Seventh International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction

ISSR Stallion Web HeaderAugust 27-29, 2016

iHotel and Conference Center
1900 South First Street
Champaign, IL 61820

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  • To promote scientific knowledge and discovery on stallion reproduction.
  • To increase the visibility and ensure continuous growth of the andrology discipline in the equine species.
  • To promote interactions and future collaboration between young scientists and trainees with the world’s finest scientists studying stallion reproduction.

The symposium is aimed at involving the world’s finest scientists and clinicians in equine reproduction who are studying or working with stallion reproduction and their trainees.  This meeting has already become a tradition among the scientific community across the globe. The University of Illinois is excited to partner with the organizing committee to bring the 7th International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction to Champaign-Urbana.



  • ACT & ECAR Residents Workshop
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    6:30-7:00 a.m. Breakfast
    7:00-7:30 a.m. Strategies to prepare for boards and how to take  ACT & ECAR exams
    Drs. Igor Canisso, Charlie Scoggin, and Marco Coutinho da Silva
    7:30-8:00 a.m. A review on mare estrous cycle
    Charles Scoggin, DVM, MS, DACT
    Lexington, Kentucky, USA
    8:00-8:30 a.m. Management of twin pregnancies
    Karen Wolfsdorf DVM, DACT
    Haygard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
    8:30-9:00 a.m. Assisted reproductive techniques in horses (excluding ET)
    Marco Coutinho DVM, MSc, PhD, DACT
    The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio, USA.
    9:00-9:30 a.m. Embryo transfer in mares
    Maria Schnobrich VMD, DACT
    Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
    9:30-10:00 a.m. Endometritis in mares
    Terttu Katila-Yarjana DVM, MS, PhD, DECAR
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki, Finland.
    10:00-10:30 a.m. Break (with refreshments)
    10:30-11:00 a.m. Cervical defects in mares
    Etta Bradecamp, DVM, MS, DACT, DABVP
    Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
    11:00-11:30 a.m. Placentitis in mares
    Igor Canisso DVM, MSc, PhD, DACT, DECAR
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, Illinois, USA.
    11:30 a.m.-Noon Endometrial biopsy in mares and epicrisis
    Charles Love, DVM, PhD, DACT
    Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, USA.
    12:00-12:30 p.m. Analyses of fertility records
    Charles Love, DVM, PhD, DACT
    Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, US
    12:30-1:00 p.m. Diagnosis of granulosa cell tumors and cryptorchidism in horses
    Kristina Lu, VMD, DACT
    Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, Lexington, Kentucky, USA.
    1:00-1:30 p.m. Lunch
    1:30-2:00 p.m. Stallion physiology: endocrinology, seasonality, testicular function
    Christine Aurich DVM, PhD, DECAR
    Vienna University for Veterinary Science, Vienna, Austria.
    2:00-2:30 p.m. Semen collection in stallions: ground collection, ex copula, condom, hot towel, dismount samples, standard collection
    Sue McDonnell PhD DACT (Honor member)
    University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA.
    2:30-3:00 p.m. Dystocia in the mare
    Tom Stout BVSc, PhD, DECAR
    Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands.
    3:00-3:30 p.m. Management of the post-partum mares
    Juan Samper, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT
    Ross University, West Indies.
    3:30-4:00 p.m. Break (with refreshments)
    4:00-4:30 p.m. Routine exam and care of the newborn foal
    Scott Austin DVM, MS, DACVIM (LAIM)
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA.
    4:30-5:15 p.m. Common problems in newborn foals
    Pamela Wilkins DVM, MS, PhD, DACVIM (LAIM), DACVECC
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, USA.
    5:15-6:30 p.m. Stallion Wet Lab
    Sponsored by IBEX
  • Memorial Stadium
    University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    1402 S. First Street
    Champaign, Illinois

    7:00-9:30 p.m. Welcome Reception
    Memorial Football Stadium–“Home of the Fighting Illini”
    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
  • iHotel and Conference Center
    1900 S. First Street
    Champaign, Illinois

