We would also greatly appreciate if you could assist us disseminating the official flyer for the TT2011 meeting. If you wish, please dowload the official TT2011 Flyer (PDF format) and, please send it by email to your colleagues and friends who could be interested to attend. We thank you in advance for helping us to promote this important meeting.
Intended participants are kindly suggested to plan to arrive at the conference center on the afternoon of Sunday, August 7, 2011. The conference will start on Monday morning and run through Wednesday evening. The normal registration fee of $US 1500.00 ($1,600 for late registration) covers accommodation at Granlibakken for four nights, Sunday, August 7 through Wednesay, August 10, 2011, meals during that period, as well registration at the meeting. ISTT members are entitled to a reduced registration rate of $1,450 for early registration and $1,550 for late registration. Conference Organizers will provide ground transportation from the Reno, Nevada airport on the afternoon/early evening of August 7th and again to the airport on the morning of Thursday, August 11th. Participants will need to send an abstract, if interested in submitting a poster presentation, and register for the conference by June 15th, 2011.
Another breakthrough in Animal Biotechnology, illustrating the potential benefits of genetically modified animals, was published last week in Science. Researchers from The Roslin Institute of the University of Edinburgh and the University of Cambridge, led by Helen Sang and Laurence Tiley, respectively, reported the successful generation of transgenic chickens made with a lentivirus expressing a small RNA, a decoy that interferes with the RNA polymerase from avian influenza virus, and, hence, with its replication. Transgenic chicken infected with avian flu virus H5N1 become sick but failed to transmit the infection to other chickens kept in the same pen with them, both transgenic and wild-type animals. According to Roslin Institute informative pages, this “Breakthrough could prevent future bird flu epidemics“. The decoy mimics a conserved sequence of the viral genome, therefore it is expected to be operative against all strains of avian influenza virus, thus making this new development very encouraging for potentially controlling bird flu infections in the poultry industry.
Today, 18th January, the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is five years old. Therefore, Happy Birthday ISTT !!!. Only six founder members registered this Society on 18 January 2006, in Madrid. Now, five years later, we have 469 members, spread all over the world, … and counting! Later this year, on October 24-26, 2011, we will hold the 10th Transgenic Technology, the TT2001 meeting, at the TradeWinds Island Grand Resort, in St Pete Beach, Florida, USA. There, by the beach, we will celebrate the tremendous success of this young but very active Society. Thanks to all of you for making this possible!
The beautiful city of Brisbane has been severely damaged by floods. Brisbane, in the Australian state of Queensland, was the venue of the 7th Transgenic Technology meeting (TT2007), organized by Elizabeth Williams, Manager of TASQ, the Transgenic Animal Service of the University of Queensland. Most of the buildings on the river sides and surroundings have been partially or totally flooded, the magnificent houses we all remember from our boat trips along the Brisbane river are mostly ruined. The beautiful University of Queensland campus, in a pocket of the river and therefore surrounded by it, has been devastated. Miraculously, the building were TASQ and their mice are located has not been affected. Animals had been wisely held at a 6th floor elevation. Elizabeth’s house, on a hill in Brisbane, has been luckily spared from damage. For those of us who attended the TT2007 meeting we all will remember the floating restaurant where we held the seafood conference banquet. This restaurant was washed away by the river and smashed into pieces after hitting bridge pillars.
In Brisbane, the water level peaked at 4,45 m, in other cities the Queensland flood disaster was worse including, sadly, 15 people confirmed death, to date. Additional information and impressive images and videos can be browsed from Australian newspapers. It will require a lot of time to Brisbane citizens and Australian authorities to first clean and then reconstruct the city as it once was. However, the Brisbane city has shown in the past its spirit, recovering from worse floods in 1974. All of us who once visited Brisbane for a most enjoyable TT2007 meeting have very good memories from our stay. We all hope that Brisbane can recover soon and Elizabeth can resume her work normally. With our best wishes and support from the ISTT.
For the third time, the Nantes “Transgenic rats” core facility (Institut Fédératif de Recherche 26, OUEST-Génopole and IBiSA) organizes a 1-day meeting (June 6, 2011) on animal transgenesis. This year, the organizers (Ignacio Anegon and Sévérine Menoret, both ISTT members; along with Séverine Rémy, Laurent Tesson, Claire Usal, Tuan. H. Nguyen, as local Organizers) have entitled this meeting “Transgenesis and genome analysis“. The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is most happy to support and co-sponsor again this well-focused 1-day meeting on transgenesis. This year, there will be an additional benefit for all those ISTT members willing to attend to this meeting: ISTT members will be entitled to a reduced (half) registration fee. The scientific program includes talks on Transposons, Meganucleases, Zn-finger nucleases, vector design, lentiviral vectors, integration site, integrative genomics, transgenic rodent models for hypertension research, transgenic pigs for xenotransplantion, comparative genomics, rat ES cells and human iPS and ES cells.
Registration forms are available from the meeting web site. Interested participants are requested to register by May 25, 2011.
Dr. Qi-Long Ying and his colleagues were the first to create a genetically modified rat derived from rat ES cells that had been gene targeted via homologous recombination [Production of p53 gene knockout rats by homologous recombination in embryonic stem cells. Tong C, Li P, Wu NL, Yan Y, Ying QL. Nature. 2010 Sep 9;467(7312):211-3.]. Dr. Qi-Long Ying will be one of the invited speakers participating at the forthcoming 10th Transgenic Technology meeting (TT2011), organized by the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), to be held at TradeWinds Grand Island Resort, St Pete Beach, Florida, USA, on October 24-26, 2011.
At the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) we are happy to announce the results of the most recent analysis of ISTT Membership evolution, during the last five years, since 2006, when the Society was founded, to 2010 (data collected until December 31st, 2010). Our membership keeps growing, thanks to all our members that continuously support our Society. Last count for ISTT Members on December 31st, 2010 was 452 members.
The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) wishes you a Happy New Year!. You can download a free copy of the 2011 ISTT calendar. A high-resolution file is available to ISTT members, from the members-only area of the ISTT web site. This 2011 ISTT calendar has been prepared with pictures kindly provided by the following ISTT members: Benoît Kanzler, Johannes Wilbertz, Marcelo Nogueira, Lluís Montoliu, Boris Jerchow, Larry Johnson, Vicente José de Freitas, Pedro Moreira and Sergey Kupriyanov. On behalf of the ISTT, thanks to all of them for their beautiful pictures that have served to illustrate the 2011 ISTT calendar.
In 2011, the ISTT will organize the 10th Transgenic Technology meeting (TT2011), to be held at the TradeWinds Grand Island Resort, St Pete Beach, Florida, USA, on October 24-26, 2011. ISTT Members are entitled to a reduction in the registration fee, equivalent to the annual ISTT membership fee. Don’t miss this great opportunity to stay up-to-date with all developments in animal transgenic technology!.