ISERXIII Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil Local Organising Committee
Claudia Barbosa Fernandes (Chair) DVM, MSc, PhD
Dr Claudia Barbosa Fernandes graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Londrina State University - Brazil (1999). She then completed a residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Reproduction at the Veterinary Hospital of Londrina State University (2002). After finishing a master’s degree in 2004 and a PhD in 2008, both in Animal Reproduction at the Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science College UNESP Botucatu, Brazil, Claudia undertook a sabbatical year at the Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky – USA. Currently, Dr Fernandes is an Associate Professor of Veterinary Obstetrics at the Department of Animal Reproduction, School of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science – University of São Paulo, Brazil, where she is the head of the Laboratory for the Study Pregnancy and Peripartum in equids.
Guta has been around horses since an early age, with her father breeding Mangalargas, a breed which was developed in Brazil. She graduated from the Veterinary School of the University of São Paulo in 2003. After her Master’s and PhD, Guta focused on equine embryo transfer and the mare’s reproductive physiology. At the present time, she is the head of RAAMA Equine Reproduction in Piracaia, Sao Paulo, Brazil and collaborates with Professor Claudia Fernandes on projects involving equine pregnancy, peripartum and neonatology.
Beatriz graduated in Veterinary Medicine from Rio de Janeiro Rural Federal University in 1989 and has a Master’s degree in Clinical Pathology and Animal Reproduction. After working in equine reproduction in private practice in Brazil, she currently specialises in Equine Endocrinology and has been based at Bluegrass Embryo Transplant, since 1997 in Lexington, Kentucky, USA and since 2000 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. She was a volunteer at the Veterinary Clinic during the 2016 Olympic Summer Games and served as the Veterinary Administrator Team Leader at the 2016 Paralympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Bruna graduated with a DVM from the Federal University of Pelotas in Brazil (2001) which was followed by the completion of a Master’s degree and a PhD in Equine Reproduction. For seven years, she worked in an equine clinic and specialised in reproduction on different farms in southern Brazil. For the past nine years, she has been an Associate Professor of Therapeutics and Equine Clinical Practice at the Veterinary School, Federal University of Pelotas. Here, besides teaching, she works in the Equine Clinic and Theriogenology Service at the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. She has mentored interns, residents, graduate students, undergraduates and veterinary students and is interested in all aspects of neonatology and equine reproduction, with a particular focus on pregnancy and obstetric problems in mares.
Gustavo graduated with a DVM from the Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil in 1983 and this was followed by a Residency and PhD in Equine Reproduction at University College Davis (1997; 2001). After a post-doctoral role at FIOCRUZ in assisted reproduction techniques (2004), Gustavo is currently an Associate Professor of Andrology and Reproduction Biotechnology as part of the Assisted Reproductive Techniques on Equine Species group at Universidade Federal Rural de Pernambuco, Brazil.
Igor F. Canisso DVM, MSc, PhD, Dipl. ACT, Dipl. ECAR (Equine Reproduction)
Dr Canisso is a veterinarian, board-certified by the American College of Theriogenologists and European College of Animal Reproduction, with a Master’s degree in Donkey Reproduction and a PhD in Equine Reproduction. For the past five years, he has been an Assistant Professor of Theriogenology and an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Comparative Biosciences. He is the head of the Equine Theriogenology Service at the Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. He has mentored interns, residents, graduate students, undergraduates and veterinary students and authored over 60 manuscripts and nine book chapters. He is interested in all aspects of equine reproduction, and his two main focuses are perinatology and stallion reproduction.
Luis is the head of the Equine Production Laboratory, Animal Sciences Department, Agronomy & Veterinary Faculty, Rio Cuarto National University, Argentina. He is an Associate Professor in Equine Sciences, Director of the Equine Production Laboratory, and Director of the Equine Sciences Master´s Program and Post Graduate Courses (MSc and PhD). Luis holds honorary professorial positions in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Mexico, Uruguay, Peru, Colombia, Spain, China etc. He is the Editor and Co-editor of several books and book chapters on Equine Reproduction and publications in scientific journals.
Marco has been a Professor at the Veterinary School, São Paulo State University in Brazil since 1989. He studied Veterinary Medicine at Rio de Janeiro Rural Federal University (1983), which was followed by a Residency in Animal Reproduction (1984), Master of Science in Veterinary Medicine (1989) and a PhD in Clinical Pathology (1996). Between 1997 and 1999, he held positions as a PostDoctoral and Visiting Scientist at the Equine Reproduction Laboratory, Colorado State University, USA. Luis was the Scientific Director of the Brazilian Association of Equine Practitioners (2006 -2018) and a Member of the International Committee of the Equine Reproduction Symposium and also of the International Symposium on Stallion Reproduction. He has experience in Equine Theriogenology, focusing on mare infertility, stallion semen preservation and embryo transfer in horses. Luis has been an author and co-author of more than 100 scientific articles and several chapters in Equine Reproduction books.
Perla is a veterinarian who graduated from Octavio Bastos University Center, followed by a Master’s from the Faculty of Animal Science and Food. She holds an MBA in Global Management awarded by the Brazilian higher education institution Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and an MBA in Exponential Management from XP Inc, a Brazilian investment management company. She then worked in equine reproduction in private practice but is currently a director and partner of the company In Vitro Brazil Animal Cloning, working with ICSI and equine cloning.
Rodrigo was awarded a DVM by the Federal University of Goiás, Brazil in 2004, followed by a Master’s in 2007 from the Federal University of Santa Maria and a PhD in animal reproduction (2011) from the Federal University of Goiás. After a post-doctoral period at Veterinärmedizinische Universität Wien, Austria (2015-2016) under the supervision of Dr Christine Aurich. Between 2004 and 2011, Rodrigo was a practitioner in equine clinical practice and reproduction. He is currently a Researcher and Associate Professor of Equine Theriogenology and Assisted Reproductive Technologies, focused on stallion fertility at the University of Brasília, Brazil.
Rodrigo graduated in Veterinary Medicine from the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul (1978), followed by a degree in Business Administration from Pontifícal Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul (1977) and PhD in Veterinary Medicine from Tierärztliche Hochschule, Hannover, Germany in 1982. He has experience in Veterinary Medicine, focusing on the Physiopathology of Animal Reproduction, focusing on endometritis and the placenta in mares and stallion semen, including cryopreservation.
Yatta received her DVM at the Federal University of Piauí, Brazil in 2012. After graduation, a short spell in reproductive practice, she returned to academia completing an MS at São Paulo State University. This was followed by a PhD at the Gluck Equine Research Center, University of Kentucky USA that focused on the effects of high protein diets on reproductive transcriptomics of mares and placentitis. A Theriogenology residency and post-doctoral position at Auburn University, USA followed. Dr Boakari recently started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at Texas A&M, where her research focuses on subfertility in older mares and transcriptomics of semen from sub-fertile stallions. Yatta has published her research in scientific journals and is a recipient of a Best Abstract Award at ISER.