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13th International Zebrafish Conference
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June 20-24, 2018
University of Wisconsin-Madison

Mark your calendars now!  The International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC; previously known as the International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics) will be returning to its long-time home in Madison, Wisconsin in June, 2018.  Join us for what promises to be an extraordinarily exciting and informative meeting featuring plenary, concurrent, workshop, and poster sessions that highlight the latest zebrafish research advances and inform participants about the newest cutting edge zebrafish research tools and technologies.  

The meeting will include numerous opportunities for participants to present their research findings, with well over a hundred speakers selected from submitted abstracts, three separate poster sessions, and a large variety of different workshops organized and run by meeting participants.  The  conference will also include numerous organized and informal educational and networking opportunities for trainees and junior investigators, as well as established investigators.  The meeting is being held in the newly renovated Wisconsin Union and includes a number of organized social events such as a a reception, a barbecue picnic, a lunchtime community meeting, and a final formal banquet immediately followed by an after-party with an award-winning live band and dancing.

The IZFC have been important “go to” meetings for the zebrafish community for more than two decades.  Like previous IZFC conferences, the 2018 Madison meeting will include numerous opportunities for sharing results and technologies, forging collaborations, coordinating community resources, and fostering the exposure and success of junior investigators and trainees.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference rates coming soon!

Important Dates
October 1, 2017

Full Conference Website Live
Workshop Submission Open

December 1, 2017

Early Bird Registration Open
Travel Assistance Application Open
Abstract Submission Open

March 5, 2018

Early Bird Registration Closed. 
Late Registration Open
Abstract submission Closed

April 23, 2018

Notification of Presentation Selections

May 1, 2018

Registration Closed




Registration Rates Coming Soon!

Check back often for information updates

Registration Opens December 1, 2017

 Registration List

The registrant list will be posted closer to the meeting date.


A $100 handling fee will be charged for all meeting advance registration cancellations. Cancellation requests must be sent to No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after May 1, 2018. Cancelling your meeting registration does not cancel your housing. Please contact the University or hotel directly to cancel your housing.

Confirmation/Letter of Invitation

You will receive confirmation of your registration upon completion and submission of registration.

Please let us know if you require a Letter of Invitation.

Certificate of Attendance

Certificates of Attendance will be available at the conference registration desk during the meeting upon request. Anyone needing a certificate after the meeting should contact

Financial Assistance

Application Deadline: TBD


The International Zebrafish Meeting will award financial aid to graduate students and postdocs who are presenting authors. Only individuals who would otherwise be unable to attend the meeting will be considered for these limited funds. Please make every effort to secure your own funding and leave the meeting funds to the needy. Presenting authors are given first priority when determining financial aid. Please describe your need in the online financial aid application. You are not guaranteed that you will receive the amount you ask for on the application. No more than three people from the same lab will be eligible for financial aid. 

13th IZFC Preliminary Agenda

Download a PDF version of the Preliminary Agenda HERE

6:00 - 6:15 pm Welcome Shannon Hall
6:15 - 7:15 pm Keynote I: Keynote Lecture (Judith Kimble) Shannon Hall
7:15 - 8:45 pm Plenary I: Emerging Technologies  Shannon Hall
8:45 - 10:00 pm Reception
Main Lounge
State Rooms
Old Madison
8:15 - 9:45 am

Concurrent Sessions I:          

Neural Degeneration Shannon Hall
Regeneration and Disease Pyle Center
Cancer and Growth Control Historical Society
Early Development and Patterning Metabolism   Play Circle 
9:45 - 10:30 pm Refreshments Break
Main Lounge
State Rooms
Old Madison
10:30 - 12:00 pm Plenary Session II: Signaling and Gene Regulation
Shannon Hall
12:00 - 1:45 pm Lunch
Buffet in Inn Wis.
Reception Rm
Dining in GH
Tripp Deck
1:45 - 3:45 pm Plenary Sessions III: Regeneration and Stem Cells      Shannon Hall
  Chi-Bin Chien Award Lecture  
3:45 - 4:30 pm Refreshments Break
Main Lounge
State Rooms
Old Madison
4:30 - 6:00 pm   Workshops I : 

Genome Editing

Shannon Hall

Image Analysis Tools

Great Hall

Zebrafish Epigenetics

Historical Society
  Zebrafish Facility Management 101   Play Circle 
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner
Buffet in Inn Wis.
Reception Rm
Dining in GH
Tripp Deck
7:00 - 8:00 pm Sponsor Workshop
8:00 - 10:30 pm Poster Session I
Main Lounge Tripp
State Rooms
8:15 - 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions II:       

