Blog from March, 2019

The Zebrafish Disease Models Society (ZDMS) encourages you to attend the 12th Zebrafish Disease Models Conference (ZDM12), which will be held July 15-18th in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

ZDMS focuses on the need for relevant animal models to support mechanistic understanding of disease pathology and spur the development of innovative translational approaches.

Keynote speakers: Tyler Jacks (Boston, USA) and Catherine Wu (Boston, USA)
Invited speakers: Catherina Becker (UK), Craig Ceol (USA), Stephen Ekker (USA), Phillip Elks (UK), James Gagnon (USA), Julia Horsfield (NZ), Makoto Kobayashi (Japan), Kristen Kwan (USA), Celia Moens (USA), Nikolay Ninov (Germany), Andrea Pauli (Austria), Jinrong Peng, (PR China), Lali Ramakrishnan (UK), Eirini Trompouki (Germany), Zilong Wen (Hong Kong).

Special sessions planned include a pre-meeting for students and post-docs on July 15th, mentoring sessions, and our customary women in science session.

The final deadline for abstracts and travel award applications is soon: 1st April.

Also announced at ZDM12 will be the 2nd ZDMS Junior Faculty Award for Excellence.
The main criterion for this award is research excellence, demonstrated by a senior author publication after January 1st, 2016.
Application deadline for this award is April 25th.
Full details at

See you there!
Graham Lieschke
President, Zebrafish Disease Models Society (ZDMS)
and the Local Organising Committee
(David Langenau, Trista North, Wolfram Goessling, Jenna Galloway)

Qatar International Zebrafish Workshop


  • Conference: 13th April 2019 – 14th April 2017
  • Workshop:   15th April 2019 – 17th April 2017


Research Complex Building (H10) – Qatar University.

This workshop is accredited by Continuing Professional Development for Health Professionals CPD – HP (QU – Health) which is an accredited provider by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) for all Healthcare providers for a maximum of 13.0 CE Units. Activity Code: AGI-03-P33


Zebrafish emerged as a new animal model for research in recent years. Its advantages include ease of use, low maintenance costs and high throughput. Being a vertebrate model, zebrafish resembles human physiology in many aspects. Zebrafish is used commonly in developmental biology, cancer, toxicology, genetic disorders, neuronal disorders, diabetes and cardiovascular research.

Since the first establishment of the zebrafish facility in Qatar, there has been an increasing interest from research institutions in Qatar to use this model. This workshop is organized by the Biomedical Research center in Qatar university.

The aim of this workshop program is to focus on the utilization of the zebrafish model in a variety of research investigations, and to introduce this relatively new animal model to students, academicians, researchers and health care practitioners in the nation. The workshop will also provide a platform for establishing new collaborations. The event will involve both theoretical lectures from renowned experts in the field, as well as a hands-on practical session to train interested researchers.

Why you should attend:

  • The first zebrafish workshop program in the region.
  • A great opportunity to learn about the advantages of using this new animal model for research.
  • To see how zebrafish helps to illustrate vertebrate development including in humans.
  • To explore how zebrafish research contributes to human therapy for cancer, diabetes, heart disease and neuro-disorders.
  • A chance to network with leading zebrafish professionals, scientists and researchers and to get updated on cutting-edge research in a diverse array of topics.
  • An opportunity for students, research assistants and postdoctoral researchers to present their work in the poster session and exchange knowledge with other researchers in the field.
  • Provides the chance for new and junior researchers and scientists, or students to be part of hands-on practical sessions. This allows them to be a part of wet labs and guided lab tours in the zebrafish facility, focusing on the main areas of the zebrafish research field.
  • To provide a platform for collaborations and to broaden the scope of science related to the zebrafish animal model.

What you will learn:

The event will involve both theoretical lectures from renowned experts in the field as well as hands-on practical sessions to train interested researchers. The learning outcomes are:

  • Get an insight into the zebrafish as an animal model and its use as a model in different research fields in comparison to other models.
  • Learn about the emerging and most recent work done on the use of zebrafish in the developmental biology research field.
  • Learn about the emerging and most recent work done on the use of zebrafish as a human disease model.
  • Get the chance to be part of hands-on practical session, which focuses on the main areas in the zebrafish research. This includes maintenance of zebrafish systems and monitoring of water quality, fluorescent and confocal imaging of zebrafish, mrna and morpholino antisense oligonucleotides injections for knockdown or overexpression of proteins, crispr-cas9 genome editing technology, and toxicology assays.
  • Continuing Professional Development accredits this workshop for Health Professionals CPD – HP (QU – Health) which is an accredited provider by Qatar Council for Healthcare Practitioners Accreditation Department (QCHP-AD) for all Healthcare providers for a maximum of 13.0 CE Units.

Platinum sponsors: Qatar National Research Funds 
Qatar National Research Funds

Golden Sponsors: Primary Health Care Corporation
Primary Health Care Corporation
Silver Sponsors: Al-Obeidly Trading Technology, Sedeer MedicalSedeer MedicalAl-Obeidly Trading Technology


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The deadline to apply for the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory "Zebrafish Development and Genetics” summer course (August 5-19, 2019) is MONDAY, APRIL 15th.

