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Tree Shrew Users Meeting 2021 (Virtual)

March 29, 2021

The registration deadline has passed for this year’s meeting, please contact us at treeshrewmeeting@gmail.com if you’d like to be informed about future meetings.

Hosted by The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

We have had to postpone our planned in-person conference due to Covid-19. We look forward to holding this conference at Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience at a future date when large gatherings are safe. In the meanwhile, we will hold a brief virtual meeting with the purpose of community introductions and discussion of a few topics with broad relevance to the community.

Organizing Committee:

  • David Fitzpatrick, CEO and Scientific Director, MPFI
  • Madineh Sarvestani, Postdoc, MPFI
  • Elise Savier, Postdoc, UVA
  • Ralf Wimmer, Postdoc, MIT

The goal of the Tree Shrew Users Meeting is to bring together the community of scientists that use the tree shrew as a model organism within various sub-fields of neuroscience. We believe this meeting will improve communication and skills transfer between groups and lead to potential collaborations. We look forward to your participation.

Questions? Email treeshrewmeeting@gmail.com


All times in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT, UTC-4). The meeting is open to all registered participants and will be held on the Zoom Webinar platform (link in email).

9:00: Welcome remarks (Organizers)

9:10 – 9:50: Efforts to develop transgenic tree shrews
YG Yao, Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. “Tree shrew genome biology and animal models”

Hirofumi Nishizono, Medical Research Institute, Kanazawa Medical University. “Reproductive engineering approach to generate genetically modified tree shrews”

10:00 – 12:00 Community Introductions (5-minute presentations)* click here for schedule

12:00 – 13:00: Networking break in Gather.Town (link in email)

13:00 – 13:50: Securing tree shrews for research in the U.S.
Rafael Grytz, University of Alabama;  Alev Erisir, University of Virginia;  Susan Freling, Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience

14:00 – 14:45: Keynote Address: Jon Kaas, Vanderbilt University. “A selective history of early research on the brains of tree shrews”

14:45: Closing remarks (Organizers)


Thank you to our sponsors


Interested in sponsoring this unique scientific event? Please email treeshrewmeeting@gmail.com.


Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1 R13 EY032327-01 from the National Eye Institute. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.