Gene Nomenclature Across Species (GNAS 2009)

Gene Nomenclature Across Species

GNAS 2009

12 & 13 October 2009

The Møller Centre, Cambridge, UK

Participants | Agenda | Travel Information

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Meeting objectives

  1. To bring together relevant scientists to address issues of coordinating gene nomenclature across vertebrate species.
  2. Publication of Recommendations/Guidelines for naming genes across species.
  3. Proposals for implementation of consensus nomenclature across databases.


Travel information for the Møller Centre, Cambridge, UK, CB3 0DE can be found here.
Accommodation and dinner (19.30-21.30 on 11th October; 19.00-21.00 on 12th & 13th October) will be provided in the main building.
The meeting will be held in Study Centre Room 4.


Dr Elspeth Bruford (HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee)
Dr Matt Wright (HUGO Gene Nomenclature Committee)

Contact address

HUGO Nomenclature Committee,
EMBL Outstation - Hinxton
European Bioinformatics Institute
Wellcome Trust Genome Campus
Hinxton, Cambridge
CB10 1SD, UK

tel: +44 (0) 1223 494444
fax: +44 (0) 1223 494468


This meeting is being funded by grants from the Wellcome Trust and the NHGRI.


The following have confirmed their intention to attend the Gene Nomenclature Across Species 2009 meeting:

Alan Archibald, ARKdb, Roslin Institute
Ewan Birney, European Bioinformatics Institute
Elspeth Bruford, HGNC, European Bioinformatics Institute
Noelle Cockett, Utah State University
Chris Elsik, Georgetown University
Janan Eppig, MGI, Jackson Laboratory
Jed Goldstone, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute
Leo Goodstadt, OPTIC, University of Oxford
Jennifer Harrow, Sanger Institute
Doron Lancet, Weizmann Institute
David Landsman, NCBI
Donna Maglott, NCBI
Elizabeth Murchison, Sanger Institute
Jim Reecy, Iowa State University
Mary Shimoyama, RGD, Medical College of Wisconsin
Derek Stemple, Sanger Institute
Ross Tellam, CSIRO
Vasilis Vasiliou, University of Colorado
Erik Segerdell, Xenbase, University of Calgary
Lisa Stubbs, KZNF Gene Catalog, University of Illinois
Albert Vilella, Ensembl, European Bioinformatics Institute
Monte Westerfield, Zfin, University of Oregon
Matt Wright, HGNC, European Bioinformatics Institute
John Young, Institute for Animal Health


Day 1 (12th October):

Start 9.00 - coffee/tea

9.15 - 9.30 Welcome and Introduction - Elspeth Bruford

Mammalian nomenclature groups - chair Jen Harrow   
9.30 - 9.55  Matt Wright: The HGNC Database: An Essential Resource For The Human Genome 
9.55 - 10.20  Janan Eppig:  
What’s in a name?  -- current nomenclature issues and activities for mouse   
10.20 - 10.45 Mary Shimoyama: Nomenclature Assignment, Review and Resolution at the Rat Genome Database

10.45 - 11.15 coffee/tea

Other vertebrate nomenclature groups - chair Derek Stemple   
11.15 - 11.40 Monte Westerfield: Nomenclature for zebrafish genes   
11.40 - 12.05
  Erik Segerdell: Xenopus gene nomenclature in Xenbase   
12.05 - 12.30  John Young: Gene nomenclature for the chicken immune system

12.30 - 1.40 lunch

Mammalian genomes without nomenclature groups  - chair Chris Elsik   
1.40 - 2.00 
Elizabeth Murchison: Gene annotation and nomenclature in marsupials and monotremes   
2.00 - 2.20  Ross Tellam: Annotation of the bovine genome - the easy and the difficult    
2.20 - 2.40  Jim Reecy: Porcine Gene Annotation   
2.40 - 3.00  Noelle Cockett: Assembly of the Ovine Whole Genome Reference Sequence

3.00 - 3.30 coffee/tea

3.30 - 3.50  Lisa Stubbs: Rapidly evolving transcription factor genes: the KRAB-family  (video-conference)

3.50 - 6.00 Discussion on nomenclature guidelines across species - chair Alan Archibald


Day 2 (13th October):

Start 9.00 - coffee/tea

Gene Family Nomenclature - chair Vasilis Vasiliou   
9.15 - 9.45  Jed Goldstone: Cytochrome P450 Nomenclature   
9.45 - 10.15 
Doron Lancet: Nomenclature for olfactory receptor

10.15 - 10.45 coffee/tea

Multi-species databases & orthology - chair Ewan Birney   
10.45 - 11.15  Donna Maglott: Naming genes at NCBI     
11.15 - 11.45
  Albert Villela: EnsemblCompara GeneTrees: gene orthologs and paralogs in Ensembl   
11.45 - 12.15
  Leo Goodstadt: Accurate inferences of orthology among closely related species

12.15 - 1.15 lunch

1.15 - 3.30 Discussion on how to implement gene nomenclature across species in the databases - chair David Landsman

3.30 - 4.00 coffee/tea & summary - Elspeth Bruford

End of meeting.

Travel information

General Information:

Directions, maps and local information can be found on the Møller Centre website
information page: location

Transport options from Heathrow Airport to Cambridge:

Train - There are two possible routes to King's Cross from Heathrow, one
using the London Underground (the "Tube") to travel directly from Heathrow
to King's Cross and the other using the Heathrow Express train to Paddington
Station and then the Tube from Paddington to King's Cross.

For train times from King's Cross (London) to Cambridge please see the
Rail Planner website. There is a taxi rank directly outside Cambridge train
station for taxis to the Møller Centre.

Coach - There is a direct coach service from the Central Bus Station at
Heathrow Airport to the centre of Cambridge, please see the National
Express website
for all times (from "HEATHROW AIRPORT" to "CAMBRIDGE").
The Central Bus Station is well sign-posted and coach tickets for all services can
be purchased from the Travel Centre in the Central Bus Station; if you prefer to
pre-book your ticket this can be done at Coaches
take approximately 2.5 hours to reach Cambridge and arrive at Parkside bus
stop (in square E4 on this map, next to Parker's Piece). There is a taxi rank at
Parkside, but if there are no taxis there you can call Panther taxis on
+44 (0)1223 715715 or Camtax Taxis on +44 (0) 1223 242424, or walk to other
nearby taxi ranks (square D4 in the map).

Taxi - for example,

We would advise prebooking a taxi rather than getting a black cab from
Heathrow airport as this will be much more costly. Prior to leaving the
Møller Centre we would suggest asking reception staff for their advice in
booking a taxi to the airport. If you are interested in possible taxi
sharing please let us know and we can advise which other delegates will be
travelling around the same time.