New book published: Genetics of the Mouse (Springer, 2015)

December 14th, 2014
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New book published: Genetics of the Mouse. Editors: JL Guénet, F Benavides, JJ Panthier and X Montagutelli (Springer 2015)

New book published: Genetics of the Mouse. Editors: JL Guénet, F Benavides, JJ Panthier and X Montagutelli (Springer 2015)

A new book has been published in the field of mouse genetics, filling a gap created since the mid nineties, when the last similar books had been published (i.e. Lee Silver, 1995), devoted to this topic. This new book, entitled “Genetics of the Mouse” has been edited by four experiencied mouse geneticists: Jean-Louis Guénet, Fernando Benavides, Jean-Jacques Panthier and Xavier Montagutelli, and has been published by Springer (2015). The authors are all related with Institut Pasteur, in Paris, France, where Jean-Louis Guénet worked many years (currently retired), where Fernando Benavides (ISTT member and at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, TX, USA) had also worked, under the supervision of Jean-Louis Guénet, and where Jean-Jacques Panthier and Xavier Montagutelli have currently their laboratories. Jean-Louis Guénet and Fernando Benavides had also co-authored a previous text on a similar subject (Genetics of Rodents), in Spanish, published in 2003 and freely available from the ISTT web page since 2011.

This new book contains 10 chapters, as follows:

  1. Origins of the Laboratory Mouse
  2. Basic Concepts of Reproductive Biology and Genetics
  3. Cytogenetics
  4. Gene Mapping

  5. The Mouse Genome
  6. Epigenetic Control of Genome Expression
  7. Mutations and Experimental Mutagenesis

  8. Transgenesis and Genome Manipulations
  9.  The Different Categories of Genetically Standardized

  10. Quantitative Traits and Quantitative Genetics

As indicated in the Springer’s book web page: ‘This book, written by experienced geneticists, covers topics ranging from the natural history of the mouse species, its handling and reproduction in the laboratory, and its classical genetics and cytogenetics, to modern issues including the analysis of the transcriptome, the parental imprinting and X-chromosome inactivation. The strategies for creating all sorts of mutations, either by genetic engineering or by using mutagens, are also reviewed and discussed in detail. Finally, a last chapter outlines the methodology used for the analysis of complex or quantitative traits. The authors also discuss the importance of accurate phenotyping, which is now performed in the mouse clinics established worldwide and identify the limits of the mouse model, which under certain circumstances can fail to present the phenotype expected from the cognate condition in the human model. For each chapter an up-to-date list of pertinent references is provided. In short, this book offers an essential resource for all scientists who use or plan to use mice in their research.

This book is available from Springer and from Amazon

ISTT statement on animal transport

December 12th, 2014
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ISTT statement on animal transport

ISTT statement on animal transport

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is committed to biomedical research that improves the health and well-being of people and animals worldwide. Transgenic technology has widely been recognized as a powerful tool for analysis of in vivo gene function and generation of animal models that are vital to the effort to develop treatments and cures for disease.

The availability of these research models for study by researchers is critically dependent on their transport between laboratories and research institutions around the world, because scientific research is a global endeavor. The wide availability of these models also precludes having to regenerate the same model as researchers can often use a model that has already been made. This practice greatly reduces the numbers of animals used for research, thus fulfilling a core ethical responsibility of researchers. Inappropriate or unavailable animal transport would directly hamper the efforts of international collaborative networks or initiatives aimed at the efficient design, generation and distribution such gene modified animal models.

Animals used in scientific research are, in the vast majority of cases, bred for this purpose. Their care and use is constantly subject to rigorous oversight to ensure that animals are used only when absolutely needed, are housed in the best available conditions and are not subject to unnecessary pain. Shipment of live animals is also undertaken with the same regard for animal care and wellbeing and in compliance with international standards for packing and handling.

The ISTT therefore supports all actions that maintain the availability of safe, humane, and regulated transport of research animals by professional carriers in compliance with international legislation, and we renounce any misguided attempts to curtail or prevent this vital practice that is absolutely necessary for our ability to develop life-saving cures.

