The TT2013 meeting report, written by Douglas Strathdee (Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow, Scotland, UK) and C. Bruce A. Whitelaw (Division of Developmental Biology, The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland, UK) has just been published, online, at the Transgenic Research journal web site. This review, entitled ‘TT2013 meeting report: the Transgenic Technology meeting visits Asia for the first time‘ nicely summarizes the talks and activities held during the recent 11th Transgenic Technology meeting, held in Guangzhou (China), on February 25-27, 2013, along with the subsequent hands-on workshop that was organized, on February 28-March 2, 2013. Douglas and Bruce, together with Peter Hohenstein (Division of Developmental Biology, The Roslin Institute and Royal (Dick) School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, Roslin, Midlothian, Scotland, UK) are the Organizers of the next 12th Transgenic Technology meeting, TT2014, which will be held in Edinburgh (Scotland, UK) on October 6-8, 2014.
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Mouse sperm cryopreservation: satellite workshop at the 2013 FELASA-SECAL Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 10 June 2013Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is pleased to announce the approved co-sponsorship of the Mouse Sperm Cryopreservation satellite workshop, organized by Jorge Sztein (NIH, Rockville, MD, USA) and Jesús Martínez Palacio (CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain), both ISTT members, in Barcelona (Spain) on 10 June 2013, within the activities associated to the 2013 FELASA-SECAL Congress in Barcelona, Spain, 10-13 June 2013. The main objective of this workshop is to acquaint students on reliable methods of mouse sperm cryopreservation, Jax and Nakagata, without requiring appliances or large investments to establishing a program at their centers. This course involves manipulation of animals and LN2.
This half-day satellite workshop will be held on 10 June 2013 from 09.00 to 12.00 h. at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Barcelona, Experimental Animal Unit. Satellite workshop registration fee: €120. Seats are limited to 24 participants. ISTT members, including those already registered to attend this workshop, are entitled to 25% discount. Interested participants should contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
EMBO Practical Course – Developmental neurobiology: From worms to mammals, 30 June to 13 July 2013 – London, UKMonday, March 25th, 2013
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) will be pleased to support the 2013 Edition of the EMBO Practical Course on Developmental Neurobiology: From Worms to Mammals, which will be held at the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College London, UK, on 30 June to 13 July 2013, organized by Robert Hindges (ISTT member) and other colleagues. The ISTT will be promoted among lecturers, instructors and participants at this course and, at the same time, several ISTT gadgets will be distributed among participants too. According to the Course web site, the main objetives of this 2013 EMBO course are:
- Learn the state of the art techniques used in modern developmental neuroscience
- Acquire a knowledge of brain development in 6 different species (C. elegans, Drosophila, zebrafish, Xenopus, chick and mouse)
- Interact with international leading neuroscientists
Immediately after the Chinese Spring festival, the Chinese New Year’s celebrations, the ISTT family was gently bitten by the Chinese snake. The 12th Transgenic Technology meeting, TT2013, held in Guangzhou, the capital of the province of Guandong, inaugurated the year of the snake, in the Chinese calendar. Ancient Chinese wisdom says a snake in the house is a good omen because it means that your family will not starve. People born in the Year of the Snake are keen and cunning, quite intelligent and wise. They are great mediators and good at doing business. Therefore, all the popular Chinese signs already indicated we would be enjoying a very successful and lucky TT2013 meeting. And, I’m most glad to say this was indeed the case!. The ISTT family and newcomers we all enjoyed an excellent conference where all invited speakers contributed extensively to this success, sharing their latest and most exciting results in the field of animal transgenesis and triggering interesting discussions. The quality of the talks was excellent and, noteworthy it was impressive to learn and discover how advanced and innovative to different aspects of the genetic modification of animals our Chinese colleagues are and have been progressing, thanks to a clear support from their Chinese Government and institutions. The influential Chinese science was represented at this TT2013 meeting by several top scientists in their respective field, using rodents, livestock or fish as experimental animal models, and all working in China, including: Qi Zhou, Jinsong Li, Xiang Gao, Bo Zhang, Liangzue Lai, Depei Liu, Guo-Liang Xu, Ning Li and Zhu-Gang Wang.
Ming Zhao, the Chair of the TT2013 meeting, from the host institution, the Southern Medical University of Guangzhou, worked very hard, leading a large group of local collaborators that brought the TT2013 conference to a success. The TT2013 meeting kicked off with a pre-meeting dinner, at a cruise upon the Pearl River, another majestic snake with multiple branches that crosses the city of Guangzhou at many locations. As soon as the darkness covered the city we discovered numerous impressive buildings and bridges, nicely illuminated with colorful neons, dominated by the Canton Tower, an outstanding communication tower more than 600 meters height.
