Events

2018 Election Winners 

Congratulations to the Society for Cryobiology 2018 election winners for Governor:

  • Rob Ben (re-elected)
  • Estefania Paredes
  • Gang Zhao 

Rob, Estefania, and Gang will begin their three year term as Governor in January 2019. 

To see what these new Governors have in store for the Society, you can re-read their vision statements here.

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2018 Election


Top: John G. Baust, Rob Ben, Ali Eroglu
Botton: Xiaoming "Shawn" He, Peter Kilbride, Estefania Paredes, Gang Zhao

This year's Society for Cryobiology election will be held October 15-29, 2018.  The election is for three Governor-at-Large positions for a three year term, commencing January 2019 and ending December 2021.

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SLTB 2018 Meeting Report 

Guest Post by Alasdair Kay, University of York, United Kingdom 

Prague 6-7th September 2018

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CRYO2018 Report 

CRYO2018, which took place July 10-13 at the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) in Madrid, Spain, was one of the Society's largest meetings in recent memory, attracting 300 abstract submissions and 250 delegates from 35 countries worldwide.

For full details of the program download the electronic copy of the program book and abstract supplement. You can also view all the photos from CRYO2018

Program
The meeting featured 175 oral presentations and over 100 poster presentations, across 5 plenary sessions, 10 symposia, 17 sessions and 2 poster sessions. Alongside traditional sessions exploring cell and tissue preservation, ice formation, tools and technologies, and plant cryopreservation, there were several sessions which stood out as sessions of note. These included three sessions organized jointly with the Organ Preservation Alliance on the current situation and future research required for organ preservation, and cryopreservation of reproductive tissue for cancer survivors. Additionally, due to the expertise of the local organizing committee, the meeting also included sessions on Cryobiology in Food Science and Technology and Challenges in Cryobiology for Microorganisms. 








 













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Election 2018

Nominations are now open for the 2018 election for 3 governors 2019-2021


The nominations committee is now inviting nominations from all Society members in good standing for the position of Governor 2019-2021. There are 3 posts available. 

Please register your interest in standing for election with Nicole Evans by June 1, 2018. A detailed biography and candidate statement outlining your vision for the Society will be requested thereafter. 

The 2018 nominating committee is: 
Adam Higgins (Chair; President-Elect)
Dayong Gao (President)
Greg Fahy (Governor)
Erik Woods (Governor)
Ido Braslavsky (Governor)

Please note all nominations are subject to approval by the nominations committee. This does not affect your right to nomination by petition as outlined in the society's bylaws

Royan Institute Cryobiology and Biobanking Symposium 

The Royan Institute held their second cryobiology and biobanking symposium on Feb. 14, 2018, in Tehran, Iran.

The Royan Institute was established in 1991 as a public non-profit research institute for reproductive biomedicine and infertility treatments. Today Royan consists of three research institutes: 

  • Royan Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Technology (RI-SCBT)
  • Royan Institute for Reproductive Biomedicine (RI-RB)
  • Royan Institute for Biotechnology (RI-B)   

The recent symposium covered advances in basic and applied cryobiology in reproductive biomedicine and stem cells, encompassing cryotechnology, methodology, chemistry, biophysics, cord blood stem cells, and human and animal biobanking. 

16 presentations were given during the one day symposium, including two presentations by invited speaker and Society for Cryobiology immediate Past-President, Jason Acker.  

Society for Cryobiology members Rohoullah Fathi, Mohsen Sharafi, and Maryam Hezavehei, acted as chair, scientific secretary, and executive secretary respectively. 

Download the Symposium Program 

Image Gallery
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Cryobiology and Biobanking Symposium in Tehran

The Royan Institute is a non-profit research institute for reproductive biomedicine and infertility treatments in Tehran, Iran. On February 14, 2018 they are holding their second Cryobiology and Biobanking Symposium. 

Dr. Jason Acker, immediate Past President of the Society for Cryobiology will be speaking, along with a number of local cryobiology and biobanking experts.  

For more information please contact: 

Vahid Asgari, PhD
Intl' Business Affairs
Consultant and Instructor
[email protected]
+98-9123007955

Click the poster below for more details.

Bylaws Revision Complete

A guest post by Jason Acker  
 
I would like to thank all of you for taking time to participate in the discussions and for voting on the proposed revisions to our Society’s bylaws.  As one of the important documents which guides who we are as a Society and how we choose to operate as an organization, our bylaws need to be up to date and reflect current best practices and laws governing not for profit corporations. The proposed changes were the culmination of more than a decade of discussion, debate and consultation with subject matter experts.

I am happy to report that the motion to ratify the revisions to the Society’s bylaws was carried. The final voter turnout was 59% (153/260 members), with 149 of the voters in favour of adopting the revised bylaws (57% of the membership as a whole). 

I would like to personally thank Jens Karlsson, John Armitage, Art Rowe, John Baust, the members of the Bylaws and Policies Working group (Greg Fahy, Steve Mullen, Andy Picken, Elena Salvaterra), Ed Kordoski, Nicole Evans, our advisors at Maryland NonProfits and all current and past members of the board who have contributed to making this outcome a reality.

I would like to acknowledge that throughout this process there were members who felt strongly that some of the proposed changes were not in the best interest of the Society.  I would like to assure you that your feedback was heard and that it was carefully considered.  Some of the feedback that was received that is not reflected in the revised bylaws will be included in the policies and procedures that are now a focus of the Working Group. 

Now that the Society has established a mechanism for reviewing and updating our bylaws, we should undertake a process to regularly review them and update and adapt them as needed to ensure that they reflect who we are as a Society and how we choose to deliver on the important mission for which our Society was established.

