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 Thanks to our 2018 IZFC Sponsors and Exhibitors

 Supported in part by grants from

 

 

 

International Zebrafish Conference

June 20-24, 2018
University of Wisconsin-Madison

 

The 13th International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC) returned to Madison, Wisconsin June 20-24, 2018. The IZFC included numerous opportunities to share results from the latest zebrafish research and inform participants about the newest advances and cutting-edge zebrafish research tools and technologies. 

The  conference included numerous organized and informal educational and networking opportunities for trainees and junior investigators, as well as established investigators.  The meeting was 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.

Forge collaborations, coordinate community resources, and foster the exposure and success of junior zebrafish investigators and trainees. 


International Zebrafish Conference Organizers
Michel Bagnat
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, USA
 
Miguel Concha
Universidad de Chile
Santiago, Chile
 
Jill de Jong
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, USA
   
Yevgenya Grinblat
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin USA
 
Kevin Lanham
University of Wisconsin
Madison, Wisconsin USA
   
Kenneth Poss
Duke University
Durham, North Carolina, USA 
 
Sudipto Roy
Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology
Singapore, Republic of Singapore
   
Bettina Schmid
German Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases (DZNE), Helmholtz Association 
Munich, Germany

 


 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 



 

Registration

Online Registration is now Closed.  Onsite registration will be available in Madison!

 

 

All fees shown are in US dollars.

Early Bird W/O Meals

Early Bird
W/ Meals

Late/Onsite W/O Meals

Late/Onsite W/ Meals

IZFS Member

Regular (Faculty/Industry/Lab Tech)

$570

$700

$670

$800

Postdoc

$470

$600

$570

$700

Graduate Student

$420

$550

$520

$650

Undergraduate Student

$270

$400

$370

$500

IZFS Non Member

Faculty/Industry/Lab Tech

$770

$900

$870

$1,000

Postdoc

$620

$750

$720

$850

Graduate Student

$570

$700

$670

$800

Undergraduate Student

$420

$550

$520

$650

Optional Item

Meal Plan

$130 Includes Lunch Thursday-Saturday and Dinner Thursday and Friday. Note that the Saturday Banquet is included with registration.

 Meeting T-Shirt $15 Order HERE or See below for more details

Travel Awards

Apply for 2018 IZFC Travel Awards  The travel award application process is now closed.

The International Zebrafish Meeting will award financial aid to IZFS Member graduate students, postdocs, and assistant faculty 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. 

Registration List

The registrant list will be posted closer to the meeting date.  Registrant lists are provided to exhibitor post-conference. 


Cancellations

A $100 handling fee will be charged for all meeting advance registration cancellations. Cancellation requests must be sent to info@izfs.org. No refunds will be issued for cancellations received after May 10, 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 indicate on your online registration form if you require a Letter of Invitation.

Meeting T-Shirts

 

2018 IZFC T-Shirts pre-orders are now complete.  A limited number of t-shirts will be available for purchase at the meeting registration desk.  The shirts are $15 and will be available in Adult sizes S-XL.


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 info@izfs.org.


 

13th IZFC Preliminary Agenda

Please note that the agenda below is preliminary and may change.

 

 

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Registration Open in the Play Circle Lobby and Annex room

2nd Floor Memorial Union
8:00 am – 4:30 pm

Husbandry Workshop   
(Separate Registration Required)

This workshop will explore the testing, interpretation, and adjustment of water quality parameters important for the optimal culture of zebrafish used in biomedical research.  Sessions will include lecture and hands on laboratory activities
Old Madison
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Sanger Workshop
(Separate Registration Required)

In association with the 13th International Zebrafish Conference, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), NCBI and ZFIN, are running a one-day 'Exploring Zebrafish Genome Data' Hands-on Workshop. This workshop covers, via presentations and hands-on exercises:
  • Understanding genome assemblies
  • Using Ensembl to explore zebrafish data
  • NCBI zebrafish resources
  • ZFIN Resources
Grainger Hall Room 2510
6:00 - 6:15 pm Welcome Shannon Hall
6:15 - 7:15 pm Keynote I: Keynote Lecture (Judith Kimble)
Of Niches and Networks
Shannon Hall
7:15 - 8:45 pm

Plenary I: Emerging Technologies
(Imaging, Profiling, Genome-editing)
Session Chair: Jan Huisken

 

Shannon Hall
8:45 - 10:00 pm Reception
Main Lounge Great Hall, Class of 1924
8:15 - 9:45 am

Concurrent Sessions I:

Neural Development and Regeneration
Session Chair: Mayssa Mokalled

 