The TT2013 meeting took place at the Baiyun International Convention Center (BICC) in Guangzhou, a gigantic conference center holding hotels, restaurants, seminar rooms and anything a meeting venue would require. We only occupied a small fraction of one of the five dedicated buildings of this enormous conference complex, and everything we needed, the seminar room, the exhibitor’s hall, the poster boards and the eating and drinking places were tightly and nicely grouped into one single location. Furthermore, most of TT2013 delegates were also lodged in one of the two large hotels of the BICC complex. Therefore we had everything we required handy and concentrated.
About 350 delegates gathered for the TT2013 meeting in Guangzhou, including representatives from 31 exhibiting companies that sponsored the conference and, hence, decisively contributed to its success. All sponsors must be praised for their most generous support. The conference included talks from 33 invited speakers, coming from many countries around the world, from Europe, America, Australia and Asia, thus highlighting the well-known international soul of the Society, also regularly reflected at the TT meetings. TT2013 participants were coming from as many as 27 different countries. Such phenomenal enterprise could not be managed without the devoted hard work of Ming Zhao’s large group of collaborators from the Southern Medical University, led by W. Chen, Xianyan Liu, Bibo Liang, Xiangguang Wu and all the rest of young and helpful students appointed by the chair of this conference. Their committed work must be acknowledged and commended.
In Guangzhou, at the TT2013 meeting, the 9th ISTT Prize for outstanding contributions to transgenic technologies, generously sponsored by genOway, was awarded to Allan Bradley, Director Emeritus of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), in Hinxton, UK, and leader of the Mouse Genomics Team at WTSI. Upon receiving the ISTT Prize, he delivered a great inspirational talk about his personal journey over three decades (1980-2013) on embryonic stem cells technologies he had the privilege to witness and be part of it from the first row. In awarding this ISTT prize to Allan Bradley, the ISTT Prize committee acknowledged his many fundamental contributions to the science and technology of manipulating the mouse genome. His pioneering mouse embryonic stem (ES) cell work in the 1980′s, demonstrating germ-line transmission and the great potential of ES cells to generate mice carrying mutations in endogenous genes, established milestones in a field that saw the award of the 2007 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine to Capecchi, Evans, and Smithies. Later, he generated a number of broadly relevant knockout mouse models that are still used regularly today. His subsequent research has developed new methods for the genetic analysis and genetic modification of mice. These developments have been instrumental for advancing mouse genetics studies and the use of mice to understand the human genome. Furthermore, his strong vision and leadership at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, which he directed from 2000-2010, was key to creating the international consortia whose aim was to systematically disrupt every gene in the mouse genome, resulting in a massive impact on the field of transgenic technologies. In Guangzhou, the sponsor of this ISTT Prize, genOway, was represented by Yacine Cherifi.
Another important award that has rapidly gained prestige and recognition among the youngest researchers and technologist in our field is the ISTT Young Investigator Award. The ISTT Young Investigator Award recognizes outstanding achievements by a young scientist who will keep the field of transgenic technologies vibrant with new ideas and who has recently received his or her advanced professional degree. The ISTT Young Investigator Award is generously sponsored by inGenious Targeting Laboratory (iTL). At the TT2013 meeting in Guangzhou, the second edition of this ISTT Young Investigator Award was received by Toru Takeo, from the Center for Animal Resources and Development, Kumamoto University, Japan. The Award committee considered that Toru Takeo’s work, in Naomi Nakagata’s laboratory, represented a major improvement of mouse sperm cyropreservation and IVF techniques, thereby greatly facilitating the archiving and sharing of many mouse models produced by the transgenic community. Toru Takeo summarized his recent achievements in mouse sperm cryopreservation and IVF with a very interesting talk where he highlighted the value and uniqueness of receiving a combined training in Pharmaceutical Sciences and Reproductive Biology, leading to his successful use of several drugs and compounds that have boosted sperm cryopreservation efficiencies in mice. In Guangzhou, the sponsor of this ISTT Young Investigator Award, inGenuious Targeting laboratory, was represented by Ailan Lu.
