Mouse Evolutionary Genetics Meeting
June 18 - 19, 2009

Sponsored by the NIGMS Center for Genome Dynamics at The Jackson Laboratory

The central theme of this invitation only meeting was the development of the house mouse as a model for evolutionary genetics, including the study of complex traits, phenotypic evolution, and genetic variation. The meeting was supported by the NIGMS Center for Genome Dynamics at The Jackson Laboratory.

Meeting schedule (PDF)

Meeting Goals

The house mouse: a model for evolutionary genetics and the study of complex traits

The house mouse has served as an excellent model in evolutionary biology, including studies of genetic and phenotypic variation, the genetics of adaptation, and the genetics of speciation. The house mouse has also served as the premier mammalian model for the study of complex traits, including many human diseases. Despite the central role of the house mouse in both evolution and genetics, mouse evolutionary biologists and mouse geneticists have remained largely in separate communities. With the rise of genomics, there is increasing potential to use mice for asking fundamental questions about the genetics and evolution of complex traits.

The meeting brought together mouse evolutionary biologists and geneticists to:

  • Help create a community to further develop the mouse as a model for complex trait analysis and evolutionary genetics
  • Identify important research questions at the intersection of evolution and genetics
  • Discuss how the study of complex traits from a functional perspective might advance our understanding of evolution
  • Identify ways in which wild mice could supplement existing resources in mouse genetics
  • Develop a plan for the establishment of community resources including a catalog of genetic variation in wild mice and a larger set of wild-derived inbred lines that capture most of the variation in the mouse genome
  • Initiate research collaborations between evolutionary biologists and geneticists.


The meeting was held in the Willow Lounge of The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education Conference Center. The Friday Center is in the Central Piedmont section of North Carolina, near the state capital, three major universities, the Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU), and the Research Triangle Park.

Directions to the Friday Center
Floorplan of the Friday Center


Meeting schedule (PDF)
The meeting started at 9.00am on Thursday June 18 and ended at 1.00pm on Friday June 19, 2009.
Breakfast, lunch and an afternoon break were provided on both days.


Meeting participants booked their own travel. Detailed reimbursement rules are provided below.
The closest airport to the Friday Center is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU).


Meeting participants booked their own accommodation. Detailed reimbursement rules are provided below.

The Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill hotel provides lodging next door to the Friday Center at 100 Marriott Way Chapel Hill, NC 27517. Ph: 919-883-0700. Fax: 919-883-0701. Check in time: 3:00pm. Check out time: 12:00pm.

We had 26 king sized rooms set aside for meeting participants at a rate of $129.00 per night on Wednesday June 17 and Thursday June 18 2009. The cut off date for this rate was Sunday May 17 2009. After this date, rooms not covered by individual reservations were released.

Reservations by phone / email

Contact Amy Struble, Hotel Director of Sales directly at 919-883-3403 or Please reference The Jackson Laboratory block of rooms when you contact the hotel.

Reservations by website - no longer available

Billing / Credit Procedures Charges

All charges are the responsibility of the individual.


Incidental expenses of meeting participants were the responsibility of each guest. The guest was expected to leave a valid credit card or a cash deposit in the amount of $100.00 with the hotel at the time of check-in.

Reimbursement Rules

Air Travel

Air travel purchased will only be reimbursed up to a maximum of $500.00 for domestic travel and $1,000.00 foreign travel with submitted detailed receipts and a completed expense form received by the meeting planner, Imogen Hurley, no later than 10 days after the last date of travel.

The following guidelines must be met, or there will be no reimbursement:

1. Per the “Fly America Act”, no foreign airline travel will be reimbursed unless the receipt is issued by a United States airline. US carrier codeshare list is available here.

2. In order to receive reimbursement at any level, air travel purchased independently must be booked according to the Lowest Logical Airfare Policy:
- Must be “Non Refundable” Economy Rate Tickets, First or Business-Class Tickets will not be reimbursed.
- Sister City Airport Discounts: Newark airport is cheaper than LaGuardia, Midway is cheaper than O'Hare and Dulles or Baltimore/Washington (BWI) is cheaper than Ronald Reagan National. When requesting flight information from authorized agencies, be sure to ask for alternative prices to sister city airports.
- Flight-Specific Discounts: Airlines sometimes offer special rates for travel in the morning, late at night or even specific days of the week. These discounts are designated "flight-specific" and, unfortunately, unless specifically requested, will not be volunteered by the carrier. If your timetable is flexible, advise the agent and they will research options and availability.
-Consolidators: Consolidators are volume airline ticket purchasers who pass on savings to the public. Primarily used on international routes, they can save from 10-40% and your agent may be able to book through this mechanism.

3. Change fees for air travel re-ticketing will not be reimbursed unless The Jackson Laboratory caused the necessity for changing the original ticketing.

Travel via personal vehicle

Visiting speakers that drive to the event using their personal vehicle will be reimbursed the official GSA personal vehicle use mileage rate in effect at the time of travel. Mileage must be recorded on the expense form provided to the speaker by the meeting planner. Expense forms must be received by the meeting planner no later than 10 days after the last date of travel.

Lodging Expenses

The meeting planner has booked hotel room blocks for visiting speakers. These rooms are negotiated at substantially reduced rates and basic room charges will be reimbursed. Extras must be paid for by the speaker (room service, movies, etc). If a speaker chooses to stay elsewhere, and notifies the meeting planner in time to release the room at no charge to the Center, we will reimburse alternative lodging choices up to the same rate as the hotel room. Receipts are required and should be submitted with the expense form provided to the speaker by the meeting planner. Expense forms must be received by the meeting planner no later than 10 days after the last date of travel.

Expenses which will not be reimbursed

The following expenses will not be reimbursed:
- Rental cars
- Local ground transportation
- Meals (lunch and breaks will be provided at the meeting)
- Incidental expenses
- Charges for additional travel companions



Contact Information


Queries relating to the meeting should be directed to the meeting planner:

Imogen Hurley, Ph.D.
Research Programs Manager

The Center for Genome Dynamics
The Jackson Laboratory
600 Main Street
Bar Harbor, Maine 04609 USA

207-288-6847 (fax)