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Welcome to Edinburgh, the city hosting the TT2014 meeting!

Friday, 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!

 

The TT2014 Registration Awards for ISTT members: deadline for submitting applications is 30th June

Monday, June 16th, 2014
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The TT2014 Registration Awards for ISTT members: deadline for submitting applications is 30th June

The TT2014 Registration Awards for ISTT members: deadline for submitting applications is 30th June

A minimum of six registration awards for ISTT members willing to attend the 12th Transgenic Technology (TT2014) meeting, to be held in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, on 6-8 October 2014, will be sponsored by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). Applications should be sent, along with the registration confirmation and the requested additional documents to istt@transtechsociety.org by June 30, 2014. The ISTT will pay the Registration Fee of all applicants selected for one of these TT2014 registration awards. Please note that applicants not selected for an award are required to pay the corresponding registration fee. Please note the Award covers registration fees and attendance to all social events, however, does not cover travel, accommodation expenses or attendance at pre meeting events. Award decisions will be communicated by July 15, 2014 and awardees will receive a diploma at the TT2014 Meeting.

Applications for registration awards by ISTT members should be sent to the official ISTT email address (istt@transtechsociety.org), by June 30, 2014,  and should include the following documentation:

  • Applicant’s CV
  • Letter describing how the applicant will benefit from attendance at the TT meeting
  • Only for technician/students: Letter of support from the applicant’s head/supervisor stating the support to the applicant’s participation in the TT meeting and highlighting why attendance will benefit the applicant’s career

Procedure
Applicants must register first at the TT2014 website and select, as a payment method, “application for registration awards”. The ISTT will pay the Registration Fee of all applicants selected for an award. However, if they are not selected they would be kindly requested to pay the corresponding registration fee

Selection Process
The ISTT Council will examine all applications received. Registration Awards will be selected according to the documents submitted and with preference given to:

  1. Student/Technician ISTT Members
  2. ISTT Members submitting an abstract for presentation as a poster/short-oral communication at the TT meeting
  3. Any other ISTT Member

Decision
Award decisions will be communicated by July 15, 2014. Awardees will have their TT registration fees entirely waived. Awardees will receive a diploma at the Awards ceremony at the end of the TT2014 meeting. Applicants that are not yet members of the ISTT may choose to register/join first the ISTT and simultaneously submit their travel/registration award application. ISTT Registration/Travel awards for each TT meeting will only be provided to ISTT members who have paid their current annual fees.

Advertising the TT2014 meeting from your institutions: put one of these Posters!

Friday, February 28th, 2014
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12th Transgenic Technology (TT2014) meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 6-8 October 2014

12th Transgenic Technology (TT2014) meeting, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, 6-8 October 2014

The next ISTT meeting will be held in Europe this year. The 12th Transgenic Technology (TT2014) meeting, will take place in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, on 6-8 October 2014, organized by ISTT members Douglas Strathdee (chair), Peter Hohenstein and Bruce Whitelaw, and hosted by three Scottish research institutes and the University of Edinburgh: the Roslin Institute; the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine and the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research. The TT2014 meeting will be followed by the 2-day hands-on workshop “An Introduction to Zebrafish Transgenesis“, on 8-10 October 2014.

An outstanding group of invited speakers have confirmed their participation at the TT2014 meeting. Abstract submissions and application for the ISTT registration awards (for ISTT members) deadlines merge on 30 June 2014. Early bird registration deadline at reduced fees is 31 July 2014. A number of submitted abstracts will be selected for oral presentation on topics including:

  • new technologies in transgenesis
  • pluripotential stem cells
  • targeted nucleases and genome editing
  • models of human disease
  • animal ethics and welfare
  • large-scale phenotyping initiatives
  • animal biotechnology
  • in vivo imaging
  • zebrafish models and transgenesis

Douglas Strathdee and his colleagues have prepared the following collection of eight Posters to advertise the TT2014 meeting, illustrated with beautiful Edinburgh pictures. Please, help us announcing and disseminating the TT2014 meeting by putting one or several of these Posters at your centres, institutions, facilities, departments, universities. The TT meeting is a unique forum occurring every 18 months where to discuss the latest technical developments and applications on animal transgenesis. This is a conference that can’t be missed by anyone interested in this subject! Thanks for helping us advertise the TT2014 meeting!

