Project Offer: Website design/update, maintenance and technical support for the ISTT

Project Offer: Website design/update, maintenance and technical support for the ISTT
Project Offer: Website design/update, maintenance and technical support for the ISTT

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) plans to update its website and is seeking individuals/companies capable of developing a new concept for the site, modern, professional, appealing and adapted to the projects, events and activities associated with the ISTT.

Layout should be based on a CMS (Drupal, Joomla, Concrete or similar), for ease of update and modification of web content by identified individuals with publishing permissions. The new concept may include defining new letter types, sizes and colours, to be used consistently throughout the website.

Additional details for this PROJECT OFFER can be obtained from this detailed document.

Interested candidates should contact ISTT by email (istt@transtechsociety.org) and include a CV, list of projects developed/portfolio of previous work, proposed budget and references, as well as any additional information that could be relevant for this project. Applications are requested by March 31st, 2012.

Ideally, the website design proposals should be prepared for review on a test web server, although alternative methods are available if needed (please contact the ISTT for details). A basic layout for the new website proposal, showing the concept of the new design and including illustrative examples of functionality are required for evaluation purposes. Thereafter, upon selection and agreement on conditions, the selected candidate will develop the entire new website for the ISTT.

Projects will be assessed by quality, functionality, ease in modifying web contents, integration with server and associated costs. Candidates can be based anywhere in the world. Selected candidates for this project and technical support may be invited for an interview through Skype.

EMMA Cryopreservation Workshop, Madrid, Spain, 7-8 May 2012

EMMA Cryopreservation Workshop, Madrid, Spain, 7-8 May 2012
EMMA Cryopreservation Workshop, Madrid, Spain, 7-8 May 2012

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) co-sponsors the EMMA Cryopreservation Workshop, organized by EMMA (the European Mouse Mutant Archive) and CSIC (the Spanish Research Council) and to be held at the CSIC Main Campus, in Madrid (Spain), on 7-8 May 2012. The Organizers of this workshop are Martin Fray (Mammalian Genetics Unit, MRC, Harwell, UK; Biological Resources Manager at the EMMA node in MRC-MGU-Harwell and ISTT Member), Michael Hagn (Institute of Experimental Genetics, HMGU, Munich, Germany; EMMA Project Manager) and Lluis Montoliu (National Center of Biotechnology, CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain; Spanish EMMA node co-ordinator and ISTT Member). The Organizers have selected a number of speakers in the field and hot topics in cryopreservation with a main focus on technology. The main aim of this workshop is to discuss openly all topics at length and in depth, from past and present initiatives, undertaken by the various archiving initiatives world-wide, invited to this workshop, to the current and future challenges all bio-repositories have to face and address adequately. Topics that will be discussed include: embryo and organ cryopreservation, sperm cryopreservation and IVF, ICSI, mouse production, morula/ES aggregation method, transportation issues with frozen and unfrozen biological material and various continental efforts towards cryopreservation. Additional information can be obtained from workshop web site.

Confirmed invited participants include:

  • Sue Bath (Melbourne, Australia)
  • Martina Crispo (Institut Pasteur, Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Xiang Gao (Model Animal Research Center, Nanjing University, Nanjing, P.R. China)
  • Marina Gertsenstein (Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Alan Hart (MRC-Human Genetics Unit at MRC/IGMM, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK)
  • Jean Jaubert (Institut Pasteur, Paris, France)
  • Carlisle Landel (Thomas Jefferson University, Kimmel Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
  • Kent Lloyd (Mouse Biology Program, University of California, Davis, CA, USA)
  • Peter Mazur (The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, USA)
  • Keiji Mochida (RIKEN Bioresource Center, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Japan)
  • Pedro Moreira (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Monterotondo/Rome, Italy)
  • Naomi Nakagata (Center for Animal Resources & Development-CARD, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan)
  • Lauryl Nutter (Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics, Toronto, ON, Canada)
  • Atsuo Ogura (RIKEN Bioresource Center, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki, Japan)
  • Sagrario Ortega (National Cancer Research Center, CNIO-ISCIII, Madrid, Spain)
  • BelĂ©n Pintado (National Center of Biotechnology, CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain)
  • Marcello Raspa (EMMA-CNR, Monterotondo/Rome, Italy)
  • Stuart Read (The Australian National University, The Australian Phenomics Facility, Canberra, Australia)
  • Jorge Sztein (CMB Cryopreservation and Assisted Reproduction, NIAID-NIH, Rockville, MD, USA)
  • Rob Taft (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Arbor, ME, USA)
  • Toru Takeo (Center for Animal Resources & Development-CARD, Kumamoto University, Kumamoto, Japan)
  • Xavier Warot (Center of PhenoGenomics, School of Life Sciences, EPFL, Lausanne, Switzerland)
  • Michael Wiles (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Arbor, ME, USA)

In addition, the EMMA Cryopreservation workshop will be attended by delegates from EMMA nodes and up to ten (10) current* ISTT members selected among applicants with expertise in cryopreservation, on behalf of the EMMA-ISTT cooperation agreement, for mutual promotion and collaboration, currently in place, and thanks to the specific co-sponsorship of the ISTT agreed by the ISTT council for this EMMA workshop. This is a highly specialized workshop with about 60 participants, all attending by invitation. However, up to ten ISTT members with expertise in cryopreservation will be able to benefit and attend. ISTT members interested and willing to attend this meeting can submit their applications to Lluis Montoliu (montoliu@cnb.csic.es), including a CV and a letter describing how the applicant will benefit from attending the workshop, but also how the applicant will be able to contribute to discussions. Applications should be sent by email to Lluis Montoliu by February 29th, 2012. Thereafter, Organizers will review all received applications and select up to ten ISTT Members with expertise in cryopreservation. All invited participants will be encouraged to actively take part in all discussions throughout the meeting. There is no registration fee for this workshop. Selected ISTT members will be entitled to one night accommodation (7 to 8 May 2012) on behalf of the Organization of this workshop. All participants will be invited to the official Workshop dinner on May 7.

Also, in an effort to disseminate the outcome of this workshop among interested colleagues, the Organizers will make the workshop abstracts, submitted by invited speakers, and some/all of speakers’ slides available on the public EMMA and ISTT web sites, after obtaining the specific permission to share material from each invited speaker.

(*) current ISTT members are those registered/renewed in 2012.

TT2011 meeting report published in Transgenic Research

TT2011 meeting report published in Transgenic Research
TT2011 meeting report published in Transgenic Research

The meeting report from the past 10th Transgenic Technology meeting (TT2011) has been recently published in Transgenic Research. ISTT Members can benefit from privileged access to full contents of manuscripts published in Transgenic Research. In this meeting report, Ming Zhao (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, PR China) and Thomas Blom (Lund University, Sweden), ISTT members, TT2011 participants and next Organizers of the following 11th Transgenic Technology meeting (TT2013), review and summarize the talks and highlights of the successful meeting that the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) held in St. Pete Beach, Florida, USA, last October 2011. The next TT meeting, TT2013, will be held in Guangzhou, PR China, on 25-27 February 2013.

BIOTERIOS.COM a web portal for Laboratory Animal Science in Spanish

BIOTERIOS.COM a web portal for Laboratory Animal Science in Spanish
BIOTERIOS.COM a web portal for Laboratory Animal Science in Spanish

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) recently co-sponsored a mouse meeting in Chile, at the CECs, in Valdivia, organized by Juan Manuel Baamonde (Manager of the CECs Animal Facility) and his colleagues. Juan M. Baamonde is also the creator and the soul behind a most interesting initiative worth knowing: the web portal BIOTERIOS.COM, an impressive web site containing plenty of information about many different aspects of laboratory animals, with texts, protocols, opinions, links to other sites and societies, meant to share information, to provide educational tools, resources and, in general, to trigger a discussion forum on the care and use of animals in research, and all the associated aspects that need to be taken into account, conforming what we usually know as Laboratory Animal Science.

One of the remarkable features of BIOTERIOS.COM is the language used, Spanish, uncommon for this type of initiatives in our field, mostly dominated by resources created in English, for obvious reasons. Therefore the BIOTERIOS.COM web portal is made in Spanish, a language that, according to most estimates, is the second most-spoken language in the world, after the Chinese (Mandarin), and close to English, the third most-used language. Some 400 million people use Spanish as their first language. This fact, along with all the rich and useful contents included, makes BIOTERIOS.COM a reference web site for Latin-American countries and Spain as a useful resource for Laboratory Animal Science in Spanish. Juan M. Baamonde, currently the General Editor of BIOTERIOS.COM, and a most recent member of the ISTT, must be praised for his pioneer idea and for his continuous efforts promoting contents and discussions in this web portal. More than 10% of ISTT Members commonly use or can understand Spanish (including our colleagues from Brazil and Portugal, whose mother language is Portughese). They all can benefit from this web portal, BIOTERIOS.COM, to follow the latest updates on Laboratory Animal Science.