This intensive two-week course caters to advanced graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and independent investigators who are incorporating the zebrafish model into their research and/or teaching. Applications from underrepresented minorities are especially encouraged. 

The hands-on curriculum focuses on molecular, genetic, and imaging methods for using zebrafish as a powerful model system for the study of vertebrate development, regeneration, and disease.  A variety of time-proven and emerging technologies are covered. The overall goal is to promote excellence in zebrafish research by creating a collaborative environment that engages students through comprehensive laboratory exercises and interactive discussions guided by 20 international leaders in the field.  Enrollment is limited to 22 students. 

More information and application instructions are available on the following webpage:
Substantial financial assistance is available. 


The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) is pleased to announce a new opportunity for junior members. We have established the Christine Beattie Travel Award to honor the memory of Dr. Christine Beattie and her commitment to training the next generation. The award will provide travel assistance to a postdoc or post-candidacy graduate student attending the International Zebrafish Conference.

The inaugural award will be given to an IZFS member presenting at the IZFC in Suzhou in June 2019. Click here for eligibility information and to apply. Applications are due April 8, 2019.

The award fund was established with generous donations from Dr. Beattie’s colleagues and friends. We welcome additional contributions to support future awards to junior investigators.

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The abstract submission deadline for the 12th annual Zebrafish Disease Models Meeting held in Boston, USA (July 15-18, 2019) is Friday, March 22, 2019.

This meeting is expected to reach capacity at 488 registrants, so register now to attend this exciting conference.

For more information see

Dear Members of the Zebrafish Research Community - 

Early bird registration and abstract submission deadlines for the 14th International Zebrafish Conference in Suzhou, China (June 12-16) have been extended to Thursday, March 28, 2019.

Register and submit an abstract now and don’t miss the opportunity to attend this exciting conference!

For more information see

This is a short course for veterinarians, technicians, trainees, principal investigators, and core managers who utilize or plan to utilize fish models in laboratory research. The course is directed by Michael Kent, Ph.D., College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University. Course faculty include: Rodman G. Getchell, Ph.D., Cornell College of Veterinary Medicine; Christian Lawrence, M.S., Children’s Hospital Boston; and Jan Spitsbergen, DVM, Ph.D., DACVP, Department of Microbiology, Oregon State University. 

The course is offered at the MDI Biological Laboratory, located in Bar Harbor, Maine on Mount Desert Island, the home of Acadia National Park. It is intended to help laboratory technicians, researchers, and veterinarians monitor and maintain the health of a colony of aquatic organisms, focusing on zebrafish. This course is appropriate for veterinarians and veterinary trainees, as well as technical staff, students, postdocs, and investigators. 

The course consists of lectures, laboratory exercises with a high faculty to student ratio, and discussion. During the course, there are ample opportunities for students to discuss unusual and/or unsolved diagnostic case experiences from their home laboratories as problem-solving exercises. 

This course is now approved by the AAVSB RACE (American Association of Veterinary State Boards Registry of Approved Continuing Education) to offer a total of *33 CE* (Continuing Education) Credits to veterinarians and veterinary technicians. RACE approval is for the subject matter categories of both category 1 (Scientific) and 3 (Non-Scientific-Practice Management/Professional Development). 

For more information, visit the MDI Biological Laboratory course page <> or email the Education Office at



The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) is currently accepting nominations for new members of its Board of Directors.  The Board acts on the behalf of the IZFS to guide the activities and direction of the Society.  This is an excellent opportunity to get involved as a leader of your research community!   Nominations are being accepted for
·      President-Elect 
·      Asia/Pacific Regional Director (1 vacancy)
·      Europe/Mediterranean Regional Director (1 vacancy)
·      United States/Canada Regional Director (2 vacancies)
·      Mexico, Central and South America, Caribbean, and Africa Regional Director (1 vacancy)

If you are an IZFS member, please submit your nominations using the link you received by Sunday, March 24, 2019.  If you are not already a member, join now to submit a nomination and/or be considered for an IZFS leadership position (self-nominations are welcome).
Mary Mullins
IZFS President

Dates: October 1-4, 2019
Location: Tecniplast Congress Center, Buguggiate (VA), Italy.
For registration, contact: 

Recent advances in single-cell transcriptomics, genome-editing, imaging, behaviour assays and other techniques are driving discoveries in the zebrafish model at an unprecedented rate. We are hosting a meeting in Edinburgh to highlight conceptual progress in zebrafish development, physiology, and disease modelling through technical innovation.

Confirmed Keynote and Plenary Speakers:

Ed Boyden, MIT - Jennifer Li & Drew Robson, RoLi Lab, Harvard - Didier Stainier, MPI Bad Nauheim

Further speakers will be selected from submitted abstracts. Contact us if you want to propose a session on a key topic, we have a couple of blocks available.


Catherina Becker, Marcus Keatinge, Thomas Becker (Centre for Discovery Brain Sciences, Edinburgh)

Caroline Brennan (QMU London), Karuna Sampath (University of Warwick), Freek van Eeden (University of Sheffield) 

Sponsors: EUFishBioMed, Nikon, Sigma

There will be on site child care - please let us know whether you want to bring a child when you register!

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Edinburgh - best wishes

Catherina, Marcus, Thomas, Caroline, Karuna, and Freek

Register here: