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V LAZEN Meeting and Course

V LAZEN Course and Symposium

ICGEB-LAZEN “V Latin American Zebrafish Network Course and Symposium”

4-12 May, Cuernavaca, México.

Organiser: Enrique Salas Vidal (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México)

Co-organisers: Denhí Schnabel Peraza, Hilda Lomelí Buyoli (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Cuernavaca, Morelos, México) and Fernando López Casillas (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, Ciudad de México, México)

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Deadline for receipt of applications by local organisers: 1 March 2018.


The ICGEB aims at 
strengthening the research capability of its Members through a comprehensive training programme and approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. The active participation of ICGEB Member States 
nationals in the ICGEB Meetings and Courses is therefore highly encouraged. For more information on the terms of participation and funding opportunities for this event please access the meeting website or contact the local organisers directly.

Zebrafish embryos undergoing epiboly, after ethanol treatment (maximum intensity projections; methyl green nuclear staining). Blue: control. Green: 1% EtOH. Red: 2% EtOH. Purple: 3% EtOH. Experiment made by the IV LAZEN Course class. Instructor: E. Salas.

The ICGEB-LAZEN Course and Symposium aims to promote international collaboration and free sharing of resources and experience among research groups interested in using zebrafish as a research model. It is expected that participants will gain knowledge in state-of-the-art techniques in fish husbandry, gene editing, optogenetics, gene expression analysis and advanced visualization and behavioral studies that can be applied in their home country laboratories.

Fish husbandry, gene editing, optogenetics, gene expression analysis, advanced visualisation, behavioral studies, fish immunology and zebrafish development

University level students (Ba, MSc and PhD) and laboratory technicians. Researchers and postdocs interested in using zebrafish as a research model. An in
ternational Symposium will follow the Course. Oral and poster sessions presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Participants are expected to cover their own travel and living costs. A limited number of grants, covering airplain ticket, accommodation and meals for the Course and Symposium will be available for selected participants. Additional travel contributions may also be provided, subject to availability from external sponsors. Selection will be based on financial need, application letter and support letter from the applicant's supervisor.


Submit your application for the Course on-line at by 1 March 2018.

Submit your registration and abstract for the Symposium on-line by 2 April 2018 - opening soon

Preliminary programme – coming soon

Download the Poster


On behalf of the Organizing Committee of the ICGEB-LAZEN “V Latin American Zebrafish Network Course and Symposium” we invite you to attend the symposium that will be held the 11 and 12th of May at the “Instituto de Biotecnología” of the UNAM located in Cuernavaca Morelos.

You can find the symposium program and all the relevant information to register and submit an abstract to participate in the following website:

The deadline for submitting abstracts to be included in the Abstracts Book and to be considered for oral presentations will be the 20th of April. You can still submit an abstract after this date but it will considered for poster presentation only and will be included in an addendum.

Your participation to the course and meeting will greatly contribute to the success of the event!


Dr. Enrique Salas-Vidal, Instituto de Biotecnología, UNAM
Dr. Denhí Schnabel Peraza, Instituto de Biotecnología, UNAM
Dr. Hilda Lomelí Buyoli, Instituto de Biotecnología, UNAM
Dr. Fernando López Casillas, Instituto de Fisiología Celular, UNAM

The following information is for people that will come from abroad.
You should fly to Mexico City. Once you arrive to Mexico City at the airport you will find cash machines from different banks. I recommend you to use a debit card and to get some Mexican pesos. The exchange rat is more or less $18.5 pesos for $1usd. You will have to pay the bus to get to Cuernavaca. The cost is about $15usd that in Mexican pesos is $270 one-way. I do not recommend taking a taxi from the airport to go to Cuernavaca unless you want to pay a lot of money! But that is up to you. If you decide to use a taxi service, perhaps because you arrive very late and no bus service is available, use official taxi services located in stands inside the airport, don’t ask for taxis to people outside the airport.
There are two different airport terminals located near each other. In each terminal entrance there is a bus line service called “Pullman de Morelos” ( ) that goes directly from the airport to Cuernavaca. The bus service is called “Ejecutivo Dorado”. You should take the bus that goes to the “Cuernavaca Casino” station. There is another terminal in Cuernavaca “Centro” station, but I do not recommend that one. The last bus departs from the airport at 00:30 and the earliest bus departs at 04:00, according with the information from the website.
In Cuernavaca you can take a taxi to your hotel. The taxi will cost about $60 Mexican pesos but the price can go up after 8pm.

Nearby hotels
Hotel Raquet Tzeithel Palomares Bello Ejecutiva de Ventas / Sales Executive HOTEL RACQUET CUERNAVACA Reservaciones: Tel + 01 52 (777) 10 10 350 Ext. 1826 Indicate that you will attend the ICGEB-LAZEN meeting to get an special price.

Hoteles GS, Cuernavaca Reservaciones: Tel + 01 52 (55) 12 04 08 70