    7:00-8:00 a.m. Continental breakfast
    8:00-8:30 a.m. Welcome & opening remarks
    Plenary I
    Moderator: Terttu Katila, University of Helsinki, Finland
    8:30-9:30 a.m. Recent developments on semen preservation
    Zamira Gibb, BVSc, PhD, University of Newcastle, Australia.
    Session I: Genetics & Fertility
    Chairman: Harald Seime, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany
    9:30-10:00 a.m. The role of oviductal cells in activating stallion sperm
    Bart Leemans, Ghent University, Belgium.
    10:00-10:30 a.m. Break with refreshments
    10:30-11:30 a.m. Oral abstract presentations
    Abstract #14 Identification of genetic variants associated with semen traits in Warmblood stallions
    Janina Rau, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany
    Abstract #2 An investigation of the role of microRNAs in stallion fertility
    Elizabeth Woodward, University of Pennsylvania, USA
    Abstract #16 MicroRNA expression in regions of stallion epididymal spermatozoa
    Hannah Twenter, Colorado State University, USA
    Abstract #12 Genome-wide scan identifies genetic variants associated with reduced stallion fertility
    Ottmar Distl, University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover, Germany
    Session II: Pathology & Problems of the Reproductive Tract
    Chairman: Igor Canisso, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, USA
    11:30 a.m.-Noon Application of various techniques in localizing retained testes in horses prior to cryptorchidectomy
    Malgorzata Pozor, DVM, PhD, DACT
    University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, USA.
    12:00-1:00 p.m. Oral abstract presentations
    Abstract #1 AKR1C genes as candidate loci for equine cryptorchidism
    S. Ghosh, Texas A& M University, USA
    Abstract #8 Establishment of persistent equine arteritis virus infection in primary cells isolated from the equine male reproductive tract
    Udeni Balasuriya, University of Kentucky, USA
    Abstract #20 Sites of persistent equine arteritis virus infection in the reproductive tract of the long-term carrier stallion
    Mariano Carossino, University of Kentucky, USA
    Abstract #24 Whole transcriptome sequencing identifies differential gene expression between normal and aged, degenerating stallion testes
    Regina Turner, University of Pennsylvania, USA
    1:00-2:00 p.m. Lunch
     Session III: Behavior, Semen Collection, & Reproductive Physiology
    Chairman: Lee Morris, EquiBreed, New Zealand
    2:00-2:30 p.m. Revisiting stallions sexual behavior: ethology in the breeding shed
    Sue McDonnell, PhD, DACT (hon)
    New Bolton Center, University of Pennsylvania, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA
    2:30-3:30 p.m. Abstract presentations
    Abstract #9 Expression of steroidogenic enzymes and sex steroid receptors in the accessory sex glands of the horse
    Robyn Ellerbrock, University of Illinois, USA
    Abstract #11 Factors influencing early capacitation response in equine spermatozoa
    Heiko Henning, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    Abstract #17 Onset of puberty in colts is not correlated with body fat deposition
    Igor Canisso, University of Illinois, USA
    Abstract #22 The effect of dual hemisphere breeding on stallion fertility
    Stephanie Walbornn, Texas A& M University, USA
    Abstract #13 Gonadotropin and testosterone concentrations in light breed stallions after administration of hCG and deslorelin acetate
    Ryan McCain, University of Illinois, USA
    3:45-5:15 p.m. Break with refreshments
    Poster Session I (Abstracts #25-44)
    5:45-7:00 p.m. Dinner (on your own)
     Workshops (simultaneous)
    7:00-9:00 p.m. Insemination with cryopreserved semen: industry related issues, low Doses, splitting dose contracts
    Facilitator: Juan Samper, Ross University, West Indies
    Panelists: Lee Morris (New Zealand), Ed Squires (USA), Marco Alvarenga (Brazil), Maria Schnobrich (USA), Tom Stout (Netherlands), Paul Loomis (USA), Harald Sieme (Germany)
    7:00-9:00 p.m. Emerging diagnostic methods for assessing sperm quality and their relationship with fertility
    Facilitator: Dickson Varner Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, USA
    Panelists: Charles Love (USA), Zamira Gibb (Australia), Christine Aurich (Austria), Fernando Pena (Spain)
  • iHotel and Conference Center
    1900 S. First Street
    Champaign, Illinois

