Welcome to the 27th International Mammalian Genome Conference

Colegio Fonseca, Salamanca, Spain  

September 15-18, 2013

IMGC 2013 LogoWe welcome you to the 27th Annual Conference of the International Mammalian Genome Society and to Salamanca, Spain. We are planning an exciting meeting with emphasis on cutting-edge research in the fields of mammalian genetics and genomics, with experts in a wide range of biology specialties participating. 

The meeting will begin with the Bioinformatics Workshop that was hugely popular at the last conference and will be led by investigators developing tools for large-scale genomics analysis. The Bioinformatics Workshop will be followed by a Student Satellite Symposium that offers the opportunity for budding scientists to compete for awards and presentation slots in the main meeting. The conference will once again include the popular mentoring lunch where those looking for career advice can interact with established scientists.

Colegio Fonseca The main conference which will be held at the Colegio Fonseca,will feature sessions on:

       • Large-scale resources
       • Advances in genome manipulation
       • Stem cells and Development
       • Human disease models
       • Comparative genomics, Population genetics & Evolution
       • Aging and Adult-onset disease modeling

Salamanca is a city in northwestern Spain, the capital of the Province of Salamanca, in the community of Castile and León. Its Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1988. With a metropolitan population around 192,000 it is the second most populated urban area in Castile and León, after Valladolid (369,000), and closely followed by Leon (187,000) and Burgos (176,000).

It is the most important university city in Spain and supplies 16% of Spain's market for the teaching of the Spanish language. Salamanca attracts thousands of international students, generating a diverse environment.

It is situated approximately 200 km (120 mi) west of the Spanish capital Madrid and 80 km (50 mi) east of the Portuguese border. The University of Salamanca, which was founded in 1218, is the oldest university in Spain and the third oldest western university, but the first to be given its status by the Pope Alexander IV who gave universal validity to its degrees.



  • La Plaza Mayor: of Baroque style, designed by architects Alberto and Nicolás Churriguera is the most important of public spaces and the heart of the city. 
  • Campo de San Francisco (Salamanca): First public garden in the city on grounds of the former convent of San Francisco Real.
  • Huerto de Calisto y Melibea (Salamanca): Garden near to the cathedrals where, some say, lies the plot of the novel La Celestina by Fernando de Rojas. Besides it are remains of the Roman Walls.
  • Plaza del Corrillo (Salamanca): Small square adjacent to the Plaza Mayor. On the left is the Romanesque church of San Martín and the right a series of houses with porches formed by columns of stone completed in pads representing the days of the week (a moon for the Monday, a Mars for Tuesday, etc.).

La Plaza Major Campo de San Francisco

Keynote Lecture

Paola Bovolenta will present:

"Secreted Frizzled Related Proteins: from development to neurodegeneration".

Dr. Paola BovolentaPaola Bovolenta is "Profesor de Investigación" at the Cellular, Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology Department at the "Instituto Cajal," part of the "Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas" (CSIC, the Spanish Nacional Research Council). She obtained her PhD degree at the New York University, School of Medicine, and worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Columbia University's Center for Neurobiology and Behaviour. Her research focuses on the cellular and molecular interactions that allow the specification and differentiation of the distinct eye's structures from the unpatterned neural plate and the role of different signalling pathway in the regulation of growth cone movement in the visual system. This works aims at the understanding of the molecular basis of congenital disorders such as microphthalmia, anapthalmia of coloboma. She is also interested in the molecular basis of congenital retinal dystrophies (RD).

Chapman Lecture

     Nancy Jenkins will present:

     "Harnessing transposons for cancer gene discovery".

Dr. Nancy JenkinsNancy Jenkins received her Ph.D. in Molecular and Cell Biology from Indiana University and carried out postdoctoral training at Harvard Medical School, where she met her long-time collaborator and husband, Neal Copeland. They became Associate Staff Scientists at The Jackson Laboratory and then moved to the National Cancer Institute-Frederick as Senior Investigators where Nancy headed the Molecular Genetics of Development Section. They joined the Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Singapore in 2006 where Nancy served as the Deputy Director of the Genetics and Genomics Division for most of her stay. They returned to the US in 2011 and joined The Methodist Hospital Research Institute where they are both CPRIT Scholars in Cancer Research. For many years, they have successfully modeled many different types of human disease in the mouse including those affecting the visual, auditory, hematopoietic, skeletal, pigmentation, immune and nervous systems but the focus of their current research is exclusively cancer. They have published more than 800 papers together, have each served on numerous scientific advisory and editorial boards and are both members of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.



Local Organizers

Elena de la Casa Esperon
Lluis Montoliu
Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena
Jesus Perez Losada

Scientific Committee/ Secretariat of the IMGS

David Beier - President
David Threadgill – Past President
Teresa Gunn- Vice-President

Piero Carninci
Steven Munger (VM Chapman Award Winner)

Klaus Schughart
Linda Siracusa
Sarah Carpanini (VM Chapman Award Winner)

Elena de la Casa Esperon
Jiri Forejt
Darren Logan

IMGC Business Manager and Conference Organizer

Darla Miller
Department of Genetics, GMB 5047
UNC at Chapel Hill
120 Mason Farm Road
Chapel Hill, NC 27599-7264
919 843-6471