marmoset bioscience symposium 2019


We are pleased to announce the 2019 Marmoset Bioscience Symposium to be held on October 17, 2019, at Greenhouse Loft in Chicago, two days before the start of the Society for Neuroscience annual conference. The meeting will consist of a keynote lecture, a young investigator talk & invited talks from trainees (graduate students and postdoctoral fellows)

The principal objectives include:
  • (1) To communicate and disseminate new findings from using marmosets as a model organism in diverse fields and development of new genetic, viral and analytic tools that will advance research in marmosets
  • (2) To provide an open forum for discussion of new hypotheses and approaches and discrepancies in the literature and to facilitate exchange of reagents such as antibodies, protocols and viral toolbox, including viral vector targeting specific neuronal cell types
  • (3) To increase interactions and collaborations between basic scientists and translational and clinical groups interested in modeling human disease in the marmoset. They include human geneticists and psychiatrists
  • (4) To provide an atmosphere in which researchers wishing to use marmosets in their research may interact directly with established investigators
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  • 7:00-8:00 -- Registration and poster set-up
  • 8:00-8:15 -- Opening remarks and announcements

  • 8:15-9:00 -- Keynote lecture: Professor Xiaoqin Wang | Marmoset as a model system to study the neural basis of hearing and vocal communication

  • 9:00-9:30 -- YI Award: David Schaeffer | Developments in marmoset functional magnetic resonance imaging

  • 9:30-10:30 -- Theme 1: Social behavior, physiology and neural circuits (Chair: Keren Haroush)
  •     (i) Shanna Coop | Neuronal mechanisms of pre-saccadic attention in area MT of the common marmoset
  •     (ii) Zachary Davis | Spontaneous traveling cortical waves predict perceptual sensitivity in awake, behaving marmosets
  •     (iii) Patrick Jendritza | Optogentic stimulation of area V6 improves visual detection in the marmoset
  •     (iv) Vladimir Jovanovic | Perceptual mechanisms to communicate in a marmoset 'Cocktail Party'

  • 10:30-10:45 -- Break and poster setup

  • 10:45-11:45 -- Theme 2: Development, aging and neurodegenerative disease (Chair: Corrina Ross)
  •     (i) Terumi Yurimoto | Ultrasonographic features of the whole body anatomy in common marmosets
  •     (ii) Danielle Santana Coelho | Development and characterization of a non-human primate model of maternal immune activation
  •     (iii) Gurueswar Nagarajan | Cingulotomy alters postnatal development of vocalizations in infant marmosets
  •     (iv) Emily Rothwell | Three year change in cognition, motor function and stress reactivity in aging marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)

  • 11:45-1:15 -- Poster and Lunch
  • 1:15-1:30 -- Programmatic announcements from NIH ICs on funding opportunities | Manuel Moro, NIA; Greg Farber, NIMH/Brain Initiative; Sheri Hild; OD/ORIP

  • 1:30-2:00 -- YI Award: Jung Eun Park | Gene-editing Notch3 mutations in marmosets using CRISPR/Cas9

  • 2:00-2:25 -- Special Lecture: Hideyuki Okano | Disease Modeling using Marmosets with Germ Line Modification and In Vivo Genome Editing

  • 2:25-3:25 -- Theme 3: Genetic, viral and analytic tools development for marmoset research (Chair: Elias Issa)
  •     (i) Stephanie Marcus | Generating a high quality marmoset reference genome
  •     (ii) Erika Sasaki | Self-organization of the transgenic non-human primate embryo
  •     (iii) Dalton Moore | Comparing pose estimation performance using DeepLabCut and marker-based tracking
  •     (iv) Jagruti Pattadkal | The structure of population activity in area MT of awake marmosets studied using two-photon microscopy

  • 3:25-3:45 -- Break

  • 3:45-4:45 -- Town hall meeting | Erika Sasaki, Angela Roberts, Afonso Silva, Corinna Ross, Boris Zemelman
  • 4:45-5:00 -- Concluding remarks
  • 5:00-6:00 -- Free time/poster

Join us next year for MBSS 2020 in DC | National Museum of the American Indian | October 22, 2020

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Early registration deadline is September 1, 2019. Registration is open through September 17, 2019.

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