Cardiovascular Development and Disease

Shannon Hall
  Neural Circuits and Behavior Pyle Center
  Craniofacial and Skeletal Gene Regulation  Historical Society
  Morphogenesis and Cell Migration Play Circle 
9:45 - 10:30 am Refreshments Break Main Lounge
State Rooms
Old Madison
10:30 - 12:00 pm Plenary Session IV: Morphogenesis and Organogenesis Shannon Hall
12:00 - 2:15 pm Picnic Lunch: Picnic lunch by the shore of Lake Mendota Gordon Commons
2:15 - 3:15 pm  Keynote II: Keynote Lecture (Kári Stefansson)   Shannon Hall
 3:15 - 3:45 pm Streisinger Award Lecture   Shannon Hall
3:45 - 4:30 pm Refreshments Break Main Lounge
State Rooms
Old Madison
4:30 - 6:00 pm Workshops II:  

Tools and Methods for Quantitative Imaging

Shannon Hall
  Using Zebrafish in Education Great Hall
  Post-embryonic Development and Human Disease Models Historical Society
  Zebrafish Husbandry 101  Play Circle  
6:00 - 7:00 pm  Dinner Buffet in Inn Wis.
Reception Rm
Dining in GH
Tripp Deck
7:00 - 8:00 pm Sponsor Workshop TBD
8:00 - 10:30 pm   Poster Session II 
Main Lounge Tripp
State Rooms
Saturday, June 23, 2018
8:15 - 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions III:
  Evolution  Shannon Hall
  Neural Development Pyle Center
  Cilia, Cell and Tissue Polarity Historical Society
  Infection and Immunity  Play Circle 
9:45 - 10:30 am Refreshments Break Main Lounge
State Rooms
Old Madison
10:30 - 12:00 pm  Workshops III:       
  Chemical Biology  Shannon Hall
  New Techniques in Neural Circuit Analysis  Great Hall
  Using ZFIN In Your Research  Historical Society
  Cancer in the Zebrafish  Play Circle
12:00 - 1:30 pm Lunch Buffet in Inn Wis.
Reception Rm
Dining in GH
Tripp Deck
1:30 - 2:30 pm Community Meeting: Community Issues Shannon Hall
2:30 - 5:00 pm Poster Session III 
Main Lounge Tripp
State Rooms
Great Hall
5:00 - 6:30 pm

Plenary Session V: Neural Development and Behavior

 Shannon Hall
6:30 - 7:00 pm Free Time Union South
7:00 - 7:45 pm Reception
Union South Sett
Sett Rec
7:45 - 11:00 pm Banquet Dinner & After Party
Union South Sett
Sett Rec
8:15 - 9:45 am

Concurrent Sessions IV:

Genetics and Genomics  Shannon Hall
Hematopoiesis  Pyle Center
Sensory Systems  Historical Society
Endodermal and Mesodermal Organs    Play Circle 
9:45 - 10:30 am   Refreshments Break Main Lounge
State Rooms
Old Madison
10:30 - 12:00 pm Plenary Session VI: Physiology and Disease Shannon Hall


13th IZFC Keynote Speakers

Judith Kimble is Vilas Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.  Kimble is best known for her pioneering identification of a stem cell niche in the nematode C. elegans and subsequent analyses of genes, molecules, pathways and networks that regulate germline stem cells and sex determination. She began with HHMI in 1994 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1995.

She has served the biomedical research community in numerous capacities, most recently as Chair of the President’s Committee on the National Medal of Science and a member of the NRC Next Generation Researchers Initiative committee.  


Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr. Med. has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since he founded deCODE genetics in August 1996. Dr. Stefánsson was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors of deCODE genetics in December 1999. From 1993 until April 1997, Dr. Stefánsson was a professor of Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroscience at Harvard University. From 1983 to 1993, he held faculty positions in Neurology, Neuropathology and Neurosciences at the University of Chicago. Dr. Stefánsson received his M.D. and Dr. Med. from the University of Iceland and is board-certified in neurology and neuropathology in the United States. He has published numerous articles on the genetics of common/complex diseases and has been among the leaders of the world in the discovery of variants in the sequence of the human genome that associate with the risk of common/complex traits.

Dr. Stefánsson was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential men of the year for 2007 and by Newsweek as one of the 10 most important biologists of the 21 century. He was the recipient of the Jakobus Award 2007, The World Glaucoma Association Award for present scientific impact 2007, The European Society of Human Genetics Award 2009 and The Andre Jahre Award 2009. In 2014 he received the Inge Grundke-Iqbal award, awarded by the American Alzheimer’s Association and in 2016 the Sir Hans Krebs Medal, awarded by the Federation of European Biochemical Societies.


More information to come


Abstract Submission Opens December 1, 2017


You are invited to submit abstracts for either poster or platform presentation when submissions open. Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material, and should only be submitted if at least one author plans to attend the meeting and present the work in either a poster or platform session. It is the custom to have only one platform presentation per lab, preferably from a graduate student or postdoc and not from the lab head. 

