May 2019
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Gene Drive Modeling Conference

The ILSI Research Foundation is convening the Gene Drive Modeling Conference to bring together regulators, risk assessors, modelers, and biologists to discuss the applicability of mathematical models for the environmental risk assessment of gene drive organisms, and to identify criteria for establishing the quality of information that will be needed to inform future risk assessments of gene drives. Preceded by a series of online seminars, the conference will take place June 11-12, 2019 in Washington, D.C. and is made possible through a grant from the USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture Biotechnology Risk Assessment Research Grants Program.
Gene Drive Modeling Conference Seminar Series
Adding Biology to Mathematical Models of Gene Drive Spread in Populations

First in the Gene Drive Modeling Conference Seminar Series , this presentation by Dr. Sumit Dhole of North Carolina State University focused on how simple mathematical models can be used to study expected gene drive behavior. A particular gene drive, called Engineered Underdominance, which has potential for spatially restricted population alteration, served as a case study. The online event took place on March 22, 2019, and a recording is now available.

The second presentation in the Gene Drive Modeling Seminar Series took place on April 22, 2019. Led by Dr. Alun Lloyd of North Carolina State University, this discussion covered modeling work that has been carried out for several novel strategies, illustrating the use of a number of different models as projects move along the path from theoretical proposals, through lab-based studies, to field deployment.
Informing Risk Assessment with the Mosquito Gene Drive Explorer

The final installment in the Gene Drive Conference Seminar Series will take place on May 20, 2019. Conducted by Dr. John Marshall and Ms. Valeri Vasquez of the University of California, Berkeley, the presentation will concentrate on the Mosquito Gene Drive Explorer and how, with a few small changes, it could be applied to insect pests of agricultural significance. The live webinar is by invitation only, but a recording of the webinar will made available shortly after.
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