Shannon Hall

Cardiac Development and Disease
Session Chairs:  Caroline and Geoff Burns

 

Play Circle 

Endodermal and Mesodermal Organs
Session Chair:   Michel Bagnat

 

Historical Society
9:45 - 10:30 am Refreshments Break Main Lounge, Great Hall
10:30 - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session II: Stephen L. Johnson Plenary Session on Stem Cells and Regeneration
Introduction:  Kenneth Poss
Session Chair:  Junsu Kang

 

Shannon Hall
12:00 - 1:30 pm Attendee Lunch
Tripp
Tripp Deck
Terrace
 

Career Development Lunch Tables for trainees 
(Signup Available Onsite at Registration)

Inn Wisconsin
Center Room 213
1:30 - 2:45 pm

Plenary Sessions III: Morphogenesis and Organogenesis  
Session Chair:  Sreelaja Nair

 

Shannon Hall
2:45 - 3:15 pm IZFS Member Meeting Shannon Hall
3:00 - 3:45 pm Chi-Bin Chien Award Lecture Shannon Hall
3:45 - 4:30 pm Refreshments Break Main Lounge, Great Hall
4:30 - 6:00 pm   Workshops I
 

Gene-environment Interaction
Workshop Leader: Johann Eberhart  (e.g. FAS)

In this workshop we will hear four short talks covering a wide array of research exploring gene-environment interactions. The speakers will discuss their findings and point out the challenges they faced and how these challenges were overcome. Following the talks, we will have an open discussion on how zebrafish research can help push our understanding of gene-environment interactions forward.

Shannon Hall
 

Cutting Edge Microscopy

Pyle Center Vandeberg
 

Gene Regulation and Epigenetics
Workshop Leader: Ariel Bazzini  

During the Gene Regulation and Epigenetics workshop, we will discuss about different ways to regulate gene expression. We will cover heterochromatin changes, transcription regulation, mRNA stability and regulation at the level of translation. All the speakers will try to highlight the advantages of zebrafish as a model to study gene regulation.
Play Circle 
 

Setting up a New Fish Facility, Husbandry
Workshop Leader: Zoltan Varga

This workshop aims to provide attendants with an overview of key equipment needed in a fish facility. We will discuss key water conditioning and filtration systems, their components and purpose, and we will talk about facility layout, rack, and tank design features. Meeting attendants who have recently set up or remodeled their facility or plan to do so are encouraged to share their experiences, concerns, or questions. Attendants are asked to contact zoltan@zebrafish.org to prepare an agenda, and agree to give a brief (1-3 slides) presentation to introduce their experience, or their question/problem before discussion.
Historical Society
6:00 - 7:00 pm Dinner Buffet Tripp, Tripp Deck, Terrace
7:00 - 9:30 pm

Poster Session I

Odd numbered posters will be presented in the first hour of the poster session.  Even numbered posters will be presented in the second hour of the poster session.

Main Lounge, Great Hall
8:15 - 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions II:  
 

Early Development and Patterning
Session Chair: Ben Martin

 

Shannon Hall
 

Infection and Immunity
Session Chair:  David Tobin

Play Circle 
 

Signaling, Growth Control and Cancer
Session Chair Craig Ceol

Historical Society
9:45 - 10:30 am Refreshments Break Main Lounge, Great Hall
10:30 - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session IV: Signaling and Gene Regulation
Session Chair:  Stefania Nicoli

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: Bill Bemont  
Shannon Hall
 3:15 - 3:45 pm Streisinger Award Lecture   Shannon Hall
3:45 - 4:30 pm Refreshments Break Main Lounge, Great Hall, Class of 1924 Reception Room
4:30 - 6:00 pm Workshops II:  
 

Cilia and Ciliopathies
Workshop Leader: Iain Drummond  
This workshop will cover approaches to studying in vivo cilia function, highlighting novel mutant phenotypes and new tools to study ciliopathies. Topics covered in short talks will include motile vs. sensory cilia assays, morphants/crispants vs. genetic mutants, multiciliogenesis, new cilia phenotypes, and new tools to manipulate cilia and measure cilia signaling. Five short talks from leaders in the field will be followed by an open question and answer period.  

Shannon Hall
 

Post Embryonic Structures
Workshop Leader: Matthew Harris

Post-embryonic development is becoming an important focus of research as it is becoming clear that there is increasing utility of late phenotypes for disease modeling as well as to understand variation in form and physiology.  However, there remains a lack of a unified discussion of the questions/frontiers in the field and what tools are needed to take advantage of the zebrafish to address these questions.  The workshop is designed to bring together researchers focused on mechanisms of late development to discuss important aspects of gene function in organogenesis and physiology providing important models for disease. Topics of current research will highlight current research, direction of the field, as well as the development of specific tools for analysis
Pyle Center
 

Grantsmanship – How to get your grant past the study section
Workshop Leader: Mary Mullins
Get tips on writing a strong, persuasive grant proposal.  Discuss giving the reviewer the verbiage to defend your grant proposal and common mistakes.  Explore the study section process.

