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)

In association with the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting in Budapest, the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute and ZFIN, we are pleased to announce a half-day 'Utilising Zebrafish Genome Data' Hands-on tutorial.

This tutorial covers
Reference data sources
Genome Browsing
Exploring Sequence Variation and Disease
Comparative Sequence Analysis
ZFIN Resources
via presentations and hands-on exercises and is taught by experienced instructors. You will need to bring your own laptop to access the manual and work thorough the examples. This tutorial will cover the basics about the generation of the reference assembly, how genes are built and browsed and how additional genomic features can be identified and interpreted.

For more details, email us at

When registering for the meeting, you will find an option to also register for the tutorial. The tutorial is not for profit, but we are charging a €50 participation fee to cover the costs for room, equipment and catering. Any problems, please let us know.

Looking forward to meeting you there!

Kerstin and Jane (tutorial organisers)

Upcoming IZFS Elections


The International Zebrafish Society (IZFS), the society that organizes the International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics and the Strategic Conference of Zebrafish Investigators, will be holding board of director (BOD) elections in June 2017. We will be electing officers (President, President-Elect, and Treasurer) and regional directors. Regional representation on the IZFS board is determined by the number of PIs per region who are registered in ZFIN, so we encourage all PIs to register their lab in ZFIN before March 1st. You can find details about BOD positions in the IZFS bylaws.


The Nomination Phase will be open March 1 - 31, 2017. An email will be sent via ZFIN and IZFS soliciting nominations for officers and regional directors. All nominees must be IZFS members to run for election. If you would like to self-nominate or be considered if nominated, please join IZFS before March 1st. If you would like to vote in the election, please join IZFS before May 15th. 



The IZFS Nominations Committee

Sharon Amacher, Peter Currie, and Stephan Neuhauss

Sponsored by AQUANEERING
San Antonio Marriot RiverCenter

Monday February 20 - ZHA ANNUAL MEETING – 11:00 – 12:00

Monday, February 20, 2017
Attendees qualify for 10 CE Credits through AALAS –Please sign in on the Attendance Sheet

FISH DISEASES SESSION– Coordinated by Dr. Michael Kent/ Oregon State U

9:30 – 9:45 Transmissible Intestinal Tumors and Links to a Mycoplasma sp
Sophie Sichel/U Oregon
9:45 – 10:00 Mycobacteria Studies
Chris Whipps/SUNY ESF
10:00 – 10:15 Thyroid lesions and Iodine Deficiency
Katy Murray/ZIRC
10:15 – 10:30 Emerging and Opportunistic Pathogens of Zebrafish
Marcus Crim/IDEXX

11:00 – 12:00 <ZHA ANNUAL MEETING>

12:30 – 1:30 Lunch

2:00 – 2:45 INTRODUCTION Mark Francis/Aquaneering
ZHA UPDATE & Stewardship Award Dante D’India/ZHA President

ZHA SESSION – Coordinated by ZHA

2:45 – 3:05 The Effect of Two Feeding Regimens on Juvenile Zebrafish (Danio rerio)
Stephen Frederickson/NIH
3:05 – 3:25 Zebrafish Facility Management: The Benefits of Undergraduate Student Assistance
Tami V. Sanchez/UCSD
3:25 – 3:45 Spreadsheets Don’t Label Tanks and Track Stocks. What can a Zebrafish Data System Do For You?
Marc Gervais/DanioData
3:45 – 4:05 Protocol for Small-scale Production in Zebrafish Embryos Danio rerio for Toxicological Screening
Sonia Alvarado-Rica/Central U of Venezuela
4:05 – 4:25 The Importance of Establishing a Cryopreservation Program in The Laboratory
Meghan Aquirre/Cryogenetics
4:25 – 4:45 Implementation of a Zebrafish Health Program Contributes to Better Husbandry Practices: Case-Study
Ana Borges/ Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência

Tuesday February 21, 2017

FISH DISEASES SESSION– Coordinated by Dr. Michael Kent/ Oregon State U

8:30 – 8:45 Transmission of Pseudoloma neurophilia in Zebrafish Danio rerio When Using a Mass Spawning Chamber
Samantha Peneyra/MSKCC
8:45 – 9:00 Effects of Cryopreservaton on Zebrafish Pathogens
Lauren Norris/Oregon State U
9:00 – 9:15 Mycobacteria in Zebrafish
Carolynn Chang/Oregon State U
9:15 – 9:30 M. chelonae and Impacts on Research Endpoints
Justin Sanders/Oregon State
9:30 – 9:45 Pseudoloma Prevalence Reduction in a Closed Colony of Endemically Infected Zebrafish
George Sanders/U Washington
9:45 – 10:00 Validation Study at Boston Children’s Hospital to Determine Optimal Health Monitoring Approach
Megan Finley/FishVet Group

10:00 – 10:30 BREAK

10:30 – 10:50 Pseudocapillaria and Effects on Microbiome
Michael Kent/Oregon State

GENERAL WORKSHOP SESSION – Coordinated by Aquaneering

10:50 – 11:10 From Generation to Generation: Culturing Zebrafish Under Continuous Illumination from Fertilization to Adulthood
MacKenzie Miller/Ohio State U
11:10 – 11:30 A New Protocol for Exploring the Potential Growth Rate of Zebrafish Larvae and Juveniles
Thomas Delomas/Ohio State U
11:30 – 12:00 Noise and Vibration as Possible Confounds for Research with Aquatic Species
Jeremy Turner/OtoScience Labs
12:00 – 12:20 IACUC Findings and Post Veterinarian Monitoring Improve Animal Health and Improve the Facility
Tannia Clark/NIH

12:30 – 1:30 LUNCH

1:30 – 2:45 The Evolution of the use of Mexican Cavefish in Research
Dr. Richard Borowsky/New York University

2:45 – 3:30 Research and Conservation: Mexican, Chinese and Texan Cavefish
Dante Fenolio/San Antonio Zoo

3:30 – 3:45 BREAK

3:45 – 4:05 AALAS has options for all sectors of the Zebrafish Husbandry Community

4:05– 4:30 LAMA and the Zebrafish Husbandry Community
Anne Murray/LAMA

4:45 – 6:30 TOWN HALL MEETING - NIH ORIP and Aquatic Husbandry Community Session
The Town Hall Meeting is sponsored by Aquaneering, FishVet Group, IDEXX, Skretting, and Zeigler

Insights concerning hematopoiesis and hematological disorders have been acquirin various model systems including mice and zebrafish. Further efforts to understand the physiological process of blood development and mechanisms underlying blood disorders including malignant transformation and progression will continue to rely on model organism research. Recent technological advances in animal models, especially the development of conditional site- and time-specific Cre-Lox gene targeting technology, allowed studying the function of genes which are relevant to normal hematopoiesis and development of hematological malignancies, but lethal when knocked out in embryonic cells. Moreover, the generation of multiple zebrafish models of human leukemia and zebrafish-based high-throughput drug screening promise to hasten the discovery of novel antileukemic therapeutics. These new technologies have led to novel and exciting findings, deepening our understanding of disease pathophysiology and treatment resistance as well as leading to novel therapeutic  strategies.  The purpos o thi specia issue  i t publis research articles as well as reviews that report exciting novel findings relevant to normal and/or abnormal blood development and the genetic underpinnings critical to disease transformation/progression and treatment resistance, seeking to expand our understanding of disease mechanisms and help shape therapeutic strategies for improved outcomes in patients.


Potential topics include but are not limited to the following:


  • New animal models of hematopoiesis or hematological disorders established by various approaches (e.g., transgenesis, mutagenesis, and transplantation)
  • Mechanisms related to understanding normal blood development
  • Mechanisms related to understanding pathophysiology of hematological disorders, including leukemic transformation, maintenance, progression, and treatment resistance
  • Novel drug screening methods and promising lead compounds
  • Novel genetic screens
  • Novel therapeutics discovery and/or new combination treatments
  • Mechanisms of drug efficacy and resistance
  • Oncogene and tumor suppressor studies


Authors can submit their manuscripts through the Manuscript Tracking System at

Lead Guest Editor

Hui Feng, Boston University, Boston, USA


Guest Editors

J. Kimble Frazer, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Oklahoma City, USA


Hudan Liu, Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China


David L. Stachura, California State University, Chico, USA

Manuscript Due

Friday, 7 July 2017

First Round of Reviews

Friday, 29 September 2017


Publication Date

Friday, 24 November 2017


Chi-Bin Chien Award

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). Chi-Bin was Professor of Neurobiology and Anatomy at the University of Utah and served the international zebrafish community in numerous ways, including his service as Director of the Zebrafish Neural Development and Genetics Course at the Woods Hole Marine Biological Laboratory and as an organizer of the International Conference on Zebrafish Genetics and Development. 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.

The award will be given to an outstanding graduate student, postdoctoral trainee, or recently appointed faculty member from any country who has made significant contributions to the field of zebrafish research and has exhibited the generosity and openness that characterized and motivated Chi-Bin. The 2017 awardee will be recognized at the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, July 3-7, 2017.



Nominations for the Chi-Bin Chien Award are to be submitted by the candidate’s PhD or post-doctoral mentor by emailwith the subject line “Chi-Bin Chien Award” by February 6, 2017 to Submit the application in a single PDF file that includes:

A one-page statement from the nominee describing his/her research and its importance to the advancement of zebrafish research.
The nominee's C.V.
Letter of recommendation from the mentor.
Letter of recommendation from one additional scholar who is familiar with the research being described in the application.


Awardee Will Receive

A personalized award
Travel Award to cover: Registration, travel, accommodations, and other expenses to attend the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting (up to $1,500)
Recognition on the IZFS website



This award is funded by donations from members of the scientific community who wish to contribute in Chi-Bin's memory. Please make your contribution here. We thank you in advance for your support.


IZFS Awards Committee

Cecilia Moens, Chair
Division of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Michael Granato
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania

David Grunwald
Department of Genetics, University of Utah

Graham Lieschke
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Australia

Anming Meng
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Stephan Neuhauss
Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Lila Solnica-Krezel
Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO


George Streisinger Award

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. Working at the University of Oregon in the 1970s and early 1980s, George Streisinger established a zebrafish research colony and developed the first methods for mutagenesis and mutant screening with the goal of studying the development of the nervous system through genetic analysis. George Streisinger’s enthusiasm for the zebrafish and its potential for understanding vertebrate development was infectious. After his untimely death in 1984, his work on this still-nascent model organism was continued and taken in new directions by colleagues at the University of Oregon and around the world. 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.
Contributions may be in the form of conceptual advances that have opened important new research directions and/or the development of tools or resources that have been transformative in enabling new research possibilities. The 2017 awardee will be recognized at the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting in Budapest, Hungary, July 3-7, 2017.


Members of the zebrafish community are invited to submit nominations for the Streisinger Award. Nominations must be submitted by e-mail with the subject line “Streisinger Award” by February 6, 2017 to Submit application in a single PDF file that includes:

1. A statement (up to one page) written by the nominator describing the key contributions of the nominee to the field. The statement must be co-signed by two or more members of the community who support the nomination.
2. A list of up to ten publications or links to online resources or databases that illustrate the central contributions of the nominee to the field.

Awardee Will Receive

• A personalized award
• Travel Awards to cover: Registration, travel, accommodations, and other expenses to attend the 10th European Zebrafish Meeting
• Recognition on


IZFS Awards Committee

Cecilia Moens, Chair
Division of Basic Sciences, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA

Michael Granato
Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of Pennsylvania

David Grunwald
Department of Genetics, University of Utah

Graham Lieschke
Australian Regenerative Medicine Institute, Monash University, Australia

Anming Meng
Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Stephan Neuhauss
Institute of Molecular Life Sciences, University of Zurich, Switzerland

Lila Solnica-Krezel
Department of Developmental Biology, Washington University in St. Louis, MO

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