Jan Parker-Thornburg, President
ISTT
On behalf of the ISTT Board of Directors
December 8, 2014

Job announcement: ISTT Administrative Assistant

November 27th, 2014
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Job announcement: ISTT Administrative Assistant

Job announcement: ISTT Administrative Assistant

Job Title: Administrative Assistant

About ISTT: The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) was founded in 2006, and is registered in Buffalo NY, USA, as a not for profit (NFP) organization. It currently represents an enthusiastic group of more than 700 members worldwide. We seek to foster communication and technology-sharing to enhance scientific research and to advance the field of animal transgenesis, particularly as it applies to experimental models in science. We represent the interests of scientists as well as technicians working in the field of transgenic technologies. The ISTT sponsors a series of periodic international transgenic technology (TT) meetings.

Job Description: This is a part-time job, may be conducted from home, and offers the candidate great flexibility. It is expected to require an average of 25 hours per week. Workloads may be considerably higher during the peak period of membership renewals and during the organization of the periodic TT meetings. The candidate must be able to travel to TT meetings, which are hosted at various venues worldwide every 18 months. The Society will provide the candidate with a laptop, support for Internet access, and a mobile phone to conduct Society business.

Job Specific Responsibilities: Administrative assistant position. Duties will include:
• Assist the ISTT President in reporting activities and other general administrative tasks.
• Assist the ISTT Treasurer with tracking of incomes and expenses.
• Act as a central contact point for all ISTT stakeholders.
• Register new members and renew existing memberships.
• Maintain current contact information of all members.
• Support the organization of the global meetings.
• Attend TT meetings to help represent the ISTT and help with administrative duties – meetings are all over the world and require travelling.
• Assist the ISTT Secretary with the preparation of minutes of ISTT General Assemblies and ISTT Board meetings.
• Monitor ISTT contracts with sponsors.
• Maintain an ISTT agenda and send reminders for upcoming deadlines to ISTT members (e.g. membership renewals, registrations, etc.)

Candidate Requirements: 2+ years experience as an Administrative Assistant. Independent, self-starter with strong organizational skills. [Alternative experience demonstrating administrative capability will be considered.] Excellent time management and ability to manage deadlines. Fluent English – Strong verbal and written communication skills. Experience in identifying and fulfilling NFP society needs. Experience with project management tools, including but not limited to: MS Excel, MS Word, MS Project, MS PowerPoint. Webmaster and content management not a must but a plus.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree preferred

Country: United States of America

City: Work from Home, ideally close to Houston, Texas, for direct exchange with the president of the society.

Primary Location: WORK FROM HOME (occasional meetings at Texas Medical Center, Houston, TX)

Job Function: Office Administration

Worker Type: Regular Employee

Full/Part Time: Part-Time

Shift Type: flexible

Hours per Week: Minimum of 25 hours/week

Work Days: Monday – Friday (very occasional weekend work)

Posting Currency: USD

Posting Range: $20,000 – $25,000 (salary commensurate with experience). All required travel expenses covered by the society

Application: Interested candidates should submit their CVs and references to istt@transtechsociety.org

 

A week in October in Bar Harbor

November 12th, 2014
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View of Bar Harbor from Mount Cadillac, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, USA

