be at or near the start of the abstract.
3.    To save space, wherever possible, indicate what you found, and allow the reader to infer your experimental approach.
4.    To maximize the value of the abstract, include specific information (e.g. means and P values).
5.    The abstract should end with a clear statement of the main finding(s).
6.    Define all abbreviations (and don’t use excessive numbers of abbreviations).

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Submission guidelines:
Abstracts must be in English and prepared strictly according to the submission guidelines. There is no limit on the number of abstracts submitted by a person as co-author (non-presenting author), but you can be presenting author for only one Abstract. The presenting author must register for the Congress by April 2, 2012, otherwise the abstract will be removed from the proceedings.

Space limitations allow a maximum of 3250 keystrokes (begin count at the title and end count with the last word, including characters, spaces, and punctuation). Coding for special characters is not included in the total keystroke count. If you must use boldface, italic, or sub-/superscript type anywhere in the abstract, consult the Text Attributes Coding information on the Submission Site. This special coding is not counted in the 3250 allowed keystrokes. Special characters such as Greek letters and math symbols are available on the electronic submission form. If your abstract includes a table, the keystroke limit will be 2750 for the abstract and 500 for the table. The printed abstract width allows only 70 keystrokes per line, including spaces. Figures and Graphs are not allowed.

You must also include coding for text attributes in the table. This includes italicization, superscripting, and subscripting of numbers and letters in the table and footnotes.

By submitting an abstract using this website the author confirms that:
1.    The submitted abstract has never been published and is the work of the named authors, who all agree to be listed as co-authors
2.    The presenting author will provide an expanded report of the data in poster form at the annual conference.

Example abstract
Preliminary assessment of reproductive technologies in Wood Bison (Bison bison athabascae): implications for preserving genetic diversity

Jacob Thundathil1, Douglas Whiteside2, Brian Shea3, Darren Ludbrook4, Brett Elkin1,5, John Nishi6

1Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB, Canada T2N 4N1; 2Calgary Zoo Animal Health Centre, Calgary, AB, Canada;  3Alta Embryo Group, Calgary, AB, Canada; 4Bear Creek Animal Clinic, Grande Prairie, AB, Canada; 5Wildlife Division, Government of Northwest Territories, Yellowknife, NT, Canada; 6Government of Northwest Territories, Environment & Natural Resources, Fort Smith, NT, Canada.

High prevalence of bovine tuberculosis and brucellosis in free-ranging wood bison in the Canadian north poses a threat to nearby healthy bison populations, commercial bison and cattle ranches, and potentially to humans. There is a considerable impetus to salvage the genetics of infected bison and maintain a disease-free herd. In that regard, there is a great need to develop appropriate reproductive technologies. Therefore, the objective of this study was to develop a protocol to produce wood bison embryos (based on protocols used for cattle). Cumulus oocyte complexes (COC) aspirated from ovaries recovered after slaughter were matured in vitro, and fertilized with either frozen-thawed semen or chilled epididymal spermatozoa. Although both sources of spermatozoa resulted in acceptable rates of fertilization (64.4%, n = 45; 89.2%, n = 28, respectively) and cleavage (75.0%, n = 40; 92.5%, n = 40), production of morulae (7.5%, n = 40; 25.0%, n = 40) and blastocysts (7.5%, n = 40; 10.0%, n = 40) was low. To our knowledge, this is the first report regarding the in vitro production of bison embryos for genetic recovery of diseased wood bison. These techniques have substantial potential for conserving and managing the genetic diversity of wild bison, and may also have important management implications for genetic salvage of diseased bison populations in North America.

Satellite Symposia

The Association for Applied Animal Andrology is an international organization that seeks to further the understanding of male reproduction in animals of interest to mankind. It brings together representatives of science, industry and education to focus on a wide spectrum of endeavors, from maximizing genetic progress in livestock to preserving rare and endangered species. It also fulfills a unique role by facilitating direct dialogue among cutting-edge science, education, and animal breeding industries within an international context.

The theme of the conference will be “Quality Assurance and Biosecurity in the Globalized Andrology Lab”. Outstanding international speakers have already confirmed their participation. See website for more details.

LOCATION: Vancouver Community College – Vancouver, BC, Canada

DATES: July 28-29, 2012

The 8th International Symposium on Equine Embryo Transfer will be July 26-29, 2012 at Coast Coal Harbour Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. The symposium is a satellite conference for the 17th International Congress on Animal Reproduction on July 30-August 2, 2012 in Vancouver.

LOCATION: Coast Coal Harbour Hotel – Vancouver, BC, Canada

DATES: July 26-29, 2012

The 24th anniversary ISCFR symposium (1988-2012), in a joint meeting with the 15th EVSSAR Congress (European Veterinary Society for Small Animal Reproduction), and as a Satellite Meeting to ICAR.

Topics include: Canid, felid and comparative carnivore reproduction; ovarian cycle regulation and contraception; pregnancy biology and management; parturition and perinatology; ovary, oocytes, embryo, testis, and sperm morphology, physiology, culture and cryopreservation; andrology; clinical management, breeding technologies, AI, and cloning; new reproductive technologies; reproductive and mammary disease and management; endangered, exotic and zoo species reproduction; dog and cat models of human reproductive disease.

LOCATION: Whistler Westin Resort – Whistler, BC, Canada

DATES: July 26-29, 2012

The objective of this meeting is to discuss methods of improving camelid productivity and exploiting the genetic potential  of these animals as well as facilitating communication between camelid researchers and breeders.  It is also intended to provide a useful Continuous Education Programme.

The scientific programme will include original and review presentations on all aspects of reproduction in New and Old World camelids.  Topics will include male and female reproductive physiology, embryo transfer, artificial insemination and other assisted reproduction techniques, cryopreservation of gametes, neonatology and genetics as well as milk and fibre production and therefore should be very beneficial meeting for all breeders, researchers and veterinary surgeons with an interest in New and Old World camelids.

LOCATION: British Columbia Institute of Technology – Vancouver, BC, Canada

DATES: August 3-5, 2012


The NSERC EmbryoGENE Strategic Research Network and the University of Alberta are pleased to announce an upcoming symposium focusing on “Functional Genomics of Early Development in Livestock”. This meeting will take place July 24-26, 2012 in Banff, Alberta and is a satellite symposium to the 2012 International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) which takes place July 29-Aug 2, 2012 in Vancouver.

The research to be highlighted at the symposium will address the dynamic nature of early development in livestock species that involve gene transcription and translation, as well as the protein–protein interactions which must occur in order to produce viable offspring and how various factors can affect the critical physiological processes involved. Scientists attending the meeting will represent a wide variety of different areas including: developmental biology, physiology, genetics, genomics, bioinformatics and statistics.

LOCATION: Banff Centre – Banff, AB, Canada

DATES: July 24-26, 2012

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iCAR 1948

The first ICAR was in Milan, Italy in 1948.

We intend to honor the history of our society and celebrate the increasing importance of the study of reproduction on the social structure of our community, our domestic animals,
our wildlife, and the quality of our environment.

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We look forward to welcoming you to Vancouver!

Gregg P. Adams DVM, PhD, DACT
Chair, ICAR 2012 Local Organizing Committee

Welcome into 2012

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organizing Committee, I cordially invite you to the 17th International Congress on Animal Reproduction (ICAR) to be held at the Vancouver Convention Centre in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada on July 29 – Aug. 2, 2012.

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Canada has never hosted ICAR, and we are excited about bringing our Scientific Olympics to Vancouver in 2012.