Historical Society
 

Using Zebrafish to Understand the Genetic, Neural basis, and Etiology of Behavior
Workshop Leader: Marc Wolman
What can zebrafish tell us about the genetic, neural basis, and etiology of behavior?

This workshop will include a series of selected short talks and open discussion. The goals of the workshop are to showcase the latest approaches to study behavior in zebrafish, from larvae to adults, and to discuss how the design of behavioral approaches can provide new insights into the molecular-genetic pathways and neural circuit mechanisms that control behavior. The workshop will also include a discussion of how, as a community, we can stimulate rigor and reproducibility of our findings by standardizing behavioral methods and reporting of behavioral assays and analyses
Play Circle  
6:00 - 7:00 pm  Dinner Buffet Tripp
Tripp Deck
Terrace
6:00 - 7:00 pm

Special Dinner Session: Zebrafish in Education 
Workshop Leader, Jennifer Liang

Zebrafish are increasingly being used to improve K-16 education. Panel discussions and short talks will be used to share projects and activities that have already been developed. Open discussions will focus on defining the future needs of the zebrafish education community, ways in which we can meet those needs, and how to increase opportunities for collaborations.

Pyle Center
7:00 - 9:30 pm  

Poster Session II 

Odd numbered posters will be presented in the first hour of the poster session.  Even numbered posters will be presented in the second hour of the poster session.

Main Lounge and Great Hall
8:15 - 9:45 am Concurrent Sessions III:
 

Musculoskeletal System, Skin, and Connective Tissue
Session Chair: Gage Crump

Shannon Hall
 

Hematopoieisis
Session Chair Jill de Jong

Play Circle
 

Physiology, Metabolism, and Disease
Session Chair:  Chunyue Yin

 

 

Historical Society

9:45 - 10:30 am Refreshments Break Main Lounge
10:30 - 12:00 pm  Workshops III:       
 

Getting a Job in Academia
Workshop Leader: Jessica Plavicki

The workshop “Getting a Job in Academia” will consist of a series of talks from recently appointed junior faculty members and experienced faculty who have recently served on search committees. Topics covered include but are not limited to: stage specific action items for generating a competitive application, interviewing tips, how to give an engaging job talk, demystifying the chalk talk, and negotiating an offer. The workshop will include interactive exercises designed to identify concrete steps to facilitate successful US and European job searches. Attendees will have the chance to ask questions during a roundtable discussion following the talks.

Shannon Hall
 

So You Want to Do a Small Molecule Screen
Workshop Leader:Charles Hong  

 

Play Circle
 

Precision Genome Editing in Zebrafish
Workshop Leader:Darius Balciunas and Bettina Schmid  

Relative ease of mutagenesis using CRISPR/Cas9 has prompted many zebrafish laboratories to explore more sophisticated genome editing experiments, broadly defined as precision genome editing. The purpose of this workshop is to share expertise in various precision genome editing approaches, with an emphasis of targeted integration of exogenous sequences, introduction of precise changes such as single amino acid substitutions, and generation of tissue-specific knock-outs

Historical Society
10:30 - 12:00 pm 

Why zebrafish like light sheet microscope
(Signup at Huisken Lab Exhibit Booth)
Fluorescence light sheet microscopy (or Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy,

SPIM) has pushed the limits of imaging from the in vivo observation of single organs over a few hours towards the observation of whole, developing embryos over the course of several days. The zebrafish, with its rapid, external development and translucency, is an ideal model for light sheet microscopy. It has been used to study early development, e.g. gastrulation, as well as organogenesis of cardiac and retinal tissues. The Huisken lab builds customized SPIM across a range of spatial resolutions and sample sizes from single-cell zebrafish embryos to centimeter-sized cleared adult organs. During this workshop, small groups will tour three of our SPIM setups tailored to specific zebrafish imaging. Our first microscope is dedicated to in vivo cardiac imaging of the beating heart in 3D across time. Then we demonstrate a SPIM designed for imaging large (1-15mm) specimens optically cleared with a variety of clearing protocols. Last, a multi-directional SPIM with custom control and analysis software pipeline for in toto zebrafish imaging will be shown. This workshop will allow participants to get a better understanding of the strength of sample-tailored SPIM microscopes.
Offsite- Jan Huisken Laboratory
12:00 - 1:30 pm