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Updated scientific and workshop programmes for the TT2014 meeting in Edinburgh

Friday, January 10th, 2014
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Upades scientific and workshop programmes for TT2014 meeting in Edinburgh: Please, register today!.

Upades scientific and workshop programmes for TT2014 meeting in Edinburgh: Please, register today!.

The scientific and zebrafish transgenesis hands-on workshop programmes prepared for the 12th Transgenic Technology (TT2014) meeting, to be held in Edinburgh (Scotland, UK), on October 6-8 (workshop on October 8-10) 2014,  have been recently updated by the Organizers, chaired by Douglas Strathdee (Glasgow, UK). These rewarding updates further increased the already high quality and interest for this popular conference series, promoted from the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), the most important forum where to discuss the state-of-art of animal transgenic technology, to share new developments, to review the deployment of the new methods that have recently being devised and, in summary, an excellent arena where to easily meet, face-to-face, the most relevant key-players in the field while providing a wonderful excuse to gather and ex-change experiences with the entire ISTT family of members.

The updated list of confirmed invited speakers attending the TT2014 meeting (6-8 October 2014) includes:

  • David Adams, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
  • Ignacio Anegon, Center for Research in Transplantation and Immunology, Nantes, France
  • James Bussell, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
  • Ian Chalmers, MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Stephen Ekker, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  • Anna-Katerina Hadjatonakis, Developmental Biology Program, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, USA
  • Peter Hohenstein, The Roslin Institute and Royal Dick School of Vetinary Studies & MRC IGMM, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Nine Cambridge Center Cambridge, USA
  • Jos Jonkers, Division of Molecular Pathology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Keith Joung, Molecular Pathology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, USA
  • Alexandra Joyner, Developmental Biology Program, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, USA
  • Koichi Kawakami, Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, National Institute of Genetics, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Michael McGrew, Division of Developmental Biology, The Roslin Institute and Royal Dick School of Veterinary Studies, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Daniel J Murphy, Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, University of Glasgow, UK
  • James Murray, Department of Animal Science and Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis, California, USA
  • Stephen Murray, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
  • Lluis Montoliu, ISTT President, Organising Committee, National Center of Biotechnology (CNB), CSIC, Madrid, Spain
  • Vasilis Ntziachristos, Technische Universität Mu?nchen, Munich, Germany
  • Elizabeth Patton, MRC Human Genetics Unit & MRC IGMM, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Pawel Pelczar, Institute of Laboratory Animal Science, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Jan-Bas Prins, Leiden University Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • Janet Rossant, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (ISTT Prize)
  • Angelika Schnieke, Livestock Biotechnology, WZW Center of Life Science, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany
  • Kai Schönig, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany
  • William Skarnes, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK
  • Austin Smith, Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • Francis Stewart, Biotechnology Center of the TU Dresden, Germany
  • Sara Wells, MRC Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Jacqueline White, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge UK

The updated list of confirmed invited speakers & instructors attending the hands-on zebrafish transgenesis workshop taking place immediately after the TT2014 meeting (8-10 October 2014) includes:

  • Liz Patton, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, The University of Edinburgh
  • Carl Tucker, Biomedical Research Resources, The University of Edinburgh
  • Tim Czopka, Centre for Neuroregeneration, The University of Edinburgh
  • Koichi Kawakami, Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, National Institute of Genetics, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Stephen Ekker, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  • Keith Joung, Department of Pathology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
  • Henry Roehl, Department of Biomedical Science, The University of Sheffield
  • Robert Kelsh, Centre for Regenerative Medicine and Department of Biology and Biochemistry, The University of Bath
  • Martin Denvir, The University of Edinburgh/British Heart Foundation Centre for Cardiovascular Science, The University of Edinburgh
  • David Lyons, Centre for Neuroregeneration, The University of Edinburgh
  • Dirk Seiger, Centre for Neuroregeneration, The University of Edinburgh
  • Karthikeyani Paranthaman, MRC Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine, The University of Edinburgh

Abstracts: All TT2014 participants are encouraged to submit their work as an abstract for poster presentation at the TT2014 meeting. Abstracts should be submitted no later than June 30, 2014. Accepted abstracts will be published in the scientific journal Transgenic Research (Springer), to which the ISTT is associated. A limited number of abstract submissions will be selected and invited to present their findings in the form of a short oral presentation within the main meeting program. Abstracts are invited on all aspects of Transgenic Technologies, including the conference themes as listed below:

  • New technologies in animal transgenesis
  • Embryo stem cells
  • Target nucleases or Editing nucleases (ZFNs, TALENs, CRISPRs)
  • Large-scale phenotyping
  • Animal Biotechnology
  • Imaging with transgenic animals
  • Mouse models of human disease
  • Zebrafish models of human disease and transgenesis
  • Animal ethics and welfare

Registration for both the TT2014 meeting and the zebrafish transgenesis workshop are OPEN. Registration for the TT2014 meetings starts at 265 UK Pounds for technician/student ISTT members and progressively increases for the rest of categories of delegates. ISTT members are always entitled to reduced registration fees. Registration for the zebrafish transgenesis workshop is independent, with an extra cost of 275 UK Pounds , and only open to delegates that have also registered to attend the TT2014 meeting. The early bird reduced registration fees are operative until July 31, 2014. Thereafter, registration will be progressively become more expensive. Hence,  please register by July 31, 2014 to benefit from reduced registration fees.

ISTT Registration Awards: Application to ISTT registration awards for the TT2014 meeting is OPEN. A minimum of six registration awards for ISTT members will be sponsored by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). Applications should be sent, along with the registration confirmation and the requested additional documents to istt@transtechsociety.org by June 30, 2014. The ISTT will pay the Registration Fee of all applicants selected for an award. Please note that applicants not selected for an award are required to pay the coresponding registration fee. Please note the Award covers registration fees and attendance at all social events, however, does not cover travel, accommodation expenses or attendance at pre meeting events. Award decisions will be communicated by July 15, 2014 and awardees will receive a diploma at the TT2014 Meeting. Deadline for submitting application for ISTT Registration Awards for TT2014: 30 June 2014. Registration Award decisions will be communicated by 15 July 2014.

Looking forward to meeting you all in Edinburgh!

 

The TT2014 meeting web page has been launched: REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
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The TT2014 meeting web site has been launched. REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

The TT2014 meeting web site has been launched. REGISTRATION IS OPEN!

Today, the 12th Transgenic Technology (TT2014) meeting web site has been launched. And meeting registration is already open!. The TT2014 meeting is organized by ISTT members Douglas Strathdee-chair, Peter Hohenstein and Bruce Whitelaw and will be held at The Assembly Rooms, in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK, on 6-8 October 2014. Immediately following the TT2014 meeting, on October 9-10, 2014, there will be a hands-on practical workshop called ‘An Introduction to Zebrafish Transgenesis‘ which will focus on Zebrafish.  Further details about this practical workshop will be announced at the TT2014 meeting web site.

The meeting is hosted by three world-class Scottish research institutes and the University of Edinburgh: the Roslin Institute; the Institute of Genetics and Molecular Medicine and the Beatson Institute for Cancer Research. All three Institutes are world-renowned for producing top quality science at the forefront of biomedical research. The TT meeting visits the UK for the first time following the previous TT meetings in Guangzhou, China (TT2013); Florida, USA (TT2011); Berlin, Germany (TT2010); Toronto, Canada (TT2008); Brisbane, Australia (TT2007) and Barcelona, Spain (TT2005). This will be the 12th meeting in the series, originally pioneered by Johannes Wilbertz (Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden) in 1999. Since the foundation of the ISTT in 2006, the TT meetings have been the main event sponsored by the Society.

The following speakers have confirmed their participation at the TT2014 meeting:

  • David Adams, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge UK
  • Ignacio Anegon, Center for Research in Transplantation and Immunology, Nantes, France
  • Stephen Ekker, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, USA
  • Kat Hadjatonakis, Developmental Biology Program, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York, USA
  • Coenraad Hendriksen, Institute for Translational Vaccinology, Bilthoven, The Netherlands
  • Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research, Nine Cambridge Center Cambridge, USA
  • Jos Jonkers, Division of Molecular Pathology, The Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
  • Keith Joung, Molecular Pathology Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, Charlestown, MA, USA
  • Alex Joyner, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY, USA
  • Koichi Kawakami, Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, National Institute of Genetics, Shizuoka, Japan
  • Jim Murray, Department of Animal Science and Department of Population Health and Reproduction, University of California, Davis, California, USA
  • Stephen Murray, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine, USA
  • Lluis Montoliu, ISTT President, Organising Committee, National Center of Biotechnology (CNB), CSIC, Madrid, Spain
  • Vasilis Ntziachristos, Technische Universität Mu?nchen, Munich, Germany
  • Pawel Pelczar, Institute of Laboratory Animal Science, Zürich, Switzerland
  • Janet Rossant, The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Angelika Schnieke, Livestock Biotechnology, WZW Center of Life Science, Freising-Weihenstephan, Germany
  • Kai Schönig, Central Institute of Mental Health, Heidelberg University, Mannheim, Germany
  • Austin Smith, Wellcome Trust-Medical Research Council Stem Cell Institute, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
  • Sara Wells, MRC Harwell, Oxfordshire, UK
  • Jacqui White, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, Cambridge UK

At the TT2014 meeting, the ISTT will be awarding the 10th ISTT Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of transgenic technologies to Prof. Janet Rossant (The Hospital for Sick Children, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario, Canada). The ISTT Prize is generously sponsored by genOway.

At the TT2014 meeting, the ISTT will be also awarding the 3rd ISTT Young Investigator Award, generously sponsored by inGenious Targeting Laboratory. 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.

At the TT2014 meeting, and for the first time, the ISTT Best Poster Awards, traditionally awarded to the best posters presented at the corresponding TT meeting, will be generously sponsored by Charles River.

Accepted abstracts submitted for the TT2014 meeting, will be published in the scientific journal Transgenic Research (Springer), to which the ISTT is associated.

A minimum of six registration awards for ISTT members will be sponsored by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies. Applications should be sent, along with the registration document to istt@transtechsociety.org by June 30, 2014. Award decisions will be communicated by July 15, 2014 and awardees will receive a diploma at the TT2014 Meeting.

Important deadlines:

  • Abstract submission deadline June 30, 2014
  • Application for ISTT registration awards deadline June 30, 2014
  • Awards to be communicated by July 15, 2014
  • Early Bird registration fee deadline July 31, 2014
  • Standard Rate registration fee from August 1, 2014
  • Late & On-Site Rate registration fee from September 22, 2014

As it is stated in the TT2014 meeting home page: “Scotland prides itself on both its life science research and the warm welcome given to visitors and looks forward to hosting TT2014“. Therefore, on behalf of the ISTT and of the TT2014 Organising Committee we invite you all to attend to the TT2014 meeting.

See you all in Edinburgh!

The ISTT journey: from Barcelona to Guangzhou, now it is time for China! The TT2013 meeting

Sunday, September 23rd, 2012
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The ISTT journey: from Barcelona to Guangzhou, now it is time for China! The TT2013 meeting

The ISTT journey: from Barcelona to Guangzhou, now it is time for China! The TT2013 meeting

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!

Haven’t you registered yet for the TT2013 meeting? China is waiting for you!

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012
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Time to register for the next ISTT meeting, TT2013, in China, 25-27 Feb 2013

Time to register for the next ISTT meeting, TT2013, in China, 25-27 Feb 2013

Dear colleagues and friends,

Time is running fast and we are progressively approaching the deadline for early bird registration at reduced fees to attend the next meeting of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), the 11th Transgenic Technology meeting, TT2013, which will be held in Guangzhou (PR China), on 25-27 February 2013. The ISTT family will visit Asia for the first time and we are all very excited about this forthcoming TT2013 meeting, organized by the ISTT member Prof. Ming Zhao (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, PR China) and his team of colleagues and collaborators. As many as 32 international experts in our field will attend and share their latest results and developments regarding applications, methods and practices for the generation and analyses of genetically modified animals. Do not miss this opportunity to review and update your knowledge on state-of-art animal transgenesis technologies and enjoy attending the next edition of the renowned TT meeting series, periodically organized by the ISTT. You can download here, the latest TT2013 meeting program and TT2013 meeting flyer where you will find the names of confirmed invited speakers and selected hot topics in our field that will be covered during this conference.

TT2013 meeting registration fees have been maintained at reasonably reduced prices, similar to previous TT meetings. ISTT members are entitled to reduced registration fees. If you are not yet a member of the ISTT you may consider applying for ISTT membership and, immediately next, registering for the TT2013 meeting and benefit of a reduced registration fee. Bank wire transfers are the recommended payment format for the TT2013 meeting.

