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Zebrafish experts to meet July 26-27 at UTHSC (7-11-01)

Prominent U.S. experts who are studying zebrafish as models of disease will share their findings July 26 and 27 during the Texas Zebrafish Development and Genetics Meeting at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSC).

Made possible by an Enrichment Conferences Grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute Research Resources Program, the meeting will bring together more than two dozen Texas researchers and students who are pioneering studies of the tiny freshwater tropical fish.

Visiting experts will include Dr. Marnie Halpern of the Carnegie Institution in Washington, D.C.; Dr. Didier Stanier of the University of California, San Francisco; Dr. Stephen Ekker of the University of Minnesota Medical School; and Dr. Monte Westerfield of the University of Oregon. Oral presentations and poster displays are scheduled for July 27. More information is available at www.zfin.org/zf_info/news/mtgs.html#Texas.

Pudur Jagadeeswaran, Ph.D., associate professor of cellular and structural biology at UTHSC, and his research team will host the meeting. Dr. Jagadeeswaran maintains the largest collection of zebrafish in Texas and is funded for several projects using the fish. The projects include innovative blood-clotting studies.

Zebrafish have become popular study subjects in recent years because their embryos are transparent, enabling scientists to study developmental problems. Also, the fish are cost-effective to raise and carry about 85 percent of the genes present in humans. Practically any genetic defect can be studied because zebrafish genes can be readily mutated or deleted and their functions analyzed.

Contact: Will Sansom