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SCZI 2019 Asilomar Conference Grounds
Pacific Grove, California

January 12-16, 2019
Now Accepting Abstracts


The 8th Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators will take place January 12-16th at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA. The PI-only SCZI conferences were initiated in 2005, with the first meeting held at the Mount Desert Island Biological Laboratory in Maine.  SCZI meetings have been held at Asilomar every other year since then.  These highly interactive meetings include plenary sessions featuring scientific presentations of broad interest, concurrent platform sessions covering a range of research topics, workshops focusing on technical innovations, topics of interest to junior investigators such as grant writing and mentoring, and community sessions for discussion of issues of strong importance to the zebrafish research community.  SCZI meetings have become “must-go” meetings for many zebrafish PIs and have had an important role in helping to maintain the cohesion that our community is known for.  The last meeting in 2017 hosted 204 of the best and brightest zebrafish PIs.   

The traditional format of short talks from PIs at different career stages will remain, as will community workshops, however, a few new twists are planned! We are excited that Udi Isacoff from the Department of Neurobiology, Berkeley, has agree to be our keynote speaker.  Udi’s work focuses on four intersecting and complementary areas including mechanisms of ion channel function, synapse development and plasticity, neural circuit function, and the design of novel probes for the optical detection of neuronal signaling.  The meeting will close with a keynote by Steven Haddock of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.  His presentation is entitled, "From Obscurity to Ubiquity: How jellyfish and other organisms inspire bio-optical research."

Registration is now open for accepted abstract presenters.  Refer to your letter of acceptance to register.


Michael Brand, Peter Currie, and Mary Halloran.

Planning Committee

Jim Amatruda Liz Patton
Bon-Chu Chung Victoria Prince
Steve Ekker Kirsten Sadler-Edelphi
Michael Granato Thomas Schilling
Florence Marlow Stefan Schulte-Merker
Stephan Neuhauss Tanya Whitfield
Elke Ober




Asilomar Conference Grounds

800 Asilomar Avenue

Pacific Grove, California 

United States

Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by R13HD075578 from the National Institutes of Health, specifically Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute Of Child Health & Human Development (NICHD), National Institute Of Diabetes And Digestive And Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), and the  National Institute On Deafness And Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD). The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention of trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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