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Avian Model Systems
March 5 - 8, 2014

Abstract Deadline: January 24, 2014

Registration opens October 1, 2013

Meeting Organizers:
David Clayton, Queen Mary University of London, UK
Rusty Lansford, Children's Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California
Andrea Streit, Kings College London, UK

Pre-Meeting Genomic Workshop (March 4-5)
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Tentative Workshop Program

We are pleased to announce a Cold Spring Harbor winter biotechnology conference on Avian Model Systems which will begin on Wednesday evening, March 5 and end at noon on Saturday, March 8, 2014. The meeting will be preceeded by a 2-day Avian Genomics workshop run in collaboration with EMBL-EBI and WTSI, which will begin at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday March 4 and end before dinner on Wednesday March 5, just prior to the start of the main meeting.

Keynote Addresses:
Dave Burt, Roslin Institute, UK

Topics and Discussion Leaders:
Avians as Models for Disease
Angela Nieto & Stephanie White

Bird Brains and Behavior
Constance Scharff & Sarah London

Evolution: A Bird’s Eye View
Rich Schneider & Jerome Gros

Birds for the Future: Models for Development
Claudio Stern & Tatjana Sauka-Spengler

Stem Cells from an Avian Perspective
Mike McGrew & Bertrand Pain

Where is the Value in Genomics?

Wes Warren & & Brant Faircloth

The Shape of Things to Come
Ming Cheong & Paul Kulesa

The format of the meeting will include seven oral sessions and two poster sessions. Each oral session will include invited speakers and speakers selected from submitted abstracts and posters. For this reason, abstracts from accomplished junior and senior investigators are warmly invited. The abstracts should focus on new and unpublished data. The organizers will select abstracts for oral or poster presentations.

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend and we have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to Val Pakaluk ( stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

For those planning to attend the workshop, add two extra night housing and please email Val Pakaluk (

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by: Developmental Dynamics, Elsevier/MOD and ISDB, The Company of Biologists, Illumina and the Society for Developmental Biology

Academic Package $1100
Graduate/PhD Student Package $920
Corporate Package $1400
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $750

Corporate No-Housing Package $94

Workshop Pricing:
2-Day Workshop $250 (food & housing $470)

To register for Workshop, please email Val Pakaluk (

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Regular packages are all inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, wine-and-cheese party, lobster banquet, etc. No Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to the meeting.



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