Meetings & Courses

Bacterial Infection & Host Defense

Suzhou, China 
April 17-21, 2017

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Abstract deadline: March 3, 2017

Organized by:

Kenya Honda, Keio University, Japan

Sam Miller, University of Washington, USA

Craig Roy, Yale University, USA

Feng Shao, National Institute of Biological Science, China

Jörg Vogel, University of Würzburg, Germany



We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Bacterial Infection & 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 April 17, and will conclude after lunch on April 21, 2017.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in bacterial infection and host defense. 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.  Pathogen/host interactions & gene regulation
2. Bacterial toxins & effector proteins
3. Cell autonomous defense pathways & pathogens
4. Bacterial intracellular pathogens
5. Individual variability of pathogens
6. Mycobacteria pathogenesis & host response
7. Microbiome structure & function
8. Host response & the microbiome

Keynote Speakers:
E. Peter Greenberg, University of Washington, USA
Abstract title: Quorum sensing, cooperation and conflict in populations of the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa

Invited Speakers:
Klaus Aktories, University of Freiburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Bacterial protein toxins: How to conquer GTPase signaling and cytoskeleton functions of the host
Sina Bartfeld, Unviersity of Würzburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Infection, innate immunity and cancer in the gastrointestinal tract - Organoids as new model
Marek Basler, Universityof Basel, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: Using images to understand structure, function and dynamics of Type VI secretion systems
Jörn Coers, Duke University School of Medicine, USA
Eran Elinav, Weizmann Institute of Science, ISRAEL
Abstract title: Host Microbiome Interactions in health and disease
Sophie Helaine, Imperial College London, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Salmonella forms intracellular persisters with TacT
Kenya Honda, Keio University / RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, JAPAN
Abstract title: Immune modulation by the gut microbiota
Ronggui Hu, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology,, CHINA
Abstract title: Novel Host Targets for bacterial ubiquitin ligase NleL, an effector from EHEC O157:H7
Deborah Hung, Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Takayuki Kuraishi, Kanazawa University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Drosophila intestinal tract as a model to decipher symbiotic and pathogenic interactions between host and microorganisms
Cuihua Liu, Institute of Microbiology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Regulation of host immune signaling pathways and cellular functions by M. tuberculosis secreted effector proteins

Jeffrey F. Miller, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Samuel Miller, University of Washington, USA
Hayley Newton, University of Melbourne at the Peter Doherty Institute for Infection & Immu, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Coxiella-Containing Vacuoles and Clathrin-Coated Vesicles
Craig Roy, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Eric Rubin, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, USA
Abstract title: A mechanism for phenotypic heterogeneity in mycobacteria
Nina Salama, Fred Hutchison Cancer Research Center, USA
Abstract title: Genetic and phenotypic diversification during Helicobacter pylori stomach colonization
Nita Salzman, Medical College of Wisconsin, USA
Abstract title: Antimicrobial peptides and bacterial niche competition in the GI tract

Kate Schroder, The University of Queensland, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Myeloid cell identity shapes inflammasome signalling pathways and cell death decisions
Feng Shao, National Institute of Biological Sciences, CHINA
Abstract title: Pyroptosis in anti-bacterial immunity: sensing and execution
Stefania Spanò, University of Aberdeen, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: A Rab32 trafficking pathway protects from bacterial infections
Agathe Subtil, Institut Pasteur, FRANCE
Abstract title: Sequestration of the energy stores of its host by an intracellular pathogen: mechanisms and consequences.
Varadharajan Sundaramurthy, National Centre for Biological Sciences, INDIA
Abstract title: Lysosomal delivery of M. tuberculosis in vivo
Jörg Vogel, University of Würzburg, GERMANY
Abstract title: Dual RNA-seq and Single-cell RNA-seq approaches to studying Salmonella pathogenesis
Sho Yamasaki, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Immune responses against mycobacteria via C-type lectin receptors

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, 2017.

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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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