At the end of the TT2013 meeting, as it has become a tradition in the closing ceremonies of TT meetings, since the TT2015 meeting in Barcelona, it was the time to reveal and present the next venue for the following conference, the 12th Transgenic Technology meeting, TT2014, which will be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Bruce Whitelaw (Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh) and Douglas Strathdee (Beatson Institute, Glasgow) represented the local Organizing Committee (the third Organizer, Peter Hohenstein, could not attend the meeting in China). Douglas Strathdee, Chair of the TT2014 conference, introduced their vision and aims for the TT2014 meeting in Edinburgh, depicting a combination of well-consolidated sessions, already classical at TT meetings, with some interesting innovative challenges, including an increased number of short oral presentations, Poster teasers and a practical workshop on zebrafish transgenic technologies. Additional information for this TT2014 meeting will be regularly available from its corresponding web site: www.tt2014.org. The Organizers have already activated an official TT2014 meeting email address to receive suggestions, inquiries, comments and any request of information related to this conference: email@example.com.
Finally, last but not least, once the TT2013 meeting was finished, immediately next, the relay was passed to Liangping Li and Wenhao Xu, who, together with Jing An and Ming Zhao, organized a practical hands-on transgenic workshop, hence fulfilling one of the most important missions of our Society, that of teaching, forming, educating scientists and technologies with the latest methods in the generation and analysis of genetically-modified animal. This practical course was chaired by Wenhao Xu and hosted by Liangping Li, at the newly refurbished and excellently equipped Disease Model Animal Center of the Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou, one the biggest and most prestigious universities in China. 30 participants attended this 2013 Transgenic Workshop and were taught by a team of generous instructors from various countries in the world, including ISTT members and delegates from the sponsoring companies. A variety of microinjection techniques were discussed and performed by the participants, including DNA embryo pronuclear injection, laser-assisted injection of ES cells, piezo-assisted ICSI, non-surgical embryo transfer, colony management and assisted reproduction techniques, among other useful methods in the daily work of a modern transgenic facility.
In summary, the TT2013 meeting and 2013 Transgenic Workshop in Guangzhou, China, have been again two most successful and memorable events. On behalf of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), I can only express my deepest appreciation to Ming Zhao, Liangping Li, Wenhao Xu, Jing An and the rest of members of the local organizing and advisory committees for having put together such a wonderful conference and practical course, thereby maintaining and further expanding the highest standards and quality of the TT meetings series. Alison Cameron, our ISTT administrative assistant, deserves here to be greatly acknowledged for her instrumental collaboration during the preparation of this TT2013 meeting and workshop and for her helpful contribution to the success of this first visit of the ISTT family to Asia. We can conclude by stating that, yes, the ISTT family was gently bitten by the Chinese snake, and this resulted in a rewarding and unforgettable experience.
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) has agreed to co-sponsor the CARD-CNB Mouse Sperm and Embryo Cryopreservation Practical Course that will be held at the National Centre for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC), in Madrid, CSIC, during one week, on 7-11 October 2013, organized by Naomi Nakagata (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan, Coordinator of CARD) and Lluis Montoliu (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain, Coordinator of the Spanish EMMA node).
This course is open to anyone interested. Pre-application will be required, including, at least, a recent CV and a letter prepared by the intended participant describing how the applicant will benefit by attending this course and how relevant is the course material to his/her work. Additional documents are welcome, at the discretion of participants, including supporting letters by supervisors (where appropriate), reference letters, etc… Pre-applications should be submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 May 2013.
The maximum number of participants attending this course will be 20, distributed among countries and institutions, and according the documentation provided and the interests expressed. Pre-applications will be accepted until 31 May 2013. The review and selection of participants will be done by the Organizers from 1 to 15 June 2013. Registrations and payments for selected participants will be accepted from June 16, 2013 to August 31, 2013. If required, an ordered waiting list will be prepared and any cancellation or unpaid registration by 31 August 2013 will be readily substituted by the first available person from this waiting list, starting on 1 September 2013.
The course registration fee is 800 Euros (with a reduced fee of 750 Euros for ISTT Members). This fee includes participation in the entire course, all materials and reagents, lunches over the 5 days and one course official dinner. Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee but booking assistance will be provided, if required, at a convenient nearby hotel, close to CNB Campus, where all instructors and lecturers will be also lodged, hence further promoting interaction from breakfast to dinner. The official language of the course will be English.
