Meetings & Courses

Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction

Suzhou, China 
December 5-9, 2016  
Abstract deadline:
October 31, 2016

Conference Agenda

Organized by:

Shumin Duan,  Zhejiang University, China

Mami Noda, Kyushu University, Japan

Meng-Sheng Qiu, University of Louisville, USA

Bruce Ransom, University of Washington, USA

William Richardson, University College London, UK

We are pleased to announce  Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction 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 December 5, and will conclude after lunch on December 9, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Glia research. 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. Glial Molecular & Functional Diversity
2. Gliotransmission
3. Enteric Glia
4. Glia, Metabolic Coupling & Neurodegenerative Disease
5. Roles of Glia in Learning & Adaptation
6. Glial Development & Lineage, Glioma
7. Regulation of Excitability at the Axon Initial Segment & Nodes of Ranvier

Keynote Speakers:
David Attwell, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Control of brain blood flow at the capillary level by pericytes and astrocytes
Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, GERMANY
Abstract title: The Role of Microglia in Pathology
Alison Lloyd, MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, UK

Invited Speakers:
Patrizia Casaccia, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Nuclear event regulating developmental and adult myelination
Anne Desmazieres, ICM INSERM-UPMC UMRS 1127, FRANCE
Abstract title: Nodes of Ranvier assembly in the central nervous system during myelination and repair
Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University School of medicine, CHINA
Abstract title: Critical role of cytosolic cathepsin D in regulating actin dynamics during microglial migration
Stephen Fancy, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: Oligodendrocyte precursors migrate along vasculature in the developing nervous system
Cheng He, Second Military Medical University, CHINA
Abstract title: MicroRNA miR-30a suppresses TH-17 differentiation and ameliorates inflammation induced demyelination
Hiroshi Kiyama, Nagoya University, Graduate School of Medicine, JAPAN
C. Justin Lee, Korea Institute of Science & Technology, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title: Parkinsonism through astrocytic GABA
Klaus-Armin Nave, Max-Planck-Institute of Experimental Medicine, GERMANY
Mami Noda, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Thyroid hormone and glioendocrine system in neurological and psychiatric dysfunctions
Masaharu Noda, National Institute for Basic Biology, JAPAN
Abstract title: PTPRZ activity is critical for maintaining oligodendrocyte precursor cells and glioblastoma stem cells
Mengsheng Qiu, University of Louisville, USA
Abstract title: "Genetic evidence for the PDGFRα-independent population of OPCs in the developing mouse brain "
Bruce Ransom, University of Washington, USA
Matthew Rasband, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Spectrin/ankyrin cytoskeletons regulate the functional organization and health of axons
William Richardson, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Oligodendrocyte plasticity and its role in learning
Raymond Swanson, University of California San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: Bioenergetic state regulates microglial inflammatory responses through the transcriptional co-repressor CtBP
Tetsuya Taga, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Astroglial development is regulated by DNA and histone methylation: from molecular basis to behavioral abnormalities in gene-manipulated mice.
Liping Wang, Shenzhen Institutes of Advanced Technology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Astrocytes modulate neural circuits in animal models of brain diseases
Long-Jun Wu, Rutgers University, USA
Abstract title: Microglia and Monocytes Synergistically Promote the Transition from Acute to Chronic Pain after Peripheral Nerve Injury
Jiawei Zhou, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: FGF13A-mediated epigenetic regulation of neurogenesis and oligodendrocyte differentiation during brain development

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, 2016.

Sponsored by:

Package Content:

Package Type

Early Registration

Late Registration

Payment Deadline:

October 17, 2016

Payment Deadline:

Before Arrival





















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).

Currency converter