GSA News

February 8, 2012   

GSA Events

The Drosophila Research Conference (March 7-11, 2012), hotel reservation deadline for the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers is Friday, February 10, 2012 Reserve your room now before the deadline!

Space is still available for two optional events at the Drosophila Research Conference (see below). Attendance at both events is limited, so sign up now!

  • Learn from journal editors about the ins and outs of getting your articles published.  Attend the Publishers’ Breakfast on Thursday, March 8, 2012 from 7:15-8:30 a.m., led by editors of the GSA journals, GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics.
  • Staff from the FASEB Office of Public Affairs will clue you in on the latest US policy and legislative news affecting science and explain how you can be a science advocate at the Advocacy Lunch on Friday, March 9, 2012 from 12:30-2:00 p.m.  There is a nominal fee for the Advocacy Lunch.

Abstract submission opens on Wednesday, February 15, 2012 for the 10th International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, June 20-24, 2012 in Madison, WI. Updated information about this conference, including the preliminary program, is posted at the conference website.

Abstract submission for the Model Organisms to Human Biology – Cancer Genetics Conference, June 17-20, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, DC opens on Thursday, February 16, 2012. MOHB – Cancer Genetics offers a jam-packed program designed to connect basic scientists studying cancer relevant biology in model organisms with investigators studying human cancer.  Keynoters are Angelika Amon (MIT), Eric Lander (Broad Inst) and Bert Vogelstein (Johns Hopkins Univ). See the MOHB website for more information.

GSA Journals

Submit your next manuscript to G3: Because your research is important to you, it’s important to us. G3: Genes|Genomes |Genetics offers rapid review and publication of useful results in all areas of genetics. G3 publishes high-quality foundational research, particularly research that generates useful genetic and genomic information such as genome maps, single gene studies, sequence of novel species, genome-wide association and QTL studies, as well as mutant screens and advances in methods and technology.


The National Institutes of Health (NIH) Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) released a new factsheet to assist applicants in completing the Vertebrate Animal Section (VAS) of grant applications. It highlights five points that must be covered when submitting an NIH application, contract proposal, or cooperative agreement involving the use of vertebrate animals.

Last week, NIH posted a report summarizing comments in response to the request for information to help inform the deliberations of the Biomedical Research Workforce Working Group of the Advisory Committee to the NIH Director. NIH received input from more than 200 commenters who wrote that supply and demand; characteristics of PhD, postdoctoral, and clinical research training; and appeal of a career in biomedical research were the most important issues for NIH to address.

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has released its annual report to Congress, Federal Funding for Biomedical & Related Life Sciences Research, FY 2013.  The report makes funding recommendations for five key agencies: the NIH; National Science Foundation (NSF); Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Science; Department of Veterans Affairs (VA);  Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative.  It outlines FASEB’s research funding goals for the next fiscal year and will be sent to members of Congress and senior officials in the Obama administration.

Other Meetings of Interest

The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has announced its 2012 summer Science Research ConferencesThirty-six conferences on a wide variety of topics in venues across the United States and Europe are offered from May through September.  For more information, see the FASEB website.

The theme of the Human Genome Meeting 2012, March 11-14, 2012 in Sydney, Australia is “Genetics and Genomics in Personalised Medicine.”  Online registrations will be accepted until March 6, 2012

The Association of Professors of Human and Medical Genetics (APHMG) will hold its 18th Annual Workshop and Special Interest Groups Meeting, May 2-4, 2012 at the Miramonte Resort in Indian Wells, CA.  Anyone involved in medical and human genetics education and training is invited to attend.  Early registration and hotel reservation deadlineMarch 23, 2012.

The 2012 C. elegans Neurobiology Meeting will be held as part of the EMBO Conference Series on C. elegans Biology at the EMBL Advanced Training Centre in Heidelberg, Germany, June 14 – 17, 2012. For speakers and the preliminary program, see the link above.  Deadline for online registrationMarch 29, 2012.





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