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The Edinburgh Gallus Genome and Embryonic Development (EGGED) Workshop in 2022

Posted by , on 21 October 2021

Register your interest by October 31st 2021 for the Edinburgh Gallus Genome and Embryonic Development (EGGED) Workshop in 2022. EGGED 2022 will run on the 12-15th of July 2022 at The Roslin Institute and R(D)SVS, Easter Bush Campus, The University of Edinburgh. Full registration will open in due course and spaces will be limited due to the nature of the workshop.

The EGGED 2022 Workshop will provide hands-on training for developmental biologists that use or would like to use the chicken embryo in their research. Instruction will include fundamental techniques, ex ovo culture, and imaging to advances in transgenics, gene editing, and genomics and using the chicken embryo to teach developmental biology. This practical workshop is open to researchers with a range of experience; from students and early career researchers to group leaders and principal investigators. The workshop will also provide an opportunity for scientists to share, learn and develop embryological techniques that use chicken embryos.

The UKRI-BBSRC funded Roslin Institute and the National Avian Research Facility (NARF) have developed globally unique chicken resources, including a range of transgenic fluorescent reporter chicken lines. EGGED will bring together the world’s embryology experts to share their skills and showcase these exceptional resources. To date, speakers for EGGED 2022 include; Prof Marian Ros, Prof Claudio Stern, Prof Tatjana Sauka-Spengler, Prof Neil Vargesson, Dr Raman Das, Dr Hervé Acloque, Dr Ben Steventon, Dr Jérôme Gros, Dr Mike McGrew, Dr Jacqueline Smith, Dr Joe Rainger, Dr Adam Balic, and Dr Denis Headon.

From left to right; 1) Whole head cross-section (x10) of a Chameleon transgenic chicken embryo, with cells either labelled in blue, red, green or cyan. 2) GFP chicken embryo with a ‘red’ graft placed into the limb bud with micro-surgery. The graft is about 50-100uM. 3) Dorsal Root Ganglion of the nervous system of a Chameleon transgenic chicken embryo. Nerves going into the dorsal root ganglion are red, and nerves coming out are green.

A Royal Society of Edinburgh Saltire Facilitation Network Award has been awarded to The Roslin Institute, R(D)SVS and the NARF, both based at The University of Edinburgh Easter Bush Campus, to hold these practical workshops in both 2022 and 2023. EGGED is also supported by The Company of Biologists, including support towards making the meeting sustainable.

We also aim to document the specialist skills demonstrated at the EGGED workshops and make them available online as an important developmental biology community resource.

EGGED is held in memory of Dr Donald Ede, a graduate of the University of Edinburgh, a talented chicken embryologist and member of the RSE, who passed away in 2018.

Event organisers are Dr Megan G Davey (The Roslin Institute, R(D)SVS) and Dr Lindsay Henderson (The Roslin Institute, NARF). Read more on the EGGED website and register your interest here.

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