At the 108th annual meeting of the Society for Reproduction and Development, held in Miyazaki, Japan in September, the 2015 SRD awards were presented to each winner.
SRD Outstanding Research Award
The SRD Outstanding Research Award is given for outstanding basic and applied research in animal reproduction. The SRD Award Committee has selected the following members as the winners in 2015:
Keisuke EDASHIGE (Kochi University) for “Studies on the Cryobiological Property and Vitrification of Oocytes and Embryos” and
Takashi SHIMIZU (Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine) for “Study for Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms for Regulation of Follicular Function in the Cow”.
SRD Innovative Technology Award
The SRD Innovative Technology Award is given for the research which contributed to a development of innovative technology in animal reproduction. The SRD Award Committee has selected the following member as the winner in 2015:
Koji KIMURA (Okayama University) for “Superovulation of Cattle by a Single Administration of FSH with Aluminum Hydroxide Gel”.
SRD Young Investigator Award
SRD Young Investigator Award is given for outstanding research in animal reproduction which was performed by an exceptionally promising young investigator who has not reached the age of 40 before April 1st of the year when the award is presented. The SRD Award Committee has selected the following members as the winner in 2015:
Yoshiaki NAKAMURA (National Institute for Basic Biology) for “Establishment of Poulty Genetic Conservation Technologies using Primordial Germ Cells”.
Takuro HORII (Gunma University) for “Functional Analysis of DNA Methyltransferase and Tet using the CRISPR/Cas System”.
SRD Outstanding Presentation Award
The SRD Outstanding Presentation Award is given for outstanding oral or poster presentation at the annual meeting of SRD. Chair of the 108th annual meeting of SRD selected the following seven members as the winners in 2015:
- Oral Presentation
- Hirohisa KYOGOKU (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology) for “Why is the spindle assembly checkpoint weak in oocytes?”,
- Ruiko TANI (Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Sciences, The University of Tokyo) for “Linker histone variant H1T targets rDNA repeats and represses its transcription”,
- Kana IKEGAMI (Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University) for “Identification of the GnRH pulse generator and elucidation of the molecular mechanisms for GnRH pulse generation”,
- Kazuya KUSAMA (Laboratory of Theriogenology, Graduate School of Agricultural and Life Science, The University of Tokyo) for “Temporal regulation of the epithelial to mesenchymal transition (EMT) in the bovine uterus”.
- Poster Presentation
- Mizuki YAGI (Faculty of Textile Science and Technology, Shinshu University) for “Differential expression of FGF2 and GDNF in the mouse testis”,
- Hiromi MIURA (Department of Molecular Life Sciences, Basic Medical Science and Molecular Medicine, School of Medicine, Tokai University) for “A simple method for generation of knockdown mice using long single-stranded DNA as a repair template in the CRISPR/Cas9 system”,
- Natsuko EMURA (Faculty of Agriculture, Iwate University) for “The necessity of OCT-4 expression for segregation of trophectoderm lineages in porcine preimplantation embryos”.