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Conferences  

Workshop Program

Saturday 13-April-2018

Theoretical Sessions: Zebrafish as a model for Developmental Biology Research

Note: All session will take place in Research Complex Auditorium, Building H10, Qatar University

 

8:00-8:30

Registration.

Morning Sessions. Moderator: Dr. Huseyin C. Yalcin.

8:30-8:40

Welcoming Note.

Prof. Mariam Al-Ali Al-Maadeed, Vice President for Research and Graduate Studies, Qatar University, QATAR.

8:40-8:50

Organizer Opening Speech.

Prof. Asmaa Ali J F Al-Thani, Dean of College of Health Sciences and Director of Biomedical Research Center, Qatar University, QATAR.

8:50-9:00

Qatar National Research Fund Speech.

Dr. Fatemeh Darakhshan, Program Manager, QNRF, QATAR

9:00-9:45

“Cardiac development and regeneration in zebrafish”

Prof. Didier Stainier, Director and Scientific Member at the Max Planck Institute for Heart and Lung Research, GERMANY.

9:45-10:15

 “Genetic, phenotypic and structural comparison of zebrafish model with other common experimental models”

Dr. Fatiha M. Benslimane, Research Associate and Manager of Zebrafish Facility, Biomedical Research Center, Qatar University, QATAR.

15 minutes Break

10:30-11:00

“Assessment of cardiovascular function in embryonic and adult zebrafish”

Dr. Huseyin C. Yalcin, Assistant Professor and Zebrafish Facility Head, Biomedical Research Center in Qatar University, QATAR.

11:00-11:30

“Fantastic beasts and how to use them: Functional genomics in zebrafish”

Dr. Elisabeth Busch-Nentwich, Head of Vertebrate Genetics and Genomics, Sanger Institute, UK.

11:30-12:00

“Zebrafish models in biological fluid dynamics and frontier cardiovascular research”

Dr. Kerem Pekkan, Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering Department, Koc University, TURKEY.

12:00-13:00

Lunch and poster exhibition

Afternoon Sessions. Moderator: Mashael Al-Badr.

13:00-13:45

 “A tiny freshwater fish from the Ganges river making giant impact in human biology

Prof. Ramani Ramchandran, Professor, Department of Pediatrics and Clinical Translational Science Institute, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA.

13:45-14:30

“The epithelial to mesenchymal transition in heart laterality”

Prof. Maria Angela Nieto Toledano, Professor, Neurosciences Institute, Universidad Miguel Hernández, SPAIN.

14:30-15:00

“New neurons from old brains: using zebrafish to understand nervous system regeneration.”

Dr. Stefan Fuss, Associate Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University, TURKEY.

15:00

Adjourn.

 

Sunday 14-Oct-2019

Theoretical Sessions: Zebrafish Disease Models

Note: All session will take place in Research Complex Auditorium, , Building H10, Qatar University

 

8:00-8:30

Registration.

Morning Sessions. Moderator: Dr. Fatiha M. Benslimane.

8:30-9:15

“Transposon-mediated genetic methods in zebrafish and their applications to the study of functional neural circuits

Prof. Koichi Kawakami, National Institute of Genetics, Division of Molecular and Developmental Biology, JAPAN.

9:15-9:45

 

“Epigenetics, cancer and regeneration: Insight from zebrafish”

Dr. Kirsten Sadler Edepli, Associate Professor of Biology, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE.

9:45-10:15

“Zebrafish models in cancer biology”

Dr. Ozlen Konu, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, TURKEY.

15 minutes break

10:30:-11:00

 

“Inducible oncogene transgenic zebrafish models for investigation of liver tumor initiation and drug screening”

Prof. Gong Zhiyuan, Professor, Department of Biological Science, National University of Singapore, SINGAPORE.

11:00-11:30

“Molecular Mechanisms of Beta Cell Compensation and Decompensation Under Metabolic Stress”

Dr. Wenbiao Chen, Associate Professor of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics, School of Medicine, Vanderbilt University, USA.

11:30-12:30

Poster Session, H10 foyer.