Lunch

Career Development lunch tables for trainees 

Tripp, Tripp Deck, Terrace

 Inn Wisconsin, Pyle Center Lounge

 

1:30 - 2:30 pm Community Session: Community Issues Shannon Hall
2:30 - 4:00 pm

Plenary Session V: Christine Beattie Plenary Session on Neuroscience
Introduction:  Michael Granato
Session Chair: David Prober

 

 Shannon Hall
4:00 - 6:30 pm Poster Session III 
Odd numbered posters will be presented in the first hour of the poster session.  Even numbered posters will be presented in the second hour of the poster session.
Main Lounge
Great Hall, Calss of 1924
Reception Room
State Room and Captiol View
6:30 - 7:00 pm Free Time: Transport to Union South

Pickup at Memorial Union

7:00 - 7:45 pm Reception Union South Sun Garden
7:45 - 9:00 pm Banquet Dinner Union South Varsity Hall
9:00 - 11:00 pm After Party
Union south The Sett
 
8:15 - 9:45 am

Concurrent Sessions IV:

Gene Regulation/RNA Biology and Genomics         
Session Chair Bettina Schmid

 

Shannon Hall
Vascular Biology
Session Chair: Beh Roman
Play Circle

Cell Migration, Polarity, and Organelles
Session Chair:  Miguel Concha

 

Historical Society
9:45 - 10:30 am   Refreshments Break Main Lounge and Great Hall
10:30 - 12:00 pm

Plenary Session VI: Zebrafish Research Across Fields
Session Chair: Sudipto Roy

 

Shannon Hall

Workshops

UAB Husbandry Workshop What’s in Your Water:  Analysis and Adjustment of Water Quality for Culture of Research Zebrafish 

Wednesday, June 20.  8am-4:30pm.   Old Madison Room, Memorial Union

This workshop will explore the testing, interpretation, and adjustment of water quality parameters important for the optimal culture of zebrafish used in biomedical research.  Sessions will include lecture and hands on laboratory activities. 

Agenda

 8 AM      Gathering time 
 8:15 to 9:00   Session 1 Introduction to RAS and Making Water Lecture 
 9:00 to 9:45    Session 2 Temperature and pH Lecture 
 9:45 to 10:00      Break
10:00 to 10:45   Session 3 Conductivity (alkalinity and hardness) Lecture 
10:45 to 11:30    Session 4 Nitrogenous Wastes and Biological Filtration Lecture 
 11:30 to 12:15    LUNCH
 12:15 to 1:45    Session 5 Lab for Temp, pH, Conductivity, Nitrogenous Wastes sessions 
 1:45 to 2:00   Break
 2:00 to 4:00   Session 6 Dissolved Gases, Lecture and Lab 
 4:00 to 4:30   Session 7 Questions/Discussions  
               
Credits, Certifications

Participants will receive a certificate of completion for the Water Quality section of OVPRED500, Zebrafish Online Husbandry Education Course 
There are 7 hours of contact time available.

Workshop Facilitators

Hugh Hammer, PhD Program Manager, Aquaculture Education and Development Center, Gadsden State Community College, Gadsden AL 
• B.S. Biology, Minor Chemistry and General Sciences, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH
• M.S. Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham AL 
• Ph.D. Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Birmingham AL
• Affiliate Faculty, Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Dauphin Island, AL, teaching Marine Aquaculture
• Affiliate Faculty, Auburn University, School of Fisheries, Aquaculture and Aquatic Sciences, Auburn AL 
• Adjunct Faculty, University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB), Department of Biology, Birmingham AL 
• 20+ years of aquaculture experience growing over 20 different species of aquatic organisms using multiple production methods 
• 15 years of experience in aquaculture instruction, education, and extension
• 17 years of experience teaching water chemistry for aquaculture

Susan Farmer DVM, PhD, Assistant Director, Animal Resources Program; Co-Director Zebrafish Research Facility; Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
• B.S., Agriculture, Mississippi State University, Starkville MS
• DVM, Mississippi State University, Starkville MS
• NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship in Laboratory Animal Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
• Ph.D., Pathology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL
• 29 years of experience in laboratory animal medicine
• 11 years of  experience in zebrafish aquaculture

Hugh and Susan have lead the Zebrafish Husbandry Education Training Team of the Zebrafish Husbandry Association (ZHA) since 2012. This Team created the OVPRED 500 Zebrafish Online Husbandry Education Course and the Zebra900 Zebrafish Husbandry Education Short Course that are now offered at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.  There have been 271 course participants from 13 countries:  214 enrolled in the online course, 81 enrolled in the short course, and 24 enrolled in both courses. 