View of Bar Harbor from Mount Cadillac, on Mount Desert Island, Maine, US

If there is a paradise it must be very similar to Mount Desert Island, in Maine, on the Nort-Eastern coast of USA. Two weeks ago, during the last week of October (26-29), the International Mammalian Genome Society (IMGS) held its 28th International Mammalian Genome Conference (IMGC) in Bar Harbor, ME, USA, a beautiful village surrounded by nature, a most popular tourist spot in Summer, the place where The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) is located, and an excellent venue to hold a scientific conference in Autumn. Some 200 geneticists from around the world, with a large majority of US-Americans, gathered in front of the ocean to discuss about: large-scale resources, advances in genome manipulation, stem cells and development, human disease animal models, comparative genomics, population genetics & evolution, and aging and adult-onset disease modeling. The local organizers, Ron Korstanje and Karen Svenson, from JAX, along with IMGS officers David Beier, David Threadgill, Teresa Gunn and the rest of IMGS Secretariat, must be praised for an excellent meeting, with a great variety of topics presented, in mouse genetics and mouse genomics resources and their applications, including 89 Posters, 16 student presentations and 57 short talks. As usual, most of the IMGC speakers were selected from submitted abstracts. The scientific program was completed with two most interesting keynote addresses by Jeanne Lawrence (Professor and Interim Chair of the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School – UMMS) and Bruce Beutler (Regental Professor and Director of the Center for Genetics of Host Defense at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas), Nobel Prize laureate in Physiology or Medicine in 2011, for “their discoveries concerning the activation of innate immunity“, who delivered a very moving Chapman lecture on his past and current research.

Lobster from Maine for the IMGC conference dinner

Lobster from Maine for the IMGC conference dinner

The conference dinner was an opportunity to enjoy one of the gems of Maine, their famous Lobster!. During the conference dinner the IMGS Officers and all participants wholeheartedly thanked and awarded Darla Miller for her more than 25 years of dedicated hard work running the IMGS Society. The 28th IMGC was also innovative since it was transmitted and commented, live, through twitter, under the hashtag #IMGC14. This initiative was launched by Steven Munger and followed by many other participants, who tweeted and re-tweeted the highlights of the 28th IMGC.The IMGC was also attended by several ISTT members, including Thom Saunders, Jean Jaubert, Fernando Benavides, Radislav Sedlacek and Lluis Montoliu. In Bar Harbor it was introduced the next 29th IMGC, IMGC-2015, which will be organized by Piero Carninci (RIKEN) in Yokohama (Japan) on 8-11 November 2015.

Mouse Genomic Informatics (MGI) celebrated 25 years in 2014

Mouse Genomic Informatics (MGI) celebrated 25 years in 2014

Immediately after the 28th IMGC, a good number of participants extended their stay in Bar Harbor to attend the 25th anniversary of Mouse Genomic Informatics (MGI), at JAX, on 3oth November 2014. This festive event filled the JAX auditorium with MGI developers and MGI users, with the latter thanking extensively the former for their work, for their tireless efforts through all these years, for making them happier daily at work, and for preparing and offering, in an organized and orderly manner, the enormous amount of genetic, genomic and phenotypic information on thousands of mouse strains and all what is known about the mouse genes. This memorable half-day symposium, nicely organized by Janan Eppig, included very interesting talks by Linda Siracusa, Ken Paigen and Maja Bucan, who highlighted the most relevant role of MGI in their research projects.  The MGI-25 years day ended, for some of us, with an unforgettable and almost private visit at the beautiful Acadia National Park, generously provided by MGI, and finished with the corresponding commemorative cake. In all respects, a fantastic week in Autumn in Bar Harbor.

Janan T. Eppig about to cut the MGI-25 years cake

Janan T. Eppig about to cut the MGI-25 years cake

Feng Zhang receives his ISTT Diploma as Young Investigator Awardee

November 9th, 2014
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Feng Zhang (BROAD institute-MIT) receives his ISTT Diploma as Young Investigator Awardee from Changhong Pang (ingenious targeting laboratory)

Feng Zhang (BROAD institute-MIT) receives his ISTT Diploma as Young Investigator Awardee from Changhong Pang (ingenious targeting laboratory)

The 3rd ISTT Young Investigator Awardee, Feng Zhang (BROAD institute, MIT) receives the ISTT Diploma from Changhong Pang (ingenious targeting laboratory) in his lab, at the BROAD institute, after the TT2014 meeting held in Edinburgh. Congratulations to Feng Zhang and many thanks to ingenious targeting laboratory for their generous support to these ISTT Young Investigator Awards!

