ICFAE and BOLFA 2021


International Congress on Farm Animal Endocrinology (ICFAE 2021)

Sweetgrass Inn at the Wild Dunes Resort
Isle of Palms, South Carolina

October 10-12, 2021

Resort Map


BOLFA/Triennial Lactation Symposium (Overlap day with ICFAE is October 12, 2021)


ICFAE/BOLFA Registration

BOLFA only Registration



  • Professional Registration $450
  • ICFAE/BOLFA Student Registration $200
  • Virtual ICFAE/BOLFA Registration $400

BOLFA/Triennial Lactation Symposium ONLY (included in ICFAE registration if attending both)

  • $200 professional
  • $100 student


iStock-95712816Wild Dunes Resort
Sweetgrass Inn
5757 Palm Blvd

Isle of Palms, SC


Resort Map

Transportation Options

Uber $33-$72 depending on vehicle options

Lyft - $36-$60 depending on vehicle options

Taxi - approximately $68

Town car reservations are available through Coastal Limo, Reservations@coastallimocharleston.com, 10% discount if you use code ICFAE2021

Badge pick up and on-site registration details

Registration Location: Osprey Ballroom Foyer

Remember one of the following is required to attend the meeting in-person:

  • proof of vaccination
  • a negative Covid-19 test 48 hours prior to arrival, can be antibody or pcr test
  • or, you will need to wear your mask during the meeting, (wearing a mask is not indicative of not being vaccinated, some attendees will choose or be required by their institutions to wear a mask to travel)

Sunday, October 10th Registration Hours: 3 PM - 4:30 PM Eastern.

Monday, October 11th Registration Opens at 8 AM Eastern.

Program/Schedule (times listed are Eastern Time Zone)

iStock-637217450SUNDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2021

5:00 PM – 6:30 PM – Opening Reception (Grand Pavilion area at the end of the Boardwalk, steps from the beach)


All Oral Sessions (Osprey Ballroom 1-3)

8:45 AM – 9:00 AM – Welcome: Dr. Laura Hernandez, University of Wisconsin

9:00 AM – 12:00 PM – Session I: Metabolic and Endocrinology

  • 9:00 AM: Dr. Joseph McFadden, Cornell University – Insulin resistance, nutrient partitioning, and the ceramide hypothesis in dairy cattle
  • 9:45 AM: Dr. Erin Legacki, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Charleston, SC – The steroid metabolism of pregnancy in ungulates: Insights into reproductive strategies and evolution
  • 10:30 AM: Dr. Marion Schmicke, Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg – Interaction between the somatropic axis and the local IGF system: Role of IGF-binding proteins
  • 11:15 AM: Dr. Teresa Davis, Baylor College of Medicine - Role of Insulin in Mediating the Anabolic Response to Nutrition in the Neonate

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM – Lunch on Own

1:30 PM – 3:45 PM – Session II: Animal Health

  • 1:30 PM: Dr. Sabine Mann, Cornell University – The role of insulin and related hormones in health and disease of the transition dairy cow
  • 2:15 PM: Dr. Walter Bottje, University of Arkansas – Endogenous hormone signatures: Implications for mitochondria and cell function
  • 3:00 PM: Dr. Jishu Shi, Kansas State University – Control and Impacts of African Swine Fever

4:00 PM – 5:30 PM – Wine and Cheese and Posters (Osprey Ballroom 4)


9:00 AM – 11:15 AM – Session III: Reproduction and Endocrinology

  • 9:00 AM: Dr. Dustin T. Yates, University of Nebraska-Lincoln – Metabolic fetal programming related to maternal stress, placental insufficiency, and intrauterine growth restriction
  • 9:45 AM: Dr. Sofia Ortega, University of Missouri – Improving competence of in vitro derived embryos by supplementation of cytokines into culture medium
  • 10:30 AM: Dr. Alvaro Garcia Guerra, The Ohio State University – Endocrine control of follicle selection in ruminants: A tale of multiple ovulations in cattle

11:15 AM – 12:45 PM – Lunch on Own

12:45 PM – 4:45 PM – Session IV: Lactation/BOLFA-Triennial Lactation Symposium

  • 12:45 PM: BOLFA Welcome
  • 12:50 PM: Dr. Juan Loor, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign – H. Allen Tucker Lactation and Endocrinology Awardee talk: MammOmics: From gene networks to targets of opportunity
  • 1:20 PM: Dr. Theresa Casey, Purdue University – The role of clocks in mammary development and lactation
  • 2:05 PM: Dr. Jimena Laporta, University of Wisconsin – In-utero heat stress impairs mammary gland development and future productivity

2:50 PM – 3:05 PM – Break

  • 3:05 PM: Dr. Reinhold Erben, University of Vienna, Austria Institute of Physiology – Challenges to calcium metabolism in dairy cows at the onset of lactation and at dry-off
  • 3:50 PM: Dr. Olga Wellnitz, Bern University – Implications of the blood-milk barrier and its manipulation

4:45 PM – 5:45 PM – Poster Session (Osprey Ballroom 4)

6:00 PM – 7:30 PM – ICFAE/BOLFA Conference Dinner (Indigo Room)

7:20 PM – 7:30 PM – ICFAE Closing Remarks: Dr. Laura Hernandez, University of Wisconsin


9:00 AM - 11:15 AM – BOLFA/Triennial Lactation Symposium: Session V

  • 9:00 AM: Dr. Russ Hovey, University of California, Davis – Prolactin and mammary function–an old hormone, new insights
  • 9:45 AM: Dr. Pamela Ruegg, Michigan State University – The bovine milk microbiome–an evolving science
  • 10:30 AM: Dr. Fen-Qi Zhao, University of Vermont – Systemic and local responders in mastitis
  • 11:15 AM: Dr. Peter Kappel Theil, Aarhus University – Colostrum production of sows–when and how is it produced?

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Lunch on Own

2:00 PM - 5:15 PM – BOLFA/Triennial Lactation Symposium: Session VI

  • 2:00 PM: Dr. Ashok Mohanty, ICAR-Indian Veterinary Research Institute – Proteome Wide Analysis of Mammary Epithelial Cells Reveals Protein Signatures associated with Lactogenic Differentiation
  • 2:45 PM: Dr. Joao Negrao, University of Sao Paola – Effect of environmental stressors, and cortisol release on milk yield and apoptosis in mammary gland and placenta: in vivo and in vitro responses

3:30 PM - 3:45 PM - Break

  • 3:45 PM: Dr. Ariette Knegsel, Wageningen University – Customizing lactation length: Consequences for cow, calf and farmer
  • 4:30 PM: Dr. Daryll Hadsell, Baylor College of Medicine – Understanding the Mechanisms by which Genomic Variants Determine Maternal Outcomes

5:15 PM - 6:45 PM – Poster Session (Osprey Ballroom 4)

7:00 PM - Symposium Closing Dinner (Indigo Room)

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