Newly elected 2016 ISTT Board of Directors members

ISTT BOD electees

Branko Zevnik Lynn Doglio Peter Hohenstein

The official results of the recent election for the ISTT Board of Directors are in, and we congratulate Branko Zevnik, Lynn Doglio and Peter Hohenstein on their election to the ISTT Board. Branko Zevnik (Cologne, Germany) is the head of the in vivo Research Facility at the University of Cologne. Lynn Doglio (Chicago, USA) is the Director of the Transgenic and Targeted Mutagenesis Laboratory at Northwestern University. Peter Hohenstein (Edinburgh, United Kingdom) is a Group Leader and Chair of the Small Animal Facility Management Committee at The Roslin Institute. All three candidates received the support of the majority of voting ISTT members. While they will start their three-year terms at TT2016 to be held in Prague, Czech Republic, they will be immediately appointed as Board members-elect. This will allow them to interact with the rest of the ISTT Board members and become familiar with the administration and management of the ISTT. Congratulations to all of them!

In addition, the ISTT would like to express its respect and sincere appreciation for the commitment and participation of all the candidates who were involved in the ISTT election process. As well, we would like to thank Tom Fielder, Wojtek Auerbach, and Boris Jerchow for their service on the ISTT Council and Board of Directors. These three Board members have contributed greatly to the management of the ISTT (and will continue to do so until TT2016). It is due in large part to the contributions of our members that we have the vibrant Society that we do.

Results of 2014 ISTT elections: new board members elected

Results from 2014 ISTT elections: new board members elected
Results from 2014 ISTT elections: new board members elected

On behalf of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), it is my pleasure to announce the results of the 2014 ISTT Elections. Jan Parker-Thornburg has been elected ISTT President. Aimee Stablewski has been elected ISTT Secretary and Treasurer. Cheryl Bock and Martina Crispo have been elected new ISTT Board members. Elizabeth Williams has been re-elected ISTT Board member for a second and last turn. Congratulations to all of them!. And our deepest appreciation to all candidates generously participating in this 2014 ISTT Election process. The new elect Officers and Board members will be validated by the ISTT General Assembly at the 12th Transgenic Technology meeting (TT2014), in Edinburgh, in October, and they will enter into service on January 1st, 2015, for a period of three consecutive TT meetings, TT2014-TT2017, as stated in the updated ISTT bylaws registered in the US. Best wishes and good luck to all.

The 2014 ISTT Election Process

The 2014 ISTT Election Process
The 2014 ISTT Election Process

The 2014 ISTT Election Process has been launched. All members of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies are warmly invited to elect the next ISTT President, ISTT Secretary, ISTT Treasurer and three new board members. All these new positions at the ISTT Board will begin their term of service on January 1st, 2015. The 2014 ISTT elections will take place within the members-only area of the ISTT web site, during the entire month of June 2014. Results will be published shortly thereafter. The ISTT wishes to express its deepest gratitude and sincere acknowledgement to all 12 nominated candidates which will run for the various positions to be elected within the board. The official nominated candidates participating in this 2014 ISTT Election Process are: Jan Parker-Thornburg (USA), Lynn Doglio (USA), Channabasavaiah B Gurumurthy (USA), Aimee Stablewski (USA), Cheryl Bock (USA), Martina Crispo (Uruguay), Larry Johnson (USA), Sagrario Ortega (Spain), Xin Rairdan (USA), Tanya Templeton (Australia), Elizabeth Williams (Australia) and Branko Zevnik (Germany). All candidates deserve our most sincere appreciation for their generous willingness to serve and further contribute to the success of our Society. Good luck to everyone!

Farewell from council: See you soon Jan and many thanks!

Jan Parker-Thornburg has served as ISTT council member from 2006 to May 31, 2013
Jan Parker-Thornburg has served as ISTT council member from 2006 to May 31, 2013

Today, on June 1st, 2013, Jan Parker-Thornburg, Ph.D., Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, USA, and Manager of the Genetically Engineered Mouse Facility (GEMF), has stepped down from the ISTT council, voluntarily, after having been part of the ISTT Executive Committee since the inception of this Society, in 2006, being elected in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. With her most generous gesture, Jan allowed a new council member to be elected in 2013, and gave herself the required distance from council, in order to prepare herself to run for the elections of the next President of the ISTT during 2014, as she recently declared, hoping to deserve and receive the support from ISTT members and be elected among any additional candidate.

The activities and initiatives where Jan has participated or led while serving as member of the ISTT council are numerous. Just to name a few: the great meeting she organized in Houston in January 2008; her leadership and ISTT driving force to become an AALAS affiliate organization in May 2009; her generous effort preparing embryo handling tubing/kits that were distributed among ISTT members in Berlin, at the TT2010 meeting; her leadership in the nominations committee, through which all of the new members have been eventually elected to serve at the ISTT council, not to mention her continuous and most dedicated participation in all council discussions.

