It is with great pleasure that I invite you to the 6th Swine in Biomedical Research Conference to be held from September 23-25, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. The conference is sixth (1995, 2005, 2008, 2011, 2014, 2017) in a series of conferences that have highlighted the utility of porcine models in biomedical research.
The scientific program will include four plenary sessions on 1) Genetic engineering - current advances; 2) Regenerative medicine; 3) Dual purpose with dual benefit - use of swine in agriculture and biomedical research; 4) Improving accuracy of preclinical research. The presentations in the plenary sessions will include talks from recognized leaders in the field, as well as select speakers from the submitted abstracts.
In the last decade, we have witnessed major developments including the sequencing of pig genome, RNAseq and microarray technologies, meganucleases, Zinc Finger Nucleases, Tal effector nucleases and more recently CRIPS/Cas gene editing technologies, which combined with the ability to clone pigs have provided the means for generating sophisticated genetic modifications and generation of highly relevant animal models. A broad foundation utilizing the pig in biomedical research already exists and the conference aims to seize upon the opportunity to build future programs. Finally, a major goal of the conference is to bring together a highly diverse group of both junior and senior scientists in the animal science and human biomedical fields from both academia and industry to stimulate interactions and foster collaborations.
This year, the SBR meeting will be held in conjunction with 14th Congress of the International Xenotransplantation Association (IXA). Therefore, the attendees can register for and attend SBR meeting only or both SBR and IXA meetings.
On behalf of the Organizing Committee (Drs. Bhanu Telugu, Randall Prather, and Richard Pierson), I look forward to hosting you in Baltimore, USA.
Chair, Local Organizing Committee SBR