    7:00-8:00 a.m Continental Breakfast
     Plenary II
    Moderator: Maria Schnobrich, Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital-Kentucky, USA
    8:00-9:00 a.m. Host factors that contribute to Equine Arteritis Virus persistence in the stallion: an update
    Udeni Balasuriya BVSc, MS, PhD, FSLCVS
    University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, USA
    Session IV: Semen Evaluation & Abnormalities
    Chairman: Charles Love, Texas A & M University, USA
    9:00-9:30 a.m. Flow cytometry probes to evaluate stallion spermatozoa
    Fernando Peña DVM, PhD, DECAR
    Laboratory of Equine Spermatology & Reproduction, University of Extremadura, Cáceres, Spain.
    9:30-10:30 a.m.  Abstract presentations
    Abstract #21 Sperm-bound antisperm antibodies affect motility of cooled stallion spermatozoa
    Maria Ferrer, University of Georgia, USA
    Abstract #23 The relationship between sperm DNA structure and sexual abstinence in stallions
    Rosana Serafini, Texas A& M University, USA
    Abstract #4 Comparison of the determination of cell viability by the Nucleocounter SP -100 and flow cytometry in frozen-thawed equine semen
    Paul Loomis, Select Breeders Services, Maryland, USA
    10:15-10:45 a.m. Break with refreshments
     Session V: Semen Preservation
    Chairman: Marco Alvarenga, UNESP, Botucatu, Brazil
    10:45-11:15 a.m.  Seasonal effects on cooled-storage and cryopreservation of semen
    Christine Aurich DVM, PhD, DECAR
    Vienna University for Veterinary Science, Vienna, Austria
    11:15 a.m.-Noon  Abstract presentations
    Abstract #11 Fatty acid composition of equine sperm membranes changes with season
    Nadine Schrammel, Vienna University for Veterinary Science, Austria
    Abstract #18 Revisiting the lactose-EDTA extender: composition and methodology
    James Graham, Colorado State University, USA
    Abstract #5 Effects of breed, age and season on quality of frozen-thawed semen in stallions
    Juliana Kuhl, Vienna University for Veterinary Science, Austria
    12:00-1:00 p.m. Lunch
     Session VI: Assisted Reproductive Techniques
    Chairman: Marco Coutinho da Silva, The Ohio State University, USA
    1:00-1:30 p.m. Male factors affecting the success of an equine in vitro embryo production by OPU-ICSI in a clinical setting
    Cesare Galli, DVM
    Avantea Cremona and Dept. of Veterinary Medical Sciences University of Bologna, Italy
    1:30 p.m.-2:15 p.m. Abstract presentations
    Abstract #15 Influence of semen type on equine embryo development after ICSI in a commercial program
    Young Ho Choi, Texas A & M University, USA
    Abstract #7 Effects of repeated partial freezing-thawing cycles on post thaw quality of stallion semen cryopreserved in cyrovials
    Chelsey Leisinger, Louisiana State University, USA
    Abstract #6 Effects of density-gradient centrifugation and modified swim-up methods on stallion sperm quality
    Sheila Teague, Texas A & M University, USA
    Session VII: Discussion of Clinical Cases
    Chairman: Juan Samper, Ross University, West Indies
    2:15-3:15 p.m.
    3:15-4:30 p.m. Break with refreshments & Poster Session II (Abstracts# 45-61)
    Session VIII: Breeding Soundness Exam & Fertility Markers
    Chairman: Tom Stout, Utrecht University, The Netherlands
    5:00-5:30 p.m.  Approaches to breeding soundness examination and interpretation of results
    Dickson D. Varner, DVM, MS, ACT
    Texas A & M University, College Station, Texas, USA
    5:00-5:30 p.m. Abstract presentations
    Abstract #3 Can mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) copy numbers be an indicator of decreased spermatogenic efficiency in aging stallions?
    Stuart Meyers, University of California-Davis, USA
    Abstract #19 Sequencing of RNA from stallion spermatozoa identifies potential markers of fertility
    Nancy Ing, Texas A& M University, USA
    5:30-5:50 p.m. Concluding remarks & Announcement of the 8th ISSR
    6:15 p.m. Shuttle departures from iHotel to Allerton Park
    7:00-10:00 p.m. Farewell dinner
    Allerton Park
    (additional fee applies)
  • The following abstracts will be presented during the poster sessions.
    Session I: Abstracts 25-44
    Session II: Abstracts 45-61
    Presenting author is underlined.