Dear Jan, on behalf of the entire ISTT family, you truly deserve our gratitude, respect and a big applause. Let’s hope that this farewell is only transient and soon you will come back to lead and further boost our Society!

See you soon and many thanks!

The new elected 2013 ISTT Vice-President and council members

The new elected 2013 ISTT Vice-President (Benoît Kanzler) and council members (Karen Brennan and Jorge Sztein)
The new elected 2013 ISTT Vice-President (Benoît Kanzler) and council members (Karen Brennan and Jorge Sztein)

These are the official results of the 2013 ISTT elections, for choosing a new ISTT Vice-President and two new council members. Benoît Kanzler (Freiburg, Germany) has been elected ISTT Vice-President. Karen Brennan (Sydney, Australia) and Jorge Sztein (Rockville, MD, USA) have been elected new ISTT council members. All three candidates received the support of the majority of voting ISTT members. The official start of their four-year term will begin on January 1, 2014. However, they will be immediately appointed as elected ISTT Vice-President and elected ISTT council members, respectively, to overlap and interact with the rest of officers and council members during 2013, in order to become familiar with the administrative and managing tasks of our Society. Congratulations to all of them!.

The ISTT would like to express its respect and sincere appreciation for the willingness, committment and generousity of all candidates participating in this ISTT election process, including Wenhao Xu (Charlottesville, VA, USA), who did run also for the ISTT Vice-Presidency.

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.

2012 ISTT elections for Council Member

2012 ISTT elections for Council Member
2012 ISTT elections for Council Member

One of our ISTT Executive Council members, Tom Fielder, is coming to the end of his first 4-year term on December 31, 2012. As a result, and according to the ISTT bylaws, we are launching the corresponding 2012 ISTT elections for this Council Member seat, to be elected from the four willing candidates identified by the ISTT Nominations Committee to stand for election to the ISTT Executive Council for a 4-year term beginning on 1 January, 2013 and finishing on December 31, 2016.

The four candidates standing for this 2012 ISTT council member election are:

  • Martina Crispo (Institut Pasteur, Montevideo, Uruguay)
  • Tom Fielder (University of California-Irvine, California, USA)
  • Benoît Kanzler (Max Planck Institute of Immunology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany)
  • Wenhao Xu (University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA)

Their profiles and statements can be browsed within the members-only area of the ISTT web site. The election period begins today, May 16, 2012 and will finish on June 15, 2012. Thanks for voting!

The ISTT Nominations Committee
Thom Saunders
Jan Parker-Thornburg
Carlisle Landel

 

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.

2011 ISTT council elections

2011 ISTT council elections
2011 ISTT council elections

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) launches today the scheduled 2011 ISTT council elections to renew two seats in the Executive Commitee. Wojtek Auerbach and Boris Jerchow, current ISTT council members, will finish their due services on December 31, 2011. According to ISTT bylaws, elections must be convened during the first half of the year. The ISTT Nominations Committee identified three ISTT members willing to accept the nomination as candidates for this election process. Wojtek Auerbach and Boris Jerchow wish to run for their second turn. In addition, Benoît Kanzler, accepted his nomination. Therefore, there will be three candidates for two seats at the ISTT council. These elections will run from May 27 to June 19. Results will be published shortly after that. In order to vote, all ISTT members (except Honorary Members) are kindly requested to visit the member-only area and follow the instructions therein, to use the ISTT electronic voting system. In addition, a referendum for a relevant Society decision will be asked to members as well. Thanks for your participation!.

Thank you very much Belén!

Belén Pintado, ISTT Treasurer (2006 - 2010)
Belén Pintado, ISTT Treasurer (2006 - 2010). Picture from the TT2008 meeting, Toronto, October 2008

Today, December 31st, 2010, is the last day of service of Belén Pintado at the council of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT). Belén has been serving as ISTT Treasurer since 2006 and, in addition, she was also one of the six founder members of this Society. With this post in the ISTT blog, and on behalf of the entire Society, I would like to thank Belén for her generous dedication, for her time and for her extraordinary work as Treasurer, always helping to find a solution or contributing to solve all difficulties and troubles that we have come across in our short history. Belén: THANK YOU VERY MUCH for all what you did for the ISTT. We are certain that you will continue with us, at the ISTT, as an Ordinary member, promoting and helping to disseminate the Society’s aims and initiatives.

The post and responsability of the ISTT Treasurer will be now in the hands of Manuel Sánchez-Martín (University of Salamanca, Spain), according to the results of the ISTT elections held early in 2010. Manuel will be in charge of the ISTT Treasury from January 1st, 2011 till December, 31st, 2014. Furthermore, at the ISTT Administration level, we are most lucky to have now Alison Cameron, as ISTT administrative assistant, who has become a major step towards the professionalization of our Society (helping Belén, and now Manuel, and myself in the daily administrative activities of the ISTT) , along with the team of lawyers (Suandco Abogados) that supervises the economic and legal activities and the associated compromises of our Society.

Thanks again Belén for your work as ISTT Treasurer!

Lluís Montoliu