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COLLEGE STATION, TX - Being invited to
participate in a symposium held in memory of a pioneering scientist
is an honor.
This week, a group of researchers from Texas A&M University
College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences (CVM),
will have this very privilege.
Drs. Terry Blanchard, Katrin Hinrichs and Charles Love will
present lectures and wet labs at the "R. M. Kenney Equine
Reproduction Symposium" to be held from September 24 to 27 at the
University of Pennsylvania. Organized in memory of Dr. Robert M.
Kenney (1924-2008), a luminary in the field of equine fertility and
reproduction, the symposium is a 4-day continuing education program
for veterinarians and animal scientists.
All three CVM faculty members completed their veterinary
residencies under Kenney at the University of Pennsylvania and
share fond memories of a mentor who guided by excellence and
"Bob served as a font of knowledge before there were search
engines," said Hinrichs. "He was familiar with both the latest
research in horse reproduction and related areas in other species
as well as with the researchers involved. He held out a high
standard for intellectual thought and interpretation of the
Blanchard echoed Hinrichs' praise for Kenney: "Bob was unique in
that he took a great interest in you not just as a veterinarian but
also as a person. The symposium is a great way to honor him."
The three CVM researchers have followed in Kenney's footsteps,
developing an international reputation for their research in equine
reproduction. The symposium will be an opportunity to showcase this
For example, in her wet lab on embryo and oocyte transfer,
Hinrichs will discuss techniques developed at the CVM for processes
such as post mortem transportation of ovaries, oocyte collection
from isolated ovaries and live mares, and oocyte fertilization via
intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI).
Love's presentation on "Measures of semen quality" will also
highlight CVM's expertise in this field.
"We're pretty much the only lab in the world that has developed
a battery of tests to evaluate stallion sperm quality," said
CVM will also be represented by veterinary residents Dr. Shelby
Hayden and Dr. Semira Mancill who will give presentations on the
topics "Deep horn insemination" and "Sperm separation with
Equipure" in addition to assisting with wet labs.
The event also offers a chance to forge research
"The meeting will be a good opportunity to talk to other
speakers about new findings, possible new studies, and new
techniques in assisted reproduction in the horse," said
Angela G. Clendenin
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