Abstracts will appear online and in the program and abstracts volume exactly as submitted, i.e., no corrections, additions, revisions or deletions will be made by the IZFS staff. Abstracts should not exceed 2,500 characters, including the title, authors, affiliations and main body of the abstract. Please proof your text carefully before submitting.

Because platform presentation requests far exceed platform presentations slots, authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for a platform presentation.

A confirmation will appear directly online after a successful submission. Confirmation of abstract receipt will include an abstract control number, an author ID number for future reference and text of the abstract.  If you do not receive a confirmation immediately after you submit, your abstract was not successfully submitted. 

Printing Posters

Rather than carrying your poster to the meeting, the following locations are available to print it and have it ready when you arrive in Madison:

College Library - 600 N. Park Street

Bob's Copy Shop - 616 University Avenue

Abstract Submission Instructions


Step 1.

Enter Presenting Author information.


Step 2.

Select a research area that best defines the session in which you would like to be included.

List of Research Area

  1. Cancer and Growth Control
  2. Cardiac Development, function and Disease
  3. Cilia, Cell and Tissue Polarity
  4. Early Development and Patterning
  5. Emerging Technologies: Genetics and Genomics
  6. Emerging Technologies: Imaging
  7. Endodermal and Mesodermal Organs
  8. Evolution
  9. Hematopoiesis: Development and Disease
  10. Husbandry
  11. Infection and Immunity
  12. Metabolism
  13. Morphogenesis and Cell Migration
  14. Muscle, Skin, and Connective Tissue
  15. Neural Circuits, Neurophysiology and Behavior
  16. Neural Degeneration, Regeneration and Disease
  17. Neural Development
  18. Physiology and Disease
  19. Post Embryonic and Adult Structures
  20. Regeneration and Stem Cells
  21. RNA Biology
  22. Sensory Systems
  23. Skeletal Biology
  24. Vascular Biology
  25. Other:  Genome editing

Step 3.

Select Oral or Poster presentation.

Step 4.

Enter all author names and institutions. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the author names.


Incorrect format - JOHN SMITH 

Correct format - John Smith


Step 5.

The program book will contain a Genetic Index of abstracts mentioning specific genes. Provide the current Zfin gene symbol (e.g. mitfa) of any gene(s) that you want to appear in this Genetic Index. A gene's current symbol can be found on ZFIN. Only provide details for zebrafish genes/gene products that are explicitly mentioned in your abstract title/text.

Step 6.

Enter abstract title. Do not use UPPERCASE letters for the entire title.


Correct format - Correct Abstract Title Format for the International Zebrafish Meeting


Step 7.

Enter body of abstract. The title, authors or affiliations should not be included in the main body of the abstract. Abstracts for platform presentation will be reviewed and some will be selected by the program committee for a talk.  The abstracts submitted for platform presentation that are not scheduled by the program committee for a talk will be automatically assigned to the poster sessions.


Step 8.

Submit abstract. Once the abstract is accepted, presenting authors commit themselves to attend the conference. Regular registration is obligatory and binding and implies payment of regular registration fee.

Abstracts submitted for poster presentation will be assigned to the session topic indicated on the submission. Posters will be grouped alphabetically by the presenting author’s last name (family name) in the research areas. 

Submission Rules & Guidelines  

All authors will be asked to approve the following statement when submitting an abstract: "I have read, understand and agree to the submission rules and guidelines." Your abstract will not be programmed if this box has not been checked. 

  1. An individual may be the presenting author of more than one abstract. The presenting author does not have to be the first author to appear on the abstract.

  2. Abstracts must be submitted with the intention that they will be presented if selected. Presenting authors are expected to attend the meeting and make the platform or poster presentation. Presenting authors should not submit abstracts if they do not plan to attend the meeting.
  3. A complete abstract should include a statement of purpose, methods used, and a summary of results in sufficient detail to support the conclusion. Statements such as "results will be described" should be avoided.
  4. Abstracts will appear online exactly as submitted, i.e., no corrections, additions, revisions or deletions can be made by the IZFS staff. Only the submitting author may make revisions and corrections via the online revision program. All revisions must be made no later than the March 5, 2018, revision deadline. Please proof your text carefully before submitting.
  5. All abstracts submitted will be assigned either a platform or poster presentation at the discretion of the meeting organizers and their committee. The Committee reviews all abstracts submitted for presentation and determines whether an abstract is suitable for platform or poster presentation. Because platform presentation requests far exceed platform presentation slots (only 10-15% of all abstracts received can be accommodated in platform sessions), authors should be prepared to present a poster if their abstract is not selected for a platform presentation.
  6. The Organizers reserve the right to decline a presentation to any submitted abstracts that lack scientific content or merit, or merely announce the availability of a resource or service. 

