The National Human Genome Research Institute (March 12–14, 2010 — Bethesda, Maryland)


The National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) and the Wellcome Trust are pleased to announce the Zebrafish Phenome Project Workshop, March 12–14, 2010, at the Doubletree Bethesda Hotel in Bethesda, Maryland. 
In March 2009 we held a small workshop at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute. The point of this meeting was to assess the feasibility of systematically mutating every protein-coding gene in the zebrafish genome and then phenotypically characterizing each mutation. The consensus that emerged from the meeting was that current mutagenesis technologies were capable of mutating the majority of zebrafish genes, and high-quality phenotyping of the mutations would be a difficult but achievable goal given certain advances in high-throughput characterization. The timeline for such a project would be on the order of 10 years.

The next logical step was to open the discussion of the value of this project to the entire zebrafish community. Thus a second meeting in Bethesda will have two purposes: 1) to review for all attendees the major points discussed in Hinxton (adding new information from other researchers), and 2) to determine if there is strong support to proceed with a “Zebrafish Phenome Project” and if so, to generate a concrete plan of action with a defined set of priorities.

Registration is now open and you may begin reserving your hotel rooms (room reservations are the responsibility of the attendees). Please click on the links to the left for additional information and to register online. Please note: The Workshop is scheduled to begin at approximately 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, and end at approximately 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 14.

A more detailed agenda and additional logistical information will be sent to registrants closer to the event.  

If you have questions about the program or meeting content, or if you have a relevant new approach that you would like to present in one of the sessions, contact Shawn Burgess at  For any other questions such as logistics, registration, or travel, please contact Cindy de Sales at or 301-577-0244, ext. 25. 

Please register now and join us in March!