Fundamental research using zebrafish has facilitated a technical revolution in our ability to directly edit the genome. We can now make mutations in virtually 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 translation 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, 2015 and 2017, we successfully organized the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Zebrafish for Personalized & Precision Medicine (ZPPM) Conferences, which attracted local and international scientists, clinicians, and researchers. With a strong international organizing committee, we anticipate that the 4th ZPPM conference will continue to define the frontier of personalized medicine. 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. As at the last conference, we are also hosting a competition for the conference book cover design and the winner will receive a special award. Please show your talent and we will promote your artwork!

This year, because of the generous support from ZebraPeutics Inc., we are creating a special ZebraPeutics Award to acknowledge the best oral presentation in the conference and promote zebrafish-based chemical biology and drug discovery.

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. 20th, 2019.

The Organizing Committee
Key dates:
Abstract submission deadline: May 15, 2019
Cover page design competition deadline: July 31, 2019
Early registration deadline: June 31, 2019
4th ZPPM Conference: Sept. 18-20, 2019
3rd Neuroscience Workshop: Sept. 18, 2019

Organizer: Zebrafish Centre for Advanced Drug Discovery (ZCADD)

4th ZPPM Conference Organizing Committee:
  • Randall Peterson (Co-Chair, USA)
  • Didier Stainier (Europe)
  • Han Wang (China/Asia)
  • Sarah Childs (Canada)
  • Xiao-Yan Wen (Chair, ZCADD, Canada)
3rd Z-BRAIN Neuroscience Workshop Organizing Committee:
  • Pierre Drapeau (Canada)
  • Edward Burton (USA)
  • Marika Kapsimali (France)
  • Chris Barden (Canada)
  • Xiao-Yan Wen (Chair, ZCADD, 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)