Date: Wednesday 20th June 2018, 1-5 pm 

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

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

via presentations and hands-on exercises.

For more details, please go to or email us at

When registering for the conference, you will find an option to also register for the workshop. Any problems, please let us know.

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Kerstin and Jane (workshop organisers)

Dear Zebrafish Community Members:


Nominations are open for the 2018 election for new members of the Board of Directors of the International Zebrafish Society (IZFS). The Board acts on the behalf of 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 Sunday, April 15, 2018 for the following positions on the IZFS Board of Directors, for terms beginning July 1, 2018.

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Asia/Pacific Regional Director (1 vacancy)
  • Europe/Mediterranean Regional Director (2 vacancies)
  • United States/Canada Regional Director (2 vacancies)


Nominees must be IZFS members in good standing who have paid their 2018 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 nominations.



Sharon Amacher

Peter Currie

Mary Halloran

Mary Mullins

Stephan Neuhauss

IZFS Nominations Committee

Dear Zebrafish Research Community,

ZFIN would like your input to help prioritize updates to ZFIN web pages and services.  Please take a few minutes to respond to the 2018 Zebrafish Community Survey.


Responses will help us focus effort on the most important web pages and data types and keep ZFIN as useful as possible to the research community.



The ZFIN Team

The deadline to apply for the Marine Biological Laboratory "Zebrafish Development and Genetics” summer course (August 4-18, 2017) is MONDAY, APRIL 16th.

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 course covers time-proven and emerging technologies geared towards application in zebrafish. Mornings and afternoons are devoted mainly to laboratory experiments and evenings to lectures and discussions. The course is taught and guided by 20 international leaders in the field and enrollment is limited to 22 students. 

More information and application instructions are available on the following webpage:

Scholarships and financial assistance are available. 

Deadline for application: 16 April 2018

 International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC), June 20-24, 2018, Madison, WI

- 30+plenary, concurrent, and poster sessions showcasing the latest zebrafish research

- 12+ dynamic workshops highlighting cutting-edge new technologies

- Numerous exhibitors displaying the latest equipment and tools for your research

- Extensive opportunities to network with colleagues and suppliers

- Lakeside BBQ picnic and closing banquet and party with live band and dancing

- Inexpensive university housing and a conference meal plan for limited budgets

Conference Information       Registration*      Abstract Submission*


* Note: In order to register for the conference and/or submit an abstract, you must sign in or create a new IZFS website profile. During profile creation you will also be given the opportunity to become an IZFS member, giving you access to discounted IZFS member conference registration rates. If you have trouble creating a profile, contact our administrator at

Letter of invitation required?  REGISTER soon as possible and request a letter of invitation on the registration form.

Travel Awards Limited funds are available for presenting member trainees or junior faculty who would otherwise be unable to attend the meeting, including specific scholarship funds for underrepresented minorities. Click HERE to apply.

Want to exhibit at or sponsor this conference? Make sure that your company or organization doesn’t miss out on the chance to be noticed at the largest and most important conference for zebrafish investigators. A variety of attractive sponsorship options are available to fit every budget. Visit the conference website “exhibit and sponsor” tab for more information or contact IZFS meeting planner Marcy Green.

August 12-17, 2018 

MDI Biological Laboratory 

Bar Harbor, Maine 


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 *35 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

In recent years, the zebrafish larva has become a powerful vertebrate model for neuroethology research. Its optical accessibility, a known genome and a vast library of promoters and mutants, make the zebrafish specially suitable for optogenetics and cutting-edge optical methods (e.g. light-sheet microscopy, holographics) to monitor and manipulate neuronal activity. In addition, the zebrafish has a complex although discrete repertoire of motor behaviours, making an ideal vertebrate preparation for the study of neuronal circuit dynamics underlying motor behaviour. The purpose of this meeting is to bring together researchers interested in the study of neural circuits and behaviour, and to introduce the zebrafish model to the neuroethology community which allows the use of state-of-the-art technical approaches to ask neuroethological questions and test specific hypotheses with unprecedented power and infeasible using other animal models.

ZHA Annual Meeting

Town Hall Meeting

Two Day Workshop with CE  and Veterinary CE Units

IZFS News Splash

Registration is now open! The 13th International Zebrafish Conference (IZFC – renamed from “International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics” to reflect the broadening scope of zebrafish research work) returns to Madison, Wisconsin June 20-24, 2018. We welcome you back to Madison for what promises to be an extraordinarily exciting and informative conference including plenary, concurrent, workshop, and poster sessions highlighting the latest zebrafish research advances and informing participants about the newest cutting-edge fish research tools and technologies. For the last several decades this has been THE key conference for the worldwide zebrafish community, and the organizers of the 2018 meeting are working hard to ensure that the next meeting will be the best one yet. Make sure that you don’t miss out on this important meeting!
Note: In order to register for the conference and/or submit an abstract, you must sign in or create a new IZFS website profile. During profile creation you will also be given the opportunity to become an IZFS member, giving you access to discounted IZFS member conference registration rates. If you have trouble creating a profile, contact our administrator at

Letter of Invitation Required? Be sure to register soon and indicate on your online registration form that you require a letter of Invitation to attend the 2018 International Zebrafish Conference.

Abstract Submissions are now open!

You are invited to submit abstracts containing new and unpublished material for either poster or platform presentation starting January 19, 2018. For more information on the submission process visit the abstracts section of the conference website here.

As noted above you will be required to create an IZFS profile in order to submit an abstract here.


2018 Chi-Bin Chien Award Nominations are now open!

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). 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. Click here for more information.



2018 George Streisinger Award Nominations are now open!

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. 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. Click here for more information.


Accepting Workshop Submissions

Proposals are being accepted for workshops at the International Zebrafish Conference. Give us your ideas and/or volunteer to help organize a workshop!

For more information on how to submit your workshop ideas, click here.


2018 IZFC T-Shirts are available for purchase!

 Shirts are $15 and are available in children’s and adult sizes. T-shirts will be distributed at the meeting. Click here to order.



Exhibitor and Sponsor Registration is Open!


  • Great exposure to over 800 attendees from around the globe
  • Strengthen current customer relationships and increase sales!
  • Sponsorships to fit every budget, including: T-shirt, Mobile APP, and Banquet

Register Here to Become an Exhibitor or Sponsor
For more information or to receive a copy of the Exhibitor and Sponsor Prospectus,

Join this illustrious group of organizations that have already signed on as 2018 Conference Exhibitors and Sponsors!




For additional information about the conference, go to the website:
2018 International Zebrafish Conference

ZFIN groups reagents that target a specific nucleotide sequence, Morpholinos (MOs), CRISPRs and TALENs together and calls them sequence targeting reagents (STR).  When one of these reagents is published, ZFIN staff checks that the published sequence matches the genome and contacts authors if there are any questions about either the MO sequence or the target sequences of TALENs and CRISPRs.  The most common issues are: sequences that aren’t reported in the paper or sequences that don’t match the current genome build. Once the sequences are checked they are added to ZFIN, and are incorporated into reagent specific BLAST databases ( ) and where possible mapped onto the genome.

To map the STR targets in the genome the sequences are analyzed using Bowtie (   and mapped onto the genome for display on the ZFIN GBrowse map (  This mapping location is displayed on the individual data pages as thumbnails of the genomic region.  If a sequence doesn’t match the genome sequence an image doesn’t appear on the reagent page.  When a STR hits multiple places exactly the locations are all shown on the page as an example MO1-mir375-1,mir375-2 targets both mir375 genes ( Many Morpholinos don’t match the genome because they were either targeted to an older version of the genome, or they cross a splice site so there isn’t an uninterrupted genome match. Multiple equivalent genome matches occur for several reasons;  in some cases the reagents were designed to hit multiple genes in the same family but many other cases exist where multiple target sites seems to have been unintentional.

We always recommend double checking the target of a knockdown reagent.   If there is no image on a page it is a sign that reagent might not target as expected.