Inhaltspezifische Aktionen


Sunday, 4 September 2022 - Wednesday, 7 September 2022

04. September 2022

4. Sept. 2022

Sunday, September 04, 2022


14:00-16:00 Registration
16:00-16:15 Welcome & Opening of the Workshop
Andreas Meinhardt, Workshop Organisation
Lars Witteck, President of the Behring-Röntgen Foundation
Wolfgang Weidner, Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Justus Liebig University
16:15-17:00 Opening Keynote Lecture

Chair: Bernard Robaire

Lumicrine factors in the regulation of spermatogenesis
Masahito Ikawa, Osaka, Japan


Coffee Break & Installation of Posters

17:30-19:00 Presentation of Even-Numbered Posters


Welcome Reception with Dinner (on site)


05. September 2022

5. Sept. 2022

Monday, September 05, 2022



09:00-10:30 Session I: Human Epididymis and Epididymitis
Chairs: Terry Turner & Jörg Klug
09:00-09:30 Acute epididymitis - a clinician's perspective
Adrian Pilatz, Giessen, Germany
09:30-10:00 Male genital tuberculosis
Ekaterina Kulchavenya, Novosibirsk, Russia
10:00-10:30 Cell identity in the human proximal epididymis
Ann Harris, Cleveland, USA
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12.15 Short Oral Presentations
Chair: Fabrice Saez
11:00-11:15 SO1Urinary phthalate metabolites and small non-coding RNAs from seminal plasma extracellular vesicles among men undergoing infertility treatment
Richard Pilsner, Detroit, USA
11:15-11:30 SO2Androgen-regulated epididymis barrier function in the human proximal epididymis
Shih-Hsing Leir, Cleveland, USA
11:30-11:45 SO3Restoration of segmented mouse and rat epididymal transcriptional profiling data in a relaunch of the mammalian reproductive genetics database
Daniel Johnston, Bethesda, USA
11:45-12:00 SO4Investigation of GM1-enriched murine epididymosomes with segmental expression and lumicrine regulation
Danielle Sosnicki, Ithaca, USA
12:00-12:15 SO5 - Functional and structural particularities regarding the transit of the epididymal duct between neighboring segments in rodents and men
Thorben Hau, Giessen, Germany
12:15-13:30 Lunch (on site)
13:30 Bus Departure for Both Social Activities from Congress Site
Alt. 1 - Giessen: Boat tour on the river Lahn and guided tour of the city
Alt. 2 - Marburg: Guided tour "Emil von Behring - Savior of Children"
18:00-19:30 Presentation of Odd-Numbered Posters with Beer, Wine & Nibbles

06. September 2022

6. Sept. 2022

Tuesday, September 06, 2022


Session II: Immunobiology and immunopathology of the epididymis


Chair: Mark Hedger & Aileen Harrer

9:00-9:20 The role of activins in epididymal function and immunopathology
Rukmali Wijayarathna, Melbourne, Australia
9:20-9:40 The immune context of the mammalian epididymis
Rachel Guiton, Clermont-Ferrand, France
9:40-10:00 Key players in immune surveillance of the epididymis
Maria Agustina Battistone, Boston, USA
10:00-10:20 Region-specific epididymal responses to inflammation: insights from experimental models of epididymitis
Erick Silva, Botucatu, Brazil
10:20-11:00 Coffee Break
11:00-12:30 Short Oral Presentations
Chair: Christina Avellar
11:00-11:15 SO6 - The regional distribution of resident immune cells shapes distinct immunological environments along the murine epididymis
Christiane Pleuger, Giessen, Germany
11:15-11:30 SO7 - Uropathogenic Escherichia coli infection leads to the formation of tertiary lymphoid organs in the epididymis
Hiba Hasan, Giessen, Germany
11:30-11:45 SO8 - Investigating retinoic acid synthesis and signaling in the epididymal epithelium
Cathryn Hogarth, Wodonga, Australia
11:45-12:00 S09DNA integrity alteration in mouse spermatozoa after short exposure to dibutyl phthalate or bisphenol AF and remediation by an antioxidant oral supplementation
Elisa Hug, Clermont-Ferrand, France
12:00-12:15 SO10 - Runx transcription factors are necessary for maintenance of proper differentiation of epididymal epithelial cells
Petra Sipilä, Turku, Finland
12:15-12:30 SO11 - Do wireless communications networks impact the male reproductive system?
Geoffry De Iuliis, Newcastle, Australia
12:30-14:00 Lunch
14:00-15:30 Session III: Epididymis and Sperm Maturation
Chairs: Brett Nixon & Thomas Berger
14:00-14:30 Shifting the paradigm of sperm maturation; global (phospho)proteomic profiling of epididymal sperm
David Skerrett-Byrne, Newcastle, Australia
14:30-15:00 Paternal exposures, epididymal maturation, and epigenetic programming of sperm
Michael Golding, College Station, USA
15:00-15:30 Regionalized mapping of biological functions in the epididymis using large-scale in situ approaches
Charles Pineau, Rennes, France
15:30-16:10 Coffee Break
16:10-17:40 Short Oral Presentations
Chair: Colin Conine
16:10-16:25 SO12 - Epididymal primary cilia induce intracellular calcium signaling and gene expression in response to fluid shear stress
Sepideh Fakhari, Québec City, Canada
16:25-16:40 SO13 - Using cryo-electron tomography to study the cytoplasmic droplet
Tzviya Zeev-Ben-Mordehai, Utrecht, Netherlands
16:40-16:55 SO14 - Epididymal acquired sperm miRNAs and male fertility
Natalie Trigg, Philadelphia, United States
16:55-17:10 SO15 - Comprehensive protein profiling of seminal CD63+ small extracellular vesicles unveils their biological relevance and tissue-specific origin
Meritxell Jodar Bifet, Barcelona, Spain
17:10-17:25 SO16 - Oxytocin may recover impaired epididymal contractile function in patients with spinal cord injury who wish to father children

Andrea Mietens, Giessen, Germany

17:25-17:40 SO17 - Mapping the interaction between mouse epididymal protease inhibitor (EPPIN) and the seminal vesicle secreted protein 2 (SVS2)

Noemia Mariani, São Paulo, Brazil

18:00 Bus Departure from Congress Site
18:30 Congress Dinner in the "Lokschuppen" Marburg

07. September 2022

7. Sept. 2022

Wednesday, September 07, 2022




Session IV: Physiology and Cell Biology of the Epididymis


Chairs: Joël Drevet & Ralf Middendorff

9:00-9:30 Illuminating cell-dynamics in murine epididymis by live cell imaging
Tsuyoshi Hirashima, Singapore
9:30-10:00 Host defense functions of the epididymal amyloid matrix
Gail A. Cornwall, Lubbock, USA
10:00-10:30 Motility of efferent duct cilia aids passage of sperm cells through the male reproductive system
Heymut Omran, Münster, Germany
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break
Chair: Barry Hinton
11:00-11:30 Epididymal injury and morphological sperm anomalies in a high-fat diet (HFD) model
Rosanna Chianese, Naples, Italy
11:30-12:15 Breakout sessions to discuss future of research on the epididymis
12:15-12:30 Reports back from the breakout sessions
12:30-12:45 Award Presentations and Farewell
12:45 Adjourn




If you would like to download the four-day programme update with general information in PDF format, please click the following link:


Epididymis 2022 - Programme.pdf