Marc-André Sirard


Centre de Recherche en Reproduction,
développement et santé intergénérationnelle
Chaire de Recherche du canada en Reproduction et Génomique
Laval University, Quebec

Marc-André Sirard spent all his professional life working in IVF. He used a laparoscopic approach to perform IVF in cattle and obtained the first test-tubes calves in 1985. During his post-doc in USA, Dr Sirard developed a method to produce bovine embryos by the hundreds using oocytes recovered from post-mortem cows. This extraordinary tool was then used in hundreds of laboratories to understand and improve all aspects of IVF in large animals and humans. Over the last 3 decades. He came back to Québec in 1987 and obtained an industrial chair to work on oocytes and sperm in 1990.

He founded the Centre de Recherche en Biologie de la Reproduction in 1995 which has grown to include more than 100 people today. He obtained a senior Canadian Research Chair in 2000 on genomics applied to reproduction and has created an international effort to define the normal genomic program in early mammalian embryos which has become an NSERC strategic network, EmbryoGENE in 2008. He has published over 300 scientific papers and has been invited to give over 75 invited lectures in international meetings. His current research activities are focus on the influence of the ovarian environment on oocyte quality in human and large animals.