International Mammalian Genome Society

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Members of the IMGS attending a session of the 24th International Mouse Genome Conference, held near Heraklion, Crete

The International Mammalian Genome Society (IMGS) is a professional scientific organization that promotes and coordinates the genetic and genomic study of mammals. It has a scientific journal, Mammalian Genome, and organizes an annual international meeting, the International Mammalian Genome Conference (IMGC).

History and governance[edit]

The gene affected by the obese mutation (left) was identified by Jeffrey M. Friedman, a founding member of the IMGS.[1]

The society was formed in 1991 from informal discussions within the mouse genetics scientific community. It had 48 founding members, including Gail R. Martin, Eric Lander, Tsui Lap-chee and Shirley M. Tilghman.[1] It has three stated goals:[1]

The society has served as an organizing body for a number of initiatives in mouse genetics. It coordinated the formation of the International Mouse Mutagenesis Consortium, an effort to assign a function to every gene in the mammalian genome,[2][3] oversaw activities of chromosome committees and advised on biological database developments.[4] Membership of the International Mammalian Genome Society is open to all people interested in mammalian genetics. Members pay yearly dues, for which they receive voting rights and access to Mammalian Genome.[5] The society is governed by a secretariat of three presidents (vice, current and past-president) and elected officers.[4][6] Each officer is elected by a ballot of members for a period of two years;[5] the presidents serve for a consecutive six-year period, two in each position.[5] The current president (2015–2016) is Teresa Gunn, associate professor at the McLaughlin Research Institute.[6] From 2009 the graduate student or post-doctoral fellow who wins the Verne Chapman Young Scientist Award at the annual meeting also joins the secretariat for the following two years.[6][7] Secretariat elections are organized by a Nomination and Election Committee consisting of six active society members.[5] The society also maintains an administrative office at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Jan Klein, a founding editor of Mammalian Genome

The IMGS has an official peer reviewed journal, Mammalian Genome, which was launched with the society in 1991 but published and managed by Springer.[1][5][8] Three of the founding members of the society, Lee M. Silver, Jan Klein and Joseph H. Nadeau, served as the journal's first editors.[8] Mammalian Genome currently accepts both original and review articles on "experimental, theoretical, and technical aspects of genomics and genetics in mouse, human, and other species." [9] Any changes in editors and editorial board members are by mutual agreement of the IMGC Secretariat, Springer and the remaining editors.[5]

Annual meeting[edit]

The IMGS holds an annual meeting, the International Mouse Genome Conference (IMGC), that is attended by scientists from around the world. Prior to the formation of the society the mouse genetics community held a number of annual workshops, which the society adopted at the 4th workshop in Lunteren, Netherlands.[4] The location for the meeting has rotated between Europe, the USA, and Japan. Recent IMGCs have hosted satellite events, including student symposia, bioinformatic workshops and mentoring breakfasts.[7] In addition to the scientific program, the IMGC hosts the annual business meeting of the society, the annual secretariat meeting and often includes cultural or social events characteristic of host city or country.[5][7][10]

In 1997, at the 11th Annual meeting, the IMGS inaugurated its first Verne Chapman Memorial Lecture. The annual seminar was named in honor of Verne M. Chapman, a former Director of Scientific Affairs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and a founding member of the society.[11] A number of awards are also presented at each meeting, including the Verne Chapman Young Scientist Award.[7][12][13]

From 1999 meeting, the conference program and abstracts are published online.[14]