 

Why zebrafish like light sheet microscopy (Workshop sign-up at the Huisken Lab Exhibit booth in the Great Hall) 

Saturday, June 23.  10:30-12:00pm.  Jan Huisken Lab.   Meet at the Huisken Lab exhibit table in the Great Hall at 10am to walk over to the lab.

330 N Orchard Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53715. 

Fluorescence light sheet microscopy (or Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy,SPIM) has pushed the limits of imaging from the in vivo observation of single organsover a few hours towards the observation of whole, developing embryos over thecourse of several days. The zebrafish, with its rapid, external development andtranslucency, is an ideal model for light sheet microscopy. It has been used to studyearly development, e.g. gastrulation, as well as organogenesis of cardiac and retinaltissues. The Huisken lab builds customized SPIM across a range of spatialresolutions and sample sizes from single-cell zebrafish embryos to centimeter-sizedcleared adult organs. During this workshop, small groups will tour three of our SPIMsetups tailored to specific zebrafish imaging. Our first microscope is dedicated to invivo cardiac imaging of the beating heart in 3D across time. Then we demonstratea SPIM designed for imaging large (1-15mm) specimens optically cleared with avariety of clearing protocols. Last, a multi-direSPIM with custom control and analysis software pipeline for in toto zebrafish imaging will be shown. Thisworkshop will allow participants to get a better understanding of the strength ofsample-tailored SPIM microscopes.


Sanger Hands On Workshop: Exploring Zebrafish Genome Data

Wednesday, June 20, 2018      
1:00-5:00 pm  Grainger Hall,  Room 2510    University of Wisconsin, Madison.   

In association with the 13th International Zebrafish Conference, the Wellcome Sanger Institute, European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), NCBI and ZFIN, we are pleased to announce a one-day 'Exploring Zebrafish Genome Data' Hands-on Workshop.

This workshop covers,  via presentations and hands-on exercises:

  • Understanding genome assemblies
  • Using Ensembl to explore zebrafish data
  • NCBI zebrafish resources
  • ZFIN Resources

For more details, please go to Sanger Workshop    or email us at zebrafish-workshop@sanger.ac.uk

Looking forward to meeting you there!  Kerstin and Jane (workshop organizers)

 

 

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.  

 

Bill Bement is the Hans Ris Professor of Cell Biology and Zoology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is the Director of the UW-Madison Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology. Bill and his lab are best known for their studies of single cell repair and cell division. Bill received a BA in Biology from Whitman College in 1985, worked as a fishery observer for the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration in 1986, and received a Ph.D. in Zoology and Cell Biology from Arizona State University in 1991. Bill conducted his postdoctoral research in the Lab of Mark Mooseker at Yale University from 1991-1994 and joined the UW-Madison faculty in May of 1994.

 

Awards


Chi-Bin Chien Award

The Chi-Bin Chien Award was established by the zebrafish research community and the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) in memory of Dr. Chi-Bin Chien (1965–2011). Chi-Bin was Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah and served the international zebrafish community in numerous ways, including his service as Director of the Zebrafish Neural Development and Genetics Course at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and as an organizer of the International Conference on Zebrafish Genetics and Development.

The Award celebrates Chi-Bin’s enthusiasm and love for the discussion of scientific ideas and the good things that grow out of interactions and open discourse among scientists, his efforts to mentor and support the development of young scientists, and the collaborative and generous spirit with which he contributed to advance research with the zebrafish. The award will be given to an outstanding graduate student, postdoctoral trainee, or recently appointed faculty member from any country who has made significant contributions to the field of zebrafish research and has exhibited the generosity and openness that characterized and motivated Chi-Bin.

Donations

This award is funded by donations from members of the scientific community who wish to contribute in Chi-Bin's memory. Please make your contribution here. We thank you in advance for your support.

 


George Streisinger Award

 

The International Zebrafish Society has established the George Streisinger Award for a senior investigator who has made outstanding and continued contributions to the advancement of the zebrafish field. George Streisinger (1927-1984) was the founding father of zebrafish research. Working at the University of Oregon in the 1970s and early 1980s, George Streisinger established a zebrafish research colony and developed the first methods for mutagenesis and mutant screening with the goal of studying the development of the nervous system through genetic analysis. George Streisinger’s enthusiasm for the zebrafish and its potential for understanding vertebrate development was infectious. After his untimely death in 1984, his work on this still-nascent model organism was continued and taken in new directions by colleagues at the University of Oregon and around the world. The George Streisinger Award recognizes a senior investigator who, like George himself, has done sustained and foundational work that has opened new possibilities within the zebrafish field that benefit all of our research today.

