Divide and Connect: How to Build a Germ Line !
The tissues of multicellular organisms are formed by specialized, individual cells that communicate with each other and distincly shape the organs. In some tissues however, cells directly share some of their inner constituents, forming a tissue architecture called a syncytium. Syncytia… >>
Melatonin: The Smart Protector of the Placenta
The pregnancy toxicology laboratory of Dr. Cathy Vaillancourt at Centre INRS-Institut Armand-Frappier aims to identify the mechanisms of action of melatonin in the placenta. An article by Fatma Kharrat, MSc student in the laboratory of Dr. Cathy Vaillancourt.
Pregnancy is a… >>
New mutation of the FSH receptor
A collaborative project between Dr. Daniel Bernard, McGill University, and Dr. Pierre Miron, president and founder of FERTILYS, an industrial partner of the RQR.
Successful in vitro maturation of oocytes in a woman with gonadotropin-resistant ovary syndrome associated with a novel… >>
Prenatal Alcohol Exposure: Its Effects and Implications
September 2018/Vol.7, no.1
Ongoing research in the laboratory of Dr. Serge McGraw, from the Centre de Recherche en Reproduction et Fertilité (CRRF) of Université de Montréal, precisely identifies the impairments to young embryos caused by prenatal exposure to alcohol.
The early stages of embryonic development… >>
The pig as a research model
February 2017, Vol.6, no.1
New therapies, drug testing, disease models and even the promise of organ generation for human use; these represent some examples of the unlimited potential of pigs in research. Laboratory of Dr. Vilceu Bordignon, McGill University
Although mice are the most common… >>
Zika Virus: How a mosquito bite can affect fetal development
Mai 2016, Vol.5, no.2
Origin of the virus, responsible vectors, symptoms and correlation with microcephalyBy Julie Blouin, RQR Network Manager
The Zika virus was isolated for the first time in 1947 from a rhesus monkey in the Zika Forest in Uganda in Africa by scientists… >>
Focus on industry’s needs in research at the reproduction level: second RQR networking workshop
January 2016, Vol.5, no.1
Report of topics discussed during the meeting between veterinarians, fertility clinicians, RQR researchers and pharmaceutical/ biotechnological companies held on May 25, 2015 at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in St-Hyacinthe.
The objective of the networking workshop… >>
Accelerating reproductive biology research, one egg at a time!
September 2015, Vol.4, no.3
Frédéric Leduc, Immune Biosolutions
Antibodies are at the core of most biomedical applications and modern research. Despite their critical importance to the advancement of knowledge and to many research applications, diagnostic and therapeutic, it is still difficult to find adequate and… >>
A new heat detection system for dairy cows: a collaboration between CCTT and industry!
Mai 2015, Vol.4, no.2
Nadia Bergeron, agr. M.Sc., Agrinova
Agrinova, the College Center for Technology Transfer (CCTT) in agriculture from the Collège d’Alma, is currently carrying out a project in the field of reproduction in dairy cows with the company Conception, located in Beaumont, Quebec… >>
New trisomy screening approach targeting fetal DNA present in maternal blood
January 2015, Vol.4, no.1
Dr. Dominique Bérubé, Director of the genetics laboratory at OVO Clinic.
Several recent studies have demonstrated that intact fetal cells, as well as free fetal DNA, circulate in maternal blood. However, fetal cells are in very small quantities and they are… >>
Focus on industry’s needs in research at the reproduction level: RQR networking workshop with veterinarians
September 2014, Vol.3, no.3
Summary of topics discussed during the meeting of researchers and veterinarians held on June 17 at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the Université de Montréal in St-Hyacinthe.
About fifteen veterinary practicioners in bovine dairy production were asked to answer to
Ethical, Legal and Social aspects of Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing: How to appropriately integrate an emerging technology into the Canadian healthcare system?
June 2014, Vol.3, no.2
Research group of Dr. Vardit Ravitsky on Reproductive Ethics and Genetics, Bioethics Programs, School of Public Health, University of Montreal.
One of the group’s major projects touches on a novel technology known as Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (NIPT), that allows genetic analysis… >>
Partnership between the private sector and the university: Exciting and creative projects!
January 2014, Vol.3, no.1
Laboratory of Dr. François Richard, Université Laval, in collaboration with L’Alliance Boviteq Inc.
Collaborative Research and Development Grants (CRD) support well-defined research projects conducted in partnership with the private sector. In these projects, the investment of the partner goes beyond that… >>
Epigenetic: how the environment influences the health and development of the offspring?
November 2013, Vol.2, no.3
Quite little information is known regarding men’s reproductive health and its potential influence on their offspring. Most young men today have no idea that their choices and actions in every-day life could influence the health of their offspring. Laboratory of… >>
Growth factors as subfertility targets in dairy cattle
May 2013, Vol.2, no.2
Research in the laboratory of Dr. Christopher A. Price, Centre de Recherche en Reproduction Animale (CRRA), Université de Montréal, has identified unusual antigrowth functions of a growth factor in the ovary.
Over the last 5 decades, the worldwide dairy industry has… >>
Importance of selenium in the nutrition of breeding sows - a new approach
January 2013, Vol.2, no.1
Laboratory of Dr. J. Jacques Matte, Dairy and Swine Research and Development Centre (DSRDC), Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)
Considerable increases in ovulation rate have been achieved in hyperprolific lines of pigs during the last twenty years. This has been done… >>
A link between menstrual pain and cardiovascular diseases: a finding that grew up into a discovery!
September 2012, Vol.1, no.2
Laboratory of Dr. Michel A. Fortier !om Université Laval: Eva Bresson, Pierre Chapdelaine, Sofia Boucher Kovalik, Éric Madore and Nicolas Lacroix-Pépin
As reproductive endocrinologists studying uterine function at the cellular and molecular level in the context of fertility, recognition of pregnancy… >>
The RQR is proud to introduce the members of our new Knowledge Transfer Committee
May 2012, Vol.1, no.1
Knowledge transfer is one of the priorities of the Réseau Québécois en reproduction. During the next months, many new projects will be developed to address this priority.