Year Venue Country Verne Chapman Lecturer Citation
2015 Yokohama Japan Svante Pääbo
2014 Bar Harbor USA Bruce Beutler [14]
2013 Salamanca Spain Nancy Jenkins [14]
2012 St. Pete Beach USA Eva Eicher [14]
2011 Washington, D.C. USA William Dove [14]
2010 Heraklion Greece Steve D. M. Brown [14]
2009 La Jolla USA Christopher Goodnow [7]
2008 Prague Czech Republic Philip Avner [12]
2007 Kyoto Japan Hiroaki Kitano [10]
2006 Charleston USA James Womack [13]
2005 Strasbourg France Yoshihide Hayashizaki [15]
2004 Seattle USA Richard Palmiter [16]
2003 Braunschweig Germany Kenneth Paigen [17]
2002 San Antonio USA Miriam Meisler [18]
2001 Edinburgh UK Jean-Louis Guenet [19]
2000 Narita Japan Mary F. Lyon [20]
1999 Philadelphia USA Janet Rossant [21]
1998 Garmisch-Partenkirchen Germany Oliver Smithies [14]
1997 St. Pete Beach USA Harold Varmus [11]
1996 Paris France n/a [22]
1995 Ann Arbor USA n/a [14]
1994 London UK n/a [14]
1993 Hamanako Japan n/a [14]
1992 Buffalo NY USA n/a [14]
1991 Lunteren Netherlands n/a [4]
1990 Annapolis USA n/a [23]
1989 Oxford UK n/a [23]
1988 Bar Harbor USA n/a [14]
1987 Paris France n/a [14]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^ Nadeau JH, Balling R, Barsh G, et al. (February 2001). "Sequence interpretation. Functional annotation of mouse genome sequences". Science. 291 (5507): 1251–5. PMID 11233449. doi:10.1126/science.1058244. 
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  8. ^ a b Silver, Lee M.; Nadeau, Joe; Klein, Jan (1991). "Mammalian Genome". Mamm. Genome. 1 (1): 1–1. doi:10.1007/BF00350840. 
  9. ^ "Mammalian Genome: Description". Springer. Retrieved 30 October 2010. 
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  11. ^ a b Davis AP, Justice MJ (May 1998). "Meeting report: 11th International Mouse Genome Conference". Mamm. Genome. 9 (5): 345–8. PMID 9545489. doi:10.1007/s003359900767. 
  12. ^ a b Quwailid MM, Parsons MJ, Denny P (November 2009). "Report on the 22nd International Mammalian Genome Conference". Mamm Genome. PMID 19936831. doi:10.1007/s00335-009-9233-2. 
  13. ^ a b Hurd EA, Martin DM (March 2007). "The 20th International Mammalian Genome Conference meeting report". Mamm. Genome. 18 (3): 145–153. PMID 17436036. doi:10.1007/s00335-007-9005-9. 
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  15. ^ Solomon NM, Dackor J, Camper SA (May 2006). "19th International Mouse Genome Conference". Mamm. Genome. 17 (5): 355–362. PMID 16688525. doi:10.1007/s00335-005-1900-3. 
  16. ^ Lossie AC, Meehan TP, Castillo A, et al. (July 2005). "18th international mouse genome conference". Mamm. Genome. 16 (7): 471–5. PMID 16151691. doi:10.1007/s00335-005-0026-y. 
  17. ^ Smyth I, Van Agtmael T, Jackson IJ (July 2004). "17th International Mouse Genome Conference". Mamm. Genome. 15 (7): 509–14. PMID 15366370. doi:10.1007/s00335-004-4001-9. 
  18. ^ Loftus SK (September 2003). "Meeting report: 16th International Mouse Genome Conference". Mamm. Genome. 14 (9): 593–600. PMID 14629109. doi:10.1007/s00335-003-4003-z. 
  19. ^ Cabin DE, Olson LE, Reeves RH (May 2002). "Meeting Report: 15th International Mouse Genome Conference". Mamm. Genome. 13 (5): 229–33. PMID 12016509. doi:10.1007/s0033502-4001-2. 
  20. ^ Strunk KE, Roberts RB (April 2001). "The 14th annual International Mammalian Genome Society Conference: a glimpse into the future of murine functional genomics". Genesis. 29 (4): 153–155. PMID 11309847. doi:10.1002/gene.1018. 
  21. ^ Sprunger L, Hunter K (June 2000). "The 13th Annual International Mammalian Genome Society Conference: a meeting report". Mamm. Genome. 11 (6): 413–6. PMID 10928795. doi:10.1007/s003350010079. 
  22. ^ Camper SA, Meisler MH (July 1997). "Meeting report: 10th International Mouse Genome Conference". Mamm. Genome. 8 (7): 461–3. PMID 9195987. doi:10.1007/s003359900476. 
  23. ^ a b "Fourth International Workshop on Mouse Genome Mapping. November 4–8, 1990, Annapolis, Maryland. Abstracts". Mamm. Genome. 1 Spec No: S516–32. 1991. PMID 1686841. doi:10.1007/BF00656505. 

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