The TT2014 meeting Scottish style

October 14th, 2014
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The TT2014 meeting at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 6-8 October 2014

The TT2014 meeting at the Assembly Rooms, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 6-8 October 2014

The most popular ISTT meeting held to date took place last week in Edinburgh, UK, at the Assembly Rooms. More than 530 participants gathered in Scotland for the 12th Transgenic Technology (TT2014) meeting during three days, 6 to 8 October 2014, to discuss the latest advances in methods and applications for generating and analyzing genetically modified animals. The local Organizers, Douglas Strathdee, Peter Hohenstein and Bruce Whitelaw showed us how to run an splendid TT meeting Scottish style.  The Organizing committee, helped by the In-Conference team and the ISTT council and Administration, should be praised for putting together an excellent collection of talks, covering the most up-to-date topics, where all participants could learn and share their experiences.

Janet Rossant awarded the 10th ISTT Prize at the TT2014 meeting in Edinburgh, for her outstanding contributions to the field of transgenic technologies. Janet Rossant appears in this picture with Alexandre Fraichard (left, genOway, CEO, sponsor of this award) and Lluis Montoliu (past-ISTT President, right)

Janet Rossant awarded the 10th ISTT Prize at the TT2014 meeting in Edinburgh, for her outstanding contributions to the field of transgenic technologies. Janet Rossant appears in this picture with Alexandre Fraichard (left, genOway, CEO, sponsor of this award) and Lluis Montoliu (past-ISTT President, right)

As many as 54 speakers were invited to present their research, including two keynote addresses (Rudolf Jaenisch, Alexandra Joyner), at the opening and clossing of the TT2014 meeting, two ISTT awarded scientists (Janet Rossant-10th ISTT Prize- and Feng Zhang-3rd ISTT Young Investigator Award), 26 invited speakers, 6 Showcase presentations from Scottish scientists, 5 short talks and 15 teasers selected from Poster abstracts. The impressive numbers of the TT2014 meeting continue with 176 Posters presented by participants attending the conference in Edinburgh and the many sponsors and exhibitors that generously contributed to the success of the 12th Transgenic Technology Meeting. The ISTT conference was followed by a hands-on workshop on basic zebrafish transgenic methods.

Lluis Montoliu, founder and past-ISTT President, awarded a sculpture representing a zygote, created by Bela Rozsnyay, by ISTT Board members for his dedicated work for the progress of the ISTT since inception of the Society and during the past 9 years (2006-2014). Lluis Montoliu appears next to Alison Cameron (ISTT Administrative Assistant) and Aimee Stablewski (ISTT Treasurer and Secretary)

Lluis Montoliu, founder and past-ISTT President, awarded a sculpture representing a zygote, created by Bela Rozsnyay, by ISTT Board members for his dedicated work for the progress of the ISTT since inception of the Society and during the past 9 years (2006-2014). Lluis Montoliu appears next to Alison Cameron (ISTT Administrative Assistant) and Aimee Stablewski (ISTT Treasurer and Secretary)

During the TT2014 meeting, at the corresponding ISTT General Assembly, the ISTT Members approved to dissolve the legal entity representing the Society in Spain, which has been substituted by the new legal entity, ISTT, Inc., a not-for-profit association registered in the New York State (USA) that from now onwards will be representing the interests of the Society. Also, during the course of the ISTT conference in Edinburgh, the ISTT Board members awarded Lluis Montoliu (Founder and Past-President of the ISTT, 2006-2014) and thanked his dedicated work for the ISTT, since its inception. Jan Parker-Thornburg is the new President of the ISTT.

The 13th Transgenic Technology Meeting, TT2016, will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) on 20-23 March 2016, organized by Radislav Sedlacek

The 13th Transgenic Technology Meeting, TT2016, will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) on 20-23 March 2016, organized by Radislav Sedlacek

The conference in Edinburgh concluded with the warm invitation by Radislav Sedlacek (IMG, Prague, Czech Republic), Organizer of the 13th Transgenic Technology Meeting, TT2016, to attend the next ISTT conference that will be held in Prague, Czech Republic, on 20-23 March 2016.

