Welcome to the 7th International Symposium on the Biology of Vertebrate Sex Determination
This unique meeting is attended by researchers representing the entire sex determination field, working on diverse vertebrate systems including fishes, amphibians, reptiles, birds, monotremes, marsupials, and eutherian mammals, including domesticated species, mice, and humans. It is nearly impossible to keep up with the progress made in so many diverse vertebrate systems. Therefore, the objective of this meeting is to exchange information and using a comparative approach advance our understanding of the processes of sex determination and sex differentiation, and disorders of sexual development.
Hawaii, the most recent of the 50 states in America, serves as the site of this international meeting because it is central to the numerous researchers in the field located in the US, Australia, and Asia. We also anticipate that our colleagues in Europe will not mind traveling to Hawaii. The location of this meeting greatly facilitates friendly and serene but yet energetic scientific interactions.
Our first meeting in 1997 was held in busy and distracting Waikiki in Honolulu, Oahu. By the time of the third meeting in 2003 we had moved to Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, which provides a much more relaxed atmosphere, and we have stayed there ever since. This 7th meeting will also be held in Kona, back at the spacious and refurbished King Kamehameha (King Kam) Hotel.
The theme of this symposium has from the start been the evolution of modes of sex determination. We hope to see more papers on this topic and more papers on neglected taxa.
We look forward to seeing you in Kona for yet another very exciting meeting.
Richard Behringer, Blanche Capel, Monika Ward, and Mark Bogart.