30 June 2011: deadline for submitting abstracts for the TT2011 meeting

Submitting an abstract for the TT2011 meeting (deadline: June 30th, 2011)
Submitting an abstract for the TT2011 meeting (deadline: June 30th, 2011)

Next Thursday, June 30th, 2011, is the deadline for submitting abstracts to be presented at the forthcoming 10th Transgenic Technology (TT2011) meeting. Accepted abstracts will be published in the scientific journal Transgenic Research, associated to the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). All the information about the TT2011 meeting, including instructions for submitting abstracts can be found at the TT2011 meeting web site (www.tt2011.org).

Results of the 2011 ISTT council elections

Results of the 2011 ISTT council elections
Results of the 2011 ISTT council elections

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) wishes to announce the results of the recent 2011 ISTT council elections. Out of the three participating candidates: Wojtek Auerbach, Boris Jerchow and Benoît Kanzler, the votes received supported the re-election, for their second and last consecutive turn, of both Wojtek Auerbach and Boris Jerchow. Their new term of service will begin on January 1st, 2012 and will finish on December 31st, 2015, four years later. The ISTT wishes to thank all three contestants, for their kind generousity and committment to work for our Society, and also all ISTT members that have voted.

ISTT supports EMBO Course on Developmental Neurobiology

ISTT supports the EMBO Course on Developmental Neurobiology, King's College, London, UK, 8-22 July 2011
ISTT supports the EMBO Course on Developmental Neurobiology, King's College, London, UK, 8-22 July 2011

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is pleased to support the EMBO Practical Course on “Developmental Neurobiology: From Worms to Mammals“, organized by Robert Hindges (ISTT member) that will be held at the MRC Centre for Developmental Neurobiology, King’s College, London, UK on 8-22 July 2011.

The course will give the participants an overview of six animal model systems (C. elegans, Xenopus, Drosophila, zebrafish, chick and mouse) and their use for neurodevelopmental research. This is the second edition after the first Practical Course held in 2009 with a big success. During the course the participants will work with and also generate transgenic animals for their studies.

Published in Nature: A conditional knockout resource for the genome-wide study of mouse gene function

Targeting strategies and constructs used by KOMP-CSD and EUCOMM
Targeting strategies and constructs used by KOMP-CSD and EUCOMM

Today’s issue of Nature includes the article reporting the great initiative, efforts and results achieved so far by the International KnockOut Mouse Consortium (IKMC) towards the systematic gene-targeting of the mouse genome, aiming to functionally annotate and thus deciphering the precise role of all genes encoded by a mammalian genome (mouse), most similar to the human genome. The authors are members of the KOMP (the National Institutes of Health Knockout Mouse Program) and EUCOMM (the European Conditional Mouse Mutagenesis) international projects.

In this work, the authors report the establishment of a high-throughput gene-targeting efficient strategies and a successful pipeline to produce reporter-tagged, conditional alleles on an unprecedent scale. As they report, “more than 12,000 vectors and 9,000 conditional targeted alleles” have been produced so far. Targeted ES cells and targeting vectors are available from KOMP and EUMMCR. Mice derived from EUCOMM ES cells are available as live animals or cryopreserved embryos from EMMA.

A conditional knockout resource for the genome-wide study of mouse gene function
William C. Skarnes, Barry Rosen, Anthony P. West, Manousos Koutsourakis, Wendy Bushell, Vivek Iyer, Alejandro O. Mujica, Mark Thomas, Jennifer Harrow, Tony Cox, David Jackson, Jessica Severin, Patrick Biggs, Jun Fu, Michael Nefedov, Pieter J. de Jong, A. Francis Stewart & Allan Bradley. Nature 474 (337-342) Date published: 16 June 2011 DOI: doi:10.1038/nature10163

Additional comments available here.

WTSI Course on Genetic Manipulation of ES cells

WTSI Course on Genetic Manipulation of ES cells, 31 October-13 November 2011
WTSI Course on Genetic Manipulation of ES cells, 31 October-13 November 2011

The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (WTSI), at Hinxton (UK), organizes a course on “Genetic Manipulation of ES cells that will be held on 31 October-13 November 2011. This Wellcome Trust Advanced Course will provide a comprehensive overview and practical laboratory experience of the genetic manipulation of mouse ES cells for a broad range of applications. The course instructors include Course instructors Prof. Francis Stewart, ISTT Honorary Member, from Dresden University of Technology, Germany and Dr William Skarnes, Dr Pentao Liu, and Dr Barry Rosen, from WTSI, UK.