Good bye and thanks to Edinburgh! Hello and see you all again in Prague!

Welcome to Edinburgh, the city hosting the TT2014 meeting!

October 3rd, 2014
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Welcome to Edinburgh, the city hosting the TT2014 meeting!

Welcome to Edinburgh, the city hosting the TT2014 meeting!

The 12th Transgenic Technology Meeting is about to begin this forthcoming weekend. On Sunday, 5 October, the Organizers have nicely prepared a welcome pre-meeting dinner to get together and meet all colleagues attending. The real TT2014 meeting‘s kick off will be on Monday morning, 6 October. During the following three days all delegates will have the pleasure (and the privilege, owing the great interest triggered by this conference, absolutely sold out) to listen and discuss the latest advances in transgenic technologies, through lectures delivered by the key players in our field, the ones that have developed or contributed to disseminate the use of the newest tools, the most updated experimental strategies applied to generate and analyze genetically modified animals. More than 530 participants will fill the Assembly Rooms in the historic city of Edinburgh. This TT meeting has become not only the most popular ISTT conference organized to date but also the TT meeting where the highest number of posters (176) will be shown. Therefore, besides enjoying the talks, all TT2014 delegates will have a unique opportunity to browse through the work of dozens of many other laboratories and facilities, willing to share their advances, problems encountered, solutions found and innovative proposals.

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is proud to have chosen Edinburgh as the venue for TT2014 and, hence, wants to congratulate the Organizing Team, led by Douglas Strathdee, Chair of the conference, along with Peter Hohenstein and Bruce Whitelaw, co-chairs, the technical secretariat provided by In-Conference and the rest of members of the Organizing committees, for having prepared what surely will be another great TT meeting, as all precedent meetings were. The TT2014 meeting will be followed by a practical workshop on Zebrafish Transgenic Techniques, where a limited number of participants will have the opportunity to meet experts in the field and learn the basic techniques applied nowadays to use this vertebrate as an alternative animal model to study gene function or disease.

If you are already in Edinburgh, enjoy the city! If you are travelling to Edinburgh: have a safe trip! If, however, and unfortunately, you have not managed to attend this time, but you are a member of the ISTT, please wait to grasp some of the excellence and talent that will be presented during next week through the talks that we will be at the members-only area, after obtaining the consent from the corresponding speakers. Also, life goes on, and ISTT is already planning for the next TT meeting, already launched: the 13th Transgenic Technology Meeting (TT2016) that will be held in Prague (Czech Republic) in March 2016, organized by Radislav Sedlacek.

See you all soon in Edinburgh!

 

CARD-RPCI Cryopreservation Course Report

September 22nd, 2014
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CARD-RPCI Cryopreservation Course Report

CARD-RPCI Cryopreservation Course Report

During the past week, 15-19 September 2014, the CARD-RPCI Mouse Sperm and Embryo Cryopreservation Course was held at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, in Buffalo, NY, USA, organized by Naomi Nakagata (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan), Aimee Stablewski (Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA) and Jan Parker-Thornburg (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA). This was the second CARD course organized overseas, outside Asia, after the first course organized in Madrid in October 2013. This new practical course in North America was co-sponsored by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). What follows is a brief course report prepared by Aimee Stablewski and Jan Parker-Thornburg, who deserve to be praised, along with Naomi Nakagata and his CARD team, for another most successful cryopreservation course. This course report can also be downloaded from here.

CARD-­RPCI Spermand Embryo CryopreservationWorkshop
September 15-­19, 2014
Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo NY, USA

MEETING REPORT

The CARD-RPCI Sperm and Embryo Cryopreservation Workshop was recently held in Buffalo NY USA on the campus of Roswell Park Cancer Institute. Eighteen trainees, fifteen instructors and lecturers, and numerous vendors were hosted by Naomi Nakagata (Kumamoto University), Aimee Stablewski (Roswell Park Cancer Institute) and Jan Parker-Thornburg (MD Anderson Cancer Center) from September 15-19, 2014. Drs. Naomi Nakagata and Toru Takeo brought their team from CARD to assist the trainees in learning the latest techniques in embryo vitrification, sperm cryopreservation, in vitro fertilization, and the new method of vitrifying oocytes. In addition, Jorge Sztein instructed the trainees in methods of ovary freezing and subsequent implant after thaw; Lluis Montoliu provided lectures in current methods of embryo cryopreservation and CRISPR/Cas9 methods of generating genetically engineered mice, and Barbara Stone provided training in using the NSET method of embryo implant.