At the TT2013 meeting, the ISTT will be awarding Prof. Allan Bradley (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton, UK) the 9th ISTT Prize for his outstanding contributions to the field of transgenic technologies. The ISTT Prize is generously sponsored by genOway. In addition, the ISTT, in collaboration with inGenious Targeting Laboratory, will be also awarding the 2nd ISTT Young Investigator Award, for which candidates can be nominated by ISTT members. The ISTT will also provide several ISTT Registration Awards for ISTT members willing to attend the TT2013 meeting, according to the specified conditions.

We kindly invite you to submit your abstracts for this TT2013 meeting, detailing your most interesting and recent research, solutions, investigations or developments on any aspect related to animal transgenesis. Accepted abstracts will be eventually published in the scientific journal Transgenic Research (Springer), associated to the ISTT. A limited number of abstract submissions will be selected and invited to present their findings in the form of a short oral presentation within the main meeting program.

A three-day hands-on practical course on basic techniques in animal transgenesis will be held also held in Guangzhou, immediately following the TT2013 meeting, on 28 February-2 March 2013. This interesting 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) and will benefit by the participation of international experts and delegates from selected companies within our field as course instructors.

Besides exciting discussions on science and technology for the generation and analysis of transgenic animals, the TT2013 meeting will also provide opportunities to relax, meet and chat with your colleagues while visiting Guangzhou and its surrounding area. For the TT2013 meeting, the Organizers have prepared for participants a most interesting social program and after-meeting-tour including a pre-meeting dinner cruise on the Pearl River, a sightseeing tour in Guangzhou and an after meeting-tour to Beijing, the capital of PR China.

The TT2013 meeting venue and hotel will be at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, the largest comprehensive international convention center with most advanced establishment and perfect supporting facilities for conferences in Southern China. Accommodation, at conveniently reduced prices,  is offered for TT2013 meeting participants at the five-star hotel associated with this convention center and must be organized separately, directly by the participants, following the indications provided. Participants at the hands-on workshop will be lodged at The University Town International Hotel.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INTERNATIONAL PARTICIPANTS: There are certain documents all international participants willing to attend the TT2013 meeting must organize, previously, well in advance, to obtain granted permission to enter and visit China. These documents include a passport which should be valid for six months beyond the approved length of your stay in China, and a VISA. Please read carefully the indications and recommendations kindly prepared by TT2013 meeting organizers regarding how and what type of VISA every international participant attending this conference should apply for.

The important deadlines for the TT2013 meeting are:

Registration for the TT2013 meeting: OPEN
Submission of Abstracts: 15 October 2012
Application for ISTT Registration Awards: 15 October 2012
Nominations for ISTT Young Investigator Awards: 15 October 2012
Early bird registration deadline at reduced fees: 15 October 2012
Standard registration period deadline: 31 January 2013
Late registration fees & on-site registration: from 01 February 2013

Companies willing to exhibit their products and services at the TT2013 meeting are most welcome to participate and kindly invited to browse the TT2013 meeting sponsorship opportunities for both the main conference and the associated hands-on workshop.

TT2013 meeting contact email address: tt2013@transtechsociety.org

TT2013 meeting web site: http://www.tt2013.org

See you all in Guangzhou!

Lluis Montoliu, PhD
President of the ISTT

Registration for the TT2013 meeting in China is OPEN

Thursday, June 7th, 2012
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Registration for the TT2013 meeting in China is OPEN (http://www.tt2013.org)

Registration for the TT2013 meeting in China is OPEN (http://www.tt2013.org)

On behalf of the Organizing Committee for the 11th Transgenic Technology (TT2013) meeting and of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) it is my great pleasure to announce the launching of the official TT2013 meeting web site and, at the same time, inform that registration for the TT2013 meeting is now OPEN. After a very successful TT2011 meeting in Florida, the ISTT family travels to far-East, to China, to hold the 11th Transgenic Technology meeting in the city of Guangzhou, the largest city of the Guandong province in Southern China, on February 25-27, 2013. The TT2013 meeting is locally organized by the Southern Medical University, in Guangzhou, and the Chair of the Organizing Committee is Prof. Ming Zhao.