As I transition off of the board and assume my new role as a general member of the Society, I would like to thank all of your for your support during my tenure on the board and as your President. I look forward to continuing to engage with all of you at our scientific meetings and on the various committees and working groups that I may have the privilege of serving on with you.

View the Revised Bylaws

Call for Abstracts 

The call for abstracts has gone out for CRYO2018, to be held July 10-13, 2018, in Madrid, Spain. 

The abstract submission deadline is March 26, 2018. 

To find out more, and submit your abstract, visit the CRYO2018 website


Free Safety Webinars

The Cryogenic Society of America is offering a series of free cryogenic safety webinars during January and February 2018. 

The topics are: 

  • General Cryogenic Safety and Impact of Material Choices - Jan. 26, 2018
  • Oxygen Deficiency Hazards - Feb. 2, 2018
  • Pressure Safety in Cryogenics I - Feb. 9, 2018
  • Pressure Safety in Cryogenics II - Feb. 16, 2018
  • Safety in Oxygen Systems - Feb. 23, 2018

The webinars are aimed at anyone who uses or is exposed to cryogenic related equipment or supplies, including engineers, students, technicians, truck drivers, scientists, plant workers and medical professionals. 

To register for these FREE webinars visit the Cryogenic Society of America website

SLTB Meeting September 19-20

Guest Post and Photos by Estefania Paredes | Photo Gallery courtesy of Alasdair Kay

Cryobiologists and cold temperature ecologists gathered for a two day meeting, September 19-20, at the British Antarctic Survey – Aurora Centre in Cambridge, UK to exchange knowledge and ideas about life, biology, preservation and cold temperatures.

Within a wide range of topics, from thermal analysis to non-Newtonian fluids, from vitrification of stem cells to metabolic changes of snow algae in the Antarctic, from plant to marine invertebrate cryopreservation, the SLTB presented the attendants to this two day meeting with a wide variety of topics that encourage an interchange of ideas and points of view that I considered extremely useful.


Daniel Ballesteros from Kew Gardens, UK.

It was very exciting for me to have had the opportunity to attend and present to this very broad group of scientists my research and to offer another point of view of cryobiology: the cryopreservation of marine organisms with the specific problems and challenges associated, and get input and ideas from very far and different fields of research.

It was once more clear that, first cryobiology is a highly multidisciplinary field and we are addressing the latest challenges from very different points of view and second, that there is a high flux between labs with the inter-exchange of students and ideas that make the field of cryobiology thrive.


Jayanthi Nadarajan from the New Zealand Institute for Plant and Food Reseach.

Of course, visiting Cambridge University campus and the Aurora Centre is always a delight, many of us chose to stay at the campus colleges enjoying the history, feeling the inspiration from those beautiful buildings that have seen Nobel Laureates build up their ideas and drinking a pint of beer in the pub where Watson and Crick- after way many beers- reportedly stood over a table and screamed that they had discovered the structure of the DNA is somewhat inspirational. It was a wonderful frame for the meeting.













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Meet Your Election Candidates


First Row: Adam Higgins, Tiantian Zhang, Zhiquan (Andy) Shu, Yuansheng (Tony) Tan
Second Row: Yuksel Agca, Ido Braslavsky, Ram Devireddy, Igor Katkov
Third Row: Peter Kilbride, Krishnaa Mahbubani, Estefania Paredes, Barbara Reed
Fourth Row: Peter Wilson, Erik Woods, Gang Zhao

This year's Society for Cryobiology election is for the elected executive officer positions of President-Elect, Secretary, and Treasurer for a two year term (2018-2019) and three Governor-at-Large positions for a three year term (2018-2020).

Download candidate biographies and vision statements

The election will open for voting on Monday October 23, 2017 for a two week period. Voting will be online. All current members of the Society will receive an email containing their personalized voting link before the election opens. No log in is necessary as each personalized link provides you with a one time use election ballot. Please check your ballot carefully before you submit as you are not able to edit your vote once it has been submitted. If you have not received your voting link by the time the election has opened please check your spam/junk email folder and then contact Nicole Evans.

Voting will close 23:59 US/Eastern Monday November 6, 2017. 

The candidates in full are: 

President-Elect

  • Adam Higgins
  • Tiantian Zhang

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Getting Social at CRYO2017!

After the science wrapped up at CRYO2017, the local organizers arranged a banquet of traditional Chinese fare, including potent local spirit Baijiu. After dinner the student award winners were announced and our outgoing board members recognized for their service to the Society.

Over the following few days a variety of tours were offered by the local organizing committee, including tours to Lake Chaohu, Sanhe Village, an ancient water village, and Mount Huangshan and Hongcun Village, a UNESCO world heritage site. 

Click the thumbnails below to view the high res image. 

CRYO2017 Banquet - Photos by Xuexun Zhou
 
ISBER at CRYO2017:Brent Schacter, Jason Acker, Kathy 
Sexton, Bill Grizzle, Ana Torres, Zisis Kozlakidis, Lynsey
Mellon, Dayong Gao.

 
Society for Cryobiology President and President-Elect, 
Jason Acker and Dayong Gao, with Miao Zhang, student
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Organ Banking Summit Event Report

Guest Post by Jason Acker, President of the Society for Cryobiology. 


Above: Society for Cryobiology board members: Rob Ben, Governor; Gloria Elliott former Treasurer and Governor; Jason Acker, President.

Scientists, engineers, key stakeholders from government, and industry and leaders from non-profit organizations focused on organ procurement for human health came together in Boston from Aug 3-6, 2017 for the Summit on Organ Banking through Converging Technologies (i.e. the Organ Preservation Summit). The Society for Cryobiology partnered with the Organ Preservation Alliance to host this exciting event aimed at bringing together experts to discuss the need for advances in organ banking and how best to overcome the scientific challenges that will enable long-term organ preservation.


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