GSA News

June 6, 2012   

There’s still time to register for GSA’s Model Organism to Human Biology – Cancer Genetics Meeting, June 17-20, 2012 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. Register online until June 12Only onsite registration is available after that date.  See the full program listing and abstracts for this notable conference where investigators studying cancer in humans and model organisms will have the opportunity to share ideas and research results to advance progress toward the treatment of cancer.

Online registration will be accepted until June 14, 2012 for the International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, June 20-24, 2012 at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  After that date, registration will only be accepted onsite at the conference.

Register now for the Yeast Genetics and Molecular Biology Meeting, July 31-August 5, 2012 at Princeton University in New Jersey. Early (discounted) registration deadline is June 26, 2012. Housing registration deadline is June 24, 2012.

Abstract submission for the Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference, October 2-6, 2012 at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Pacific Grove, CA continues until July 10, 2012.  Register early for the conference— on or before June 28, 2012 to receive the early registration discount

This is the last chance for female faculty in their first three years of an independent research position to apply for the 2013 Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award.  Administered by GSA and the American Society of Human Genetics, and funded by The Gruber Foundation, it provides $75,000 over three years ($25,000 US per year). One award will be given to a female genetics researcher studying human or non-human mammals and one to a female genetics researcher studying model organisms.  The application is only offered every three yearsDeadline for applications: June 8, 2012.

The GSA Journals

The June issue of G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics is now online! This month in G3: Chen et al. report that calcineurin, a protein that activates the T-cells of the immune system, plays critical roles in the virulence of an increasingly common human fungal pathogen, Candida glabrata, in mouse models of ocular, urinary, and systemic infection. Read the article.

Members in the News

GSA congratulates Past President (2005) Terry Orr-Weaver, PhD, (Whitehead Institute-MIT), who will receive the prestigious Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) 2013 Excellence in Science Award. The award recognizes women whose outstanding career achievements in biological science have contributed significantly to further our understanding of a particular discipline of excellence in research. The award, which includes an unrestricted research grant of $10,000, will be presented at a GSA-sponsored event next year.  Terry is the second GSA member in two years to receive this award from FASEB. Susan R. Wessler, PhD (University of California, Riverside) was the recipient of the 2012 award.

Congratulations to Cori Bargmann, PhD (Rockefeller Univ), keynote speaker at the upcoming International Conference on Zebrafish Development and Genetics, who is one of three scientists to share the 2012 Kavli Prize in Neuroscience awarded by the Norwegian Academy of Sciences and Letters, the Kavli Foundation and the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research.  Dr. Bargmann shares the prize with Winfried Denk, PhD (Max Planck Institute) and Ann M. Graybiel, PhD (MIT). 

Six graduate students and seven postdoctoral researchers were selected to receive GSA’s DeLill Nasser Awards for Professional Development in Genetics.  Each of these early-career geneticists receives a $1,000 travel award to attend a national or international meeting or to enroll in a laboratory course of their choice that will enhance their career.  Read the press release to see the names and affiliation of the 13 recipientsFor more information about the DeLill Nasser Awards, visit the GSA website.


For information about the 2013 Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award, please see GSA News above.

The American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) is offering a new funding opportunity for graduate and postdoctoral researchers.  The ASPET Graduate & Postdoctoral Award for Integrative Research in Pharmacology (ASPET-IRP Award) will provide support for graduate and postdoctoral trainees who are involved in active research projects that involve in vivo pharmacology or are focused on organ systems as an integral part of their research efforts. The awards offer stipends of $20,000 for graduate students and $30,000 for postdoctoral researchers, beginning in January 2013.  Deadline for applications: October 15, 2012.



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