This was the first time that the CARD team provided training in North America, and the team (supported by Kumamoto University and Kyudo Co., LTD.) delivered a truly memorable experience for the trainees. Hands-on sessions were intense and intended to provide trainees with the knowledge and experience of performing the exacting CARD techniques. The eighteen trainees were composed of fourteen ISTT members and four non-members. Of these, three were from Europe, one from Australia, one from New Zealand, and the remainder from all parts of North America.

Hands on training included isolating unfertilized mouse oocytes, isolating and cold storage/shipping of mouse cauda epididymis, freezing/thawing mouse sperm and IVF using CARD frozen sperm and legacy sperm, fresh mouse sperm and IVF, cold stored sperm and IVF, freezing/thawing 2-cell IVF-derived mouse embryos, vitrification of mouse oocytes and embryos, IVF of vitrified mouse oocytes, ovary transplantation/ovary freezing, and embryo transfer techniques in mice (oviduct, uterus via NSET).

Didactic lectures were given on the topics of historic and scientific perspectives of embryo and sperm cryopreservation (by Jorge Sztein), comparing current embryo and sperm cryopreservation methods (by Lluis Montoliu), vitrification of oocytes and their use for IVF (by Naomi Nakagata), new US guidelines for the use of animals in research/IACUC (by Sandra Sexton), CRISPR/Cas9 and gene editing endonucleases (by Lluis Montoliu), development of database for managing mouse banking system (by Shuuji Tsuchiyama), shipping mice, frozen or refrigerated embryos/sperm across the world (by Toru Takeo) and freezing and transplantation of ovaries (by Jorge Sztein).

On Wednesday of the workshop, all of the participants were treated to a trip to Niagara Falls followed by an exceptional gala dinner (arranged by Aimee Stablewski) at a local winery. This short respite enabled the participants to replenish their energies for subsequent long days of IVF, vitrifications and surgery.

In all, it proved to be an exceptional workshop, with all participants achieving exceptional results in most, if not all, of the practicals. In fact, the depth of appreciation for being taught these methods became clear both during the closing session, where all instructors, vendors, and participants thanked Dr. Nakagata with a standing ovation, and immediately afterward, where many compliments were given. Perhaps, one of the participants said it best in an e-mail immediately following the course:

a big thank you to Prof. Nakagata, Dr. Toru Takeo and the entire CARD team. The way they have organised is unbelievable. As we all know in biological practical experiments, how much ever we take care, they never go according to plan and there is always a blooper. I must confess, I had my doubts that we would ever stick to the time table. I am glad that I was completely proven wrong. They have given attention to every bit of details and must have put lot of rehearsals behind this. They were fantastic. They answered all the questions and made sure everyone understood plus followed it up with the practicals. The Entire Card team was simply amazing and no other way to express my gratitude than simply saying “I bow to the entire CARD team”.”
Prasanna Kallingappa
University of Aukland
New Zealand

Aimee Stablewski and Jan Parker-Thornburg, as hosts, would like to acknowledge not only our lecturers, but also the CARD team who assisted the students, including Shuuji Tsuchiyama, Kiyoko Fukumoto, Yukie Haruguchi, Tomoko Kondo, Yumi Takeshita, Yuko Nakamuta, Tomoko Umeno, (all from Kumamoto University and Kyudo Co. LTD); and the CARD “adoptees”—Kristy (Kinchen) Williams (University of Florida) and Amar Dasari (Taconic). In addition, technical assistance was ably provided by Dawn Barnas (ISTT), Karstin Webber, Sandra Sexton and Leslie Curtin (all RPCI), who treated over 600 mice with hormones!

