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June 2015

Table of Contents

  1. Message from the Editorial Office
  2. Introducing Ed Kordoski
  3. CRYO2015
  4. Upcoming Election
  5. New Members
  6. Membership
  7. Cryobiology Journal

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2015 Officers

Erik J. Woods

Jason Acker

John H. Crowe

Yuksel Agca

Adam Higgins

2015 Board of Governors

Serean Adams
W. John Armitage
James D. Benson
Gloria D. Elliot
Jens O. M. Karlsson
Barbara M. Reed
Willem Wolkers
Tiantian Zhang
Gang Zhao



Message from the Editorial Office

The editorial office, the executive committee and the local organizing committee are currently hard at work finalizing the last minute details for CRYO2015, the forthcoming meeting of the Society, being held in less than two weeks, in the beautiful Czech Republic! If you have never organized a conference before you simply cannot even begin to imagine what a big job this is!

It all starts months in advance with the local organizing committee sourcing a venue and beginning to organize the logistics of 160+ people from all corners of the globe descending on one small corner of the Czech Republic for four days in July, in a flurry of scientific and social activity. 

Organizing a conference is truly a team event with the local committee taking care of the majority of the organization (our hats off to them!), while the program committee has the mammoth task of reading 150+ abstracts and streaming them into coherent themed symposia, and poster sessions. The editorial office has been involved in the process for the first time this year, which has been eye-opening to say the least, and has been keeping editor-in-chief, Prof. David Rawson, and myself very busy!

I'm certainly looking forward to seeing the results of the collective effort of so many people coming together very shortly, in what has shaped up to be a truly excellent meeting.

Abstract submission has now closed and the scientific program has been finalized, but registration to participate as a delegate is still open, so if you can possibly attend this conference, make sure you do! I look forward to seeing you there!

On a separate note, you have most likely heard by now that earlier this year the society appointed its first ever executive director, Dr. Edward Kordoski, who has been tasked with developing the society and leading us into the twenty-first century. The occasion was marked by an email announcement shortly after Ed's appointment to the post, but if you missed it you can read all about his background and vision for the society below. Ed will be at CRYO2015, so if you see him, do introduce yourself! 

Kind Regards,
Nicole Evans
Editorial Assistant and Exec. Secretary

Introducing Ed Kordoski
Ed Kordoski

It is with great pleasure that the Society for Cryobiology introduces our new executive director - Dr. Edward W. Kordoski. 

Ed has a B.S. in chemistry from King's College in Pennsylvania, a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Maryland at College Park, and an M.B.A. from Monmouth University in New Jersey. He comes to us from his most recent position as senior director of marketing and membership at the American Pharmacists Association. Prior to that he was the Vice President of the Pharmaceutical Education and Research Institute and executive director of the Maryland State Dental Association. He was an executive director for 5 years in the Society of Chemical Manufacturers & Affiliates (SOCMA) Association Management Center, and has over 30 years’ experience in professional association leadership, for-profit global industry and volunteer service-oriented organizations. He worked for 7 years for the American Chemical Society in Washington, D.C., and for 11 years for Ciba-Geigy (now Novartis) in the U.S. and Europe.

Ed considers himself a hands-on, common-sense administrator, who has worked in every major area and function of association business. "I have done organizational governance, finance, government advocacy, public relations, membership recruitment and retention, marketing, fundraising, computer systems and technology, publications, meeting planning and logistics, value-added service and product development, educational training programs, conferences and symposia, certification program development, and organizational re-engineering." 

"The person coming in to lead the SfC has to have a very broad perspective regarding where the society is now and where it needs to go in the future. Our association is operating in the early stages of development between member-driven and completely staff-driven, according to what I see, and to get it moving towards the future, it needs to be knowledgeable about the association world, the business world, and the potential impact of the everyday world we live in.

In order to for the society to thrive decisions have to be made in a business-like manner. Happily, Ed is highly adept at developing and marketing non-dues revenue generating programs, print and web-based products, and value-added services to enhance income generation. This will increase membership - an area that the SfC definitely needs to consider. "We need to build up membership because it is the lifeblood of the Society. Right now the society's main income source is revenue generated from the journal. The Board and I plan to develop a Strategic Plan to grow the Society, increase membership, diversify and stabilize our income, and make the SfC more efficient and effective."


When: July 26-29, 2015
Where: Clarion Congress Hotel, Ostrava, Czech Republic
Registration: Late registration still open
Website: http:/www.cryo2015.com


With less than 2 weeks to go before CRYO2015 kicks off, the organizing team are still hard at work putting the polishing touches to what promises to be a great meeting.  Featuring 20 symposia over  four days, with plenary talks by Kenneth Diller, Lilia Kuleshova and the Organ Preservation Alliance, in addition to the usual poster sessions, exhibitions, and social events, this is a busy meeting indeed.

The full program is now available online and late registration is still open.

If you have already registered for the conference don't forget to register for the social program of your choice.  If you haven't booked accommodation yet, make sure you mention that you are part of CRYO2015 to receive the special conference rate at the Clarion Congress Hotel, Ostrava. 

We look forward to seeing you soon!

