Program 2014

This is the program from the 2014 symposium, for the 2017 symposium please see here


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Prior: The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Symposium

“Removing barriers to the uptake of GM animals as a sustainable solution to food security and safety” The OECD’s mission is to promote policies that will improve the economic and social well-being of people around the world. This symposium will discuss with 15 representatives from research and regulatory organizations from seven countries, how policies need to be updated and public opinion corrected to benefit from technological advancements in livestock technologies.

Day 1, Thursday 16 October 2014

08:30-09:00 Coffee and Registration
Session 1 Introduction to Genome Engineering Session Chair: Tim Doran (CSIRO)
09:00-09:05 Denis Bauer (CSIRO) Welcome & Agenda
09:05-09:45 PLENARY: Dr Ophir Shalem (Broad Institute, MIT, USA) Genome-Scale CRISPR-Cas9 Knockout Screening in Human Cells
09:45-10:25 KEYNOTE: Prof Paul Thomas (University of Adelaide) Rapid generation of mutant mice using CRISPR/CAS9- and TALEN-mediated genome editing
10:25-10:30 Additional questions for the speakers
10:30-11:00 Tea Break
Session 2  Technology Session Chair: Denis Bauer (CSIRO)
11:00-11:40 KEYNOTE: A/Prof Pilar Blancafort (The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research) Epigenetic tailoring of the breast cancer genome
11:40-12:00 Dr Mark Tizard (CSIRO, Geelong, Australia) Precision genome engineering in the chicken for trait control
12:00-12:20 Sponsored Speaker Sigma
12:20-12:30 Additional questions for the speakers
12:30-13:30 Lunch 
Session 3  Computational guided design processes Session Chair: Fabian Buske (Garvan Institute for Medical Research)
13:30-14:10 KEYNOTE: Florian Heigwer (German Cancer Research Center) Advances in computational tools for genome engineering (Heigwer et al. Nat Methods. 2013)
14:10-14:25  Dr Denis Bauer (CSIRO) Assessing the target specificity of triplex forming oligonucleotides using DNA microarrays
14:25-14:35 Dr Shayne A. Bellingham (University of Melbourne) CRISPR/Cas9 guided knockdown of non-coding miRNA in Prion Disease.
14:35-15:00 Tea Break
Session 4 Application   Session Chair: Gaetan Burgio  (Macquarie University)
15:00-15:40 KEYNOTE:Dr Leslie Mitchell (NYU Langone Medical Center, Boeke Lab, USA) Sc2.0: Building the world’s first synthetic eukaryotic genome
15:40-16:20 Prof Alister C. Ward (Deakin University) Application of Genome Targeting Technologies in Zebrafish       
16:20-16:40  Sponsored Speaker Millennium
16:40-16:50 Additional questions for the speakers
17:00-19:00 Break before dinner
19:00-22:00 Conference dinner The King Edward Ballroom Banquet

Day 2, Friday 17 October 2014

08:30-09:00 Coffee and Registration
Session 5  Application areas: Experimental models Session Chair:  Tamsyn Crowley (CSIRO)
09:00-09:40 KEYNOTE: Prof Peter Koopman (Institute for Molecular Bioscience, University of Queensland) CRISPR-mediated gene tagging, mutation and disease modeling in mice
9:40-10:00 Dr Gaetan Burgio (Macquarie University) A new way to identify drug targets against malaria infection using CRISPR/Cas9 genome editing in mice
10:00-10:15 Prof Ian Smyth (Monash University) Generation of mutant mice using CRISPR/Cas9-mediated genome editing at the Australian Phenomics Network Monash node
10:15-10:20 Additional questions for the speakers
10:20-10:45 Tea Break
Session 6 Application areas: Industry Session Chair: Mark Tizard (CSIRO)
10:45-11:25 KEYNOTE: Prof Scott Fahrenkrug (University of Minnesota, USA) Application of TALEN technology in livestock
11:25-12:05 Dr Ben Hayes (Department of Primary Industries, Victoria, Australia)  The 1000 bull genomes project – a comprehensive database of variation in cattle genomes
12:05-12:25 Dr Fabian Buske (Garvan Institute of Medical Research) Specific targeting of Y-chromosome bearing spermatozoa for sex selection in bovine breeding
12:25-12:30 Additional questions for the speakers
12:30-13:35 Lunch
13:35-14:15 Prof Paul J Verma (South Australian Research & Development Institute and Monash Institute of Medical Research) Stem cells; Do they have a role in livestock genome-editing
14:15-14:30  Stefan Wagner  Efficient introgression of allelic variants by embryo-mediated editing of the bovine genome
14:30-15:10  Dr. Caitlin Cooper Outcome of the OECD meeting
15:10-15:35 Tea Break
Session 7 Workshop and Free Discussion 
Session Chair: Tim Doran (CSIRO)
15:35-16:45 Panel Discussion over drinks on Precision Genome Engineering
16:45-17:00 Final Remarks: Denis Bauer
17:00 Meeting concludes