Contributions may be in the form of conceptual advances that have opened important new research directions and/or the development of tools or resources that have been transformative in enabling new research possibilities.

 

Abstracts- Abstract Submissions are now CLOSED


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


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Abstract Submission Instructions

 

Step 1. Create an IZFS Website Profile, then click the link to take you to our Abstract Submission Site.

Step 2. Enter Your Abstract Title

Step 3. Enter Presenting Author information. You must fill out all required fields

Step 4. Complete your Author List with Names, email addresses and Institutional Affiliation of all contributors.  Presenting Author should be included in this list as well

Step 5. Select Research Areas

Step 6. Select your Preferred Presentation Format

Step 7. Enter the body your abstract

Step 8. Submit your Completed Abstract


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Submission Rules & Guidelines  

  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. 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 the abstract submission site closes.  Plase check the submissions site for posted close date. 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 April 6, 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 April 6, 2018. Abstracts not withdrawn by April 6 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. Posterboards are 4' high x 4 ' wide. The poster display space will be 48"high x 48" 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 30 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 the IZFS conference, you grant IZFS 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 Sponsors

Printable PDFs:

Sponsor and Exhibitor Prospectus    Exhibit Space License Agreement

WU_Shipping_Instructions_-_B.pdf

 

Register as a Sponsor or Exhibitor

 

The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) represents zebrafish scientific research worldwide, and facilitates the exchange of information and resources within the zebrafish community.  Serving a growing population of members with direct access to thousands more in the field, IZFS is committed to promoting educational initiatives and advancing all aspects of zebrafish research through its meetings around the globe.

Why become a Sponsor or exhibitor at the

2018 International Zebrafish Conference?

 

The International Zebrafish Conference (recently renamed from the “International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics” to reflect the broadening scope of zebrafish research) has for several decades now been THE premier go-to meeting for the worldwide zebrafish research community.  Historically held only every two years, this conference is the largest gathering of zebrafish researchers anywhere, with over 800 participants from every career level, including most of the top leaders of the zebrafish community.  The International Zebrafish Conference is THE place zebrafish researchers go, not only to hear about the latest scientific findings but to learn about the latest methods, technologies, and products to facilitate their research work.  Don’t miss the chance to be part of this vibrant and exciting conference!  The IZFS is pleased to offer valuable sponsorship, exhibit, and advertising opportunities designed to maximize your exposure in the zebrafish research community and provide you with a strong return on your investment.

 

Venue and Exhibitor Experience

In 2018 we return to our long-time home at the University of Wisconsin.  The newly and beautifully remodeled Memorial Union offers prime exhibitor locations in the very center of conference activity.

 

 

Sponsor and Exhibitor Access

IZFS sponsor and exhibitor packages enable you to connect with the largest and most influential group of zebrafish researchers – the current and future leaders of the zebrafish research community!  You will have direct access to the purchasing decision-makers and clients most important to your company, and meet others who can benefit from the services and products your company provides.

 

Industry Trends

As a conference sponsor or exhibitor, you can count on receiving in-depth knowledge on progress, and new trends and directions in the zebrafish research field.

 

Visibility and Public Recognition

The IZFS Officers and Board, key society members, and many more high-profile conference attendees will be on hand to make introductions and ensure that your company representatives can make the most of their time spent at the conference.  You will have high visibility and public recognition for your contributions.

Exhibit

Do you supply services or equipment for zebrafish research?

Reach your target market, expand your professional network, and connect with clients and colleagues.

 

Exhibit Type

Cost

# Available

Benefits

Comp Reg

Exhibit Booth Staff

All Exhibitors receive:

 

 

Standard (6’) Exhibit

$3000*

17

1

3

-Table with 3 chairs, ID Sign

-Logo Listing on Conference Website

-Program Logo Listing (Print or APP)

-Logo on sign at Registration

-Ability to provide Conference Bag Insert

-Post-Conference Attendee Mailing List

Standard Exhibit with Premium Placement

$3500*

6

1

3

Double (12’) Exhibit

$5000*

3

2

3

Double Exhibit with Premium Placement

$7000*

1

2

3

*Receive 10% off of Sponsor Rates when you bundle two sponsorships or an exhibit with a sponsorship!
(T-shirt sponsorship excluded)    

*Electrical service is provided at no additional charge. Extension cords or hard-wired internet connections can be provided at an additional cost.

Consider enhancing your exhibit with a sponsorship or program booklet advertisement.  Bundled pricing available!