TT2013 meeting web site: http://www.tt2013.org

TT2013 meeting official email address: tt2013@transtechsociety.org

We welcome all attendees who are in the process of generating genetically-modified animals or who perform the experiments that follow to determine the corresponding phenotypes of such transgenic animals. The program should be of interest to scientists, group leaders, postdoctoral researchers, facility managers, technicians and PhD students working directly or indirectly with genetically-modified animals. We invite you to participate and contribute to this conference where we will discuss the latest technology developments, the newest applications and strategies in biology, biomedicine and biotechnology using transgenic animals. Companies and institutions with an interest in this field are kindly invited to participate and share their latest technologies. We encourage you to submit abstracts to be presented at the TT2013 meeting.

We have confirmed a wonderful list of excellent speakers and interesting topics for the animal transgenesis community. The list of invited speakers confirmed to attend the TT2013 meeting includes:

  • 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)
  • Toni Cathomen (University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany)
  • Alan Colman (Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore) Closing Talk
  • Michael Dobbie (Australian Phenomics Facility, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
  • Scott Fahrenkrug (Recombinetics, Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • Malcolm France (Sydney University, 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)
  • Kent Lloyd (University of California, Davis, CA, 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)
  • Ling Sun (Institute of Developmental Biology and Molecular Medicine, Fudan University, Shanghai, PR China)
  • Davor Solter (Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore) Opening Talk
  • 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 list of topics that will be covered at the TT2013 meeting includes the following themes:

  • Androgenetic haploid embryonic stem cells
  • Sperm Cryopreservation and IVF
  • KOMP ES cell clones performance
  • Australian Phenomics Network Initiatives
  • Epigenetics and Transgenesis
  • Effects of in vitro culture on mammalian embryos
  • Epigenetic alterations during mouse transgenesis and cloning
  • Epigenetic reprogramming by oocytes
  • Targeted nucleases, ZFNs and TALENs, in transgenesis
  • Livestock Genome Editing with TALENS
  • Transgenic mice and ZFNs
  • KO pigs and ZFNs
  • Zebrafish and TALENs
  • Transgenic livestock
  • Ethics, animal welfare and regulations
  • Health monitoring protocols and transgenic facilities
  • Animal welfare and international mouse consortia
  • Impact of genetic background in mouse and rat models
  • Assisted reproduction strategies in mice
  • Non-rodent transgenesis
  • Primate chimeras and ES cells
  • Rat functional genomic initiatives
  • National BioResource Project for the rat
  • Animal models of human diseases
  • ES and iPS cells
  • transposon (PiggyBac)-mediated mutagenesis
  • Round-table discussion: Running a transgenic facility
  • Running a transgenic facility: The business aspect of running a transgenic unit
  • Running a transgenic facility: managing errors, difficulties
  • Running a transgenic facility: Staying on the cutting edge of technology while still maintaining basic services
  • Rat/mouse chimeras and iPS/ES cells
  • Overview of cre-transgenic mouse lines resources
  • China/Asia/Oceania in the International Mouse Functional Genomics Consortia
  • The Shanghai Research Center for Model Organisms

The TT2013 meeting will be held at the Baiyun International Convention Center-Oriental International Convention Hotel in Guangzhou, the largest comprehensive five-star hotel in Southern China, with an established record of hosting successful meetings and perfect supporting facilities. Located on the Baiyun Mountain, in the Baiyun New Town and overlooking the Baiyun Mountain Scenic Area and the Oriental Resort, this Convention Center is a fully equipped, self-contained meeting resort. More than 40 international air routes serve the new Baiyun International Airport, a 20 minute drive from the Baiyun International Convention Center.

After the TT2013 meeting, there will be a 3-days hands-on practical workshop on transgenic techniques, 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). This workshop is limited to 30 participants. Instructors for the practical course will include: Wenhao Xu (USA), Xin-an Pu (USA), Anna Auerbach (USA), Lily Reed (USA), Xin Rairdan (USA), Barbara Stone (USA), Steven Xing (USA), Margaret Landis (USA), Katja Becker (Germany), Ronald Naumann (Germany). Techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated at this course include: basic microinjection techniques, piezo injection, laser-assisted application, non-surgical implantation, mouse colony management,… This practical course will be co-sponsored by Hamilton-Thorne, ParaTechs, Sutter/Primetech. Registration for this 3-days practical workshop must be done through tt2013@transtechsociety.org and the TT2013 meeting registration web page. Workshop cost: 400$ (USD).