 Upcoming Election

The nominations committee is currently selecting a short-list for this year's election for all executive committee posts (President, Treasurer, Secretary) and three governors posts. 

If you would like the chance to make a difference why not stand for election?  For information on nomination-by-petition contact [email protected].

Keep your eyes peeled for more information, as candidate names will be available by in August, with the election beginning in September.

New Members

What an eventful year it has been so far! We welcome 35 new members representing eleven different countries in Asia, Europe and North America.

Magdalena BichlerWelcome
Laura Felglitsch

Yu Huang
Kaiwen Hu

Czech Republic
Borys Dzyuba

Jaanika Edesi

Julie Meneghel
Helene Simonin

Miao Zhang

Indra Kusuma

Muhammad Jamal

Pablo Acosta
Francisco Marco-Jimenez
Pablo Garcia Piosa

Kyrylo Butskyi

Olga Diabina
Mariia Domina
Anna Manchenko
Yuliia Martynova
Vitali Mutsenko
Anton Puhovkin
Olena Rogulska
Sevastianov Stanislav
Dmitriy Tarusin
Irina Trutaieva
Oleksandr Vlasov

United States of America
John Fink
Raquel Folgado
Josiah Gantz
John Lahmann
Brian Murphy
Jiaji Pan
Cody Skees


Are you a lecturer with students researching topics in cryobiology? Are you a researcher with colleagues who also work in the field of cryobiology?

Please spread the word and encourage students, colleagues and friends who share our vision and passion to join the society.  Membership starts at only $60 and is free for student members.

If all our members encouraged just one person to join the society we could double our membership!

 Cryobiology JournalCryobiology

June 2015, Volume 70, Issue 3

          Review Article

  • The protein tyrosine phosphorylation during in vitro capacitation and cryopreservation of mammalian spermatozoa
    Sai Naresh, Suresh Kumar Atreja

    Regular Articles
  • Cryopreservation of embryogenic tissues from mature holm oak trees
    Azahara Barra-Jiménez, Tuija S. Aronen, Jesús Alegre, Mariano Toribio

  • The effects of different levels of catalase and superoxide dismutase in modified Beltsville extender on rooster post-thawed sperm quality
    Mahmood Reza Amini, Hamid Kohram, Ahmad Zare-Shahaneh, Mahdi Zhandi, Hossein Sharideh, Mohammad Mehdi Nabi

  • Effect of cooling rate and equilibration time on pre-freeze and post-thaw survival of buck sperm}
    Mushtaq Ahmad, Rashad Nasrullah, Nasim Ahmad

  • Overexpression of signal transducers and activators of transcription in embryos derived from vitrified oocytes negatively affect E-cadherin expression and embryo development
    Abolfazl Shirazi, Mahbobeh Heidari, Naser Shams-Esfandabadi, Amir Momeni, Zahra Derafshian

  • Effects of trehalose supplementation on cell viability and oxidative stress variables in frozen-thawed bovine calf testicular tissue
    Xiao-Gang Zhang, Yan-Hua Wang, Cong Han, Shan Hu, Li-Qiang Wang, Jian-Hong Hu

  • Tyrosine phosphorylation of cytochrome c as a signaling event in frozen thawed buffalo spermatozoa at the cross-roads of capacitation and apoptosis
    R. Mohan, S.K. Atreja

  • Cranial suture-like gap and bone regeneration after transplantation of cryopreserved MSCs by use of a programmed freezer with magnetic field in rats
    S.-I. Kojima, M. Kaku, T. Kawata, M. Motokawa, H. Sumi, H. Shikata, T.H. Abonti, S.-T. Kojima, T. Yamamoto, K. Tanne, K. Tanimoto

  • Improved low-CPA vitrification of mouse oocytes using quartz microcapillary
    Jung Kyu Choi, Haishui Huang, Xiaoming He

  • Oxidation–reduction processes in ice swimmers after ice-cold water bath and aerobic exercise
    Paweł Sutkowy, Alina Woźniak, Tomasz Boraczyński, Michał Boraczyński, Celestyna Mila-Kierzenkowska

  • Vitrification of kidney precursors as a new source for organ transplantation
    Francisco Marco-Jiménez, Ximo Garcia-Dominguez, Estrella Jimenez-Trigos, Cesar D. Vera-Donoso, Jose S. Vicente  

          Brief Communications

  • Tolerance of human embryonic stem cell derived islet progenitor cells to vitrification-relevant solutions
    Reyhaneh Lahmy, Vladimir F. Bolyukh, Sergio Mora Castilla, Louise C. Laurent, Igor I. Katkov, Pamela Itkin-Ansari

  • Comment on “Determination of the quaternary phase diagram of the water–ethylene glycol–sucrose–NaCl system and a comparison between two theoretical methods for synthetic phase diagrams” Cryobiology 61 (2010) 52–57
    Michal W. Zielinski, Locksley E. McGann, John A. Nychka, Janet A.W. Elliott

  • Comparative analysis of milk fat decomposition activity by Mrakia spp. isolated from Skarvsnes ice-free area, East Antarctica
    Masaharu Tsuji, Yuji Yokota, Sakae Kudoh, Tamotsu Hoshino