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News from the In Vitro Animal Cell Sciences (IVACS) Section

Greetings to the Members of the IVACS Section:

The 2011 Society for In Vitro Biology Meeting took place on June 4 – 8, 2011 in Raleigh, North Carolina.  The IVACS annual business Meeting took place on Monday June 6th from 6:00pm – 7:30pm.  A summary of this meeting is included below. 

Dr. Cynthia Goodman (USDA-ARS, Columbia, Missouri), 2011 SIVB Program Chair, is recognized at the IAPB & SIVB 2010 meeting in St. Louis, Missouri.  At the 2010 IVACS Business Meeting Dr. Michael Fay (IVACS Chair) presented Cynthia with a plaque in recognition of her efforts in planning and coordinating the 2010 and 2011 SIVB Meetings. 

1.  The following IVACS members were recognized for their leadership and Service to the SIVB. 

  • William Smith – SIVB President
  • Lucy Lee and Liz Roemer – Members at-large of the SIVB Board of Directors
  • IVACS Section Officers: Cynthia Goodman (Secretary), Brad Upham (Vice Chair Program), and Yvonne Reid (Vice Chair Membership)
  • J. Denry Sato – Past Editor-in-Chief of In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal
  • Tetsuji Okamoto, New Editor-in-Chief of In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology-Animal.
  • Brad Upham – 2011 IVACS Vice-Chair Program
  • Cynthia Goodman – 2011 Program Chair


2.  We recognized and thanked John Harbell and all the IVACS members who helped to raise funds for the 2011 Meeting.  We also thanked the following sponsors of the of the 2011 Meeting for their generous financial support. 

  • GeneCopoeia, Inc.
  • L.C. Sciences
  • Medicis, the Dermatology Company
  • Molecular Devices
  • National Anti-Vivisection Society in cooperation with the International Foundation for Ethical Research
  • RegeneMed, Inc.
  • The P & G Company
  • Thermo Fisher Scientific


3.  The following 2011 Student Award winners were recognized. 

  • Anna de la Fuente (Midwestern University) – Honor B. Fell Award & Student Travel Award

“Identification of cadmium-regulated miRNAs in rat renal proximal tubule NRK52E Cells”

  • Vinita Daniel (Midwestern University)– Toxicology Award & Student Travel Award

“Cullin-5 Knock-down affects gene expression in human breast cancer cells”

  • Sachiko Yamasaki (Hiroshima University) – Student Travel Award

“Long-term serial cultivation of mouse induced pluripotent stem (iPs) cells in serum-free and feeder-free defined medium”


4.  One of the major points of discussion at our Business Meeting was the declining membership of the IVACS Section.  Yvonne Reid, IVACS Vice-Chair of Membership, provided the following graph to summarize our Membership situation.  Of particular concern is the low number of student and Post-doc members in the IVACS section.        

As members of IVACS we all need to active in the recruitment of new members to our section.  Encourage your students and Post-docs to attend and present at our annual meetings.  Included below are some of the current initiatives for recruiting new members to the SIVB. 

  • Go to the SIVB website and fill out the online member referral form.  The SIVB will send the referred prospective member a personal invitation and they will receive $10 off their membership fee. 
  • For every new member you refer that joins the SIVB you will be entered into a monthly drawing for a $100 gift certificate.
  • If you recruit five new members who join the SIVB, you will receive complimentary annual meeting registration. 


5.  The financial situation for the IVACS section continues to be positive thanks to the efforts of John Harbell and all the members who helped to raise funds. 

6.  Brad Upham and the Program Planning Committee are already working on the Program for the 2012 Meeting.  The 2012 Meeting will be in Bellevue Washington, and we hope to see all of you at the Meeting next year. 

Respectfully Submitted,

Michael J. Fay (



Fellow IVACS Members:

The SIVB Nominations Committee is seeking candidates for the IVACS officer positions for the next election.  The IVACS Officer positions include: Chair, Co-Chair Membership, Co-Chair Meeting, and Secretary.  A description of these positions and the associated responsibilities are as indicated in the bylaws. 

Chair – The Chair is responsible for general administration of the IVACS section and coordinates with the SIVB Board of Directors. Additionally, the Chair will represent IVACS on the SIVB Finance, Development, Nominating and Long Range Planning Committees and will coordinate the IVACS annual meeting.

Vice-Chair (Program) – The Vice-Chair (Program) is responsible for all aspects of the scientific and social program for the annual meeting and will appoint a committee to assist in session development and fund-raising. The Vice-Chair (Program) will convene preliminary planning at the annual meeting and coordinate sessions, conveners and speakers for symposia, plenary and poster sessions. The Vice-Chair (Program) will coordinate activities of other program committee members to attract sponsorship for sectional symposia and to implement other fund-raising activities. The Vice-Chair will work with the Chair to plan the IVACS annual meeting and with the Plant Biotechnology counterpart to plan the SIVB social event.

Vice-Chair (Membership) – The Vice-Chair (Membership) is responsible for all sectional activities designed to sustain, recruit and recognize its membership. Specific duties include working with the SIVB Secretariat to ensure accurate contact information for IVACS members, with the Education and Membership committees to advocate and implement programs to recruit new members and to enhance student relations, with the Awards and Recognition Committee to nominate IVACS meritorious candidates, and with the editors to SIVB reports to communicate sectional issues to the IVACS membership.

Secretary – The Secretary functions in both recording and corresponding functions. The Secretary is responsible for recording minutes from the IVACS annual meeting and communicating them to the IVACS membership. The Secretary is also responsible for IVACS communications, such as sectional inputs to SIVB reports and other activities to ensure that membership is informed of recent and upcoming activities.

If you are interested in running for one of the IVACS officer positions please contact me at

Michael J. Fay




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September 2011

Vaccines: Development and Evaluation of Efficacy, September 7-9, 2011
Principles and Applications of DNA Microarrays, September 12-16, 2011
Biotechnology Techniques, September 19-23, 2011
Proteomics: Principles and Methods, September 26-30, 2011

October 2011

Stem Cell: Principles & Applications, October 3-7, 2011
IPS: Principles and Methods, October 11-14, 2011
Small interfering RNA (siRNA) & Functional Genomics, October 17-21, 2011
Analytical Techniques for the Quantitation of Angiogenesis and Lymphoangiogenesis, October 25-28, 2011

November 2011

miRNA: Tools and Technologies for the Quantitative and Functional Analysis in Mammalian Cells, November 1-3, 2011.
Protein Informatics, November 2-4, 2011
Flow Cytometry: Principles and Methods, November 7-10, 2011
Protein-DNA Interactions: Gene Specific and Epigenetic Regulation of Expression of the Mammalian Genome, November 14-18, 2011
Expression, Detection & Purification of Recombinant Proteins in Prokaryotic & Eukaryotic Cells, November 30-December 2, 2011

December 2011

Epigenetics, December 6-9, 2011
Immunochemistry and Monoclonal Antibody Production, December 12-16, 2011

January 2012

Transgenic Technology: Methods and Application, January 24-27, 2012
Two Hybrid Selection, January 17-20, 2012
Real Time & Quantitative PCR, January 24-27, 2012
Principles and Applications of DNA Microarrays, January 30-February 3, 2012

February 2012

Epigenetics, February 7-10, 2012
Vaccines: Development and Evaluation of Efficacy, February 15-17, 2012
Nanotechnology in Medicine, February 22-24, 2012
Cellular Immunology: Principles and Methods, February 27-March 2, 2012