Abstract Revisions

All revisions must be completed before midnight, March 5, 2018, U.S. East Coast time. Revisions will not be accepted after this date. 

Abstract Withdrawals

The presenting author can withdraw their abstract on the abstract revision website. Withdrawal requests (from the presenting author only) should be made by midnight, US Eastern Standard Time on or before March 5, 2018. The author will need their last name, abstract control number and personal id number to enter the revision program.  All abstracts will be published and cannot be removed from publication after March 5, 2018. Abstracts not withdrawn by March 5 will be reviewed and if selected for presentation will be published online.   This information can be accessed by the public and may be referenced by the International Zebrafish Society staff and others. 

Program Book

In an effort toward conservation and due to the increased use of smart phones and tablets, we will be utilizing a mobile APP for the meeting and provide a Program Book.   More details on the mobile APP to come! 

The Program Book will include the Schedule of Events, Plenary, Concurrent and Poster Session listings, Exhibit Information, Maps of the area, and Company sponsored ads.  Abstract details will not be included.

 Poster Sessions 

The majority of the submitted abstracts will be scheduled as posters. There will be 3 poster sessions. The posterboards are 4' high x 6 ' wide. The poster display space will be 3''8" (1.1 meters) high x 5'7" (1.7 meters) wide.To alleviate crowding in the rooms, alternate presentation times will be given for posters each evening.  

Equipment for Oral Presentations

The following equipment will be provided in all plenary sessions: a laptop computer with a full install of Microsoft Office, an LCD projector, laser pointer and lavaliere microphone. Please have your presentation stored on a USB drive. Presenters should plan to be in the designated session space 60 minutes prior to the start of their session to load the presentation on the conference computers.   

Cameras, Cell Phones and Video Recording Devices 

By attending a IZFS conference, you grant IZFS with the right to use your photograph, name, and likeness for use in IZFS educational, news, or promotional materials. IZFS will take steps to avoid sharing the content of presentations and posters in order to protect unpublished data. Please note that the use of cameras and other recording devices in plenary, concurrent, workshop, and poster sessions is prohibited without expressed permission from an authorized IZFS representative.

Exhibits and Sponsorships

More Information Coming Soon!

Travel and Accommodations

More Housing Information and Reservation Links Coming Soon!

Rates: $174-194 per night

Hampton Inn
Rates:$159 per night

Rates: $179 per night

DoubleTree Madison
Rates: $165 per night

Hyatt Place
Rates: $165 per night

Lowell Center
Rates: To be announced

Inn on the Park
Rates: $169-209 per night

University Housing
Rates: $47.23-70.48 per night


Housing and Travel

Attendees must make housing reservations directly with the University or hotel of their choice. Descriptions of all of the properties are below. The meeting organizers will not be processing housing for the 2018 meeting. Cancelling your meeting registration does NOT cancel your housing.

Bulletin Board for Room Sharing 

An electronic bulletin board will be available to facilitate finding a roommate. Registrants can post messages regarding what type of roommate they are looking for i.e male or female, smoker or non-smoker and the participants will respond directly to the registrant.

Note that reservations will be accepted only when accompanied by a credit card guarantee or a deposit of the first night’s room and tax. 


Please refer to each property’s website to determine their cancellation policy. If attendees need to cancel their housing they must do so directly with the property.  Cancelling your meeting registration does NOT cancel your housing.

City Information

For information on what to do while you’re in Madison, WI please visit the Visitors Bureau.

Child Care

Little Chicks Hourly Child Care

601 North Whitney Way & 5003 University Avenue Madison, WI 53705

Office: 608-233-9970

Reservation Line:  608-233-7373

With a reservation, Chicken Soup is available to watch your child(ren) while you attend the conference. There is a one time $25 registration fee. Please contact Little Chicks directly to make reservations.


$13/hour for ages 6 weeks - 1.5 years

$12/hour for ages 1.5 - 3 years

$11/hour for ages 3 and over

Minimum charge of 2 hours.


The average daily temperature in June is 78. Attendees should also plan on rain and/or cooler weather in the evening.

Travel/Ground Transportation

The Dane County Regional Airport serves Madison, WI.   Registrants can also fly into Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport or Chicago’s O’Hare or Midway Airports and then take a bus to Madison.

Attendees arriving or departing other then the posted shuttle times must coordinate their own transportation.

Ground transportation options for the various airports are listed below for those arriving or departing.


Est. Travel Time



Madison, WI, Dane County Airport

15 minutes

Union Cab

Madison Taxi

Badger Cab



O’Hare and Midway Airports

3-4 hours

Van Galder Bus


Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport

2 hours

Badger Bus




Parking is available for those staying in University of Wisconsin’s Housing. Parking permits can be purchased from UW Transportation Services.

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