Registration fee to attend the TT2013 meeting begins at 400$(USD) and extends up to 630$(USD). ISTT members and technician/student participants are entitled to reduced registration fees.

Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee and lodging must be reserved independently at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, where a limited number of rooms have been prebooked for participants attending the TT2013 meeting at convenient reduced prices (610 RMB-single/680 RMB-double room). Note: RMB are China Yuan Renminbi, 100 RMB ~ 16 USD/12 Euros. Please check for most updated currency exchange.

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) will be sponsoring several Registration Awards for ISTT members willing to attend the TT2013 meeting. Applications for ISTT Registration Awards to attend the TT2013 meeting will be accepted up to October 15, 2012. Please refer to instructions provided at the corresponding ISTT web page for ISTT Registration Awards.

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), in collaboration with inGenious Targeting Laboratory (iTL), has establised the ISTT YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDthat will be given at the Transgenic Technology (TT) Meetings. Nominations for the 2nd ISTT Young Investigator Award, for the TT2013 meeting, will be accepted up to October 15, 2012. Please refer to instructions provided at the corresponding ISTT web page for ISTT Young Investigator Awards.

Sponsoring companies willing to support the TT2013 meeting and to exhibit at the TT2013 meeting venue should contact TT2013 organizers through the TT2013 meeting email address (tt2013@transtechsociety.org). TT2013 meeting sponsorship opportunities are available at the meeting web site.

TT2013 meeting deadlines

Abstract submission deadline:  October 15, 2012
Application for ISTT registration awards:  October 15, 2012
Awards to be communicated by October 30, 2012
Early bird registration deadline: October 15, 2012
Standard fee registration deadline: January 31, 2013
Late registration fees & on-site registration: February 01, 2013

See you all in Guangzhou, at the TT2013 meeting!

Lluis Montoliu, PhD; President of the ISTT

The ISTT wants you!

Saturday, November 5th, 2011
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The ISTT wants you!

The ISTT wants you!

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) wants you!. If you are a member of the ISTT, your ideas, suggestions, proposals for helping us running the Society are most welcome. At the ISTT Council, one of our fundamental aims is our committment to always increase the benefits of our ISTT membership, as much as reasonably possible, according to the ISTT funds. ISTT support can be used to co-sponsor meetings, workshops, courses, seminars and any other event related to the generation and the analysis of genetically-modified animals. ISTT support can also be used for registration and travel awards for ISTT Members to attend ISTT meetings, to sponsor travel/training projects, small Grant support for Laboratory/Unit R&D projects,  for a sliding scale for registration when more than one member of the same lab/unit attend a sponsored meeting, etc… The ISTT news your ideas to increase the support to ISTT members. An ISTT Membership Committe, formed by Jan Parker-Thornburg, Elizabeth Williams and Wojtek Auerbach, has been constituted for this purpose. They will be more than happy to receive your suggestions, your ideas, your proposals, your comments, as ISTT Members, anything that you feel we could consider to increase the benefits of our ISTT Membership. Thanks for your contribution!.

TT2011 updated information: abstracts received, registration awards

Friday, July 15th, 2011
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TT2011 meeting, Florida, USA, 24-26 October 2011

TT2011 meeting, Florida, USA, 24-26 October 2011

The decision on the TT2011-ISTT registration awards has been just announced. This year, for the 10th Transgenic Technology meeting, the ISTT registration awards committee has decided to award up to 18 ISTT Members, out of the 29 applications received. This is the highest number of registration awards ever supported by the ISTT and illustrates the strong compromise of our Society towards its members, specially the technician-student members, in order to promote their attendance to the TT2011 meeting. This year, 18 different transgenic facilities/laboratories/units distributed across the world will benefit to have one of its members awarded to attend the TT2011 meeting.

Up to 128 abstracts have been accepted for presentation at the TT2011 meeting, including those from the invited speakers. The ISTT abstracts committee selected the four most interesting for short oral presentation. The most updated TT2011 scientific program, including the selected short talks, can be browsed here.

The deadline for registration for the TT2011 meeting at reduced fee is July 31st, 2011. If you have not registered for this meeting, please hurry up and submit your registration as soon as possible. Do not miss the opportunity to attend the reference conference in Transgenic Technology.


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