Meetings & Courses

Bacterial Infection and Host Defense

Suzhou, China 
November 2-6, 2015  

Abstract Deadline extended to: September 18, 2015

Schedule Overview

Organized by:

Kenya Honda,RIKEN Keio University, Japan

Sam Miller, University of Washington, USA

Craig Roy, Yale University School of Medicine, USA

Feng Shao, National Institute of Biological Sciences, China

Jörg Vogel, University of Würzburg, Germany

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Bacterial Infection and Host Defense which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday November 2, and will conclude after lunch on November 6, 2015.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in bacterial infection & immunity. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. Bacterial effectors and host defense signaling
2. Genetic regulation of bacterial virulence
3. Trafficking of intracellular bacterial pathogens
4. Structural biology of bacteria-host interaction
5. Pore forming toxins and large exotoxins
6. Autophagy in host defense against infection
7. Inflammasome and Innate immune sensing of bacterial infection
8. Commensals and Microbiota

Keynote Speakers:
Jorge Galan, Yale University, USA
Abstract title:Pathogen restriction and host specificity or why Salmonella Typhi can only cause disease in humans

Invited Speakers:
Carmen Buchrieser, Institut Pasteur, FRANCE
Abstract title:Legionella host pathogen interactions and evolution of virulence

Xinchun Chen, Shenzhen Third People's Hospital, CHINA
Abstract title:Activation vs. Suppression: T cell response in active TB?
Christoph Dehio, University of Basel, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:FIC domains in Bartonella: Evolution of diversified host effectors from a widely-spread bacterial toxin/antitoxin system
Richard Ferrero, Monash University, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title:"Pathogen subversion of the NOD1 signalling pathway promotes cell survival and bacterial persistence"
Andrew Goodman, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Causes and consequences of interpersonal microbial variation
Emanuel Hanski, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Hadassah Medical School, ISRAEL
Abstract title:Group A streptococcus exploits host unfolded protein response to control its virulence
Wolf-Dietrich Hardt, ETH Zürich, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Salmonella diarrhea, a fine balance between colonization resistance, pathogen invasion and mucosal immune defense
Elizabeth Hartland, University of Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title:Necroptosis and gut infection
Masanori Hatakeyama, Graduate School of Medicine, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN

Abstract title:Structural determinant for the oncogenic potential of the Helicobacter pylori CagA protein
Kenya Honda, Keio University / RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, JAPAN
Abstract title: T cell stimulatory bacteria colonizing in the human oral cavity
Li-Chung Hsu, National Taiwan University, TAIWAN
Abstract title:Novel regulatory mechanisms of TLR4-driven inflammatory responses
Rongsheng Jin, University of California, Irvine, USA
Abstract title:Botulinum neurotoxin complexes and oral toxicity
Dennis Kasper, Brigham and Women's Hospital/Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:Gut commensals modulate host immune responses: structure¬–function relationships governing the innate and adaptive arms of the immune system
Zhihua Liu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Commensal bacteria direct selective cargo sorting to promote symbiosis
Stephen Lory, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:Genome-wide fitness profiling of Pseudomonas aeruginosa
Zhao-Qing Luo, Purdue University, usa
Abstract title:Roles of Fic proteins in bacterial response to stresses
Edward Miao, School of Medicine, University of Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA
Abstract title:Inflammasomes coordinate pyroptosis and NK cytotoxicity to prevent the purple death
Samuel Miller, University of Washington, USA
Abstract title:Cellular GWAS to define human innate immune diversity
Felix Randow, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:How cells defend their cytosol against bacterial invasion
Craig Roy, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Microbial ménage à trois: Autophagy, mTOR and Intracellular Infection
Thomas Rudel, University of Würzburg, Germany
Abstract title:Telomer repair in Chlamydia-infected host cell
Chihiro Sasakawa, Chiba University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Shigella deploy multiple systems to modulate host innate immune responses
Feng Shao, National Institute of Biological Sciences, CHINA
Abstract title:Inflammatory caspases-mediated anti-bacterial immunity: sensing and execution
Man-Wah Tan, Genentech Inc, USA
Abstract title: Antibody-antibiotic conjugate for the elimination of intracellular bacteria
Christoph Tang, Unviersity of Oxford, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Neisseria meningitidis immune evasion
Jörg Vogel, University of Würzburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Dual RNA-seq unveils noncoding RNA functions in Salmonella-host interplay
Wensheng Wei, Peking University, CHINA
Abstract title:High-throughput identification of host receptors for Clostridium difficile toxins TcdA and TcdB
Frank Yang, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Cyclic Di-Nucleotides and Diverse Host Adaptation of Vector-Borne Pathogens
Jing-Ren Zhang, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title:Site-specific recombinations promote epigenetic and phenotypic diversification within the strains of Streptococcus pneumoniae

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in November, 2015.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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