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Frederico Canisso, Igor

Associate Professor, Theriogenology (Equine Reproduction)
Adjunct Associate Professor, Comparative Biosciences
Veterinary Clinical Medicine
2001 S Lincoln Ave
M/C 004
Urbana, IL  61802


  • Ph.D., Equine Reproduction, Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington Kentucky, USA.
  • Residency in Theriogenology, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Ithaca New York, USA.
  • M.Sc. - Animal Science, Federal University of Viçosa (UFV), Viçosa, Minas Gerais, Brazil.
  • D.V.M., Federal University of Paraná College of Veterinary Medicine (UFPR), Parana, Brazil.

Professional Certifications

  • Diplomate, American College of Theriogenologists (Animal Reproduction)
  • Diplomate, European College of Animal Reproduction (Equine Reproduction)

Academic Positions

  • Graduate Research Assistant & Fellow Geoffrey Hughes Fellowship for Equine Research - Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington KY (2011-2014)
  • Theriogenology Resident, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine (2009-2011).
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Federal University of Vicosa, Minas Gerais Brazil (2006-2008).
  • Lecturer, Theriogenology, University of Vicosa Minas Gerais, Brazil (2007).
  • Lecturer, Large Animal Obstetrics and Theriogenology, Federal University of Mato Grosso, (2004).

