Course “Genetics and model organisms in human disease research: workshop on Assisted Reproductive Technologies (ART) in the laboratory mouse”

19 – 21 September 2022, Rome, Italy – Dates revised

The ICGEB aims at strengthening the research capability of its Members through a comprehensive training programme and approach to promoting biotechnology internationally. The active participation of ICGEB Member States nationals in the ICGEB Meetings and Courses is therefore highly encouraged.


Marcello Raspa (CNR-IBBC-EMMA, Rome, Italy)
Andrés Muro and Serena Zacchigna (ICGEB Trieste, Italy)
Glauco Tocchini-Valentini (CNR, European Mouse Mutant Archive – EMMA, Rome, Italy)

Deadline for applications for the practical course:
31 July 2022

Deadline for applications for the theoretical sessions:
8 September 2022

The course will address key topics of animal experimentation such as the use of archiving centers and resources, informatics and Database, phenotyping of mouse strains, and precision medicine using mouse models. The practical part (19-21 September) will be focused on the training of students in embryo manipulation, sperm freezing and in vitro fertilization, which are techniques that are becoming a standard requisite in animal facilities all over the world.

The theoretical part will be held online, 13-15 September and registration for these sessions is open until September 8th.


The mouse: basic principles of mouse genetics, Mutagenesis approaches (CRISPR/Cas9), Phenotyping, Informatics and Database, The use of mouse disease models as a diagnostic and therapeutic tool, Mouse Sperm Cryopreservation and Recovery, In-Vitro Fertilization, Embryo manipulation.


Researchers involved in animal experimentation. Admittance to the Course is subject to selection. Preference will be given to junior scientists.


Participants are expected to cover their own travel costs. Nationals of ICGEB member states selected for the practical course will benefit a grant, covering accommodation (twin share) and local hospitality. Limited travel contribution for the practical course will additionally be available from the local organisers and external sponsors for selected students/junior scientists.

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