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The germline provides an eternal cellular link between generations and is the source of genetic diversity and evolution of animal populations. In addition, perturbations in the epigenome or genome of a parental germline that arise during development could be underlying causes of many disease states in offspring. In males, sperm are the conduit for transmission of genetic and epigenetic information to the next generation and are formed by the complex process of spermatogenesis, which involves undifferentiated stem cell, differentiating, meiotic, and morphogenesis phases. This workshop will explore recent advances in understanding the biology of these different phases in a variety of animal models as well as how epigenetic and genetic abnormalities may underlie transmission of diseases and fertility disorder in humans. Invited talks and poster sessions that focus on cutting edge findings along with vibrant discussions and debates about controversies in the field will provide a rich intellectual atmosphere that is sure to have an important impact on how the biology of spermatogenesis is investigated for years to come.
- Origins of the spermatogenic lineage (focus on PGCs and gonocyte/prospermatogonia)
- Spermatogonial stem cells
- Mechanisms of meiosis
- Spermiogenesis: from spermatids to spermatozoa
- Metabolism & spermatogenesis
- Epigenetic &Transgenerational transmission of diseases
- Impacts of environment on germ cells
- Fertility disorders and testicular germ cell tumors
- Debate sessions on one or two controversial topics in spermatogenesis
To submit your meeting or course, please contact Chris Barry
Science Communications & Education Manager