    Session I

    Abstract #25 Alternative cooling curves for stallion semen cryopreservation
    V.F. Cruz Garcia, P.V.L. F. Oliveira, G.A. Campos, J. A. M. Carneiro, L. R. P. Andrade Jr, L.F. M. Chaves Silva, C. P.F. Freitas-Dell’Aqua, Y.F.R. Sancler-Silva, M. A. Alvarenga, F.O. Papa, J.A. Dell’Aqua Jr
    Abstract #26 Apoptosis-like changes in stallion sperm during epididymal transit
    P.N. Guasti, C.P.F. Dell’Aqua, P.M. Papa, F.M.C. Silva, L.R.P. Andrade Junior, L.S. Camargo, R.A. Schmith, S.N. Oliveira, E.A.B. Araujo, F.O. Papa
    Abstract #27 Comparison of centrifugation and non-centrifugation methods to cryopreserve stallion epidydimal semen
    M. Prell, R. E. Ellerbrock, J. Stewart, M. S. Bojko, I.F. Canisso
    Abstract #28 Comparison of cushioned centrifugation and Sperm-Filter filtration on sperm longevity and morphology of cooled-stored equine semen
    M. Schnobrich, J. Roach, R. Ellerbrock, E. Bradecamp, M. Alvarenga; K. Kline, I. Canisso
    Abstract #29 Cooled-storage of equine semen does not induce major changes in sperm DNA methylation
    R.A. Oliveira, N. Ille, D. Scarlet, C. Aurich
    Abstract #30 Cryopreservation of epididymal semen: a retrospective study of 101 clinical cases
    G.M. Fors, P.D. Moffett, J.K. Graham, P.M. McCue
    Abstract #31 Cryopreservation of stallion sperm in freezing diluents containing glycerol alone or a combination of cryoprotectants
    P. Moffett, G. Fors, J.K. Graham
    Abstract #32 Determination of intracellular and mitochondrial superoxide generation and high mitochondrial membrane potential in equine sperm using flow cytometry
    C. P. Freitas-Dell’Aqua, Y.F.R. Sancler-Silva, E.R. Silva-Jr, J.A. Dell’Aqua Jr, F.O. Papa
    Abstract #33 Effect of autologous seminal plasma on the capacitation and acrosome reaction of equine sperm
    A.A. Ferrante, D.M. Neild, M.L. Caldevilla, M.I. Carretero, M. Vazquez Levin, M.H. Miragaya
    Abstract #34 Effect of extenders on the refreezing of stallion semen for ICSI
    R. Gonzalez-Castro, F. Amoroso-Sanches, M. Rossi, J.K. Graham, E.M. Carnevale
    Abstract #35 Effect of insemination site on uterine inflammatory response of mares
    N. Cazales, P. Hauret, D. Cavestany, R.C. Mattos
    Abstract #36 Effect of single layer centrifugation on motility of epididymal stallion sperm – preliminary results
    F.C.C. Santos, B.R.Curcio, M.M. Nunes, J.M. Morrell, E.M. Malschitzky
    Abstract #37 Effect of total sperm counted on proportions of sperm determined to have normal or abnormal morphologic features
    K.A. Hull, C.C. Love, T.L. Blanchard, S.P. Brinsko, D.D. Varner
    Abstract #38 Equine epididymal semen output using pentoxifylline under different freezing conditions
    T. Kievitsbosch, F. O. Papa, L. C. O. Magalhães, R. R. D. Maziero, I. Martin, J. A. Dell’Aqua Jr, C. M. Melo-Oña
    Abstract #39 Exogenous lactoferrin suppresses the mRNA expression of the pro-inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor (TNF) in mares susceptible to persistent mating-induced endometritis
    C. E. Fedorka, K.E. Scoggin, E.M. Woodward, E.L. Squires, B.A. Ball, M.H.T. Troedsson
    Abstract #40 Factors affecting the fertility of inseminations with cooled semen – field results
    A.M. Kareskoski, H. Venhoranta, A-M. Virtala, T. Katila
    Abstract #41 Follicular fluid concentration of AMH and E2 in different follicles population
    D. Casarini, A. Josson, S. Buff, T. Buronfosse
    Abstract #42 Freezing-induced uptake of trehalose by stallion sperm
    H. Oldenhof, M. Zhang, K. Narten, J. Bigalk, B. Sydykov, W.F. Wolkers, H. Sieme
    Abstract #43 Histologic features of accessory sex glands throughout equine development
    J. Stewart, R. Ellerbrock, D. Schlafer, F. Lima, I. Canisso
    Abstract #44 Effects of fractionated semen collection on stallion semen cooling
    S.N. Oliveira, E.A.B. Araujo, L.F.M.C. Silva, F.M. Dalanezi, P.M. Papa, R.M. Hayashi, L.R.P. Andrade Jr, F.P. Hartwig, J.A.M. Carneiro, B.M. Pinto, M.T. Carmo, J.A. Dell’Aqua Jr, M.A. Alvarenga, F.O. Papa

