At the TT2010 meeting, to be held in Berlin, on March 22-24, 2010, there will be several social amenities organized, prior the conference itself. On Sunday 21, 2010, there will be a Sightseeing boat-trip. The sightseeing boat trip will start on the river Spree, close to Friedrichstraße, around 3 pm on Sunday, March 21 and will be a two to three hour guided tour through the historical center of Berlin and some more recent quarters. All registered participants will receive detailed information in due time before the trip.
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) has established a “Prize for outstanding contributions to the field of Transgene Technologies“. The ISTT Prizes are awarded at each Transgenic Technology (TT) Meeting and are generously sponsored by genOway. The ISTT Prize is a unique piece of art and represents a mouse blastocyst created in silver by the Hungarian artist Mr. Bela Rozsnyay.
Next ISTT Prize will be awarded in Berlin, at the TT2010 meeting, to Prof. Francis Stewart ( TU Dresden, Germany). Previous awardees of this ISTT Prize have been: Brigid Hogan (TT2008), Charles Babinet (TT2007), Andras Nagy (TT2005), Qi Zhou (TT2004), Kenneth J. McCreath (TT2002) and Teruhiko Wakayama (TT2001). All awarded ISTT Prize winners are given Honorary ISTT Membership.
Mouse Welfare Terms is a website dedicated to standardising the way we describe different characteristics of laboratory mice which may impact on their welfare. The team who have developed the listing of terms is lead by mouse care staff and have worked with veterinarian advice to compile a list of controlled language for cage-side descriptions of any mice that may cause concern while being used for scientific research. The ultimate aim of this listing is to highlight welfare concerns associated with the maintenance of laboratory mice and any phenotypes that should be conveyed when either using these models locally or transferring to other facilities.
The RSPCA and EUMODIC will be holding a two-day course entitled: Managing Mouse Colonies: Genetics, Breeding & Welfare. The course, a collaboration between MRC Harwell, the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, the RSPCA and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, will introduce experienced technicians and scientific staff involved with the management of GA mice, to current best practice in the maintenance of GA mouse colonies for scientific research, with an emphasis on the 3Rs and animal welfare. The event will be limited to 30 participants and take place on the 20th & 21st July 2010 at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK.
Topics to include:
• Establishing & maintaining transgenic lines
• Establishing & maintaining gene targeted lines
• An introduction to genetic/strain nomenclature
• Basic colony management
• Breeding workshop
• Advanced colony management
• Identifying and overcoming common issues
• Maintenance of high health status colonies
• Cryopreservation/rederivation workshop
• Experimental design workshop
Cost £150 (to cover all accommodation, food and course materials)
For more information, or to obtain an application form please email: GA@rspca.org.uk (putting ‘colony management course’ in the subject field) before 31st March 2010.