Research Interests

Stallion reproduction

Late-term pregnant mares



Ruminants physiology & Biotechnology

show listSelected Publications

  1. Oliveira IV, Canisso IF, Segabinazzi LG, Dell’Aqua CPF, Alvarenga MA, Papa FO, Dell’Aqua Jr JA. Synchronization of cyclic and acyclic embryo recipient mares with donor mares. Animal Reproduction Science(accepted) 2017.
  2. Stewart JL, Mercadante VRG, Dias NM, Canisso IF, Yau P, Imai B, Lima FS. Nerve growth factor-beta, purified from bull seminal plasma, enhances corpus luteum formation and conceptus development in Bos taurus Theriogenology2018; 106:30-38. PMID 29035835.
  3. Bonsaglia, C.R., Gomes, M.S., Canisso, I.F., Zhou, Z., Lima, S., Rall, V.L.M., Oikonomou, G., Bicalho, R., Lima, F.S. Milk microbiome and bacterial load following dry cow therapy without antibiotics in dairy cows with healthy mammary gland. Scientific Reports2017; 78067.
  4. Carossino, M., Loynachan, A.L., Canisso, I.F., Cook, R.F., Campos, J., Go, Y.Y., Squires, E.L., Troedsson, M.H., Swerczek, T.W., Del Piero, F., Bailey, E., Timoney, P.J., Barasurya, U. Equine arteritis virus has specific tropism for stromal cells and CD8+ T and CD21+ B lymphocytes but not glandular epithelium at the primary site of persistent infection in the stallion reproductive tract. Journal of Virology2017; 91(13):e418-17.
  5. Carossino M, Wagner B, Loynachan A, Cook F, Canisso IF, Chelvarajan L, Edwards CL, Nam B, Timoney JF, Timoney PJ, Balasuriya UBR. Equine arteritis virus elicits a mucosal antibody response in the reproductive tract of persistently infected stallions. Clinical Vaccine Immunology2017, 24(1) pii: e00215-17. PMID 28814389.
  6. Grimmer ED, Canisso IF, Hsiao SH, Garret EF. Squamous cell carcinoma and papillomavirus in the prepuce of a Boer buck. Clinical Theriogenology2017; 9: 595-599.
  7. Curcio, B.R., Canisso, I.F., Pazinato, F.M., Borba, L.A., Feijo, L.S., Muller, V., Finger, S., Toribio, R.E., Nogueira, C.E.W. Estradiol cypionate aided treatment for experimentally induced ascending placentitis. Theriogenology2017; 102:98-107.
  8. Loux, S.C.,  Scoggin, K.E., Bruemmer, J.E., Canisso, I.F., Troedsson, M.H. T., Squires, E.L., Ball, B. A. Evaluation of circulating miRNAs during late pregnancy and placentitis in the mare. Plos One2017, 12(4):e0175045. Doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0175045.
  9. Davolli,M., Ball, B.A., Esteller-Vico, A., Claes, A.N.J.,Canisso, I.F., Fedorka, C.E., Woodward, E.M., Troedsson, M.H., Squires, E.L. Reversible downregulation of the hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis in stallions with a novel GnRH antagonist. Theriogenology 2016; 86: 2272-2280.
  10. Schnobrich, M. R., Gordon, D.L., Scoggin, C.F, Bradecamp, E.A., Canisso, I.F.Creatinine concentrations of accumulated intra-uterine fluid to confirm the clinical diagnosis of urometra in Veterinary Record 2017; 180:304.doi:10.1136/vr.104115.
  11. Ellerbrock, R.E., Prell, M., Stewart, J., Lima, F., Canisso, I.F. Comparison of centrifugation and non-centrifugation methods to cryopreserve stallion epididymal semen. J Equine Vet Sci2017; 50:27-32.
  12. Barakat, R.A.M.H., Lin, P.C., Brehm, E.S., Canisso, I.F., Absalom, M.E., Flaws, J.A., Hess, R., Ko, C. Prenatal exposure to DEHP induces premature reproductive senescence in male mice. Toxicological Sciences, 2017; 156:96-108.
  13. Canisso, I.F., Ball, B.A., Esteller-Vico, A., Williams, N.M., Squires, E.L., & Troedsson, H.. Changes in maternal androgens and oestrogens in mares with experimentally induced ascending placentitis.Equine Veterinary Journal 2017; 49:244-249.
  14. Ellerbrock RE, Canisso, I.F.How to interpret pH profiles from mammary gland secretions in mares. Annual Conv Am Assoc of Equine Practitioners 2016 in press. 
  15. Prell, M., Canisso, I.F., Ellerbrock, R.E. Hemorrahagic vulvar discharge caused by vestibule trauma in a non-pregnant Thoroughbred mare. J Equine Vet Sci2016; 44-47.
  16. Ellerbrock, R.E., Canisso, I.F., Feijo, L.S., Lima, F.S, Shipley, C., Kline, K. Diagnosis and effects of urine contamination in cooled extended stallion semen. Theriogenology2016; 85:1219-24. doi: 10.1016/.
  17. Stewart JL, Shipley CF, Katich AS, Po E, Ellerbrock RE,  Lima FS, Canisso IF. Cryopreservation of white-tailed deer (Odocoileus virginianus) semen using soybean-, liposome-, and egg-yolk-based extenders. Anim Reprod Sci2016; 171:7-16. in press. doi:10.1016/k/j.anireprosci.2016.05.006
  18. Prell, M., Canisso, I.F.,Secor, E.J., Gutierrez-Nibeyero, S.D., Schlafer, D.H., Ellerbrock, R.E. Use of anti-müllerian hormone to ensure complete testicular removal of a severely atrophied abdominal testicle in a horse. J Am Vet Med Assoc (JAVMA), 2016; 248:887-90.  
