Stem Cells and Developmental Mechanisms
Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
December 3 - 7, 2012
Abstract deadline extended to Oct 12th, 2012

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Organized by:
Thomas Bosch, Christian-Albrechts-University Kiel, Germany
Yukiko Gotoh, University of Tokyo, Japan
Ting Xie, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
Weimin Zhong, Yale University, USA


We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Stem Cells and Developmental Mechanisms which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday December 3, and will conclude after lunch on Friday December 7, 2012.

The conference will include a combination of oral and poster sessions, bringing together a group of scientific leaders working on embryonic and adult stem cells and various developmental mechanisms to showcase both similarities and differences in how cell behaviors are regulated in a variety of model organisms.

Major Topics:
- Stem cells in tissue maintenance and regeneration
- Stem cell niche
- Embryonic patterning and organ formation
- Differentiation and dedifferentiation
- Cell polarity and asymmetric cell division
- Stem cells and diseases

Keynote Speakers:
Allan Spradling, HHMI / Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Abstract title:Conservation of germline developmental mechanisms between //Drosophila// and mice

Clifford Tabin, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:Gut morphogenesis—From physical forces to localization of stem cells

Invited Speakers:
Yu Cai, Temasek Life Sciences Laboratory, SINGAPORE
Abstract title:Hh signaling acts with the temporal cascade to promote neuroblast cell cycle exit
Hongkui Deng, Peking University, College of Life Sciences, CHINA
Abstract title:TBA
Charles Durand, University Pierre and Marie Curie, UMR CNRS 7622
Abstract title:A developmental and system biology approach to define the minimal molecular requirements of the hematopoietic stem cell niches
Wei-Qiang Gao, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, CHINA
Abstract title:Role of symmetrical and asymmetrical divisions of stem cells during prostatic development, regeneration and tumorigenesis
Zhigang He, Harvard Medical School/Children's Hospital, Boston, USA
Abstract title:Reprogramming approaches to promote axon regeneration in the adult CNS
Ying Jin, Shanghai Jiaotong Univeristy and Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, China
Abstract title:Canonical Wnt signaling determines tumorigenicity and therapeutic function of ocular transplanted ESC-derived retinal progenitor cells
Naihe Jing, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, CAS, China
Abstract title:Extrinsic signals and intrinsic factors in neural commitment of pluripotent stem cells
Juergen Knoblich, Institute of Molecular Biotechnology, AUSTRIA
Abstract title:Asymmetric cell division in stem cells during CNS development
Arnold Kriegstein, University of California at San Francisco, USA
Abstract title:Neural stem and progenitor cells in human cortical development and evolution
Jinsong Li, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, China
Abstract title:Generation of genetically modified mice by oocyte injection of androgenetic haploid embryonic stem cells
Linheng Li, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
Abstract title:Niche and signaling regulation of the state and fate of stem cells
Haifan Lin, Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:A novel piRNA-mediated epigenetic mechanism related to stem cells
Jan Lohmann, Heidelberg University, Germany
Abstract title:Hormonal control of stem cell fate—Lessons from plants
Hiromitsu Nakauchi, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title:Non-myelinating Schwann cells in the mouse bone marrow niche maintain hematopoietic stem cell hibernation through TGF-ß signaling
Duanqing Pei, Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health,CAS, China
Abstract title:Reprogramming of human somatic cells into iPSCs and iNSCs
Norbert Perrimon, HHMI / Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title:Regulation of intestinal stem cell proliferation in //Drosophila//
Olivier Pourquie, Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, FRANCE
Abstract title:Recapitulating early stages of skeletal myogenesis in vitro from embryonic stem cells
Alejandro Sanchez Alvarado, HHMI / Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
Abstract title:Stem cells and tissue regeneration in the planarian //Schmidtea mediterranea//
Yun-Bo Shi, NICHD, NIH, United States
Abstract title:Thyroid hormone regulation of adult intestinal stem cell development
Dolf Weijers, Wageningen University, THE NETHERLANDS
Abstract title:Molecular and cellular basis for tissue initiation and indeterminate growth in plants
Xiaohang Yang, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Abstract title:Datou stabilizes Baz/Par6/aPKC complex and promotes tumorigenesis in Drosophila lgl mutant larval brains
Qi Zhou, Institute of Zoology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:TBA

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 $200-$500) awards. For more details, please visit Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in December.

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Package Content:

Package TypeEarlyNormalLate
Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:Payment Deadline:
September 21st, 2012 November 5th, 2012Before Arrival 
*CSHA Endowed Student¥1,530$250¥1,700$275¥1,870$300
Includes meeting pass only (special offer)
Student No Housing¥3,750$605¥4,000$645¥4,250$685
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Share Room for 4 nights.
Academic No Housing¥5,100$825¥5,500$890¥5,900$955
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
 (All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Media No Housing¥3,300$535¥3,500$570¥3,700$605
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Corporate No Housing¥6,345$1,025¥6,880$1,115¥7,420$1,205
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities
(All inclusive)
Includes Registration, Lunch & Supper, Social Activities, Single Room for 4 nights.
Remark:  Lunch, Supper, Tea Break & Social Activities (¥1,500 or $250); Room Rate(Single) :(¥2,000 or $320) & (Shared): (¥1,000 or $160), Breakfast is included in the Room Rate. The Package Price is based on the RMB price, price in USD is according to the exchange rate fluctuations.

Please kindly note:

1. The early & normal 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 full 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.

2. For Student Package registered participants, please add your roommate requirement during the online registration. Otherwise, we’ll assign you a roommate among other student participants.

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

4. Please inform us your request on extra day (USD 80/CNY 500 per day) and food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

5.We offer CSHA endowed student package for graduate students (student ID is required). This special offer only includes the meeting session pass. Housing, food and social activities are not included in the package.

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