Fundamental research using zebrafish has facilitated a technical revolution in our ability to directly edit the genome. We can now make mutations in literally any gene in the zebrafish genome. Coupled with the high throughput capability in genetic and chemical genetic screens, zebrafish research has entered into a new era, which is expected to make a significant impact toward promoting the development of personalized and precision medicine.

The goal of this conference is to bring together scientists from both biological and medical research fields to accelerate the translational process of zebrafish-based knowledge to clinical applications. This will include generation of more predictive “humanized” disease models, dissection of disease mechanisms and discovery of new disease treatment methods.

In 2013 and 2015, we successfully organized the 1st and 2nd Zebrafish for Personalized & Precision Medicine (ZPPM) Conference, which attracted local and international scientists, clinicians, and researchers. With a strong international organizing committee, we anticipate that the 3rd ZPPM conference will grow and excel. To increase the impact of this conference, we are actively engaging pharmaceutical companies and other industry sectors in the conference program to promote zebrafish-based knowledge translation in drug discovery.

We are assembling a group of expert scientists to give plenary lectures in personalized medicine, cutting edge technology, and drug discovery. Three main scientific research sessions include: (1) Mutagenesis & Disease Modeling, (2) Mechanisms of Development, Organ Dysfunction & Disease, and (3) Chemical Biology, Pharmacogenomics & Drug Discovery.

It is our desire to ensure that this conference provides a stimulating environment for trainee education. Therefore, we strongly encourage trainees to participate and submit their abstracts, some of which will be chosen for short talks. Furthermore, three travel and six poster awards will be available for trainees submitting abstracts.

This year, we are also hosting a competition for the Conference Book Cover Page Design and the winner will receive a special award. Please show your talent and we will promote your artwork!

We whole-heartedly welcome you to join us in Toronto for an exciting conference, and please don’t miss the Networking & Dinner social on Sept. 29th, 2017.

The Organizing Committee
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Key dates:
Abstract submission deadline extended to: July 18, 2017
Cover page design competition deadline: July 31, 2017
Early registration deadline: July 31, 2017
3rd ZPPM Conference: Sept. 27-29, 2017
2nd Neuroscience Workshop: Sept. 27, 2017

Organizer: Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery (ZCADD)

3rd ZPPM Conference Organizing Committee:
  • Randall Peterson (Harvard Medical School, USA)
  • Stephen Ekker (Mayo Clinic at Rochester, USA)
  • Oliver Bandmann (University of Sheffield, UK)
  • Ian Scott (University of Toronto, Canada)
  • Xiao-Yan Wen (Chair, ZCADD, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canada)
2nd Z-BRAIN Neuroscience Workshop Organizing Committee:
  • Pierre Drapeau (University of Montreal, Canada)
  • Chris Barden (Treventis Corporation, Canada)
  • Xiao-Yan Wen (Chair, ZCADD, St. Michael’s Hospital, Canada)
Conference Location
Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute of St. Michael’s Hospital
209 Victoria Street Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5B 1T8

Banner picture: Image courtesy of Ms. Suzan El-Rass & Dr. Youdong Wang (Dr. Wen lab, SMH)