Dr. George Seidel Jr. Honored by the International Embryo Technology Society

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Published on: December 6, 2022

The International Embryo Technology Society (IETS) board of governors voted unanimously to rename the keynote address at their annual conference the “George E. Seidel Jr. Keynote Lecture.” This act is a tribute to Dr. George Seidel Jr., who made numerous highly regarded scientific contributions in the field of reproductive physiology and died in September of 2021.

The keynote lecture is given by a prestigious speaker who is very notable and significant in the field. It is the final lecture of the IETS annual conference and is one of the most important and most attended sessions of the meeting. It is fitting, then, that this lecture be named after Dr. Seidel.

Seidel grew up on a dairy farm in Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, and attended a one room school. He went on to receive his BS from Penn State University and his MS and PhD from Cornell University in 1968 and 1970, respectively, studying reproductive physiology in cattle. He completed is post-doc at Harvard Medical School before accepting a faculty position at Colorado State University (CSU). There, he established himself as a cattle rancher and a highly respected scientist. In 1993 he was named University Distinguished Professor, and while at CSU, he took sabbaticals at Yale University and the Whitehead Institute at MIT.

His research and contributions to the field included work with bull semen, in vitro embryo production, and embryo transfer in cattle and development of methods for sexing semen. Dr. Seidel established the CSU Bovine Embryo Transfer Laboratory, where much of the early research on superovulation, nonsurgical embryo transfer, and embryo freezing was conducted. He also created a company called XY Inc. and conducted research that resulted in many patents, the royalties of which he gave to CSU to support students and research.

Dr. Seidel received numerous awards for his notable career, including being elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Inventors. He helped establish the IETS and received its Distinguished Service Award and the Pioneer Award.

The IETS is honored to attach his name to their keynote lecture in recognition of his dedication to the Society and significant contributions to science.

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About the International Embryo Technology Society

The International Embryo Technology Society (IETS; formerly the International Embryo Transfer Society) was formed in 1974 in Denver, Colorado, USA, to serve as a professional forum for the exchange of information among practitioners, scientists, educators, regulatory officials, livestock breeders, suppliers of drugs and equipment, and students. The purpose of the IETS is to further the science of animal embryo technology by promoting more effective research, disseminating scientific and educational information, fostering high standards of education, maintaining high standards of ethics, and cooperating with other organizations that have similar objectives. Members of the Society are engaged in the practice of embryo transfer in a variety of species, and in research on embryo production, transgenesis and cloning, mechanisms regulating embryo development, and development following embryo transfer. Species studied include domesticated and laboratory animals and endangered species.

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