Molecular Switches and Genome Function
in Stem Cells & Development

Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
September 21 - 25, 2010
Abstract Deadline: Ju
ly 25, 2010

Schedule Overview

Arranged by:
Duanqing Pei , CAS Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, China
Shin-ichi Nishikawa, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
Patrick Tam, Children's Medical Research Institute, Australia

We are pleased to announce the inaugural Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Molecular Switches and Genome Function in Stem Cells & Development which will be held at the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center in Suzhou, China. The conference will begin at 7.30pm on the evening of Tuesday September 21st, and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, September 25th, 2010.

This conference is similar in design to the famous Cold Spring Harbor meetings series,  a program now in its 75th year. The conference will include eight oral sessions and two poster sessions covering the latest findings across many topics in stem cells and development. 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:
-Embryo-derived Stem Cells: Maintenance of Pluripotency & Interconversion of Stem Cell Types
-Induced Pluripotency: Molecular Biology of Reprogramming
-Tissue-specific Stem/Progenitor Cells
-Molecular and Functional Characterization of Stem Cell Niche
-Extrinsic Factors and Genetic Activity Controlling Stem Cell Differentiation
-System Biological Analysis of Pluripotency and Stemness
-Transdifferentiation of Somatic Cell Types

Keynote Speaker:
Andras NagySamuel Lunenfeld Research Inst., Mt. Sinai Hospital, Canada

Invited Speakers
Nick Barker, Hubrecht Institute, The Netherlands
Robert Blelloch, UCSF, Institute for Regeneration Medicine, USA
Hongkui Deng, Peking University, College of Life Sciences, China
Miguel Esteban, Guangzhou Institute of Biomedicine and Health, China
Jacob Hanna, Whitehead Institute, USA
Richard Harvey, The Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, Australia
Ihor Lemischka, Mt. Sinai School of Medicine, USA
Melissa Little, University of Queensland, Australia
Pentao Liu, The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
Emi Nishimura, Tokyo Medical and Dental University, Japan
Hitoshi Niwa, RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
Guangjin Pan, University of Wisconsin, USA
Mitinori Saitou, Kyoto University, Japan
Timm Schroeder, Helmholtz Zentrum München, Germany
Michael Shen, Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Toshio Suda, Keio University, Japan
Emma Whitelaw, University of Queensland, Australia
Rongwen Xi, National Institute of Biological Sciences, China
Ting Xie, Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
Guo-Liang Xu, Shanghai Institutes for Biology Sciences, China
George Yeoh, University of Western Australia, Australia
Rui Zhao, Children's Hospital Boston, USA
Thomas Zwaka, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and 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 Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in September 2010.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by:

Regular Pricing
Academic With Housing Package CNY 7,500 / USD 1,100
Academic No Housing Package CNY 5,500 / USD 800
Corporate With Housing Package CNY 8,880 / USD 1,300
Corporate No Housing Package CNY 6,880 / USD 1000

Student With Housing Package*CNY 5,000 / USD 735
Student No Housing Package 
CNY 4,000 / USD 585
Student Registration Only Package CNY 3,000 / USD 440

Media Pricing
Media With Housing Package CNY 5,500 / USD 800
Media No Housing Package CNY 3,500 / USD 515

Regular packages are all inclusive and cover registration, food, housing.Graduate students will be housed double occupancy. No Housing packages include all costs except housing. Student Registration Only Package includes registration and coffee breaks only. Full payment is due 4 weeks prior to the meeting.

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Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences
Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
No.299 Qiyue Road
SIP/ Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, China
Phone: +86 512 6272 9029
Fax: +86 512 6272 9028
[email protected]