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MGI Celebrates 25 years

Mouse Genome Informatics is delighted to celebrate 25 years in 2014. From its GBASE precursor, through early beginnings as the Encyclopedia of the Mouse Genome to the current incarnation – comprised of the Mouse Genome Database (MGD), Gene Expression Database (GXD), Mouse Tumor Biology (MTB), components of the Gene Ontology (GO) project, and MouseMine – we have enjoyed the support of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), The Jackson Laboratory and the mouse genetics community.

We invite you to come celebrate this milestone with us on Thursday, Oct 30, 2014 at the Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine. These events are free and open to everyone, though we want to extend a special invitation to former staff, students, advisors and colleagues. In the mean time, take a trip down memory lane with the Chronology of MGI Database Releases from the 1980s to the present or go a little deeper with our Publications list.

This event immediately follows the 28th Annual International Mammalian Genome Conference (Oct 26-29) though registration for that meeting is not required.

Please let us know if you are able to attend, might attend, or cannot attend.

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These may be included on posters or other displays for viewing during the Lunch & Poster session.

Agenda for Oct 30, 2014

Time      Event      Details
8:00–8:30 Registration Coffee/tea, light continental breakfast will be provided

8:30–11:30 MGI Symposium Janan T. Eppig Professor (MGI)
The Jackson Laboratory

Linda D. Siracusa Professor, Thomas Jefferson University
Strains, Mutants and Designer Mice: How MGI Forged a Pathway to Discovery

Ken Paigen Professor
The Jackson Laboratory
The obligate symbiosis between human and mouse genetics

Maja Bucan Professor
University of Pennsylvania
Family–based studies of mental illness

11:30–1:00 Lunch and Posters Sandwiches, finger food provided; social time to browse retrospectives, photos, memorabilia, posters.

1:00–4:30 Afternoon Activities See below for more details.
Advance sign up requested.

5:00–6:30 Happy Hour The Jackson Laboratory
Roscoe's dining room

MGI group photo 2007
MGI group photo, 2007

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Afternoon Activities

All group activities are free and open to guests. Outdoor activities may be subject to weather. Average temperatures may be quite cool, be sure to bring appropriate footwear and clothing.
Contact mgi-help@jax.org with any questions.

Links to other Bar Harbor area activities and information: www.barharborinfo.com

Information about Acadia National Park: www.nps.gov/acad/
Abbe Museum: www.abbemuseum.org/index.html
Sight-seeing cruises: Nature and Sightseeing Cruise (2h, leaves at 1:15) or Lobster Fishing and Seal Watching (1.75h, leaves at 1:45) through Bar Harbor Whale Watch http://www.barharborwhales.com/.

Group Activities

Lab Tour:
Enjoy a guided tour of The Jackson Laboratory campus. Standard tours are estimated at 45min and will leave from the front lobby.

Group Hike in Acadia National Park:
Take a relaxed hike through the fall colors along some of Acadia National Park's 125 miles of hiking trails. A must-see while in the Bar Harbor area. Estimated at approximately 2h duration, if sufficient interest and weather permits this will be split into an easy walk around Ocean Drive or Sieur de Monts trails, and a moderate hike around Great Head, overlooking the coast and Sand Beach.
A moderate level of fitness is required.
Transportation between The Jackson Laboratory and the trailhead can be arranged during registration.

Cycling Tour:
Rent a bicycle or bring your own for a loop around the local area including carriage trails. Specific route TBD, estimated at approximately 2h duration, and requires a moderate level of fitness. If you are renting a bicycle, a group rate of $20, including damage waiver has been arranged for full day rentals through Acadia Bike.

MGI Hands-on Exploration and Workshop:
Take the time to learn about MGI's current features by participating in a hands-on workshop. This will include a short seminar-style demonstration followed by the opportunity to navigate the site using a set of self-guided exercises. Participants will be instructed on how to locate pertinent biological information, perform a variety of searches, try out the Human-Mouse: Disease Connection translational tool and the use the MouseMine computational access platform. User Support will be present to discuss more specific research questions as well. Estimated at approximately 2h duration, early and late sessions may be arranged based on interest. Computer access is provided, or participants may bring their own laptops.

Bus tour of Mount Desert Island local highlights:
Sit back and relax for a guided tour of local highlights including several stops for photos within Acadia National Park and other areas of scenic or historical interest. Knowledgeable local guides provide narration and stories about the island while on board. Tour is arranged through Acadia National Park Tours and will pick up and drop off from the Jackson Laboratory.
Appropriate for all fitness levels.

Contributing Projects:
Mouse Genome Database (MGD), Gene Expression Database (GXD), Mouse Models of Human Cancer database (MMHCdb) (formerly Mouse Tumor Biology (MTB), Gene Ontology (GO)
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