On behalf of the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT), we are pleased to announce the 13th Transgenic Technology Meeting in Prague, Czech Republic, from March 20th-23rd, 2016.
TT2016 is organized by the Czech Centre for Phenogenomics (CCP), which is hosted by the Institute of Molecular Genetics (IMG) of the Academy of Science of Czech Republic. The IMG, founded in 1962, is one of 52 institutes of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic (ASCR). In its early years, the major research areas were immunology (represented by the co-discoverer of immunological tolerance Milan Hasek) and retrovirology (represented by Jan Svoboda and Josef Riman).
IMG has a long history in mouse research and maintains the largest collection of mouse strains in the Czech Republic, comprising more than 400 strains. To support mouse genetic research and its researcher community, IMG established a transgenic core facility in 2008, and this further developed into the Czech Centre for Phenogenomics, a unique national research infrastructure.
The program for TT2016 includes classic topics presented in previous meetings, including the generation, analysis and application of transgenic models, advances and applications in genome editing and manipulation, and important issues regarding animal ethics and welfare. In addition, this year we will introduce two parallel sessions in order to better target the needs and interests of all TT2016 participants. This will allow additional opportunities for technicians and specialists to share and disseminate technology-based topics and to establish communication channels. You will notice a number of new developments, including some concurrent sessions that will facilitate greater interactions (especially among our more technically-oriented attendees). We are thus introducingOrbis pictus lectures, envisioned as educational overviews. These lectures are named after The Orbis Pictus that is likely the world’s first educational text book (The World in Pictures) written by Johannes Amos Comenius, a Czech philosopher, pedagogue and theologian who was the first educator to officially recognize the need for pictures. The book is deductive and intellectually didactic applying content-based approach.
As a complementary component of TT2016, we are preparing three practical training courses. They will cover: 1) programmable nuclease application in mouse transgenesis, 2) mouse cryopreservation, and 3) Zebrafish genome editing.
The meeting will take place at the Clarion Congress Hotel situated in Prague 9, just 10 min from the City Centre by subway (metro). The Clarion Congress Hotel is one of the largest and most state-of-the-art congress hotels in the Czech Republic and provides excellent space and flexibility for our TT2016 requirements.
Prague is a city with a uniquely preserved historical centre that is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Major attractions include Prague Castle, Charles Bridge, Old Town Square, the Jewish Quarter, Lennon Wall and Petrin Hill. It is the home of Central Europe’s oldest university, Charles University. Established in 1348, it is named after its founder, the Bohemian king and Holy Roman Emperor Charles IV. The Czech Republic also has a very special relationship to our field of genetics, being the home of its founder, Johann Gregor Mendel.
We are delighted that you have chosen to attend, and we look forward to the opportunity to meet, talk and learn with you.
See you in Prague!