  19. Roach, J., Schnobrich, M.R., Ellerbrock, R.E., Feijo, L.., Bradecamp, E., Alvarenga, M.A., Kline, K.H., Canisso, I.F.Comparison of cushioned centrifugation and sperm-filter filtration on longevity and morphology of cooled-stored equine semen. Vet Record, 2016; 178:241.  doi: 10.1136/vr.103607.
  20. Riccio, G.N., Ellerbrock, R.E., Canisso, I.F.,Knox, R.V., & Kline, K.H. Motility of stallion spermatozoa after centrifugation and cooling in INRA 96 or Walworth extender. J Agricul Sci Technol A, 2016; 6: 143-147.
  21. Canisso, I.F., Ball, B.A., Erol, E., Squires, E.L., Troedsson, H. Comprehensive review on equine placentitis. Annual Convention American Association of Equine Practitioners, Las Vegas, NV, 2015, 350-370.
  22. Canisso, I.F., Ball, B.A., Scoggin, K.E., Squires, E.L., Williams, N.M., Troedsson, M.H. Alpha-fetoprotein is present in the fetal fluids and is increased in plasma of mares with experimentally induced ascending placentitis. Anim Reprod Sci.2015; 154:48-55.
  23. Canisso, I.F., Ball, B.A., Cray, C., Squires, E.L., Troedsson, M.H. Use of a qualitative horse-side test to measure serum amyloid A in mares with experimentally induced ascending placentitis. J Equine Vet Sci.2015; 35: 54-59.
  24. Silva ES, Scoggin KE, Canisso IF, Troedsson MH, Squires EL, Ball BA. Expression of receptors for ovarian steroids and prostaglandin E2 in the endometrium and myometrium of mares during estrus, diestrus and early pregnancy. Animal Reproductio Science 2014; 151:169-181.
  25. Canisso IF, Ball BA, Cray C, Williams NM, Scoggin KE, Davolli GM, Squires EL, Troedsson MH. Serum amyloid A and haptoglobin concentrations are increased in plasma of mares with ascending placentitis in the absence of changes in peripheral leukocyte counts or fibrinogen concentration. American Journal of Reproductive Immunology 2014, 72:376-85.
  26. Canisso IF, Ball BA, Squires EL, Troedsson MH. How to perform transabdominal ultrasound-guided fetal fluid sampling. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science2014; 34: 1143-1147.
  27. Canisso, IF, Coffee LC, Ortved K, Fubini S, Schlafer DH, Gilbert, R.O. Bilateral Sertoli and Interstitial cell tumors in abdominal testes of a goat with Polled Intersex Syndrome (PIS). Reproduction in Domestic Animals2014; 49:64-9.
  28. Canisso, I.F., Ball, B.A., Erol, E., Claes, A., Scoggin, K.E., McDowell, K.J., Williams, N.M., Dorton, A.R., Wolfsdorf, K.E., Squires, E.L., Troedsson, M.H. Attempts to induce nocardioform placentitis (Crossiela equi) experimentally in mares. Equine Vet J.2015; 47:91-5.
  29. Canisso IF, Ball BA, Troedsson MH, Silva ES, Davolli GM. Decreasing pH of mammary gland secretions is associated with parturition and is correlated with electrolyte concentrations in prefoaling mares. Veterinary Record2013; doi:10.1136/vr.101658.
  30. Canisso IF, Gallacher K, Gilbert M-A, Korn AE, Bedford-Guaus SJ, Schweizer CM, Gilbert, RO. Preovulatory progestagen treatment in mares fails to delay ovulation. The Veterinary Journal2013, 197: 324-328.
  31. Coutinho da Silva MA, Canisso IF, Macpherson M, Johnson AEM. Serum amyloid A concentration in healthy periparturient mares and mares with experimentally ascending placentitis. Equine Veterinary Journal 2013; 45:619-624.
  32. Canisso IF, Pinn T, Gerdin JA, Olivett TL, Buckles EL, Schweizer CM, Ainsworth DM. B-cell multicentric lymphoma as a probable cause of abortion in a Quarter Horse broodmare. Canadian Veterinary Journal 2013; 61: 288-291.
  33. Canisso IF, Rodriguez JA, Sanz M, Coutinho da Silva MA. A clinical approach to the diagnosis and treatment of retained fetal membranes with an emphasis placed on the critically ill mare. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 2013; 33:570-579.
  34. Canisso IF, Beltaire K, Bedford-Guaus SJ. Premature luteal regression in a pregnant mare and subsequent pregnancy maintenance with the use of oral altrenogest. Equine Veterinary Journal2013; 45: 97-100.
  35. Canisso IF, Carvalho GR, Davies-Morel MCG, Ker PG, Rodrigues AL, Silva EC, Coutinho da Silva. Seminal parameters and field fertility of cryopreserved donkey jacks semen after insemination of horse mares. Equine Veterinary Journal2011; 43: 179-83.
  36. Canisso IF, Carvalho GR, Davies-Morel MCG, Guimarães JD, McDonnell SM. Sexual behavior and ejaculate characteristics in Pêga donkeys (Equus asinus) mounting estrous horse mares (Equus caballus). Theriogenology2010; 73: 56-63.
  37. Canisso IF, Coutinho da Silva MA, Davies-Morel MCG, McDonnell SM. How to manage jacks to breed mares. Proceedings Annual Convention AAEP 2009; 55, 342-348.
  38. Canisso IF, Davies-Morel MCG, McDonnell SM. Strategies for the management of donkey jacks in intensive breeding systems. Equine Veterinary Education2009; 12: 652-59.
  39. Canisso IF, Carvalho GR, Silva EC, Rodrigues AL, Ker PG, Guimarães JD. Some biometric aspects of the external genital tract from donkeys Pêga breed semen donors. Ciência Rural2009; 39:2556-2562. (In Portuguese).