COURSE INFORMATION: Recent developments from the laboratory of Prof. Naomi Nakagata (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan) have boosted the mouse cryopreservation field with improved methods for fresh and frozen sperm techniques and associated optimized IVF methods that have resulted in unparalleled increased efficiencies for the cryopreservation and rescue of relevant mouse lines. At the CNB-CSIC in Madrid, hosting the Spanish EMMA node, these new CARD cryopreservation methods have been successfully implemented and, moreover, a fruitful collaboration has been established with the laboratory of Prof. Naomi Nakagata, eventually resulting in the signature of an institutional cooperation agreement between the CSIC and the University of Kumamoto, under the framework of which this cryopreservation course is organized. The aim of this course is to introduce the new CARD methods to researchers and technicians involved in managing mouse archiving and/or transgenic facilities and willing to implement these new methods, directly taught by the team which devised them. Each participant will have one stereomicroscope and the entire set of tools, reagents and animals required to learn and practice all the methods included in the program of this course. In addition to practical sessions, the course will also include several lectures of related interesting topics for the participants delivered by experts in each field. The number of instructors and lecturers appointed is 20.
Hands-on topics that will be covered during this cryopreservation course
- making pipettes and practising embryo handling
- isolating unfertilized mouse oocytes
- isolating and cold storage/shipping of mouse cauda epididymis
- freezing/thawing mouse sperm and IVF
- fresh mouse sperm and IVF
- freezing/thawing 2-cell IVF-derived mouse embryos
- vitrification of mouse oocytes and embryos
- embryo transfer techniques in mice
- vasectomy of male mice
- demonstration of ICSI
Additional lectures on the following topics
- new EU Directive on the protection of animals for experimentation
- new US Guidelines for the use of animals in research
- epigenetic effects of in vitro culture on mouse embryos
- databases for handling information in cryopreservation facilities
- shipping mice, refrigerated and frozen material
- safety issues handling liquid nitrogen in a cryopreservation facility
- EMMA and Infrafrontier-I3
- Naomi Nakagata (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Toru Takeo (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Kiyoko Fukumoto (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Tomoko Kondo (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Yukie Haruguchi (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Yumi Takeshita (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Yuko Nakamuta (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Shuji Tsuchiyama (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Raul Fernández (INIA, Madrid, Spain)
- Lluis Montoliu (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
- Julia Fernández (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
- María Jesús del Hierro (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
- Marta Castrillo (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
- Isabel Martín-Dorado (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
- Kristy Kinchen (Mouse Biology Program, UC Davis, CA, USA)
Additional lectures by
- Naomi Nakagata (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Toru Takeo (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Shuji Tsuchiyama (CARD-Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Alfonso Gutiérrez-Adán (INIA, Madrid, Spain)
- Kent Lloyd (Mouse Biology Program, UC Davis, CA, USA)
- Belén Pintado (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
- Jesús Martínez Palacio (CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain)
- Javier Guillén (AAALAC, Pamplona, Spain)
- Lluis Montoliu (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
In about two weeks, and starting on February 25, the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) will be holding the 11th Transgenic Technology (TT2013) meeting, at the Baiyun International Convention Center, in Guangzhou/Canton, Guandong, China, followed by the hands-on workshop on basic microinjection techniques. The TT2013 meeting is the most important event promoted from the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). The TT2013 meeting is organized by Prof. Ming Zhao (China) and the subsequent hands-on workshop by Dr. Wenhao Xu (USA), Prof. Liangping Li (China) and Prof. Ming Zhao.
The TT2013 meeting web page within the ISTT web site is available from: www.transtechsociety.org/tt2013/
I would like to thank all Organizer and Advisory Committees, all Exhibitors and Sponsors for contributing with their work and support to the success of the TT2013 meeting.
See you soon in China!
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is pleased to announce the latest updated scientific program for the 11th Transgenic Technology (TT2013) meeting, which will be held in Guangzhou, China, on February 25-27, 2013, followed by a 3-day hands-on practical workshop on basic microinjection techniques, on February 28-March 2, 2013. The TT2013 Meeting is organized by Prof. Ming Zhao (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou) and will be held at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center. The associated hands-on workshop is organized by Dr. Wenhao Xu (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA) in collaboration with Prof. Liangping Li (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China), Prof. Jing An (Cancer Institute, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China) and Prof. Ming Zhao. The practical workshop will be held at the Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou. Submission of late abstracts will be still accepted until January 24, 2013. Standard Registration fees apply until January 31, 2013. Registration to attend the TT2013 meeting should be done through the TT2013 meeting web site. Please register soon to attend the 2013 Edition of this world reference conference-series on animal transgenic technology.
