Report from the AALAS 66th National Meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, 1-5 November, 2015

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies was represented at the AALAS National Meeting this year by ISTT President Jan Parker-Thornburg, ISTT Administrator Pat Arubaleze, and ISTT’s AALAS Representative Melissa Larson. Jan and Pat set up the ISTT booth in the Affiliates section of the vendor hall on Sunday, exhibiting posters, membership literature and information regarding TT2016 in Prague. Literature was also available advertising the new online Transgenic Course for the AALAS Learning Library, written by ISTT members. The booth was manned by Jan, Pat and Melissa over the next three days, and they answered questions and provided membership information to over 32 people who stopped by to chat, including several ISTT members. The ISTT was also represented at the Affiliates Breakfast, which affords each affiliate the opportunity to discuss their organization, share updates and highlight upcoming events.

AALAS 2015ISTT President Dr. Jan Parker-Thornburg chats with FELASA (Federation of European Animal Science Associations) Past- President Dr. Jan-Bas Prins at the ISTT booth, while ISTT Administrator Pat Arubaleze looks on at the AALAS National Meeting 2015.

Meeting Report: Advances in the Generation of Genetically Modified (GM) Animal Models

Montevideo participants The International Course and Mini-Symposium: Advances in the Generation of Genetically Modified (BM) Animal Models, hosted by Martina Crispo and Alejo Menchaca was held in Montevideo, Uruguay from 7-18 September, 2015. This is the first time this combined course and workshop was held, and it was a resounding success. This meeting was co-sponsored by the ISTT, Inc.

More than 60 people attended during the two weeks of the Course, including participants from Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Cuba, Australia, Saudi Arabia, Spain, USA, France, Greece, Japan and, of course, Uruguay. The activities were so successful that speakers and participants requested to repeat it next year.

Here are some phrases of acknowledgment from the speakers and students:

“Martina, Alejo,

Fantastic work on everything you have done: course organization, parties! Thanks so much for you never ending hospitality!

Un fuerte abrazo,




You and Alejo put up an AMAZING symposium, and I believe it created very strong interactions between all participants. You should be praised for what you did. There aren¹t many organised seminars where professional relationships end up as friendships! If I can be of any assistance in the future, please let me know. It would be a blessing to help you in any way. This trip was an unforgettable experience.

Take care.



“Dear colleagues,


During the last two weeks (5 to 18 September 2015), Martina Crispo and Alejo Menchaca, along with members of their teams at the Institut Pasteur de Montevideo and the Instituto de Reproduccion Animal de Uruguay, respectively, organized the International Course and Symposium on Advances in the Generation of Genetically Modified (GM) Animal Models, where I had the pleasure to participate along with several other colleagues and friends.

Thanks Martina and Alejo for the organization of this symposium and course!



As organizers, we thank the ISTT for your support and hope you will be present for next editions of this course! Please have a look at our detailed meeting report online now in Transgenic Research.


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