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Welcome to the NIH Zebrafish Initiative Web site.

The NIH established the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee in the fall of 1997 in response to the scientific community’s recommendation to promote the use of zebrafish as a model organism for the study of vertebrate development and disease.  This website was created to provide a central information resource, focusing on major NIH-organized zebrafish meetings; funding opportunities for zebrafish genomics and genetic resources; major resources generated from grants funded in response to Trans-NIH zebrafish initiatives; major zebrafish genomic and genetic resources; courses and scientific meetings related to the zebrafish initiatives; and, selected reports and publications. When appropriate, items not in response to the Trans-NIH zebrafish initiatives, but which are deemed relevant, will be posted. Posting decisions are made by a subcommittee of the Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee.

Suggestions for improving the website and for items to be included are welcome. Comments may be sent to Lorette Javois at

Co-Chairs, Trans-NIH Zebrafish Coordinating Committee:

Rebekah Rasooly, Ph.D.
Deputy Director, Division of Kidney, Urologic and Hematologic Diseases, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK)

Lorette Javois, Ph.D.
Program Officer, Developmental Biology, Genetics and Teratology Branch, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

Important NIH Guide Notice Published!
NOT-HD-09-019 : Revised Resource Sharing Plan Instructions for PAR-08-138 and PAR-08-139, Genetic Screens to Enhance Zebrafish Research and Enhancing Zebrafish Research with Research Tools and Techniques (R01)