    Session II

    Abstract #45 Fertility of blood-contaminated stallion semen prepared by density gradient centrifugation
    L.R.P. Andrade Junior, L.R.P. Andrade, E.A.B. Araujo, S.N. Oliveira, L.F.M.C. Silva, F.M. Dalanezi, J.A.M. Carneiro, P.N. Guasti, L.T.  Rodrigues, F.F. Souza, P. M. Papa, C.P. Freitas Dell’Aqua, J.A. Dell’Aqua Junior, F.O. Papa
    Abstract #46 Influence of artificial insemination technique and single-layer centrifugation of semen on post breeding endometritis in the mare
    F. Mönnig, J. Richter, J. Sielhorst, G. Martinsson, S Schöniger, H.A. Schoon, D. Burger, J. M. Morrell, H. Sieme
    Abstract #47 Intratesticular application of allogenic mesenchymal stem cells in stallions
    P. Mello-Papa, P.N. Guasti, C.P. Freitas-Dell’Aqua, L.R.P.Andrade, L.F.M. Chaves Silva, E. A. B. Araujo, S.N.Oliveira, L. Maia, N. G. Nakazato, B. De Vita, F. O. Papa, F. C. Landim-Alvarenga, M. A. Alvarenga
    Abstract #48 Intra-uterine injection of equine umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells in the mare
    D. Casarini, A. Josson, N. Saulnier
    Abstract #49 Plasma membrane lipid profile from resistant and sensitive spermatozoa of Mangalarga Marchador stallions after cooling at 5°C
    C. Ramires Neto, K. R. A. Belaz, Y. F. R. Sancler Silva, M. J. Sudano, D. Zampieri, A. Tata, M. N. Eberlin, C. P. Freitas-Dell`aqua, E.M. S. Santana, F. O. Papa, M. A. Alvarenga
    Abstract #50 (Pulse) Doppler ultrasound as a predictive tool for semen quality of stallions
    C. Ortega-Ferrusola, J.M. Ortiz-Rodríguez, P. Rodríguez-Medina, P. Martin-Muñoz, M. Álvarez, F.J. Peña, L. Anel
    Abstract #51 Quercetin reduces oxidative stress after cryopreservation of stallion spermatozoa
    L.F.M.C. Silva, E.A.B. Araujo, S.N. Oliveira, F.M. Dalanezi, L.R.P. Andrade Jr., F.P. Hartwig, B.M. Pinto, P.N. Guasti, A.M. Crespilho, C.P. Freitas-Dell’Aqua, J.A. Dell’aqua Jr., F.O. Papa
    Abstract #52 Effect of the dose using equine frozen semen and deep horn insemination in a large scale commercial equine program
    R. Sanchez, C. Herrera, M. Blanco, I. Rosati, J. Vlek, H. Sieme
    Abstract #53 Stallion sperm survival is increased after colloid centrifugation compared to sperm washing, or extension only, in INRA82 or INRA96
    J. Richter, G. Stuhtmann, G. Martinsson, H. Sieme,  J.M. Morrell
    Abstract #54 Stereological evaluation of testicular biopsy specimens in stallions
    S. Neuhauser, J. Herz, J. Handler
    Abstract #55 The effect of season on semen parameters in stallions from the southeastern region of Brazil
    Y.F.R. Sancler-Silva, T.M.S. Cavalero, E.R. Silva-Junior, F.O. Papa
    Abstract #56 The effect of three anticoagulants on sperm quality and clotting in hemospermic ejaculates
    C.E. Turner, D.D. Varner, S.R. Teague, C.C. Love
    Abstract #57 The effect of single layer centrifugation technique (SLC) on post-thaw sperm quality
    E.M. Al-Essawe, A. Johannisson, M. Wulf, C. Aurich, J.M. Morrell
    Abstract #58 Therapeutic genome editing in the horse
    C. Pinzon, M. Snyder, C. Turner, M. Golding, D.D. Varner, C. Long
    Abstract #59 Use of thermography for functional evaluation of stallion scrotum and testes
    J. Lloyd-Jones, R. Purohit, M. Boyle, C. Shepherd
    Abstract #60 Variability of antioxidant capacity of stallion semen during feed supplementation with a yeast product
    A. van Dorland, R. Bruckmaier, L. Wach-Gygax, E. Jeannerat, F. Janett, H. Sieme, D. Burger
    Abstract #61 Oral supplementation with L-carnitine improves stallion fertility
    L. Morris, Z. Gibb
  • Registration costs are as follows:

    Professional Graduate Student
    $500 on or before April 15, 2016 $400 on or before April 15, 2016
    $600 after April 15, 2016 $500 after April 15, 2016

    The Monday night farewell dinner costs $70.

  • The series of stallion symposia commenced in 1992 with the “First European Symposium on Production, Evaluation, and Preservation of Stallion Semen.” This inaugural meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden. In recognition of the increased need to have a meeting focused on stallions with a global audience, the  2nd International Symposium on Stallion Semen took place in Amersfoort, The Netherlands. In 2001, for the first time outside Europe, the 3rd International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction was held in Fort Collins, Colorado. In the following 2005 edition, returning to Europe, the meeting was held in Celle, Germany as the 4th International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction. As a truly international meeting, the fifth symposium was held in 2008 in Brazil.  In 2012, the 6th edition returned to Europe and was held in Vienna, Austria.

  • Abstract Submission Guidelines:   ABSTRACTS MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:59 p.m. CST (United States) ON MONDAY, April 11, 2016. Abstract submission is now closed. All abstracts must be submitted electronically via email. An automatic message will be generated (as shown below) confirming the submission. The file containing the abstract should be named with the title of the abstract.

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    Proceedings of the 7th ISSR meeting will be published as a special supplement of the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.

  • NOTE: The iHotel is now full. Please see below for additional hotels.

    Symposium attendees are responsible for securing their own hotel reservations. A hotel block has been held at the iHotel and Conference center through July 28, 2016.

    Online reservations may be made using this link.

    Or call +1 (217) 819-5000 and mention ISSR16.

    Reservations made before 27 May 2016 will be at the early bird rate of $119 (plus taxes and fees.) Reservations after 27 May 2016 will be at a rate of $129 (plus taxes and fees.)

    Symposium attendees are encouraged to reserve their hotel room as early as possible.

    Additional rooms are on hold at the following hotels. Please make your reservations as soon as possible!

    Comfort Suites
    $99.00 per night plus taxes and fees
    Mention “ISSR” for the discounted rate

    Hyatt Place
    $129.00 per night plus taxes and fees

    Mention “C-Vet” for discounted rate


  • There are a few ways to reach Champaign-Urbana.

    Willard Airport (CMI) at Savoy is the closest to campus, however it is also the smallest and will require a layover at Chicago’s O’Hare (ORD) because the only airline that services the airport is American. We also recommend flying directly in to O’Hare and renting a car. It is approximately a 2.5 hour drive from O’Hare to Champaign-Urbana and there is not currently much construction on that route.