 

Exhibit Dates and Hours

Location: Memorial Union

Date                             Hours             Event

Wednesday, June 20, 2018     2:00 PM – 6:00 PM     Set-up

                                                8:45 PM – 10:00 PM   Receptions in Exhibit Hall and Dining Area

Thursday, June 21, 2018         8:00 AM – 10:30 PM  Exhibits Areas Open

                                                8:00 PM – 10:30 PM   Poster Session and Reception

Friday, June 22, 2018             8:00 AM – 10:30 PM  Exhibits Areas Open

                                                8:00 PM – 10:30 PM   Poster Session and Reception

Saturday, June 23, 2018         8:00 AM – 5:00 PM    Exhibits Areas Open

                                                2:30 PM – 5:00 PM     Poster Session and Reception

Sunday, June 24, 2018            8:00 AM – 12:00 PM  Exhibits Areas Open

2:00 PM – 6:30 PM     Tear Down

 

Exhibit Assignment

  • Exhibit space locations are assigned ON A FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED BASIS upon receipt of registration and payment.
  • Exhibitors are asked to indicate their exhibit type preference and to list any competitors they wish to avoid being placed near. Conference sponsors may receive preferential placement. 
  • Booth locations will be assigned at the sole discretion of show management and will be based on the date of request.

 

 

Sponsor

Show your support for the International Zebrafish Society by sponsoring a portion of the conference.

 

Conference T-shirt Sponsor: $200
Number Available: 25

Conference t-shirts will be available for purchase online during registration as well as on-site at the conference.  Your logo sponsorship on the t-shirt offer visibility that lasts well beyond the conference. 

Sponsor Benefits: 
Logo on product
Logo on signage at registration
Bag insert opportunity

   

Conference Bag Sponsor: $1500 
Number Available: 3

 

See your company highlighted on our conference tote bags, given to all attendees at registration. 

 

Sponsor Benefits: 

Conference site logo listing
Program logo listing
Logo on product
Logo on signage at registration
Bag insert opportunity.

 

App Sponsor: $2000
Number Available: 3

Sponsor Benefits: 
Conference site logo listing
Program logo listing
Logo on product
Logo on signage at registration
Bag insert opportunity or plenary chair drop
One complimentary registration
Post conference attendee mailing list
Pre-conference sponsored e-blast.

 

Welcome Reception Sponsor: $1500
Number Available: 3

Sponsor Benefits: 
Conference site logo listing
Program logo listing
Logo on signage at event
Logo on signage at registration
Ability to provide branded material or bag insert
One complimentary registration
Post conference attendee mailing list
Pre-conference sponsored e-blast.

 

Picnic Sponsor: $1500
Number Available: 3

Sponsor Benefits: 
Conference site logo listing
Program logo listing
Logo on signage at event
Logo on signage at registration
Ability to provide branded material or bag insert
One complimentary registration
Post conference attendee mailing list
Pre-conference sponsored e-blast.

 

Banquet Sponsor: $1500
Number Available: 3

Sponsor Benefits: 
Conference site logo listing
Program logo listing
Logo on signage at event
Logo on signage at registration
Ability to provide branded material or bag insert
One complimentary registration
Post conference attendee mailing list
Pre-conference sponsored e-blast.


*Receive 10% off of Sponsor Rates when you bundle two sponsorships or an exhibit with a sponsorship! (T-shirt sponsorship excluded)


  

 

Advertise

 

Increase your visibility with an ad in the printed program book or on the conference mobile APP.

 

Ad Type

Cost

Benefit

Conference Site Logo Listing

Printed program book 1/4

page ad: 3.5" W x 4.75" H

$300

Printed program book 1/2

page ad:: 7.0" W x 4.75” H

$500

Printed program book full

page ad: 7.0" W x 9.5" H

$750

Conference mobile app main page rotating banner ad

$1000

 

Exhibit Space License Agreement

 

Subject to acceptance by the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS), Exhibitor, as named on the front of this Agreement, hereby contracts for a license to use exhibit table space at the 2018 International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC) located in Madison, Wisconsin, June 20-24, 2018 solely for the purpose of exhibiting a display having educational or practical application in the field of genetics and/or biological research which emphasizes instruments, publications, supplies, products or services for use in teaching or research. Sales, order-taking and entering into contracts of sale on the exhibit floor or other related meeting areas during the meeting are discouraged. License will not be granted for exhibits that principally express a point of view.


