The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is happy to support the second edition of the Course on Managing Mouse Colonies: Best Practices, Genetics, Breeding and Welfare, organized as a collaboration between MRC Harwell, the Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine and the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, and aiming to introduce experienced technicians and scientific staff involved with the management of genetically-modified mouse colonies. The Course will be held at the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK, on June 13-16, 2011, and is organized by James Bussell (WTSI), ISTT Member; Neil Dear (LIMM) and Sara Wells (MRC). Application deadline is April 1, 2011.
The course looks at historical and current best practice in the maintenance of genetically-modified mouse colonies for scientific research and the differing disciplines involved in production phenotyping and archiving. All of these are presented with particular attention to the 3Rs and animal welfare. Confirmed tutors attending this course include:
James Bussell, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Michael Cheeseman, Medical Research Council, Harwell, UK
Neil Dear, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, UK
Adrian Deeny, University College London, UK
Martin Fray, Medical Research Council, Harwell, UK
Ian Jackson, Medical Research Council Human Genetics Unit, UK
Sarah Johnson, Medical Research Council, NIMR, UK
Natasha Karp, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Raffaele Matteoni, European Mouse Mutant Archive DataBase, Italy
Karen Steel, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Sara Wells, Medical Research Council, Harwell, UK
Jacqui White, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Ben Woodman, Leeds Institute of Molecular Medicine, UK
The Organizers of this 2nd Edition of the Course hope again to attract a very diverse group of participants from a Scientific, Veterinary and Animal Technology background. This in itself provided a great dynamic when discussing the various routines and concepts involved with genetically-modified mouse production, maintenance, utilisation and cryopreservation. Underpinning this are the good practices associated with animal welfare and the 3R’s.