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Vole Meeting 2019

August 23 - 24

University of Texas at Austin

POB 2.302, Avaya Auditorium

201 E 24th St, Austin, TX 78712

Register now!

We are delighted to announce that as part of the National Science Foundation's EDGE program, and in concert with the UT Center for Brain, Behavior & Evolution, we will be hosting a meeting for vole researchers at the University of Texas at Austin on August 23-24, 2018. The meeting will begin with breakfast at 8am on Friday, August 23, and end at 12pm on Saturday, August 24 — allowing interested participants to take an extra evening to explore Austin. The meeting will allow us to explore the latest in interdisciplinary work, with talks spanning from molecular to ecological scales.

As part of the NSF EDGE program, we will also be describing plans to improve genomic resources for work with voles, as well as seeking feedback about community interests and barriers to entry for genomic tools. PIs and trainees at all stages are welcome to attend. Please help us spread the word by forwarding this announcement to interested colleagues and posting it to social media.

Registration will close on July 8, but we have a limited number of rooms available on campus at a special rate and recommend booking early. Hotel reservations can be made at the AT&T Center on the UT campus here.


Annaliese Beery, Smith College, "Selectivity and reward in vole relationships."

Joana Castro Pauperio, Universidade do Porto, Portugal, “The Microtus voles: phylogeny and phylogeography in Europe”

Sue Carter, Kinsey Institute, Indiana University, “Oxytocin pathways to social monogamy and love.”

Ben Dantzer, University of Michigan, “Tracking social interactions of prairie voles in nature: challenges and opportunities."

Zoe Donaldson, University of Colorado Boulder, “Manipulating gene expression in cells and circuits: post-mitotic CRISPRa/i in prairie voles.”

Mohamed Kabbaj, Florida State University, “Epigenetics of social bonding in prairie voles.”

Aubrey Kelly, Emory University, "Revisiting the social behavior neural network in rodents."

Robert Liu, Emory University, “A computational neuroethological approach to pair bonding circuitry.”

Devanand Manoli, UCSF, “Molecular genetic approaches for understanding attachment: Germline manipulation in prairie voles.”

Steve Phelps, University of Texas Austin, “Developing tools for non-invasive whole-brain manipulation in murid rodents.”

PLUS: Selected trainee talks!