    Central Illinois Regional Airport (BMI) is just a short 45-minute drive to the west in Bloomington-Normal. It’s also a smaller regional airport, but offers service from four different airlines: Allegiant, American, Delta, and Frontier. Then, you also have the Indianapolis airport (IND) about a two-hour drive to the east. This facility offers service from 8-10 different airlines and it is a very easy (all Interstate highway through mostly rural areas) drive.

    From the south, you can fly into St. Louis (STL.) The drive to Champaign-Urbana from St. Louis is approximately 3 hours and there are stretches of road under construction.

  • Organizing Committee

    Igor Canisso, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT, DECAR (Chair)
    Assistant Professor of Theriogenology (Equine)
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Medicine
    Adjunct Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences
    Department of Comparative Biosciences
    University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    Urbana Illinois, USA

    Sue McDonnell PhD, DACT (hon), CAAB (Co-Chair)
    Adjunct Professor of Reproductive Behavior
    New Bolton Center
    School of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Pennsylvania
    Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, USA

    Charles Love DVM, PhD, DACT
    Associate Professor of Theriogenology
    Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences
    Texas A& M University
    College Station, Texas, USA

    Marco Coutinho da Silva, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT
    Associate Professor – Clinical,  Theriogenology
    Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences
    College of Veterinary Medicine
    The Ohio State University
    Columbus, Ohio, USA

    Maria Schnobrich, VMD, DACT
    Theriogenologist, LeBlanc’s Reproduction Center
    Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital
    Lexington, Kentucky, USA

    International Scientific Committee

    Juan Samper, DVM, MS, PhD, DACT (Chair)
    Professor of Theriogenology
    Associate Dean Clinical Affairs
    Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine
    Basseterre, Saint Kitts, West Indies

    Christine Aurich, DVM, PhD, DECAR (Past-Chair, Local Organizing Committee)
    Professor, Equine Reproduction
    Vienna University for Veterinary Sciences
    Vienna, Austria

    Harald Sieme, DVM, Dr. Vet. Med.
    Professor, reproductive Medicine
    University of Veterinary Medicine Hannover,
    Hannover, Germany

    Marco Antonio Alvarenga, DVM, MS, PhD
    Professor, Equine Reproduction
    Sao Paulo State University
    Botucatu, Sao Paulo, Brazil

    Terttu Katila-Yarjana, DVM, PhD, DECAR (Past-Chair, International Scientific Committee)
    Professor, Equine Reproduction
    Department of Production Animal Medicine
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine University of Helsinki,
    Helsinki, Finland

    Lee Morris, BVSc, DVSc, DACT
    Theriogenologist, EquiBreed NZ Ltd
    Te Awamutu, New Zealand

    Marcelo Miragaya, DVM, MS, PhD
    Professor of Theriogenology
    Faculty of Veterinary Medicine
    University of Buenos Aires
    Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Edward Squires, PhD, DACT (hon)
    Adjunct Professor, Equine Reproduction
    Maxwell H. Gluck Equine Research Center
    University of Kentucky
    Lexington KY, USA

    Tom Stout, BVS, PhD, DECAR
    Professor, Equine Reproduction
    Department of Equine Sciences
    Utrecht University
    Utrecht, The Netherlands

  • On behalf Of the Local and International Organizing Committees for the 2016 7th International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction, we would like to request your consideration for sponsorship of this meeting. The conference provides the opportunity to exchange the latest information regarding the productivity and fertility of the breeding stallion. The conference unites scientists, practitioners, and companies together from all over the world. Numerous companies providing service to the worldwide horse industry will have the opportunity to exhibit their latest equipment and supplies.

    Please consider joining this event as a sponsor and assisting us in welcoming established and emerging experts in the area of stallion reproduction. You can contact me by phone at 1-217-244-9040 or email anytime. Once you express your intent to sponsor the symposium a sponsorship agreement will be emailed to you by Cynthia Dillman. Once the agreement has been fully executed, an invoice will be sent for payment. Please do not send a check at this time.

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    To sponsor the 7th International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction, please download this form and submit it to



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