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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

The Science of Bacon and Eggs


Marc-André Sirard, Université Laval

The life of all mammals, including humans, begins with the largest and most extraordinary cell of the body – the egg. Few people know that Canada is a world leader in mammalian egg research, much of it conducted on domestic pigs and cows. For breeders and farmers having good technology and genetically-sound animals at an affordable price boosts their business. But increasingly the animal research models are also yielding major insights that transcend species boundaries. The range of applications from embryo research now spans everything from human fertilization to stem cell research to disease prevention.

Dr. Marc-André Sirard, who holds the Canadian Research Chair (NSERC) in reproduction at Université Laval, is one of Canada’s leading experts on mammalian reproduction. During his PhD research, he developed the first clinical method in the world to produce test-tubes calves. His long-standing collaboration with Semex Canada, generated technology and commercial benefits for both the company and the dairy industry, and earned the partnership a national innovation award. Since 1988, he has published over 200 scientific papers, presented more than 500 communications and over 45 invited lectures in international meetings. He currently leads EmbryoGENE, an industry supported NSERC Strategic Research Network that is exploring the impact of assisted reproduction technologies and the environment on eggs and embryos.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE)

Sponsored by:

--the Speaker of the Senate
--the Speaker of the House of Commons
--Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC)

Date: Thursday March 25, 2010 from 7:30 am - 9:00 am
Place: Room 200, West Block, Parliament Hill
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $20
Registration: Please register by contacting Donna Boag, PAGSE Manager: 613-991-6369,
Registration Deadline: Monday March 22, 2010