Meetings & Courses

Biological Rhythms

Suzhou, China 
October 26-30, 2015

Abstract Deadline: September 4th, 2015

Schedule Overview

Organized by:

Carla Green, UT Southwestern, USA

Michael Hastings, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UK

Joseph Takahashi, HHMI/UT Southwestern, USA

Hiroki Ueda, University of Tokyo/RIKEN, Japan

Han Wang, Soochow University, China

Following up "Clocks and Rhythms" -- the 72nd CSHL Symposium on Quantitative Biology in 2007, and tremendous advances that have been made in research on biological rhythms since then, we are pleased to announce Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Biological Rhythms 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 October 26, and will conclude after lunch on October 30, 2015.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics. 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. Clockworks
2. Posttranscriptional and posttranslational mechanisms
3. Genetics of rhythms
4. Model organisms
4. Entrainment and peripheral clocks
5. Development, growth, reproduction and ageing
6. Neuroanatomy and circuits
7. Seasonality
8. Sleep
9. Systems approaches to biological rhythms
10. Translational chronobiology - clocks and diseases

Keynote Speakers:
Joseph Takahashi, HHMI/UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title:Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals

Invited Speakers:
Ravi Allada, Northwestern University, USA
Abstract title:Circadian Clocks: From Genes to Neurons to Behavior
Urs Albrecht, University of Fribourg, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Regulation of Food Anticipation
Joseph Bass, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Genomic Basis for Circadian Regulation of Beta Cell Function and Diabetes
Deborah Bell-Pedersen, Texas A&M University, USA
Abstract title:Circadian clock regulation of mRNA translation: eEF2 and the ribosome code
Nicolas Cermakian, Douglas Mental Health University Institute, CANADA
Abstract title:Circadian control of immune and cancer cell proliferation
Xinnian Dong, Duke University, USA
Abstract title:Redox rhythm reinforces the circadian clock to gate immune response
Yoshitaka Fukada, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title:Impact of RNA editing on circadian epitranscriptome in mice
Carla Green, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title:Circadian post-transcriptional control of metabolism
Jinhu Guo, Sun Yat-Sen University, China
Abstract title:The differential roles of FRQ protein isoforms in regulating the Neurospora circadian clock
Paul Hardin, Texas A&M University, USA
Abstract title:Regulatory mechanisms that govern clock activation in Drosophila pacemaker neurons and ectopic cells
Samer Hattar, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Abstract title:Individual contribution of retinal photoreceptors to light-dependent behaviors.
Fang Han, Peking University People’s Hospital of Beijing, CHINA
Qun He, China Agricultural University, China
Abstract title:A role for protein kinase A in the Neurospora circadian clock by regulating WC-independent frequency transcription through phosphorylation of RCM-1
John Hogenesch, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Molecular Architecture of the Circadian Clock in Mammals
Zhili Huang, Fudan University, China
Abstract title:Roles of the Basal Ganglia in Sleep-wake Regulation
Takao Kondo, Nagoya University/Div. of Biological Science, JAPAN
Abstract title:Design of circadian clock by dual ATPases domains of cyanobacterial clock protein KaiC: pacemaker, driver and escapement
Vinod Kumar, University of Delhi, INDIA
Abstract title:Seasonal Life-History Dependent Circadian Timing in Migratory Songbirds
Katja Lamia, The Scripps Research Institute, USA
Abstract title:Cry2 suppresses transformation by opposing c-Myc.
Cheng Chi Lee, University of Texas Health Science Center Houston, USA
Abstract title:Roles of Regulators of DNA Damage Response and Tumor Suppression in the Circadian Mechanism
Chang Liu, Nanjing Normal University, China
Abstract title:Integration of the circadian clock and energy metabolism controlled by PGC-1α-oriented transcriptional network
Yi Liu, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Abstract title: A code with the code, codon usage regulates protein structure and expression of clock proteins
Hugh Piggins, University of Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:Plasticity in programs of timing of timing in neuropeptide-signaling deficient mice.
Till Roenneberg, Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich, GERMANY
Abstract title:The Humans Sleep Project - Sleep Research in the Real World
Louis Ptacek, HHMI/University of California San Francisco, USA
Gi Hoon Son, Korea University, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title:Impact of circadian nuclear receptor REV-ERBa on mood regulation
Hiroki Ueda, RIKEN Kobe Institute, JAPAN
Abstract title:Towards Organisms-level Systems Biology at Single-cell Resolution
David Virshup, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, SINGAPORE
Abstract title:A Period2 Phosphoswitch Regulates and Temperature Compensates Circadian Period
Han Wang, Soochow University, China
Abstract title:Insights into time-keeping mechanisms: roles of per1b, per2, timeless and rev-erba in zebrafish circadian regulation
David Whitmore, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:The development of the zebrafish circadian clock and its control of cell cycle timing
Ying Xu, Soochow University, China
Abstract title:Studying Circadian Clock Using Genetic Screen in Mice
Xiaodong Xu, Hebei Normal University, China
Abstract title:LNKs Mediate between Circadian Clock and the Control of Key Agronomic traits in Plants
Erquan Zhang, National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
Abstract title:Reciprocal Regulation between the Circadian Clock and Hypoxic Signaling in Mammals
Zhangwu Zhao, China Agricultural University, China
Abstract title:Regulation of Drosophila circadian rhythms by miRNA let-7 is mediated by a regulatory cycle

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 October, 2015. 

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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.

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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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