Guest speakers include Toni Cathomen (Hannover Medical School, Germany), Austin Smith (Wellcome Trust Centre for Stem Cell Research, UK), Roger Pedersen (University of Cambridge, UK), Allan Bradley (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK), Meinrad Busslinger (Research Institute of Molecular Pathology, Austria) and Timm Schroeder (Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany). Application deadline: 8 July 2011.

A brochure for this course can be downloaded from here.

ISTT reaches 500 members !!!

ISTT reaches 500 members !!!
ISTT reaches 500 members !!!

We are most pleased to announce that, today, June 10, 2011, the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) has reached 500 members registered. This is a fantastic achievement for such a young society, funded in January 2006, just about 5 and half years ago. Thanks to all current and previous members for contributing to this great success. This is yet another challenge and a further responsibility for us, at the ISTT council. We will continue working for the ISTT membership with even renewed and stronger commitment. Congratulations to all of you! Congratulations to the ISTT!!!

Course on “Genetics of Laboratory Rodents”, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay, December 5-14, 2011

Course on "Genetics of Laboratory Rodents", Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay, December 5-14, 2011
Course on "Genetics of Laboratory Rodents", Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, Uruguay, December 5-14, 2011

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) is pleased to announce the co-sponsorship of the second edition of the International Course on “Genetics of Laboratory Rodents“, to be held at the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo (IPMONT), Uruguay, on 5-14 December 2011. This course is organized by Martina Crispo (IPMONT, ISTT member) and co-organized by Jean Jacques Panthier (Inst. Pasteur Paris). Following a most successful first edition in 2008, the aim of this course is to offer a training opportunity to South American research scientists and veterinarians in charge of laboratory animal facilities, in the most prominent areas of mammalian genetics (mostly mouse). This course offers an opportunity to receive an intensive training and get in touch with scientist of the region working in the same fields of interest.

The invited speakers at this international 2011 course on “Genetics of Laboratory Rodents” include the following experts in the field:

  • Jean Jacques Panthier (Institut Pasteur de Paris, France)
  • Xavier Montagutelli (Institut Pasteur de Paris, France)
  • Jean Louis Guénet (Institut Pasteur de Paris, France)
  • Jean Jaubert (Institut Pasteur de Paris, France) – ISTT member
  • Michel Cohen Tannoudji (Institut Pasteur de Paris, France)
  • Ignacio Anegón (Institut de Transplantation-Urologie-Néphrologie,France) – ISTT member
  • Marcelo Rubinstein (Facultad de Ciencias Exactas y Naturales, UBA, Argentina)
  • Andreia Salgado (CEMIB, UNICAMP, Brazil)
  • Fernando Benavides (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Texas, USA) – ISTT member
  • Mariela Bollati (Institut Pasteur de Montevideo)
  • Martina Crispo (Institut Pasteur de Montevideo) – ISTT member

Interested participants should sent their applications by email to: curso-genetica-raton@pasteur.edu.uy by September 25, 2011, and include their CV, letter of motivation and letter of support of their advisors, all in PDF format. Two seats are reserved for qualifying ISTT members. There is no registration fee for this course. The 2011 International Course on “Genetics of Laboratory Rodents” is generously sponsored by CABBIO, AMSUD PASTEUR, Institut Pasteur de Montevideo, ISTT and Ambassade de France en Uruguay.

New ISTT Members will receive a 2Gb USB key for FREE!

New ISTT Members will receive a 2Gb USB key for FREE !
New ISTT Members will receive a 2Gb USB key for FREE !

From now on, all registering NEW ISTT members will receive a 2 Gb USB key for FREE, as a gift to welcome them in our Society. If you are interested in the latest technical developments on the generation and the analysis of genetically modified animals, including transgenic and knockout mice but also all different animal species that can be genetically manipulated (rat, rabbit, sheep, goat, cow, pig, fish….) you should join the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) and, better, join and register to attend our next (10th) Transgenic Technology meeting , TT2011, that will be held in Florida on October 24-26, 2011. Thanks for joining the ISTT !!