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VI LAZEN Practical Course - Lima 2020

ICGEB “Sixth International Practical Course of the Latin American Zebrafish Network”

14 March 2020 – 27 March 2020

Lima - Perú

DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: 15 December 2019!!!  

Course description

This two-week laboratory course offers early career researchers advanced training in the use of zebrafish and Medaka as powerful experimental tools in biomedicine. Guided by recognized international experts, students learn the biology, physiology and husbandry of these animal models as well as the handling and analysis of embryos at cellular and molecular levels. This edition of the course has a strong emphasis on genetic and pharmacologic manipulations, genome edition tools, DNA/RNA sequencing, bioinformatic tools and advanced high-resolution microscopy, altogether providing students with a powerful toolbox to model and study a wider variety of human and animal pathologies, from cancer and brain disease to microbial infections and rare genetic disorders. Participants are expected to acquire sufficient knowledge to set up their own fish research laboratories and embark on biomedical projects using these model organisms. This course precedes the VI LAZEN Joint Zebrafish and Medaka Conference, to take place in Cusco immediately after.

Main topics

· Zebrafish and Medaka biology, development and husbandry

· Embryo micromanipulation and microinjection

· Analysis of gene and protein expression analysis

· Advanced imaging

· Genetic manipulations and genome editing

· Automated analysis of motor behavior

· Pharmacology and toxicology

· Disease modeling and drug screening

· Bioinformatic resources



The official language of (the) course is English



Zoltan Varga (USA) · Monte Westerfield (USA) · Nora Calcaterra (Argentina) · Koichi Kawakami (Japan) · Kristen Kwan (USA ) · Lilianna Solnica-Krezel (USA) · Verónica Akle (Colombia) · Jochen Wittbrodt (Germany) · Miguel Moreno-Mateos (Spain) · Kiyoshi Naruse (Japan) · Miguel L. Allende (Chile) · Allan Kalueff (USA) · Edward Burton (USA) · Denhi Schnabel Peraza (Mexico) · André Kraaijkamp (Netherlands) · María Almuedo-Castillo (Spain) · Flavio R. Zolessi (Uruguay) · Edward Málaga-Trillo (Perú)



Edward Málaga-Trillo



The practical course and lectures will take place at the Developmental Neurobiology Unit of the LID Institute (Laboratorios de Investigación y Desarrollo), located at:

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, campus Norte

Av. Honorio Delgado 430 - Urb. Ingeniería

San Martín de Porres

Lima 15102, PERÚ

Web page:


The opening and closing lectures will take place at the Main Auditorium of the Casa Honorio Delgado, located at:

Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, campus Miraflores

Av. Armendáriz 445


Lima 15074, PERÚ

Web page:



Target Audience

· Advanced students (master or PhD programs) and postdoctoral fellows

· Junior group leaders and faculty planning to set up a zebrafish/Medaka facility

· Laboratory technicians from laboratories whose research lines would clearly benefit from the use of these models

· Participation is limited to 20-25 attendees


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Costs and funding of accepted participants

· The course is free of cost for nationals of ICGEB Member States. Other nationals should send an enquiry via email to

· Participants are encouraged to cover their own travel and living costs

· A limited number of grants, covering meals and accommodation will be available to a selected number of nationals of ICGEB Member States

· Limited travel grants for selected participants will also be available from additional sponsors


Instructions for Application

· The call for applications is now open

· Please prepare the following documents:

1. CV

2. One-page summary of research experience

3. A cover letter explaining your reasons for attending the course and its usefulness for your research

4. If you are a student or a technician, the application shall be accompanied by a support letter from your PI certifying your A) team work and learning abilities, B) communication and social skills, and C) relevance of the course contents for your career/work.

· Append your family name to every filename (for example, “CV- Family Name” or “Cover Letter – Family Name”)

· Send all documents as email attachments in ONE message to:

· ICGEB requires applicants to additionally apply using the following link:

· No more than one person per research group will be selected


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