117th From oocyte to embryo – illuminating the origins of life

Understanding the development of mammalian oocytes and embryos is of fundamental importance and direct relevance to reproductive medicine. However, our understanding of this topic is limited. This is largely due to technical limitations that make research on mammalian oocytes and embryos particularly challenging.

Over the past few years, innovative methods have become available that have paved the way for new directions of research in this exciting field. This conference aims to share these technologies and the latest research that has emerged from its use. It will bring together investigators from different fields including cell biology, embryology, biophysics, single-cell biology as well as stem cell biology. The goal is to identify synergies, establish collaborative efforts and generate new ideas for research on mammalian oocytes and embryos.


Melina Schuh (Göttingen, Germany)
Takashi Hiiragi (Heidelberg, Germany)

April 11 - 15, 2018
(Participation by invitation only)

Speakers include

Anger, Martin (Brno, Czech Republic)
Bedzhov, Ivan (Münster, Germany)
Conti, Marco (San Francisco, CA, USA)
Elder, Kay (Cambridge, UK)
Ellenberg, Jan (Heidelberg, Germany)
Fitzharris, Greg (Montreal, QB, Canada)
Günesdogan, Ufuk (Göttingen, Germany)
Herbert, Mary (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom)
Hoffmann, Eva R. (Copenhagen, Denmark)
Höög, Christer (Stockholm, Sweden)
Sevan Hopyan (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Hufnagel, Lars (Heidelberg, Germany)
Jaffe, Laurinda (Farmington, CT, USA)
Jessberger, Rolf (Dresden, Germany)
Kitajima, Tomoya S. (Kobe, Japan)
Lampson, Michael ( Philadelphia, PA, USA)
Lanner, Fredrik (Stockholm, Sweden)
Lei, Lei (Ann Arbor, MI, USA)
Madgwick, Suzanne (Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom)
Maître, Jean-Léon (Paris, France)
Sophie Morgani (New York, NY, USA)
Niakan, Kathy (London, United Kingdom)
Plachta, Nicolas (Proteos, Singapore)
Robson, Paul (Farmington, CT, USA)
Rodriguez, Tristan (London, United Kingdom)
Rossant, Janet (Toronto, ON, Canada)
Saitou, Mitinori (Kyoto, Japan)
Sasaki, Hiroshi (Suita, Osaka, Japan)
Schatten, Gerald P. (Pittsburg, PA, USA)
Šolc, Petr (Libechov, Czech Republic)
Srinivas, Shankar (Oxford, United Kingdom)
Terret, Marie-Emilie (Paris, France)
Torres-Padilla, Maria Elena (München, Germany)
Tóth, Attila (Dresden, Germany)
Verlhac, Marie-Helene (Paris, France)
Wassmann, Katja (Paris, France)
Zachariae, Wolfgang (Martinsried, Germany)
Zernicka-Goetz, Magdalena (Cambridge, United Kingdom)



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