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Texas State brings together researchers for human disease conference

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
December 15, 2014

Texas State University is hosting the 7th Aquatic Animal Mod­els of Human Disease Conference through Dec. 18 at the Hyatt Regency Lost Pines outside of Austin.

More than 140 researchers from across the United States as well as 12 countries are expected. Representatives of the National Institutes of Health in Washington, D.C., are also attending. The conference was founded at Texas State in 2000.

The mission of the conference is to provide scientists using aquatic animal models a unique opportunity to exchange scientific information, identify research tools and opportunities, address environmental health issues and encourage the utility of aquatic models for the study of human disease.

The conference program features established scientists employing contemporary technologies to produce the most impacting results. In addition, the conference fosters platform and poster sessions that allow more junior scientists and graduate students opportunities to present their work and to network with established investigators from around the world. 

The conference includes symposia presentations, exhibits, poster sessions, workshops and networking opportunities that highlight­ recent developments in the field. Several social events are planned, including an excursion into Austin, a visit to the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center, a closing banquet on the Texas State campus, nightly gatherings around the outdoor fire pit and a keynote address by Monte Westerfield of the Institute of Neuroscience.

The conference encourages the development of an appreciation of aquatic animal models and their contributions to understanding human disease. This meeting is unique in that the program is not limited to a sin­gle disease, discipline or species, and thereby provides a breadth and diversity of topics not seen in more narrowly focused conferences. 

For more information, contact Mikki Boswell at (512) 245-6286 or via email at