The workshop was extremely fortunate to have extremely generous vendor support, including our platinum sponsors: Charles River Laboratories (who supplied all of the mice used in the course), Leica Microsystems (who provided all of the microscopes used for the course as well as onsite support by Louise Bertrand), and Kyudo Co., LTD who provided support for the CARD instructors as well as onsite support by Nobuyuki Mikoda; our gold sponsors: the ISTT (who sponsored Lluis Montoliu’s participation and contributed to the gala dinner), Taconic (who provided instructional support from John Couse and Amar Dasari), and Regeneron (who sponsored a lecture by Lluis Montoliu); our silver sponsors: Hamilton Thorne (who provided instruction in sperm analysis and laser-assisted IVF by Nancy Mutch), IDEXX Bioresearch for course support, Paratechs for sponsoring Dr. Barbara Stone’s participation, Cell Preservation Solutions who provided course support and Lifor media for cold-storage, CosmoBio who provided course support, Transposagen who provided course support, and our bronze sponsors: Millipore EMD and mofa for equipment, Tokai-Hit for equipment, Eppendorf (Mike Bady) for course support and equipment, and VWR and Sarstedt for course support.

Finally, we thank our participants for their hard work and dedication to bring the newest transgenic technologies back to their institutions.

Aimee Stablewski, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo, NY, USA
Jan Parker-Thornburg, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA

The ISTT is moving from Europe to America

August 31st, 2014
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The ISTT is moving from Europe to America

The ISTT is moving from Europe to America

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) will soon move its headquarters from Europe to America, from Spain (Europe Union) to the State of New York (United States of America). After the 12th Transgenic Technology (TT) meeting in Edinburgh, TT2014, the ISTT Society will be legally represented by a new non-profit entity: ISTT, Inc., registered in the State of New York (USA) in May 2013, after the corresponding approval was obtained from ISTT members at the Extraordinary General Assembly held at the TT2013 meeting, in Guangzhou, China, in February 2013. This moving process was essentially undertaken to allow any member to run for any position at the Board and to reduce tax running costs. The process is meant to be smooth and transparent to all members which will be kindly requested to join the new entity, to approve the new bylaws and to approve the new Board. Everything else will remain the same and the ISTT members will continue enjoying the same benefits from being part of the ISTT Society. The ISTT thank all of its members for their support and collaboration.

The TT2016 meeting will be held in Prague

August 12th, 2014
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The TT2016 meeting will be held in Prague

The TT2016 meeting will be held in Prague

From the International Society of Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), it is our pleasure to announce that the next, 13th, Transgenic Technology (TT) meeting, TT2016, will be held in Prague (Czech Republic), in March 2016, organized by Dr. Radislav Sedlacek (Associate Professor, Institute of Molecular Genetics; Head of Laboratory of Transgenic Models of Diseases; Project Director, Czech Centre for Phenogenomics; ISTT Member).

The ISTT was delighted to accept a very appealing and well-structured meeting proposal from Prague, a historical city lying in the heart of Europe. Prague is a beautiful city with magical atmosphere. It offers historical as well as modern hotels, restaurants, infrastructure and places of sightseeing. TT2016 conference delegates arriving in Prague will enjoy a high standard of hospitality at very reasonable prices.

The TT2016 meeting web site (http://www.transtechsociety.org/tt2016)  and the official TT2016 meeting address (tt2016@transtechsociety.org) are already operative. Dr. Radislav Sedlacek will present the TT2016 meeting in Edinburgh, at the TT2014 meeting, introducing his team of collaborators, the organizing and advisory committees, their view, plans and expectations for this transgenic technology meeting, where again, and with the support of the ISTT, the Organizers will prepare a very attractive scientific program with all the newest techniques, applications and approaches developed in the field of animal transgenesis.

The TT2016 meeting will he held in Prague in March 2016. The exact dates and location of the conference venue will be communicated shortly.


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