Exhibitor agrees that it will use the space solely for an exhibit as specified in the company/product/service description. Descriptions not exceeding 50 words in length, received by April 1, 2018, will be included in the Program Book. Longer descriptions will be edited or returned to the Exhibitor at the discretion of IZFS. Registrations not containing a description will cause the listing in the Program to be limited to the information contained on this contract. IZFS reserves the right, without refund, to refuse to allow the placement or maintenance at the meeting of any exhibit that does not in good faith substantially conform to the description provided with this Agreement or that contains unrelated material(s).

To secure space, Exhibitor has enclosed with this registration and the total payment. Payment by check or credit card will be accepted. IZFS agrees that Exhibitor may cancel or reduce the amount of space applied for up to April 1, 2018, and that if it does so, the entire amount will be refunded. If Exhibitor cancels this Agreement or reduces the amount of space applied for after April 1, 2018, IZFS will retain 50% of the payment for each space reserved.

This Agreement solely confers a license by IZFS to Exhibitor to use a space to be assigned for exhibition purposes in the exhibit area of the meeting. It shall not be construed in any way as an approval, endorsement or recommendation of the content of any exhibit or the products or services displayed in an exhibit, nor to create any agency relationship between IZFS and Exhibitor, nor entitle Exhibitor to any use of the name International Zebrafish Society or the initials IZFS; except reference may be made to the meeting as “International Zebrafish Conference” on the Exhibitor’s advertising. IZFS’s sole responsibility and obligation under this Agreement is to permit Exhibitor to use the assigned exhibit space. The exhibit and its installation shall be solely the responsibility of the Exhibitor. Exhibitor warrants that it shall, at its own cost and expense, obtain all necessary licenses, permits and insurance required for its installation and maintenance of its exhibit and any of its employees or agents associated with its exhibit and that it shall pay all taxes and fees related to this Exhibition.

In consideration of the grant of this license, Exhibitor agrees that it shall be liable for any loss or damage to its exhibit or any of its property or the property of its employees or agents and for any loss or damage that may be caused to others as a consequence of its exhibit or acts or failure to act by its employees or agents. The Exhibitor further agrees to protect, indemnify and hold harmless IZFS, University of Wisconsin-Madison, IZFS Exhibit Management and their respective officers, employees and agents for all claims, losses, damages, or any other costs (including, but not limited to, governmental charges or fines and reasonable attorney’s fees and litigation costs) arising out of Exhibitor’s use of exhibit space, as well as any additional costs incurred as a consequence of any material or equipment remaining, left or abandoned by Exhibitor after the time for removal of such material or equipment. Exhibitor acknowledges that IZFS does not maintain any insurance covering Exhibitor’s property or its use, or covering Exhibitor’s employees or agents.

Exhibitor agrees to comply with the terms of this Agreement and with the Rules and Guidelines for Exhibiting that are incorporated herein by reference. The Exhibitor further agrees that IZFS may terminate Exhibitor’s license to use exhibit space, without refund, if Exhibitor, after notice, shall fail to immediately cure any violation of the Rules.

Exhibitor must complete the agreement to the terms set forth in this document in their exhibitor registration.

 

    

Travel and Accommodations

REAL ID Act

Note: Beginning January 22, 2018, travelers boarding domestic commercial flights within the United States and its territories will be required to present IDs compliant with the REAL ID Act at all Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security checkpoints. If a state-issued ID (driver’s license, state ID) does not comply with the REAL ID Act, an alternate form of identification will be required by the TSA in order to board a domestic flight.

States and territories that have requests for extension that are currently under review include American Samoa, Louisiana, Michigan, New York, and the Northern Mariana Islands. IDs from these states and territories will be accepted for boarding commercial aircraft until January 22, 2018 unless an extension is granted. All other states or territories not listed have been either deemed compliant or granted an extension through October 10, 2018.

To check the status of your state’s compliance with the REAL ID Act, please visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website: https://www.dhs.gov/real-id.

More Housing Information and Reservation Links Coming Soon!

Concourse
Rates: $174-194 per night

Hampton Inn
Rates:$159 per night

Graduate
Rates: $179 per night

DoubleTree Madison
Rates: $165 per night

Hyatt Place
Rates: $165 per night

Lowell Center
Rates: $115-$124 per night 


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 is available to facilitate finding a roommate. Click here to access the bulletin board. 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. 


Cancellations

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.

Fees:

$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.


Weather

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.

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

Airport

Est. Travel Time

Transportation

Fare

Madison, WI, Dane County Airport

15 minutes

Union Cab

Madison Taxi

Badger Cab

Uber

$15-$30

O’Hare and Midway Airports.

Take the O'hare bus to the Langdon and Park Streets stop in Madison

3-4 hours

Van Galder Bus

$29-$31

Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport

2 hours

Badger Bus

$23-$25

 


Parking

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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