The TT2010 meeting is over. More than 460 registered participants (about half of them members of ISTT) attended the past 9th Transgenic Technology meeting, organized by the ISTT, at the MDC, in Berlin-Buch, Germany. The conference itself (March 22-24) was followed by two dedicated workshops on “Colony Management Database Solutions” (March 25) and a practical “Hands-on” course on basic techniques in animal transgenesis (March 25-26). Prof. A. Francis Stewart was awarded the 7th ISTT Prize, sponsored by genOway, for his outstanding contributions in the field of transgenic technologies. He delivered a delightful talk on his work on site-specific recombinases and recombineering over the past 20 years, delineating all the tools his lab has been providing to the scientific comunity that have become central for most post-genomic era applications.
Boris Jerchow, Chair of the TT2010 Organizing Committee, and his team must be congratulated for all their dedication and hard work over the past months that resulted in a lively and enjoyable meeting. The conference was full of discussions and, thanks to the careful talks prepared by all invited speakers, everybody could learn many different aspects of animal transgenesis at different levels, from basic technical or fundamental issues, to more ellaborated and sophysticated scientific applications. Berlin was a great venue for the TT2010 meeting. Such a cosmopolitan city, rich in history, events and locations, was a wonderful complement for social and cultural sightseeing besides the scientific and technical expectations of the TT2010 meeting itself.
Now the TT2010 meeting is over. But ISTT has already started preparing the next forthcoming TT meeting, TT2011, that will be held on October 24-26, 2011, in Miami (Florida, USA), organized by Peter Sobieszczuk and Thom Saunders. All information regarding the TT2011 meeting will be available at the official web site.
The TT2010 meeting will start exactly in one week, on March 22, at the Conference Centre of the Max-Delbrück-Center (MDC), in Berlin-Buch, Germany. You can check the latest information about this meeting in its dedicated web site. More than 450 participants will gather in Berlin to discuss the latest technological developments on the generation and the analysis of genetically modified animals. If you are planning to attend and would like to know what will be the weather like in Berlin during the conference you might wish to check the web setion, within the ISTT web site, dedicated to the TIME and WEATHER conditions of several cities around the world with ISTT members, including Berlin. In short, it’s going to be cold, but I am sure we will compensate the outside temperature with a warm welcome and a most enjoyable meeting.
In Berlin, at the next TT2010 meeting, at the ISTT booth, we will be distributing, as a compliment for all ISTT members attending this conference, the ISTT embryo handling device, a useful tool for mouth pipetting and handling embryos, that can be easily assembled from standard labware parts, along with the corresponding ordering & assembly instructions for those of you willing to prepare new or additional devices. This device is helpful because the firm glass Pasteur pipet provides support for the hand of the technician performing implants. As well, on the rare occasions where too much media is sucked into the implant/transfer needle, the rubber tip can be carefully removed, and additional media sucked into the open end of the Pasteur pipet to recover embryos. The ISTT embryo handling devices have been kindly assembled by Jan Parker-Thornburg (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA). There will be additional ordering & assembly instructions at the ISTT booth, for all delegates attending the TT2010 meeting. The instructions document can also be found and downloaded from the members-only section of the ISTT web site.
These are the results of the 2010 ISTT Elections: Lluis Montoliu has been re-elected President of ISTT, Carlisle Landel has been re-elected Secretary of ISTT, Manuel Sanchez-Martin has been elected Treasurer of ISTT, Shirley Pease has been re-elected ISTT Officer, Jan Parker-Thornburg has been re-elected ISTT Officer and Elizabeth Williams has been elected ISTT Officer. Their terms of service will start on January 1st, 2011, till December 31st, 2014. Congratulations to all elected and re-elected candidates!