12:30-13:30

Lunch and poster exhibition, H10 foyer

Afternoon Sessions. Moderator: Zain Z. Zakaria

13:30-14:15

 

“Rare disease modelling in zebra fish by using genome editing tools: Limb girdle muscular dystrophy 2R as an example”

Prof. Pervin Dincer, Professor, Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Biology, Hacettepe University, TURKEY.

14:15-14:45

 

“Chemical and nanoparticle toxicity screening using zebrafish embryos ”

Dr. Gheyath Nasrallah, Associate Professor, Biomedical Science Department, Qatar University, QATAR.

15 minutes break

15:00-15:30

“The use of zebrafish model to study human cardiac disease”

Dr. Michail Nomikos, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry, College of Medicine, Qatar University, QATAR.

15:30-16:00

 

Using  Morpholino Antisense Oligonucleotides into Zebrafish Embryos to Elucidate Specific Gene Function in Heart Development

Zain Z. Zakaria, PhD candidate and Zebrafish Graduate Assistant, Biomedical Research Center, Qatar University, QATAR.

16:00-16:30

“Specific Cardiac Phenotypes of Myosin binding Protein C3 Variants in Patients with Hypertorphic Cardiomyopathy”

Sahar Da’as, Laboratory Supervisor, Zebrafish Facility - Research Branch, Sidra, QATAR

16:30-17:00

Poster Awards and closure remarks

 

Hands-on Practical Sessions

Note: all practical sessions will take place in Research Complex Building (H10), Zone 5: Biomedical Research Center.

Monday 15-April-2019

9:00-12:00

Maintenance of zebrafish systems and monitoring of water quality

-     Dr. Susan Farmer, Senior Clinical Veterinarian, Zebrafish Core, University of Alabama at Birmingham, USA.

-     Enas Said Khalil Al Absi, Zebrafish Lab Technologist, Qatar University Biomedical Research Center, QATAR.

12:00-13:00

Lunch.

13:00-16:00

Fluorescent and confocal imaging of Zebrafish

-     Dr. Stefan Fuss, Associate Professor, Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bogazici University, TURKEY.

-     Dr. Huseyin Yalcin, Assistant Professor and Head of Zebrafish Facility, Biomedical Research Center, Qatar University, QATAR.

-     Alaaeddin Saleh, Research Assistant, Colleague of Medicine, Qatar university, QATAR

Tuesday 16-April-2019

9:00-11:00

Morpholino Antisense Oligonucleotides injections for gene knockdown

-     Zain Z. Zakaria, PhD candidate, Zebrafish Graduate Assistant, Qatar University Biomedical Research Center, QATAR.

11:00-12:00

Challenges to RNAseq analysis, Bioinformatics session.

 

-     Dr. Chi Zhang, Postdoctoral Associate Sadler Edepli Lab, New York University Abu Dhabi, UAE.

 

12:00-13:00

Lunch.

13:00-16:00

Crispr-Cas9 Genome Editing Technology

-     Dr. Christophe Raynaud, Staff Scientist and stem cell core manager at Sidra Medicine, Sidra, QATAR

-     Gulsum Kurekci, Research Assistant, Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Biology, Hacettepe University, TURKEY.

-     Fulya yaylacıoğlu, PhD candidate, Faculty of Medicine Department of Medical Biology, Hacettepe University, TURKEY.

Wednesday 17-April-2019

9:00-10:00

Toxicology assays

-     Mashael Al-Badr, Research Assistant, Qatar University Biomedical Research Center, QATAR.

-     Ola Al-Jamal, Research Assistant, Qatar University Biomedical Research Center, QATAR.

10:00-12:00

Automated Adult Zebrafish Monitoring

-     Dr. Fatiha M. Benslimane, Research Associate and Manager of Zebrafish Facility, Qatar University Biomedical Research Center, QATAR.

-     Nada M. Kafour, Research Assistant, Qatar University Biomedical Research Center, QATAR.

12:00-13:00

Lunch.

13:00-16:00

Zebrafish Xenograft cancer models

-     Dr. Ozlen Konu, Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, Bilkent University, TURKEY.

-     Ayse Gokce Keskus, Neuroscience Program, Bilkent University, Ankara, TURKEY.

-     Enas Said Khalil Al Absi, Zebrafish Lab Technologist, Qatar University Biomedical Research Center, QATAR.