  40. * Canisso IF, Souza FA. Clinical comments on equine placentitis (“Breves comentarios clinicos sobre placentite em eguas”). Brazilian Journal of Equine Medicine (“Revista Brasileira de Medicina Equine”) 2011; 38:16-18. (Portuguese).
  41. Souza FA, Canisso IF, Leite TG, Gomes MGT. Assessment of stallion breeding records (“Indicadores da eficiencia reprodutiva do garanhao”). Veterinary Science in the Tropics (“Ciencia Veterinaria nos Tropicos”) 2011; 14:10-19. (Portuguese).
  42. Souza FA, Canisso IF, Osorio JP, Jaramilho LC, Serrato SA. Reproductive parameters correlated with stallion fertility (“Algunos aspectos de la eficiencia reproductiva correlacionados con el semental equino”). Animal Science Journal (“Revista Ciencia Animal”) 2011; 4:83-88. (Spanish).
  43. Souza FA, Canisso IF, Osorio JP, Maia AL. Maternal recognition of pregnancy in mares (“A relevancia do ambiente uterine no reconhecimento materno da gestao na egua”). Journal of the Federal Association of Brazilian Veterinary Medicine. “Revista CFMV Brasilia)” 2010; 50:28-32. (Portuguese).
  44. Souza FA, Canisso IF, Patricio FAC. Follicular dynamics in mares (“Dinamica follicular ovariana na egua”). Veterinary Science in the Tropics (“Ciencia Veterinaria nos Tropicos”) 2010; 13:17-23. (Portuguese).
  45. Souza FA, Canisso IF, Borges AM, Vale Filho VR, Lima AL, Silva EC. Nutrition effects on follicular dynamics in cows (“Restricao alimentar e os mecanismos endocrinos associados ao desenvolvimento follicular ovariano em vacas”). Brazilian Journal of Animal Reproduction (“Revista Brasileira de Reproducao Animal”) 2009; 33: 61-65. (Portuguese).
  46. * Canisso IF, Souza FA, Rodrigues AL, Ker PG, Tolomeli AC, Brustolini APL. Donkey sexual behavior (“Comportamento sexual de jumentos”). Brazilian Journal of Equine Medicine (“Revista Brasileira de Medicina Equina”) 2009; 5:14-18. (Portuguese).
  47. Souza FA, Canisso IF, Osorio JP. Oocyte aging (“Algumas particularidades no envelhecimento do gameta feminine”). Rural & Environmental Sciences (“Ciencias Agraris e Ambientais PUCPR”) 2009; 7: 273-279. (Portuguese).
  48. * Canisso IF, Souza FA, Palhares MS. Equine neontal isoeritrolysis. (“Isoeritrolise neonatal equidea”). Brazilian Journal of Equine Medicine (“Revista Brasileira de Medicina Equine”) 2008; 3:30-36. (Portuguese).
  49. Souza FA, Canisso IF. Reproductive senescence of mares (“Aspectos biologicos do envelhecimento associados com a reducao da eficiencia reprodutiva em eguas”). Veterinary Science in the Tropics (“Ciencia Veterinaria nos Tropicos”) 2008; 11:9-15. (Portuguese).
  50. * Canisso IF, Souza FA, Silva EC, Carvalho GR, Guimaraes JD. Artificial insemination in horses with raw, fresh extended and cooled shipped semen (“Inseminacao artificial em equinos: semen in natura, extendido, e resfriado transportado”). Rural & Environmental Sciences (“Ciencias Agraris e Ambientais PUCPR”) 2008; 6: 7-18. (Portuguese)
  51. * Canisso IF, Souza FA, Escobar JMO, Silva EC, Carvalho GR, Guimaraes. Sexual behavior of donkey jacks (Equus asinus) (“Algunos aspectos del comportamiento sexual del asno (Equus asinus”). Electronic Journal of Veterinary Clinical Medicine (“Revista Electronica de Clinica Veterinaria” 2008; 3:1-8). (Spanish).
  52. * Canisso IF, Souza FA, Escobar JMO, Carvalho GR, Morel MCD, Silva EC, Guimaraes JD. Donkey semen freezing (“Congelamento de semen de burro (Equus asinus)”. Peruvian Journal of Veterinary Research/”Revista de Investigaciones Veterinarias del Peru” 2008; 19:113-125. (Spanish).
  53. * Canisso IF, Souza FA, Silva EC, Martinez M, Lima AL, Egg yolk and LDL possible uses for artificial insemination in horses. MVZ Cordoba 2008; 13:1514-1521. (Spanish/English)
  54. * Canisso IF, Souza F, Carvalho GR, Guimaraes JD, Silva EC. Breeding soundness evaluation of donkey jacks (Equus asinus) (“Alguns aspectos fundamentais do exame clinico andrologico de jumentos Equus asinus”). Brazilian Journal of Animal Reproduction (“Revista Brasileira de Reproducao Animal”) 2008; 32: 233-239. (Portuguese).
  55. * Canisso IF, Souza FA, Ker PG, Rodrigues AL, Sena T, Carvalho GR. Donkey jack semen (Equus asinus) using estrus mares (“Coleta de semen de jumentos (Equus asinus) usando eguas em estro como manequim”). Veterinary Science in the Tropics (“Ciencia Veterinaria nos Tropicos”) 2008; 11:57-64. (Portuguese).
  56. Souza FA, Borges AM, Canisso IF, Silva EC. Neuroregulation of the reproductive seasonality of mares (“Neuro-regulacao hormonal da sazonalidade reprodutiva da egua”). Scientia 2008: 9:65-72. (Portuguese).
  57. Souza FA, Vale Filho VR, Lima AL, Canisso IF, Silva EC. Equine metabolic syndrome: insulin resistance (“Sindrome metabolica equine resistencia a insulina”). Veterinary in Focus (“Veterinaria em Foco”) 2007; 5:71-78.


