The 2018 IMGC will take place at the beautiful Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa from November 11-14.

Important Dates:

July 31  Scholarship Application Deadline 

August 15 Early Registration Deadline

August 15 Abstact Deadline

October 11 Hotel reservations at group rate deadline

At Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Beach Resort & Spa, we believe in the restorative power of nature. Whether you yearn for a Caribbean golf getaway, crave an oceanfront escape, or you and the one you love need a little time under the sun and stars, there's no place like Puerto Rico. Ours is the only resort on the northeast coast, with over 1 mile stretch of golden beach access and 500 acres of on-site recreational fun, including Rio Mar Casino, 2 golf courses, miles of trails, and 5 eclectic restaurants and lounges.

The Chapman Lecture will be presented by Terry Magnuson, Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC-Chapel Hill.

Terry Magnuson, Vice Chancellor for Research at UNC Chapel Hill.

Confirmed Invited Speakers:

Bruce Beutler, UT Southwestern and 2011 Nobel Laureate

Andrew Pospisilik, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany

Elizabeth Bryda, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Elizabeth Bryda earned a PhD in molecular genetics at Rutgers University and went on to receive post-doctoral training with Lorraine Flaherty at the Wadsworth Center, positionally cloning kidney and hearing loss genes in mouse models of polycystic kidney disease and Usher syndrome respectively.   She has continued to embrace comparative medicine approaches to studying human diseases using a variety of animal models from rodents to zebrafish and applying state-of-the art genetic engineering technologies.  She is currently a Professor of Veterinary Pathobiology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Missouri and serves as the Director of the MU Animal Modeling Core.  She is the Director of the NIH-funded Rat Resource and Research Center (RRRC) which serves as a repository for important rat genetic models as well as provides animals, embryonic cell lines and rat-related services to the global biomedical research community.  She is a 2017 recipient of the Zoetis Award for Veterinary Research Excellence and a 2018 recipient of the Academy of Science-St. Louis James B. Eads Award for outstanding achievement in technology.