Meetings & Courses

Telomere & Telomerase

Suzhou, China 
September 5-9, 2016  

Abstract deadline: July 24, 2016

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Organized by:

Eric Gilson, University of Nice, France

Ming Lei, National Center for Protein Science Shanghai, SIBCB, CAS, CHINA

Roger Reddel, Children's Medical Research Institute, Australia

Jerry Shay, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA

We are pleased to announce the 1st Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Telomere & Telomerase 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 September 5, and will conclude after lunch on September 9, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in telomerase. 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. Telomere, telomerase and human diseases
2. Repair of dysfunctional telomeres
3. Telomere recombination and ALT
4. Telomere replication
5. Telomere length homeostasis and telomerase recruitment
6. TERRA, telomere proteins and telomerase
7. Structure of telomeres and telomerase

Keynote Speakers:
Jerry Shay, UT Southwestern Medical Center , USA
Abstract title: Recent Advances in Telomeres and Telomerase: TeSLA, TPE-OLD and 6-thio-2’-deoxyguanosine

Invited Speakers:
Mary Armanios, Johns Hopkins University , USA
Abstract title: The genetic basis of familial short telomere syndromes
Steven Artandi, Stanford School of Medicine , USA
Tracy Bryan, Children's Medical Research Institute, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: An activity-independent role of telomerase in telomere protection involving Hsp70 and Apollo
Sandy Chang, Yale School of Medicine , USA
Abstract title: Understanding how the TRF2 TRFH domain represses DNA damage responses at telomeres
Kathleen Collins, University of California, Berkeley , USA
Abstract title: In and out of the sno-storm: Why is vertebrate telomerase an H/ACA RNP?
Anabelle Decottignies, Catholic University of Louvain , BELGIUM
Abstract title: Proliferation of melanoma metastases in the absence of telomere maintenance mechanism
Juli Feigon, University of California, Los Angeles , USA
Abstract title: Structural Biology of Tetrahymena Telomerase
Miguel Ferreira, Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciencia, PORTUGAL
Abstract title: The role of telomere shortening in cancer and aging in zebrafish
Vincent Geli, Research Center of Cancerology of Marseille, Inserm , France
Abstract title: Role of the nuclear pore complex in preventing telomere recombination
Eric Gilson, University of Nice , France
Abstract title: Role of the TRF2 in heterochromatic replication
Roger Greenberg, The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, USA
Abstract title: Break-Induced Telomere Synthesis Underlies Homology-Directed Telomere Maintenance
Dirk Hockemeyer, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title: Cancer-associated TERT promoter mutations abrogate telomerase silencing
Fuyuki Ishikawa, Kyoto University , Japan
Abstract title: Stn1 functions at non-telomeric regions in fission yeast
Peter Lansdorp, University of Groningen, NETHERLANDS
Abstract title: Guanine quadruplex structures, stem cells and genome stability
Ming Lei,National Center for Protein Science Shanghai, SIBCB, CAS, CHINA
Jun-Ping Liu, Hangzhou Normal University , CHINA
Abstract title: TPP1 degradation mediates stress-induced cell replicative senescence
Lin Liu, Nankai University , China
Abstract title: Chemically induced pluripotent stem cells (ciPSCs) acquire telomere lengthening in association with pluripotency
Roger Reddel, Children's Medical Research Institute , Australia
Abstract title: Regulation of p21 by shelterin
Agnel Sfeir, New York University School of Medicine , USA
Abstract title: Investigating the Interplay between Polymerase theta and RPA1 during DNA double-strand break repair
Ahmet Yildiz, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title: Shelterin Protects Chromosome Ends by Compacting Telomeric Chromatin
Yong Zhao, Sun Yat-Sen University , CHINA
Abstract title: NHEJ-mediated Looping-out Mechanism for Resolution of Replication fork stalling at Telomeres
Songyang Zhou, Baylor College of Medcine and Sun Yat-Sen University , USA/CHINA
Abstract title: Differential roles of human telomere proteins in telomere maintenance and metabolic control

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 September, 2016.

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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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