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Victoria Division Lunch - Tuesday 5 September 2017

Tue 05 Sep 2017 @12:00pm to 1:30pm

Victoria Division Lunch - Tuesday 5 Sep 17 at 12.00 PM to 1.30 PM

Cloning in Sheep

Prof. Alan Trounson will speak about Nuclear Transfer in farm animals. 

Alan graduated in Wool and Pastoral Science (Uni of NSW) before doing his PhD with the Department of Animal Husbandry, University of Sydney on fertilization of sheep ova and subsequent embryo development.   

Following post-doctoral work which included bovine embryo work freezing at Cambridge, he joined Prof. Carl Wood’s IVF group at Monash University in 1977.  His work resulted in the group becoming the world leaders in IVF and included the first live birth following the freezing of a human embryo.  Alan’s work in IVF led to his pioneer work on stem cells and became the founding CEO of the Australian Stem Cell Centre at Monash University (2004-2007).  In 2007 he took up the position of President of the Californian Institute for Regenerative Medicine (2007-2014), the Californian state’s $3 billion stem cell agency driving research in stem cell biology.

Since Alan moved into the medical world he has continued to be heavily involved in farm animal research and especially cloning.  His topic will discuss Nuclear Transfer, which attracted much attention when Wilmut and colleagues in the UK  reported on "Dolly the sheep" in 1996 work on cloning animals had a checkered history with ethical disapproval and not infrequent developmental abnormalities reported.  However, progress has minimised the developmental problems and improved the success rates on the point that cloning is now a valuable animal breeding technique.  The argument for use of nuclear transfer in human medicine has been overtaken by the discovery of induced pluripotent stem cells.

Venue: Elgin Inn Hotel, 75 Burwood Road, Hawthorn. 

Members are to purchase their food and drink requirements downstairs.  Proceed upstairs for the Lunch.

Please RSVP by Sunday 3 September 2017 to Jim Hooper

Phone (03) 9818 7662 or email


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