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TT2016 In The Czech Republic: Entering The World Of Transgenic Technology


Mar 23, 2016

The 13th International Congress of Transgenic Technology (the 13th Transgenic Technology Meeting) took place at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague from March 20th-23rd, 2016.

The official host of the congress was the International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) and the organization of the event was handled by GUARANT International.

The main theme of the congress was new transgenic technology programmable nuclei which make it possible to effectively work with genes and alter the genetic make-up of organisms. Thanks to transgenic technology we are able to significantly contribute to the success of basic research in the treatment of serious diseases in humans.

Our national expert partner for the project was the Czech Center for Phenogenomics, under the leadership of Doc. RNDr. Radislav Sedlacek, Ph.D., who currently works at the Institute of Molecular Genetics.

Some of the most anticipated congress speakers included Dr. Andras Nagy (Canada) with a lecture on the use of transposon-delivered transgenes for understanding reprogramming, Charles Gersbach (USA), with a lecture on genome and epigenome editing with CRISPR/Cas9 for Gene Therapy and Disease Modeling, Ron Weiss (USA) with a lecture on mammalian synthetic biology: From parts to modules to therapeutic systems and Prof. Denis Duboule (Switzerland), who gave a presentation on the topic of genetic approach of long-range gene regulation during development and evolution.

The congress was attended by more than 600 delegates from around the world making this conference the largest one of its kind in attendance.

The last day of lectures also included presenting Yang Investigator Awards. One of the recipients of the award was Pablo Ross, who also presented at the congress.

His lecture focused on the theme of embryonic stem cells and interspecific blastocysts complementation in farm animals.

There were also three intriguing workshops that took place at the congress. One workshop was on cryopreservation of transgenic mouse models, another on using propgrammable nuclei (CRISPR/Cas9) and the third was on editing the genome of the zebrafish (Danio rerio).

Another integral part of the congress was the interesting social program that included a welcome dinner at the Clarion Congress Hotel in Prague and a gala dinner at the Žofín Palace.

The International Society for Transgenic Technologies (ISTT) was founded in Spain in January 2006 and now have their headquarters in the USA. Currently, they have over 600 members. They were established to support the communication and sharing of technology. Their aim is to strengthen scientific research in animal transgenesis, especially if it relates to useful experimental models in biology, medicine and biotechnology. They also represent the interests of scientists, engineers and graduate students who work in the field of transgenic technology.

GUARANT International spol. s.r.o., for a quarter of a century now, have been taking care of the success of their clients by organizing international congresses and conferences in Central and Eastern Europe. Along with perfect knowledge of the Czech and European environment, their clients are also guaranteed a high level of expertise, precision and professionalism. With a team of 50 professionals, they annually organize 60 to 80 events in the Czech Republic and abroad.

More information about the event can be found here: http://www.tt2016.org