INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Repository Workshop

A workshop on repository management was jointly organized by INFRAFRONTIER and the IMPC and held on 8-9 May 2014, Munich, Germany.

The aim of the workshop was to promote and ease the international exchange of mouse mutant resources.


INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastrucuture

Funding for the workshop was provided by the EC FP7 funded InfraCoMP project

InfraCoMP's main objective is to coordinate collaboration between the INFRAFRONTIER Research Infrastructure and the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC). To this end, InfraCoMP organizes regular workshops that address the central issues that need to be resolved to ensure a fruitful cooperation between the two initiatives. Key InfraCoMP topics are:


  • Mouse Phenotyping
  • Mouse Production Archiving and Distribution
  • Access to Phenotyping Data
  • Community Engagements
Meeting objectives and agenda


  • Main meeting objective is to  simplify the international exchange of mouse mutant resources and to define the procedural changes required to achieve this goal
  • Review key issues facing the mouse community and mouse repositories
  • Review of major mouse mutant resources and restrictions on resource sharing 
  • Discussion of technical issues underpinning the international exchange of mouse mutant resources
  • Focus on IP issues and the burdensome transactional negotiations involving licenses and MTAs
  • Present best practices in sharing research tools
  • Discuss the role of mouse repositories in the international exchange of mouse mutant resources
  • Facilitate discussions on sharing of research tools among key stakeholders



  • Directors of major mouse repositories
  • IP and technology transfer experts
  • Representatives of scientific journals
  • Funders of research

Meeting agenda and participant list

List of invited speakers
  • Martin Hrabé de Angelis, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • Ian Jackson, University of Edinburgh, UK
  • Colin Dunn, Charles River Labs, UK
  • Lauryl Nutter, Toronto Centre for Phenogenomics, Canada
  • Wolfgang Wurst, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
  • Emmanuelle Astoul, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
  • Steve Brown, MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit, Harwell, UK
  • Chas Bountra, University of Oxford, Structural Genomics Consortium, UK
  • Kirk Leech, Europan Animal Research Association, EARA, UK
  • Toru Takeo, University of Kumamoto, Japan
  • Martin Fray, Mary Lyon Centre, UK
  • Michael Mähler, BioDoc, Hannover, Germany
  • Jan-Bas Prins, University of Leiden, Netherlands
  • Janan Eppig, JAX, US
  • Gautier Koscielny, EMBL-EBI, Hinxton, UK
  • Andrew Blake, MRC Mammalian Genetics Unit, Harwell, UK
  • Peter Wells, JAX, US
  • Mark Moore, IMPC, US
  • Tania Bubela, University of Alberta, Canada
  • Joanne Kamens, Addgene, US



Nature Editorial about the INFRAFRONTIER/IMPC Workshop: Promoting the international exchange on mouse models

Abbot A. Still much to learn about mice. Nature Editorial. 22.05.2014

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