Introducing keynote speaker Mandi de Mestre

ademestre“Pregnancy management: setting up the fetus for a journey of a lifetime on the track”

Mandi de Mestre BVSc(hons) PhD FHEA MRCVS, Senior Lecturer, Reproductive Immunology, Royal Veterinary College

Background: Mandi’s team is devoted to improving Thoroughbred fertility and breeding efficiency along with investigating conditions that impact on pregnancy and fetal outcomes. In her talk, she will draw upon research generated from her laboratory and other leading laboratories around the world, to update us on where the UK currently sits on the international stage in breeding efficiency, important management factors that can influence pregnancy outcome and what we currently know about programming of adult diseases and bone development during equine pregnancy that could impact on a horses future racing career.

In Mandi’s talk, she will draw upon research generated from her laboratory and other leading laboratories around the world, to update us on where the UK currently sits on the international stage in breeding efficiency, important management factors that can influence pregnancy outcome and what we currently know about programming of adult diseases and bone development during equine pregnancy that could impact on a horses future racing career.

Biography: After graduation from University of Sydney in 1998, Mandi worked as a vet in equine reproductive practice at Scone Veterinary Hospital, Australia and did a breeding season at Newmarket Equine Hospital.  In 2006 she received the Frank Fenner Medal for her Ph.D. from Australian National University then spent 2 years with Professor Doug Antczak at Cornell University, USA, studying equine pregnancy. Mandi set up her research laboratory at the RVC in 2008. Her team’s research, currently funded by the HBLB, Thoroughbred Breeders Association and Alborada Trust, focuses on understanding the key physiological requirements to support equine pregnancy as well as dissecting the pathologies that underlie pregnancy failure. Her team uses a wholistic collaborative approach to answer their research questions, working closely with clinicians, epidemiologists, pathologists and geneticists to tackle previously elusive lines of investigation in equine pregnancy.  She is a member of the International Equine Reproduction Symposium Committee, was the recipient of the 2015 UK Society of Reproduction and Fertility New Investigator Award for her research achievements in reproduction and regularly presents her teams work at National and International meetings.

Make sure you don’t miss Mandi’s presentation by registering here for the free livestream on the 18th October 2017.

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