Newcastle hosts prestigious Spermatology symposium

Aug 11 2014

Scientists at the forefront of sperm cell biology and fertilisation research throughout the world have gathered in Newcastle for the 12th International Symposium on Spermatology.

Hundreds of guests from 30 countries are taking part in the prestigious event, from 10-14 August at Newcastle City Hall. This year’s conference boasts 31 keynote speakers from a range of esteemed international institutions, who will share their latest cutting-edge research and knowledge of spermatozoa.
Chair of the symposium and world-renowned reproductive scientist, UON’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health and Medicine), Professor John Aitken, said Newcastle was honoured to host the 2014 conference.

“Our University of Newcastle researchers are among the world’s best in the field of reproductive science, and we’re delighted to play host to both our national and international colleagues,” Professor Aitken said.

“The spermatology field is rapidly developing, and this symposium provides the perfect opportunity for the global community of scientists to gather and share its wealth of knowledge.”

Founded in 1969, the symposium has previously been held in numerous international locations, including Sweden, France, Japan, South Africa, the USA and Spain.

Symposium highlights include:

  • The role of the Y chromosome in directing spermatogenesis – Associate Professor Monika Ward, University of Hawaii
  • Knock-out models; impact on our understanding of sperm cell biology – Professor Masaru Okabe, Osaka University
  • Odyssey of the spermatozoon – Professor Dickson Varner, Texas A&M University
  • Proteomic dissection of sperm function – Professor John Aitken and Professor Mark Baker, University of Newcastle

University of Newcastle health researchers work in collaboration with the Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI). HMRI is a partnership between the University of Newcastle, Hunter New England Health and the community.