Research seminar

“Fatty acid metabolism in cumulus oocyte complexes: basic concepts and the consequences of an altered fatty acid micro-environment”

May 16th 2017

Dr. Svetlana Uzbekova

INRA – French National Institute for Agriculture

Physiologie de la Reproduction et des Comportements

The Gamete Research Centre research team would like to invite you to their seminar for young researchers on Tuesday 16th of May (9 a.m. – 1 p.m.) in the U-building, Campus Drie Eiken.

The research seminar will focus on the assessment of fatty acid metabolism in female gametes, and is sponsored by the Flemish Government. Participation, including lunch, is therefore free, but registration (e-mail to is necessary before May 1st, 2017.

Program (pdf, 146 kB)

Annual Meeting of the Reproductive Research Society

The Reproductive Research Society has the pleasure to invite you to the Annual Conference on 11th December 2015 in Antwerp. The meeting will be hosted by Profssor Peter Bols and Professor Jo Leroy of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at University of Antwerp as well as by Professor Diane de Neubourg of the Centre for Reproductive Medicine at Antwerp University Hospital. As always we have the pleasure of welcoming excellent speakers, at a beautiful location in the exciting city of Antwerp. The RRS is a Dutch-Flemish society that, since 1969, aims to provide a platform for researchers and clinicians in the field of human and veterinary medicine. It organises an annual meeting, alternating between Flanders and the Netherlands. The core of the meeting will be the oral presentations of the abstracts submitted, to an interacting audience and a jury. The best abstract presented wins an iPad as well as an exchange lecture at the Belgia Society for Reproductive Medicine (BSRM) meeting. At the caput selectum a topic is given by an authority in the field from basic to advanced. At the 'meet the researchers' session the local organising group presents their research. The keynote lectures are given by top-researchers and present current and future developments within the research domain presented. 

Date: 11th December 2015

Venue: Conference Centre Klooster van de Grauwzusters (UAntwerp Stadscampus); 10 minutes walking from Antwerp Central Station



Public PhD Defence Jessie De Bie

The follicular micro-environment of the oocyte in metabolically compromised dairy cows: impact assessment as a basis for oocyte rescue

Public PhD Defence of Jessie De Bie, MSc, PhDs

Wednesday 29th March 2017, 16:00

Promotiezaal, Gebouw Q, Campus Drie Eiken, University of Antwerp

Post graduate course "Epigenetics in Reproduction"

Post graduate course “Epigenetics in Reproduction”, participated by Karolien Desmet, DVM, PhDs

2014-03-03 – 2014-03-07

The course runs at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, SLU, in Uppsala, Sweden. It is arranged by SLU's Research School in Translational and Comparative Medicine and the Centre for Reproductive Biology in Uppsala (CRU, a joint body between Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and Uppsala University)


The aim of the course is to enhance the knowledge and understanding of epigenetic modifications and how they influence gene regulation in relation to reproduction. After completing the course the student shall be able to…

1) Explain how epigenetic factors influence reproductive mechanisms

2) Describe ethical aspects and use the knowledge in relation to epigenetics

3) Describe epigenetic changes after assisted reproduction

4) Explain mechanisms behind stem cells and their differentiation

5) Implement methodology in epigenetic studies

Public PhD Defence Ellen Jorssen

Bovine Gamete and Embryo Research Models: Development of Alternative in vitro Screening Assays for Toxicity Testing

Public PhD defence of Ellen Jorssen, MSc, PhDs

Monday 13 July 2015, 17:00

Promotiezaal, Gebouw Q, University of Antwerp, Campus Drie Eiken

Public PhD Defence An Langbeen

Ruminant in vitro reproduction models can contribute to the development of (female) fertility preservation strategies: A key role for the preantral follicle

Public PhD defence of An Langbeen, DVM, PhDs

Monday 22 June 2015, 16:30

University of Antwerp, Stadscampus, Klooster van de Grauwzusters, promotiezaal

Invited speaker at WCRB

Nutrition and fertility; a vet’s perspective 

Dr. Jo Leroy, inveted speaker at World Congress of Reproductive Biology.

WCRB 2014 will be held September 2nd through September 4th 2014 at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

Working at the Hooibeekhoeve in Geel

Doing repeated Ovum Pick-up in dairy cows investigating anti-oxidants in the follicular fluid! A lot of work ...

Results coming up soon!

Research by Jessie De Bie, MSc, PhDs


Public PhD Defence Sara Valckx

Maternal metabolic disorders and fertility: insights into the effect of a changed maternal micro-environment on follicular growth, the acquisition of oocyte developmental competence and subsequent embryo quality

Public PhD defence of Sara Vlackx, MSc, PhDs

Monday 2 February 2014

University of Antwerp, Campus Drie Eiken, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk


Congratulations to Els and Tom


Paper accepted

Fatty acid composition of the follicular fluid of normal weight, overweight and obese women undergoing assisted reproductive treatment: a descriptive cross-sectional study

Sara DM Valckx, Maria Arias-Alvarez, Ingrid De Pauw, Veerle Fievez, Bruno Vlaeminck, Erik Fransen, Peter EJ Bols, Jo LMR Leroy

in Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology

Longlist Vlaamse Scriptieprijs bekend

Het potentieel van morfologische en fysiologische informatie voor het classificeren van chemische stoffen in het zebravisembryo.

by Evelyn Stinckens, MSc, PhDs

Longlist Vlaamse Scriptieprijs bekend

Zebravis uitstekend nieuw proefkonijn


Public PhD Defence Evi Petro

'Endocrine disrupting chemicals and their possible effects on the bovine and human ovarian follicle'

Public PhD Defence of Evi Petro, MSc, PhDs

Thursday 12th June 2014, 17h at Promotiezaal, Campus Drie Eiken


’Challenging’ animal models to study the effect of maternal metabolism on embryo quality and offspring’s health

Thursday 26 of September, 2013 at 14.30h, Auditorium R1, Campus Drie Eiken, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk


14.30h: Prof Dr Jo Leroy: Welcome and introduction

14:35h: Prof Dr Tom Fleming (Centre for Biological Sciences, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK): “The legacy of environment around the time of conception can last a lifetime; a rodent model”

15:10h: Dr Véronique Duranthon (Biologie du Développement et de la Reproduction, INRA, Jouy en Josas Cedex, France): “Effects of hyperlipidic hypercholesterolemic maternal diet on embryo quality and fetal development; a rabbit model”

15:45h: Discussion and concluding remarks (Prof Dr Peter Bols and Prof Dr Jo Leroy)

16:00h: Coffee and tea

Please confirm your presence before 19 September 2013 via

Public PhD Defence Veerle Van Hoeck

‘Maternal Metabolic Health and Female Fertility: a bovine model to study the effect of elevated non-esterified fatty acid concentrations on oocyte and embryo physiology'

Thursday 26 September 2013 at 17h in aula R1

University of Antwerp, Campus Drie Eiken, building R, Universiteitsplein 1, 2610 Wilrijk

Please confirm your presence before 19 September 2013 via or