We are lucky to live in southern California for many reasons, one is that it is home to the world famous San Diego Zoo. The zoo does great science to conserve species, led by equally renowned reproductive biology researchers. Dr. Barbara Durrant, Director of Reproductive Physiology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, will speak at our February 25th event about their latest research developments.
The idea for this event came from our friends at the Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology, Found Animals Foundation (FAF), who are sponsoring. The Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology offers a $25 million prize and grants of up to $250,000 per year for scientists to pursue development of a single dose, permanent, non-surgical sterilant for cats and dogs.
I learned about the Michelson Prize & Grants a few months ago and really wanted to get the word out about funding for great research aimed at preventing pet overpopulation. While discussing potential speakers for an event with friend and colleague Lorna Neilson, she mentioned the San Diego Zoo and their work in this area. Not knowing much about reproductive biology, or anyone at the zoo, I thought it was a long shot. It turns out that Barbara Durrant was very approachable, and her team works on animal contraception, not just reproduction, which fits well with the goals of the FAF. We expect to have a very stimulating discussion about reproductive biology and how we can advance this important research. Register here, hope to see you there!
|Barbara Durrant, Director of Reproductive Physiology, Henshaw Chair, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research|
|Becky Cyr, Program Coordinator, Michelson Prize & Grants in Reproductive Biology, Found Animals Foundation|
Special thanks to Lorna Neilson, Scott Struthers (Michelson Grant recipient), and Chris Hoover for helping plan this event.
Who: Life science researchers and professionals in the greater San Diego area
What: February 25th Reproductive Biology Research At The San Diego Zoo and Beyond Event
When: Monday, February 25th, 2013, 5:30-8:30 p.m.
Where:Green Flash Brewery Tasting Room, 6550 Mira Mesa Boulevard San Diego, 92121 (directions below)
Cost: $25/20 (Academic), dinner provided, beer and soda available for purchase.
For more information about the event: https://sdbn.org/february
Directions: From the west: From the 805 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head east for 2.0 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the left/north side of the street at Flanders Drive. From the east: From the 15 North or South exit Mira Mesa Blvd, head west for 3.6 miles, the Green Flash Tasting Room will be on the right/north side of the street at Flanders Drive.
Parking: The Green Flash lot holds about 70 cars, so come early and carpool if you’d like to park there. You can also park on the street, but be very mindful that there are some poorly marked ‘no parking’ areas, especially on Sequence where there is a center lane.
Through my AP Biology teacher, Mary Mauer, one of the first PhD scientists I met was Dr. Oliver Ryder with the San Diego Zoo http://www.sandiegozooglobal.org/icr/oliver_ryder_ph.d/ and he made a strong impression on me about species conservation and the molecular biology thereof. It was special to run into him again as a UCSD grad student and let him know how he influenced my life–although I did not end up working in EBE!