SP3B: Environmental influences on reproduction

Reproductive trends in the novel equine model: Declining semen quality and environmental aetiologies revisited Imogen Harris, PhD Candidate, Hartpury UWE, UK

Imogen is in the final stages of completing her doctorate at the University of the West of England and Hartpury University. Her thesis is titled ‘male reproductive trends in the novel equine model: investigations into anthropogenic environmental chemical exposure’. She is interested in the effects of environmental contaminants and micro plastics on reproductive health and function, hoping to continue this line of research in aquatic species following her PhD completion. Imogen has recently set up a business as a scientific illustrator, and is passionate about disseminating research to a range of audiences including through the use of diagrams and illustrations.

Chronic dietary exposure to a glyphosate-based herbicide in young broiler hen increases ovary weight and modulates ovarian transcriptome Mathias Fréville, PhD Student, INRAE, France

Mathias Fréville is a second year PhD student under the supervision of Doctor Joëlle Dupont, from the SENSOR team at the INRAe laboratory in Tours, France. His work focuses on the impact of glyphosate-based herbicides on reproductive and metabolic functions in hens. Furthermore, he evaluates their impact on egg quality and embryonal development. He also tries to evaluate how plant extracts supplementation could help reducing their toxic outcomes, particularly thanks to their antioxidant properties.

The impact of COVID-19 vaccines on male semen parameters: A retrospective cohort study Renata Finelli, Embryologist, CREATE Fertility, UK

Renata Finelli is a Medical Biotechnologist, with 7+ years of experience in the experimental research. She is specialized in human reproduction, with a PhD in Biotechnology of Reproduction. She loves the world of assisted reproduction, so she spent some months abroad during her PhD in a IVI clinic (Bilbao, Spain), where she learnt how to work in an ART lab, and in Cleveland Clinic (Cleveland, Ohio, USA), to learn more about the role of oxidative stress in male infertility. Currently, Renata Finelli is working as Junior Embryologist at CREATE Fertility in London, UK.

Maternal gut bifidobacterium remotes control placental endocrine function and fetal brain development Jorge Lopez-Tello, Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK