... CRISPR-Cas9_NIH_Crop
Credit: Ernesto del Aguila III, National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH


Speakers should limit the duration of their presentations to 30 minutes to ensure ample time for discussion and transition between speakers.

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Saturday 23 March

17.00-17.30   Registration and conference materials

17.30-18.15   Welcome Reception and drinks

18.15-18.55   Introductory lecture (Chair: Michael Dickinson)

Leslie Vosshall (The Rockefeller University, USA)

New genetic tools for understanding mosquito behavior

19.00-19.30   Delegate introductions

19.30   Dinner

Sunday 24 March

Session I: Evolutionary processes (Chair: Michael Dickinson)

09.00-09.40   Claude Desplan (New York University, USA)

Evolution of sensory perception in insects

09.45-10.25  Yoshinori Tomoyasu (Miami University, Ohio, USA)

Evolutionary and developmental origin of insect wings

10.30   Refreshment break 

11.00-11.40 Joseph Parker (California Institute of Technology, USA)

Convergent evolution of a social symbiosis

11.45-12.25   Lauren O’Connell (Stanford University, USA)

Evolutionary innovations in amphibian physiology and behaviour

12.30   Lunch

13.30-14.10   David McCauley (University of Oklahoma, USA)

Using genome editing to uncover ancestral gene functions in a basal vertebrate, the sea lamprey

14.15- 14.55   Asano Ishikawa (National Institute of Genetics, Japan)

The molecular genetic mechanisms of life history evolution in sticklebacks

15.00   Refreshment break

15.30-16.10   Dario Riccardo Valenzano (Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing, Germany)

The evolution of lifespan and ageing in African killifishes and beyond

16.15-16.55   Jason Gallant (Michigan State University, USA)

Using weakly electric fish to understand the evolution of convergently evolved, novel phenotypic traits

19.30   Dinner

Monday 25 March

Session II: Physiology and development (Chair: Julian Dow)

9.00-09.40   Aissam Ikmi (European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany)

Mechanisms of lifelong tentacle development in a sea anemone

09.45-10.25   Kristin Tessmar-Raible (Max F. Perutz Laboratories, University of Vienna, Austria)

Genetic and genomic approaches for the study of daily, monthly and seasonal timing

10.30   Refreshment break

11.00-11.40   Johanna Kowalko (Florida Atlantic University, USA)

The genetic basis of behavioral variation in natural populations

11.45-12.25   Sarah London (The University of Chicago, USA)

Towards genetic manipulations to study song learning in birds

12.30   Lunch 

13.45-22.30   Social event (including dinner and wine tasting)

Tuesday 26 March

Session III: Applied approaches (Chair: Leslie Vosshall)

09.00-09.40   Elissa Hallem (University of California, Los Angeles, USA)

Targeted mutagenesis in a human-parasitic nematode

09.45-10.25   Omar Akbari (University of California, San Diego, USA)

Using CRISPR to combat human disease vectors

10.30   Refreshment break

11.00 -11.40   Alison Van Eenennaam (University of California, Davis, USA)

Genome editing approaches to augmenting livestock breeding programs

11.45-12.00   An introduction to The Company of Biologists and JEB

12.00   Lunch

12.30-15.55   JEB Editors’ meeting (JEB Editors and Directors only)

Session IV: Resources and teaching (Chair: Leslie Vosshall)

16.00-16.40   Virginie Courtier-Orgogozo (Institut Jacques Monod, France)

The amino acid changes underlying physiological evolution in eukaryotes

16.45-17.25   Arnaud Martin (The George Washington University, USA)

‘A baby scientist can do it’ – how to teach a hands-on Genome Editing Laboratory class for undergraduates 

17.30   Refreshment break

17.45-18.30   General discussion (led by Scientific Organisers)

19.30   Dinner

Wednesday 27 March



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About JEB

Journal of Experimental Biology is the leading journal in comparative physiology. JEB publishes papers on the form and function of living organisms at all levels of biological organisation, from the molecular and subcellular to the integrated whole animal.

About JEB Symposia

The JEB Symposia were launched in 1978 at the suggestion of the then Editor-in-Chief John Treherne. Their aim was, and still is, to review knowledge and stimulate further research in an expanding topic of experimental biology and to bring together scientists from different areas to encourage cross-fertilization of techniques and knowledge across specialization boundaries. Since the first symposium on ‘Cellular oscillators’, the annual JEB symposia have covered a diverse array of topics within experimental biology, highlighting the relevance and power of the comparative approach to mainstream physiology.

The main aim of the JEB Symposia is to unite outstanding biologists and bring together their varied expertise on one particular subject.  It is a leisurely meeting with enough time to talk and to discuss. The number of symposium delegates is limited to invited speakers only.

In order that the proceedings of each symposium are made available to the community as soon as possible, speakers are invited to contribute a Review article to a ‘special issue’ of the journal. These special issues are freely available on the journal website at the time of publication.

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Manuscript submission

As part of the journal’s editorial strategy, all oral presentations will be published in the form of a Review article  in a special issue of Journal of Experimental Biology in early 2020.

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 7000 words (excluding title page, summary, references and figure captions), with up to 8 display items, and comply with our Submission Guidelines and Manuscript Preparation guidelines.

All invited Review articles for the JEB special issue should be submitted by Friday 3 May 2019.

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