August 2015

1 Aug 2015
Vol. 8, no. 7

2015 RQR Symposium

The 8th RQR Symposium will be held on November 17th and 18th at the Omni Mont-Royal Hotel in Montreal and will be preceded, again this year, of a pre-symposium workshop on Monday November 16th.  The details of this workshop will follow during the next weeks.


  • Christopher Geyer, East Carolina University : Defining the essential role for retinoic acid (RA) in spermatogonial differentiation
  • Rebecca Krisher, National Foundation for Fertility Research : Titre à venir
  • Catherine Racowsky, Brigham and Women’s Hospital : Embryo selection in clinical IVF: The relevance and current status


Symposium (November 17th and 18th 2015)

Pre-Symposium Workshop (November 16th 2015)


For trainees who are interested in getting involved in the organization of the 2015 Symposium, please contact Julie Blouin at

RQR KT Award

Again this year, the RQR will offer two Knowledge Transfer Awards: a researcher award and a trainee award.

The two awards for knowledge transfer in the amount of $400 each will be officially awarded at the RQR Annual Symposium in November along with an honorary plaque. Please note that it is also possible to nominate another member, trainee or researcher.

Applications must be submitted by email at by October 1st and a committee will review the applications. To submit an application, please complete the form.

ICSI Workshop

We are pleased to announce the RQR workshop entitled “Introduction to Intracytoplasmic Sperm Injection” to be held at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), 1001 Decarie boulevard, on Saturday, October 3rd. Participants will learn about the history and current application of ICSI, including its advantages and limitations. Practical work will include handling germ cells and the procedures involved in ICSI. This course is intended to provide an introduction to the ICSI technique and is appropriate for those interested in assisted reproduction, techniques used in germ cell and embryo research, or the ICSI procedure specifically.

We can accommodate up to 6 participants. Please note that a second workshop may be held on Saturday, October 10th depending on the number of registrations (to be confirmed). To apply, please complete the registration form.

Application deadline: September 18th, 2015.

Successful applicants will be notified by September 25th, 2015.

Workshop will be held: October 3rd, 2015.