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Inaugural IZFS Newsletter
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Authors: Brant Weinstein and Mary Mullins

Welcome to the inaugural “News Splash” newsletter from the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS)!  The IZFS was formed as the successor to the “Society for Zebrafish Research” (SZR), an entity that provided a framework for funding and grant support for the International Conferences on Zebrafish Development and Genetics and other conferences.  Although the SZR was useful for maintaining conference funds on behalf of the zebrafish community, it did not provide any actual logistical or practical support for these conferences, or for any other zebrafish community activities.  Management of zebrafish conferences was largely carried out on an ad-hoc basis, in recent years often in conjunction with outside organizations.  In response to both the need for stronger zebrafish community-managed conference support and the desire for a more robust and active organization supporting international zebrafish research, leaders in the zebrafish field began efforts to form a new society in 2014.  The IZFS was incorporated in 2015 with an interim set of officers and board members.  The IZFS engaged a professional management support team in 2016 to augment the efforts of the officers, board, and other researcher volunteers, and this team has already begun to assist IZFS leadership and IZFS volunteers in furthering the goals of the society.  These goals include:
•Supporting international zebrafish research meetings, including the biennial Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators and International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, held in alternate years
•Promoting cohesion and cooperation throughout the worldwide zebrafish community
•Providing strong advocacy for the zebrafish model and coordinating efforts to overcome regulatory and administrative barriers
•Educating the public on research using zebrafish
•Promoting zebrafish investigators for awards/prizes and administering awards
•Liaisoning with other scientific societies

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