illustration Pascale Chavatte-Palmer is elected President of the International Society of Embryo Technology

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Pascale Chavatte-Palmer is elected President of the International Society of Embryo Technology

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer, Director of Research in the Joint Research Unit of Developmental and Reproductive Biology, is elected Vice-President of the International Society for Embryo Technology, and will serve as its President from January 2019. This high distinction honors the researcher's commitment to this "learned society" and her work on bovine clones and the long-term consequences of embryo biotechnology in horses.

Published on 30 January 2018

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer,research director in the Inra-EnvA joint research unit of Developmental and Reproductive Biology (UMR 1198 BDR), has been a member of IETS since 1999. In 2008, she became involved in the animation of the Health and Safety Advisory Committee, following her team's publications on clone health.

In this framework, she contributed to a close collaboration between the IETS and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a study on clones and developed the IETS expertise on clone health, leading to the writing of a collegial text on the necessary care of these animals, which today feeds the IETS Manual, considered as a reference book for embryo transfer worldwide.

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer's commitment has intensified with her election for two 3-year terms on the IETS governance board, followed by the organization of the annual IETS conference in Versailles in January 2015. At the organization's annual conference, held in Bangkok from 13 to 16 January 2018, the current president, Daniel F. Salamone (University of Buenos Aires), announced the election of Pascale Chavatte-Palmer as vice-president, a transitional status, which prefigures her taking office as IETS president from January 2019, for two years. 

Pascale Chavatte-Palmer will assume the second French presidency of the organization, following in the footsteps of Michel Thibier (president in 1995) and is the fourth woman to take up this position since 1974.

IETS, the International Embryo Technology Society (IETS), founded in 1974 in Denver, Colorado, is a forum for exchange among practicing professionals, scientists, educators, regulatory authorities, breeders, pharmaceutical companies, equipment suppliers, and students. Its purpose is to promote the science of the animal embryo through the dissemination of scientific results and training. The approach is based on a search for excellence in education, the guarantee of an ethical approach and openness to cooperation with other organizations with similar objectives. The members of this "learned society" are professionals in the practice of embryo transfer in various species and researchers in the fields of embryo production, transgenesis, cloning, mechanisms regulating embryo development and development after embryo transfer. The species studied include domestic and laboratory animals, as well as endangered species. In addition to cooperation between the network of members, the IETS organizes an international conference every year and provides its expertise to various international organizations, including the OIE (Office International des Epizooties), on the prevention of infectious diseases related to embryo transfer, cloning or transgenesis.

Mini-CV of Pascale Chavatte-Palmer

  - 1989 : Veterinary Doctor, National Veterinary School of Alfort, France.
  - 1989-1997: Specialization in animal reproduction and research in the equine species in England (internship, Doctorate obtained in 1995), USA (residency) and France (post-doctorate)
  - 1998-2006 : Lecturer in pet reproduction, AgroParisTech
  - Since 2006: Researcher, then Research Director at the UMR Inra-EnvA 1198 Developmental and Reproductive Biology, Jouy-en-Josas, France

Complete CV of Pascale Chavatte-Palmer


•    Valenzuela O.A., A. Couturier-Tarrade, Y.-H. Choi, M.-C. Aubriere, J. Ritthaler, P. Chavatte-Palmer and K. Hinrichs 2017. Impact of equine assisted reproductive technologies (standard embryo transfer or intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI) with in vitro culture and embryo transfer) on placenta and foal morphometry and placental gene expression. Reprod Fertil Dev 30, 371-379. doi:10.1071/RD16536
•    Kiefer H., L. Jouneau, E. Campion, D. Rousseau-Ralliard, T. Larcher, M.L. Martin-Magniette, S. Balzergue, M. Ledevin, A. Prezelin, P. Chavatte-Palmer, Y. Heyman, C. Richard, D. LeBourhis, J.P. Renard and H. Jammes 2016. Altered DNA methylation associated with an abnormal liver phenotype in a cattle model with a high incidence of perinatal pathologies. Sci Rep 6, 1-18. 
•    Chavatte-Palmer P., M. Robles, A. Tarrade and V. Duranthon 2016. Gametes, Embryos, and Their Epigenome: Considerations for Equine Embryo Technologies. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 41, 13-21. doi:10.1016/j.jevs.2016.03.01
•    Richard C., I. Hue, V. Gelin, A. Neveux, E. Campion, S.A. Degrelle, Y. Heyman and R. Chavatte-Palmer 2015. Transcervical collection of bovine embryos up to Day 21: An 8-year overview. Theriogenology 83, 1101-1109. doi:10.1016/j.theriogenology.2014.12.005
•    Peugnet P., L. Wimel, G. Duchamp, C. Sandersen, S. Camous, D. Guillaume, M. Dahirel, C. Dubois, L. Jouneau, F. Reigner, V. Berthelot, S. Chaffaux, A. Tarrade, D. Serteyn and P. Chavatte-Palmer 2014. Enhanced or reduced fetal growth induced by embryo transfer into smaller or larger breeds alters post-natal growth and metabolism in pre-weaning horses. Plos One 9, e102044. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102044


Pascale Chavatte-Palmer Director of ResearchDevelopmental and Reproductive Biology Unit

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Daniel F. Salamone Buenos Aires University