The updated TT2013 program includes the following confirmed invited speakers:
- Fernando Benavides (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, TX, USA)
- Allan Bradley (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton/Cambridge, UK) ISTT Prize
- James Bussell (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton/Cambridge, UK)
- Shannon Byers (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA)
- Michael Dobbie (Australian Phenomics Facility, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
- Scott Fahrenkrug (Recombinetics, Minneapolis, MN, USA)
- Malcolm France (Sydney, Australia)
- Xiang Gao (Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China)
- Alfonso Gutiérrez-Adán (Dep. Animal Reproduction, INIA, Madrid, Spain)
- Yann Herault (Institut Clinique de la Souris, ICS and IGBMC, Illkirch/Strasbourg, France)
- Benoît Kanzler (Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany)
- Dietmar Kappes (Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
- Takashi Kohda (Department of Epigenetics, Medical Research Institute, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
- Thomas Kolbe (Biomodels Austria and Institute for Biotechnology in Animal Production, IFA-Tulln, Austria)
- Takashi Kuramoto (Institute of Laboratory Animals, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan)
- Liangxue Lai (Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Science, Guangzhou, PR China)
- Jinsong Li (Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, PR China)
- Ning Li (State Key Laboratories for Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, PR China)
- Depei Liu (Chinese Academy of Medical Science and Peking Union Medical College, Beijing, PR China) TT2013 Opening Lecture
- Pentao Liu (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton/Cambridge, UK)
- Kent Lloyd (University of California, Davis, CA, USA)
- Kyle D. Lutes (Department of Computer and Information Technology-CIT Faculty, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, USA)
- Shoukhrat Mitalipov (Oregon National Primate Research Center, OHSU, Beaverton, OR, USA)
- Naomi Nakagata (Center for Animal Resources and Development, Kumamoto University, Japan)
- Catheryn O’Brien (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, Australia)
- Masaru Okabe (Genome Information Research Center Research, Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan)
- Jan Parker-Thornburg (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA)
- Xin-an Pu (The Ohio State University, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH, USA)
- Toru Takeo (Center for Animal Resources and Development, Kumamoto University, Japan) ISTT Young Investigator Award
- Zhu-Gang Wang (Shanghai Research Center for Model Organisms, Shanghai, PR China)
- Guoliang Xu (Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, PR China)
- Bo Zhang (College of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, PR China)
- Qi Zhou (The State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China)
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is most proud to support and co-sponsor, once again, the 2013 edition of the workshop on Managing Mouse Colonies: Genetics, Breeding and Welfare, which will be held at the Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK on 8-10 May 2013. This popular workshop is a collaboration between MRC Harwell, the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), the RSPCA Transgenic Training Working Group (TTWG) and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. It aims to introduce experienced technicians and scientific staff involved with the management of genetically-modified mouse colonies to best practice with respect to the 3Rs (replacement, reduction, refinement) and animal welfare. The programme covers historical and current best practice in the maintenance of genetically-modified mouse colonies for scientific research and the differing disciplines involved in production, phenotyping and archiving.
The 2013 edition of this workshop is organized by ISTT Members James Bussell (WTSI) and Nikki Osborne (RSPCA), along with Neil Dear (SAHMRI) and Sara Wells(MRC-Harwell). The three-day program of this 2013 workshop will cover:
- Basic Genetics: what you need to know
- Fundamentals of Colony Management (including basic breeding calculations, e-resources & nomenclature)
- Mice in Biological Research (including establishing & maintaining GA and conditional lines, cryopreservation and archiving, mouse anatomy and necropsy)
- Health Monitoring and Wellbeing of Murine Colonies (including, GA resources, maintenance of high health status colonies, experimental design and what’s wrong with my mouse?)
All of these will be presented with particular attention to improving animal welfare and application of the 3Rs.
Instructors and Lecturers appointed to this 2013 workshop include:
- James Bussell Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK; ISTT Member
- Neil Dear South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute (SAHMRI), Australia
- Adrian Deeny University College London, UK
- Martin Fray Medical Research Council, Harwell, UK; ISTT Member
- Nikki Osborne RSPCA, UK; ISTT Member
- Sara Wells Medical Research Council, Harwell, UK
- Helen Booler Royal Veterinary College, UK
- Jacqui White Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
- Derek Fry University of Manchester, UK
- Michelle Hudson-Shore FRAME (Fund for the Replacement of Animals in Medical Experiments) UK
- Ian Jackson Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit, UK
- Brendan Doe Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK; ISTT Member
At the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), we are pleased to release the most updated scientific, technical and social program for the TT2013 meeting and the associated hands-on workshop that will be held in Guangzhou (China), starting on February 25, 2013. The TT2013 meeting, organized by Ming Zhao and his colleagues of the Southern Medical University in Guangzhou, will begin on Sunday, February 24, with an optional pre-meeting dinner and cruise upon Pearl river, the already classical get-together style of kicking off the last TT meetings, where all participants are kindly invited to participate in order to gather, meet old friends and colleagues and get to know new ones, putting “names to faces” in our field.