  1. Canisso IF, Schnobrich MR. Disorders of the Reproductive Tract: The pregnant mare: pregnancy physiology, pregnancy diseases, & obstetrics”. SM Reed, WM Bayley, DC Sellon, Eds. In Equine Internal Medicine. Elsevier, 4ed. 2017 1269-1310.
  2. Canisso IF, Stewart J, Coutinho da Silva MA. “Endometritis: managing persistent post-breeding endometritis.” In: Advances in Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques in Equine Reproduction, Veterinary Clinics North America Equine Practice 2016; 32: 465-480.
  3. Canisso IF, Coutinho da Silva MA. Bacterial endometritis. In Robinson’s Current Therapy in Equine Medicine, 7ed; 2015: 683-688.
  4. Canisso IF, Coutinho da Silva MA. Ovarian enlargement, physiology. Veterinary Clinical Advisor: The Horse. D. A. Wilson, ed. Elsevier Saint Lois, MO 2011; p 421-23.
  5. Canisso IF, Coutinho da Silva MA. Infertility, chromosome, or genetic. Veterinary Clinical Advisor: The Horse. D. A. Wilson, ed Elsevier Saint Lois, MO 2011; p 295-296.
  6. Canisso IF, McDonnell SM. Donkey breeding behavior with an emphasis on the Pega breed. In Veterinary Care of Donkeys. Eds. L. Mathews and T. Taylor.

show listHonors and Awards

  • Geoffrey Hughes Fellowship for Equine Research - Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center, 2011-2014.
  • 2013 Third place, Dr Jerry Ryans Memorial Abstract Competition, Society for Theriogenology/American College for Theriogenologists.
  • 2009: Second place, "Dr. Jerry Ryans Memorial Abstract Competition, Society for Theriogenology/American College for Theriogenologists.
  • Master of Science Fellowship - CAPES, Brazilian Govern 2006-2008.
  • Tutorial Program UFPR- Veterinary Biochesmistry -2000.
  • Tutorial Program UFPR - Theriogenology - 2002.

show listProfessional Affiliations

  • American College of Theriogenologists
  • European College of Animal Reproduction
  • Society for Theriogenology