Confirmed Speakers

Keynote Speaker: Randall Peterson, University of Utah, USA

Young FishMed Keynote Speaker: Benoit Vanhollebeke, Université libre de Bruxelles, Belgium



Catherina G. Becker, University of Edinburgh, UK

Filippo del Bene, Institut Curie - Centre de Recherche, France

Peter Currie, Monash University, Australia

Carl-Philipp Heisenberg, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria

Corinne Houart, Kings College London, UK

Adam Hurlstone, University of Manchester, UK

Anna Huttenlocher, University of Madison, USA

Hernan Lopez-Schier,  Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany

Ferdinand le Noble, Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

Paul Martin, University of Bristol, UK

Annemarie Meijer, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Marina Mione, University of Trento, Italy

Claire Russell, University of London, UK

Karuna Sampath, University of Warwick, UK

Stefan Schulte-Merker, University of Münster, Germany

Kristin Tessmar-Raible, University of Vienna, Austria

Tanya Whitfield, University of Sheffield, UK

Cecilia L. Winata, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland

Mehmet Fatih Yanik, ETH Zurich, Switzerland


Scientific Committee

Lilianna Solnica-Krezel, Washington University School of Medicine, USA

Steve Wilson, University College London, UK

Ewa Snaar-Jagalska, Leiden University, The Netherlands

Uwe Strähle, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany

Vladimir Korzh, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland

Jacek Kuźnicki, International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Poland


Registration starts on October 1, 2017.


Additional information including preliminary program are available at the conference website:

Dear colleagues,


The 2017 Fall MARZ (Mid Atlantic Region Zebrafish) meeting will take place on Friday, Sep 22/2017

at NYU Langone Medical Center (550 First Avenue between E 30th St and E 33th St), New York City

(550 First Avenue between E 30th St and E 33th St), New York City.





The meeting starts at 12:30 pm and ends with closing dinner (over by 8 pm).

NYU Langone Medical Center at Farkas Auditorium (The Ruth & George Farkas Auditorium).


Enter the NYU Langone Medical Center through the revolving doors. Once inside you will see the lobby's security desk facing you. Turn right immediately and walk a few steps. You will see on your left a breezeway marked as "Yellow Pathway." Walk through the breezeway via the double doors (as you do this you will see on either side courtyards with grass and statues of white lions). The Farkas Auditorium is just past the double doors on the right-hand side.



Dear Zebrafish Community members,


This summer marks the 20th Anniversary of the MBL Zebrafish Genetics and Development summer course. Over the last 20 years, this course has trained over 350 students, postdocs, and faculty. 


To mark the 20th anniversary, we are holding an all-day symposium on the last day of the course, Friday, August 18th. The symposium will bring together course participants (alumni and faculty) from the past two decades, as well as other community members, for synergistic and networking interactions, to acknowledge the contributions of the zebrafish model to modern developmental biology and biomedical research, and to highlight the positive impact of the zebrafish course on the research of course alumni, their institutions, and the greater scientific community. Please check the schedule for details.


We have a limited number of spots left for this event and would like to open registration to others who would like to learn more about zebrafish, the course, and/or the MBL. A registration fee is required: $30 to attend talks and coffee breaks only OR $100 to attend talks, coffee breaks, AND the mixer/poster session and banquet. All attendees are responsible for arranging their own travel and lodging. If you would like to attend, please register here to reserve your spot.


Thank you, 

Sharon Amacher, Corinne Houart, and Erez Raz

2017 Zebrafish Genetics and Development course co-directors


**If the registration link above doesn’t work, please paste the following into your browser: 

The 5th European Zebrafish Principal Investigators Meeting brings together principal investigators working at the forefront of zebrafish research.

The meeting will feature plenary symposia of general interest and specialised workshops, providing unique opportunities for discussions, networking and creative thinking. EZPM 2018 is co-organized by the University of Trento and EuFishbiomed and is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Dolomites, providing an idyllic environment to combine mental stimulation and nature exploration.

The Meeting will take place in Trento (Italy), March 20 to 23, 2018.


Meeting website:





In association with the 14th Transgenic Technology Meeting we are pleased to invite participants to the Zebrafish Workshop : An introduction to genome modification methods in the zebrafish

Organised by Timothy Dahlem and David Grunwald
Assisted by Rich Dorsky, Kristen Kwan, Maureen Hobbs, Grunwald Lab, Kwan Lab

Date: September 28, 1pm – October 1, 11am

Location: University of Utah

Applications still accepted up to July 31st, for further information please see:

Registration deadline: Augus 31, 2017

Presented by a distinguished panel of leaders in the Zebrafish Community. Presentations will be given by facility managers and vets who are advancing zebrafish husbandry in their facilities and in the zebrafish community. Attendees will get firsthand knowledge on how to improve their current facilities from speakers who have greatly improved the normal levels of zebrafish breeding, fry growth and facility management.    

This course is limited to 35 attendees.

Participants in the USA contact

Lance Squires email:

Eric Smith email 

International participants, contact or

IZFS 2017 Election

Dear Zebrafish Community:

The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS) is currently hosting an election. If you are interested in voting and are not an IZFS member, click here to join. Ballots close on Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:59pm EST. For questions email the IZFS Administrator, Monika Dezhbod at We look forward to your participation.


Thank you,

Monika Dezhbod 

After 2.5 years of assembly curation, the GRC presents the new zebrafish reference genome assembly, GRCz11 ( This latest assembly has been refined by the addition of nearly 1000 finished clone sequences and the resolution of more than 400 genome issues. GRCz11 shows a significant reduction in scaffold numbers and increase in scaffold N50 whilst the overall genome size was not affected. For the first time in a zebrafish assembly, GRCz11 also features alternate loci scaffolds (ALT_REF_LOCI) for representations of variant sequences. The alignments of the alternate loci scaffolds to the primary chromosomal path are also included in the GRCz11 assembly to provide the chromosome context for these alternate sequences.


For more details, please have a look at


Browsing Images

An improved version of image browsing has been available for a while, but sometimes it gets overlooked.  Which is a shame, because it's easy to use and pretty fun, too.  

So here's a reminder:  

 In single-box search, the following categories have an image browsing option :

To begin browsing figure images, click the "Browse Images" button at the top of search results:


This will change the results display to show figure image thumbnails instead of the usual linked text results summaries.  All of the search facets for the current category are still shown on the left side of the page and can be used in the same way as usual.  

Clicking any of the thumbnails in the display will show an enlarged single-image view along with links to the associated figure, genes, fish, publication etc. You can page through enlarged images using arrows in the left- and right- margins.  To return to mult-image thumbnail view, click outside the box or on the "X" at the upper-right side of the view.

To leave image browsing mode and return to standard texty results, click the "See all ... results" button:


We invite all zebrafish researchers to register and submit abstracts  for the 2017 Midwest Zebrafish Meeting closes on May 12, 2017. The meeting will be held in Cincinnati on June 16-18 and focuses on zebafish as a model system for developmental biology, genetics and human diseases.  Participation of trainees and junior principal investigators is particularly encouraged.  Aside from invited speakers, all talks will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Also, please consider submitting abstracts to the Technology Workshop session, which will focus on the genome editing and other current technologies.


Meeting website:


Featured Speakers

Stephen C. Ekker, Professor, Mayo Clinic

S. Steven Potter, Professor, Cincinnati Children's Hospital

Liliana Solnica-Krezel, Professor, Washington University (St. Louis)


Featured Sessions


Early Development and Patterning


New Technologies for Studying Development

Neural Development

Zebrafish as a Disease Model


Important Deadlines


Abstract Submission - May 12

Registration (early)  - May 12

Registration (late) - June 1

Zebrafish as Models in Biomedical Research: Focus on Gene, Brain and Behaviour

Dates 14-18 August 2017

Application deadline 1 June 2017

We are delighted to announce our workshop "Genome Engineering in Zebrafish" on 27/28 June 2017, to be held at the Max Planck Institute for Brain Research in Frankfurt.

The workshop aims to discuss the latest developments in CRISPR/Cas based genome engineering with the focus on approaches allowing efficient genome editing in zebrafish. The goal is to discuss homologous recombination approaches and knock-in strategies, and is best suited for researchers who already have experience in generating knock-out alleles using TALEN and Crispr approaches. Special attention will be paid to practical tips and efficient protocols, and there will be many opportunities provided for small group discussions with experts in the field.

The workshop is spread over two days, with 6 experts in the field as speakers, and ample opportunity to interact/discuss/ask specific questions. Please see the program on our webpage for details, under the following URL 

We can accept up to 100 applicants - please refer to registration details on the webpage.

Best wishes from the organising team, and hope to see you in Frankfurt!

Key Dates: 
Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2017
Workshop registration deadline: August 1, 2017
Workshop: Oct 2 – 4, 2017 

Organizer: Prof. Ishwar Parhar, Monash University Malaysia

Zebrafish is gaining prominence as an important vertebrate model for investigating various human diseases. The number of researchers using zebrafish models has been dramatically increasing throughout the world including Malaysia. We had previously organized the 1st Malaysia Zebrafish Disease Model Workshop in 2015. The event attracted over 70 participants from local and international Universities and institutes. Despite the high interest in the zebrafish model among researchers in Malaysia, many researchers in Malaysia still do not have access to zebrafish techniques/tools and thus may not be utilizing the model to its fullest potential. This workshop aims to provide a platform for Malaysian researchers and students who are currently working or planning to work with the zebrafish model to learn the latest research techniques using zebrafish. The workshop is structured around research seminars and lectures, along with hands-on sessions conducted by international and local experts. This workshop will also promote collaboration within the zebrafish researchers’ community in Malaysia.


Topics covered:

Drug discovery                                                                

Neurological diseases

Cancer research                                                  

Techniques (functional genomics, genetics, imaging)      


Invited Guest Speaker:

Professor Koichi Kawakami

Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, National Institute of Genetics, Japan


2nd MZDM Organizing Committee:
Satoshi Ogawa (Monash University Malaysia)
Shogo Moriya (Monash University Malaysia)

Pei Jean Tan (Cancer Research Malaysia)
Suzita Mohd Noor (University of Malaya) 
Anwar Norazit (University of Malaya)

Kazuhide Shaun Okuda (Cancer Research Malaysia)

Fees (inclusive lunch and tea breaks):

MYR1000 (local)

MYR800 (local student)

USD350 (International)

USD250 (International student)



Register online via and email payment slip to


Submission for Poster presentation:

Please send abstract for poster presentation to

Method of Payment:

Telegraphic Transfer or Direct Deposit


Name of the Bank: Public Bank Berhad (Branch Bandar Sunway)

Account No: 3074129605

Address of the Bank: No 48 & 50, Jalan PJS 11/28A       

Bandar Sunway, 47500 Petaling Jaya, Selangor

Swift Code: PBBEMYKL


Further Information:

Please contact the Organizing Committee via or call +603 5514 6372


Dear Zebrafish Community Members,

Nominations are now open for the 2017 election for new members of the Board of Directors of the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS). 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!

Zebrafish community members are invited to submit nominations, by Friday, March 31, 2017, for the following positions on the IZFS Board of Directors, for terms beginning July 1, 2017.
• President
• President-Elect
• Treasurer
• Asia/Pacific regional director (1 vacancy)
• Europe/Mediterranean director (1 vacancy)
• US/Canada director (2 vacancies)

Submit nominations

(or paste into your browser)

Nominees must be IZFS members in good standing who have paid their 2017 dues. We welcome nominations of individuals who are forward thinkers, strategic planners, and dedicated volunteers active in the zebrafish community. Self-nominations are welcome.

Nominations will be reviewed by the IZFS Nominations Committee who will determine the final ballot in accordance with IZFS bylaws. Thank you in advance for your recommendations.

The IZFS Nominations Committee (Sharon Amacher, Peter Currie, and Stephan Neuhauss)