1-page flyer for the TT2013 meeting in China

1-page flyer for the TT2013 meeting in China
1-page flyer for the TT2013 meeting in China

You can donwload a 1-page flyer for the 11th Transgenic Technology (TT2013) meeting, that will be held in Guangzhou (China), on 25-27 February 2013, followed by a 3-day practical course (28 February-2 March 2013) on basic procedures in transgenesis. Please print this 1-page advert and help the ISTT disseminating our most important event among anyone interested.

You can also download the most updated TT2013 preliminary program and proceed to TT2013 registration from the TT2013 meeting web site.

Important Deadlines

TT2013 email address: tt2013@transtechscociety.org

What are we talking about in the transgenic-list?

What are we talking about in the transgenic-list?
What are we talking about in the transgenic-list?

After 16 years and more than 20,000 messages posted one could ask: what are we talking about in the transgenic-list? What are the topics mostly discussed in this very popular list among people interested in animal transgenesis? One way to address this question is by using Wordle, a program that analyzes a text and extract the words that are mostly used and draws a graphic where the most frequent words appear more prominently.

Download a WORDLE for the transgenic-list (tg-l): small, big, huge.

What you see above is the result of providing Wordle with the subjects from these more than 20,000 messages posted through the tg-l over the past 16 years. Watching the resulting graphic provides a rather clear answer: we appear to be mostly talking about ES cells, mice, embryos, transgenic, injection, IVF, DNA, etc… but clearly, ES cells is the most popular topic at the tg-l. Intreresting. A simple but very informative manner to present the usage of words in subjects of messages posted through the transgenic-list.

Tom Fielder re-elected ISTT council member

Tom Fielder has been re-elected ISTT council member (2013-2016)
Tom Fielder has been re-elected ISTT council member: 2013-2016

Our colleague Tom Fielder (University of California, Irvine) has been just re-elected ISTT council member for his second and last consecutive term, after receiving the majority of votes from ISTT members participanting in the recent election process. His new scheduled term as member of the ISTT Executive Committee will begin on January 1st, 2013 and will last until December 31st, 2016. Congratulations Tom! and many thanks to all candidates that have generously participated in this 2012 ISTT elections process and to all ISTT members that have voted. Next elections for ISTT council member (1 seat) will be held during the first half of year 2013.

Penn Symposium in honor of Ralph L. Brinster, Aug 24-25, 2012

Penn Symposium in honor of Ralph L. Brinster, Aug 24-25, 2012
Penn Symposium in honor of Ralph L. Brinster, Aug 24-25, 2012

The University of Pennsylvania and the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine are organizing a two-day symposium (24-25 August 2012) in honor of Ralph L. Brinster, PhD, the Richard King Mellon Professor of Reproductive Physiology at Penn Vet. Dr Brinster, often regarded as the father of transgenesis, was awarded, in 2011, the prestigious National medal of Science for his life’s work to date, and the ISTT Prize at the TT2011 meeting in Florida for his outstanding contributions to the field of transgenic technologies.

This Symposium features talks by top scientists around the globe, including: Richard Behringer, Michael S. Brown (Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1985), Allan Bradley (our next ISTT Prize awarded scientist, at the TT2013 meeting, in China) , Ina Dobrinski, John Gurdon (awarded the 2009 Albert Lasker Basic Medical Research Prize), Robert Hammer (ISTT Member), Kathy High, Rudolf Jaenisch, Richard Palmiter, Janet Rossant, Hans Scholer, Richard Schultz, Takashi Shinohara, Jamie Thomson, Ken Zaret.

Space is limited, register for this symposium here.


Registration for the TT2013 meeting in China is OPEN

Registration for the TT2013 meeting in China is OPEN (http://www.tt2013.org)
Registration for the TT2013 meeting in China is OPEN (http://www.tt2013.org)

On behalf of the Organizing Committee for the 11th Transgenic Technology (TT2013) meeting and of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) it is my great pleasure to announce the launching of the official TT2013 meeting web site and, at the same time, inform that registration for the TT2013 meeting is now OPEN. After a very successful TT2011 meeting in Florida, the ISTT family travels to far-East, to China, to hold the 11th Transgenic Technology meeting in the city of Guangzhou, the largest city of the Guandong province in Southern China, on February 25-27, 2013. The TT2013 meeting is locally organized by the Southern Medical University, in Guangzhou, and the Chair of the Organizing Committee is Prof. Ming Zhao.

TT2013 meeting web site: http://www.tt2013.org

TT2013 meeting official email address: tt2013@transtechsociety.org

We welcome all attendees who are in the process of generating genetically-modified animals or who perform the experiments that follow to determine the corresponding phenotypes of such transgenic animals. The program should be of interest to scientists, group leaders, postdoctoral researchers, facility managers, technicians and PhD students working directly or indirectly with genetically-modified animals. We invite you to participate and contribute to this conference where we will discuss the latest technology developments, the newest applications and strategies in biology, biomedicine and biotechnology using transgenic animals. Companies and institutions with an interest in this field are kindly invited to participate and share their latest technologies. We encourage you to submit abstracts to be presented at the TT2013 meeting.

We have confirmed a wonderful list of excellent speakers and interesting topics for the animal transgenesis community. The list of invited speakers confirmed to attend the TT2013 meeting includes:

  • Fernando Benavides (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Smithville, TX, USA)
  • Allan Bradley (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton/Cambridge, UK) ISTT Prize
  • James Bussell (Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, Hinxton/Cambridge, UK)
  • Shannon Byers (The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME, USA)
  • Toni Cathomen (University Medical Center Freiburg, Germany)
  • Alan Colman (Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore) Closing Talk
  • Michael Dobbie (Australian Phenomics Facility, The Australian National University, Canberra, Australia)
  • Scott Fahrenkrug (Recombinetics, Minneapolis, MN, USA)
  • Malcolm France (Sydney University, Sydney, Australia)
  • Xiang Gao (Model Animal Research Center of Nanjing University, Nanjing, PR China)
  • Alfonso Gutiérrez-Adán (Dep. Animal Reproduction, INIA, Madrid, Spain)
  • Yann Herault (Institut Clinique de la Souris, ICS and IGBMC, Illkirch/Strasbourg, France)
  • Benoît Kanzler (Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany)
  • Dietmar Kappes (Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA)
  • Takashi Kohda (Department of Epigenetics, Medical Research Institute, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan)
  • Thomas Kolbe (Biomodels Austria and Institute for Biotechnology in Animal Production, IFA-Tulln, Austria)
  • Takashi Kuramoto (Institute of Laboratory Animals, Kyoto University, Kyoto, Japan)
  • Liangxue Lai (Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, Chinese Academy of Science, Guangzhou, PR China)
  • Jinsong Li (Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, PR China)
  • Ning Li (State Key Laboratories for Agrobiotechnology, China Agricultural University, Beijing, PR China)
  • Kent Lloyd (University of California, Davis, CA, USA)
  • Shoukhrat Mitalipov (Oregon National Primate Research Center, OHSU, Beaverton, OR, USA)
  • Naomi Nakagata (Center for Animal Resources and Development, Kumamoto University, Japan)
  • Catheryn O’Brien (The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Melbourne, Australia)
  • Masaru Okabe (Genome Information Research Center Research, Institute for Microbial Diseases, Osaka University, Osaka, Japan)
  • Jan Parker-Thornburg (MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA)
  • Xin-an Pu (The Ohio State University, Comprehensive Cancer Center, Columbus, OH, USA)
  • Ling Sun (Institute of Developmental Biology and Molecular Medicine, Fudan University, Shanghai, PR China)
  • Davor Solter (Institute of Medical Biology, Singapore) Opening Talk
  • Zhu-Gang Wang (Shanghai Research Center for Model Organisms, Shanghai, PR China)
  • Guoliang Xu (Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Shanghai, PR China)
  • Bo Zhang (College of Life Sciences, Peking University, Beijing, PR China)
  • Qi Zhou (The State Key Laboratory of Reproductive Biology, Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing, PR China)

The list of topics that will be covered at the TT2013 meeting includes the following themes:

  • Androgenetic haploid embryonic stem cells
  • Sperm Cryopreservation and IVF
  • KOMP ES cell clones performance
  • Australian Phenomics Network Initiatives
  • Epigenetics and Transgenesis
  • Effects of in vitro culture on mammalian embryos
  • Epigenetic alterations during mouse transgenesis and cloning
  • Epigenetic reprogramming by oocytes
  • Targeted nucleases, ZFNs and TALENs, in transgenesis
  • Livestock Genome Editing with TALENS
  • Transgenic mice and ZFNs
  • KO pigs and ZFNs
  • Zebrafish and TALENs
  • Transgenic livestock
  • Ethics, animal welfare and regulations
  • Health monitoring protocols and transgenic facilities
  • Animal welfare and international mouse consortia
  • Impact of genetic background in mouse and rat models
  • Assisted reproduction strategies in mice
  • Non-rodent transgenesis
  • Primate chimeras and ES cells
  • Rat functional genomic initiatives
  • National BioResource Project for the rat
  • Animal models of human diseases
  • ES and iPS cells
  • transposon (PiggyBac)-mediated mutagenesis
  • Round-table discussion: Running a transgenic facility
  • Running a transgenic facility: The business aspect of running a transgenic unit
  • Running a transgenic facility: managing errors, difficulties
  • Running a transgenic facility: Staying on the cutting edge of technology while still maintaining basic services
  • Rat/mouse chimeras and iPS/ES cells
  • Overview of cre-transgenic mouse lines resources
  • China/Asia/Oceania in the International Mouse Functional Genomics Consortia
  • The Shanghai Research Center for Model Organisms

The TT2013 meeting will be held at the Baiyun International Convention Center-Oriental International Convention Hotel in Guangzhou, the largest comprehensive five-star hotel in Southern China, with an established record of hosting successful meetings and perfect supporting facilities. Located on the Baiyun Mountain, in the Baiyun New Town and overlooking the Baiyun Mountain Scenic Area and the Oriental Resort, this Convention Center is a fully equipped, self-contained meeting resort. More than 40 international air routes serve the new Baiyun International Airport, a 20 minute drive from the Baiyun International Convention Center.

After the TT2013 meeting, there will be a 3-days hands-on practical workshop on transgenic techniques, organized by Wenhao Xu (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, USA), Chair; Ming Zhao (Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China); Jing An (Cancer Institute, Southern Medical University, Guangzhou, China) and Liangping Li (Sun Yat-sen University, Guangzhou, China). This workshop is limited to 30 participants. Instructors for the practical course will include: Wenhao Xu (USA), Xin-an Pu (USA), Anna Auerbach (USA), Lily Reed (USA), Xin Rairdan (USA), Barbara Stone (USA), Steven Xing (USA), Margaret Landis (USA), Katja Becker (Germany), Ronald Naumann (Germany). Techniques that will be discussed and demonstrated at this course include: basic microinjection techniques, piezo injection, laser-assisted application, non-surgical implantation, mouse colony management,… This practical course will be co-sponsored by Hamilton-Thorne, ParaTechs, Sutter/Primetech. Registration for this 3-days practical workshop must be done through tt2013@transtechsociety.org and the TT2013 meeting registration web page. Workshop cost: 400$ (USD).

Registration fee to attend the TT2013 meeting begins at 400$(USD) and extends up to 630$(USD). ISTT members and technician/student participants are entitled to reduced registration fees.

Accommodation is NOT included in the registration fee and lodging must be reserved independently at the Guangzhou Baiyun International Convention Center, where a limited number of rooms have been prebooked for participants attending the TT2013 meeting at convenient reduced prices (610 RMB-single/680 RMB-double room). Note: RMB are China Yuan Renminbi, 100 RMB ~ 16 USD/12 Euros. Please check for most updated currency exchange.

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) will be sponsoring several Registration Awards for ISTT members willing to attend the TT2013 meeting. Applications for ISTT Registration Awards to attend the TT2013 meeting will be accepted up to October 15, 2012. Please refer to instructions provided at the corresponding ISTT web page for ISTT Registration Awards.

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), in collaboration with inGenious Targeting Laboratory (iTL), has establised the ISTT YOUNG INVESTIGATOR AWARDthat will be given at the Transgenic Technology (TT) Meetings. Nominations for the 2nd ISTT Young Investigator Award, for the TT2013 meeting, will be accepted up to October 15, 2012. Please refer to instructions provided at the corresponding ISTT web page for ISTT Young Investigator Awards.

Sponsoring companies willing to support the TT2013 meeting and to exhibit at the TT2013 meeting venue should contact TT2013 organizers through the TT2013 meeting email address (tt2013@transtechsociety.org). TT2013 meeting sponsorship opportunities are available at the meeting web site.

TT2013 meeting deadlines

Abstract submission deadline: October 15, 2012
Application for ISTT registration awards: October 15, 2012
Awards to be communicated by October 30, 2012
Early bird registration deadline: October 15, 2012
Standard fee registration deadline: January 31, 2013
Late registration fees & on-site registration: February 01, 2013

See you all in Guangzhou, at the TT2013 meeting!

Lluis Montoliu, PhD; President of the ISTT