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 Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii, which provides a much more relaxed atmosphere, and we have stayed there ever since. This 8th meeting will also be held in Kona, back at the King Kamehameha (King Kam) Hotel.

The symposium will begin on Monday April 16 at 11:00 am and end Friday April 20 at noon. We have reduced the number of invited talks, opening up more opportunities for talks selected from the abstracts. There will be a poster session Wednesday evening.

The theme of this symposium has from the start been the evolution of modes of sex determination and differentiation. 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.

The Organizers

Richard Behringer   Richard Behringer
Blanche Capel   Blanche Capel
Marty Cohn   Marty Cohn
Monika Ward   Monica Ward