Trieste, Italy, 19-22 November 2019
The first two days will focus on the opportunities and challenges offered by genome editing, gathering experts on scientific, regulatory, ethical and legal implications of the technology. The second two days will provide theoretical and practical skills to understand how genome editing can be applied to bacteria, plant and animal research, specifically dedicated to students and scientists from the ICGEB and JRC member states. A preliminary program of the event is available at the link: https://www.icgeb.org/courses/icgeb-jrc-workshop-genome-editing-applications-and-beyond/ and constantly updated.
A major goal of the Workshop will be to highlight differences and similarities in both the scientific and regulatory framework controlling the access to the technology in different countries. We would also like to identify special challenges that the ICGEB and JRC Member States might have to face to access and use the technology.
Should you be interested in participating in this forum and showcase the experience of your country in this field, I would kindly encourage you to fill a questionnaire prepared to create a starting platform on which to build a fruitful discussion during the Workshop. The questionnaire can be accessed at https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/JRCICGEBWS191119 , Password: JRCICGEB.
I would equally encourage you to participate in the workshop which will be instrumental also to create a community of experts and foster communication between various disciplines. Registration is open at https://www.icgeb.org/icgeb-jrc-workshop-genome-editing-applications-and-beyond/.
DEADLINE: Applications must be received by: 20 July 2019 (midday Trieste time) https://www.icgeb.org/icgeb-jrc-workshop-genome-editing-applications-and-beyond/
Concept: “Genome editing” is booming in molecular biology laboratories. It is not a new field, but new powerful and less costly genome editing tools have led to an explosion of new research opportunities and potential clinical applications, both heritable and non-heritable, to address a wide range of human health issues. Many stakeholder groups are debating this issue, and recognizing the promise and the concerns related to this technology, ICGEB proposes this initiative to provide a learning platform and a forum for discussion on genome editing and related technologies, with particular focus on scientific and regulatory considerations. In collaboration with JRC, the event will provide consultancy on the regulatory, ethical and societal challenges driven by the technology and its applications. ICGEB/JRC also intend to provide guidance to scientists working in their Member States by providing practical skills and appropriate contacts to facilitate the access to this technology.
Topics: The first two days will focus on the opportunities and challenges offered by genome editing, gathering experts on scientific, regulatory, ethical and legal implications of the technology. The second two days will provide theoretical and practical skills to understand how genome editing can be applied to bacteria, plant and animal research. Common to both part, a major goal of the Workshop will be to highlight differences and similarities in both the scientific and regulatory framework controlling the access to the technology in different countries.
•Researches and professionals involved or interested in the scientific and regulatory aspects of genome editing•Admission is subject to selection with priority given according to professional interest and involvement with the workshop topics’ •Participants are expected to cover their own travel and living costs•Participants will be asked to fill a questionnaire and submit an abstract. Selected abstracts will be included in the programme as oral presentations.
A limited number of grants will be available to provide accommodation and local hospitality for the duration of the course•The selection will be based on the following criteria: Need to apply genome editing to their own studies, CV, possibility to implement the acquired skills at their own laboratories, interest in creating or fostering international collaborations on the topic of genome editing•Preference will be given to participantsselected for oral presentation and /or attendance to the whole workshop
•Travel is not funded and participants will need to secure their own sources of support
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