This past week, November 22-26, 2010, it has been held the Course on “Cryopreservation of Mouse Germoplasm” and the consecutive Symposium on “Animal Models and Cryopreservation”, in Campinas (Brazil), at the at the Multidisciplinary Center for Biological Investigation on Laboratory Animal Science (CEMIB), of the University of Campinas (UNICAMP). These two events were co-sponsored by CNPq (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Cientifico y Tecnológico do Brasil) and the ISTT (International Society for Transgenic Technologies), and were also supported by EMMA (European Mouse Mutant Archive) and ICLAS (International Council for Laboratory Animal Sciences). These two events represented a “cool” initiative which proved to be most successful, nicely illustrating the willingness and compromise of CEMIB-UNICAMP to contribute and participate in international projects on mouse functional genomics, specifically through their cryopreservation efforts.
The hands-on course on basic cryopreservation techniques was followed by 10 technician and students from CEMIB plus up to 40 additional technician and students from other institutions in Brazil and other countries, did also followed the course through videoconference facilities provided within the UNICAMP campus. Complementary talks were delivered to all these participants by Jorge Sztein (NIAID-NIH, Bethesda, MD, USA), Jean-Louis Guénet (Inst. Pasteur, Paris, France), Jean Jaubert (Inst. Pasteur, Paris, France), Martina Crispo (Inst. Pasteur, Montevideo, Uruguay), Luz-Augusto Correa Passos (CEMIB) and Lluís Montoliu (ISTT and EMMA, CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain).
The course was followed by a one-day Symposium on “Animal Models and Cryopreservation” were CEMIB, through its past and recently nominated Directors, Prof. Delma P. Alves and Rovilson Gilioli, respectively, presented their corageous initiative to become a reference institution on animal models and cryopreservation for South America, in cooperation with other insititutions within Brazil and in collaboration with supporting institutions from neighbouring countries, such as the Institut Pasteur of Montevideo (Uruguay) and the Universidad de La Plata (Argentina). At the Symposium talks were delivered by Cecilia Carbone (ICLAS, Univ. de La Plata, Argentina), Jean-Louis Guénet, Jorge Sztein, Lluís Montoliu, Martina Crispo and Fernando Benavides (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, TX, USA).