The scientific part of the meeting will be held at the Baiyun International Convention Center, in Guangzhou, starting early on Monday, February 25, and will progress until Wednesday, February 27, in the afternoon. We have 33 scientific talks from invited guest speakers, with a wide range of topics in animal transgenesis, including those lectures corresponding to the 9th ISTT Prize (Allan Bradley, Hinxton, UK) and 2nd ISTT Young Investigator Award (Toru Takeo, Kumamoto, Japan), generously sponsored by genOway and inGenious Targeting Laboratory, respectively. We have also selected four short oral presentations among the many submitted abstracts sent to the TT2013 meeting. All accepted abstracts will be published in Transgenic Research (Springer), the scientific journal to which the ISTT is proud to be associated with.
Following the TT2013 meeting, and starting on Thursday, February 28, a 3-day hands-on workshop on basic microinjection and useful techniques in animal transgenesis will take place in Guangzhou, at the Sun Yat-sen University. The TT2013 workshop, limited to 30 participants, is organized by Wenhao Xu (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA), Ming Zhao (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China), Jing An (Cancer Institute, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China) and Liangping Li (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China), who hosts the workshop in his institution.
Registration for the TT2013 meeting at reduced fees is still possible until November 30, 2012. Thereafter, standard registration will begin, until January 31, 2012. If you plan to attend the TT2013 meeting we kindly advise you to register as soon as possible, in order to benefit from cheaper registration fees. In addition, there are still a few slots available for the workshop. These will be filled according to first come/first serve scheme.
Looking forward to meeting you all in Guangzhou! Let’s enjoy another great Transgenic Technology meeting together!
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) was founded shortly after the Transgenic Technology (TT) meeting in Barcelona (TT2005). Since then, the ISTT family has been fortunate to visit several countries, every ~18 months. In 2007 we went to Brisbane (TT2007). In 2008, we visited Toronto (TT2008). In 2010 we returned to Europe and held the TT2010 meeting in Berlin. For 2011 we visited the USA for the first time, and organized the TT2011 meeting in St Pete Beach (Florida). And, now, the next TT meeting (TT2013) is planned for China, in Guangzhou. This has been one of our aims and challenges, since the foundation of the ISTT, namely, holding a TT meeting in Asia, in China. Now it has become a reality. The 11th Transgenic Technology meeting (TT2013) will be held in Guangzhou (China), on 25-27 February 2013, organized by Prof. Ming Zhao (Chair) (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou) and his Organizing and Advisory Committees, immediately after celebrating the Chinese New Year of the Snake. More than 30 speakers have confirmed their participation, to discuss about ES cells, iPS cells, targeted nucleases (ZFNs and TALENs), cryopreservation and reproduction techniques, running a transgenic facility, mouse genetics, epigenetics, ethics and animal welfare, transgenesis in other vertebrates, animal models of disease, etc… among many other interesting topics. At the TT2013 meeting, the ISTT will award the 9th ISTT Prize for outstanding contributions to transgenic technologies to Prof. Allan Bradley, Director Emeritus of the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), in Hinxton (UK), and leader of the Mouse Genomics Team at WTSI.
In addition, a 3-day hands-on practical workshop (28 February-2 March 2013) will be offered in Guangzhou after the TT2013 meeting, addressing basic microinjection techniques, piezo injection, laser-assisted application, non-surgical implantation, mouse colony management and other interesting topics. This workshop is organized by Wenhao Xu (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA), Chair, Ming Zhao (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China), Jing An (Cancer Institute, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China) and Liangping Li (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China).
Don’t miss this opportunity to hear the latest advances in animal transgenic by world experts! Time is going fast and first deadlines (15 October 2012), for registering at reduced fees, for submitting abstracts, for applying for ISTT registration awards and for nominating candidates for ISTT Young Investigator awards are rapidly approaching.
See you all in China!