Chromatin, Epigenetics & Transcription

Suzhou, China 
April 16-20, 2018  

Abstract deadline: Feb. 23, 2018

Organized by:

Genevieve Almouzni, Curie Institute, France

Hiroyuki Sasaki, Kyushu University, Japan

Yang Shi, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Bing Zhu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, China 



We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Chromatin, Epigenetics & Transcription 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 16, and will conclude after lunch on April 20, 2018.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in ubiquitin family. 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. Chromatin assembly and chromatin structure
2. DNA and RNA modifications
3. Histone modifications
4. Histone variant and chromatin remodeling
5. Chromatin and cellular function

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute/MIT, USA
Abstract title: Stem cells and epigenetic regulation in development and disease
Barbara Meyer, HHMI / U. C. Berkeley, USA
Abstract title: Control of chromosome topology and gene expression via chromatin modifications
Dinshaw Patel, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA
Abstract title: Structural Biology of Epigenetic Regulation
Robert Roeder, The Rockefeller University, USA

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Asifa Akhtar, Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, GERMANY
Abstract title: Epigenetic regulation by histone acetylation
Genevieve Almouzni, Institut Curie/Section de Recherche, UMR218, FRANCE
Abstract title: Chromatin determinants of centromeric identity and their deregulation in cancer
Sung Hee Baek, Seoul National University, KOREA
Deborah Bourc'his, Institut CURIE, FRANCE
Abstract title: Division of labor in methylating transposons in the mouse sperm genome
Brad Cairns, University of Utah, USA
Abstract title: Placeholder nucleosomes underlie germline-to-embryo DNA methylation and epigenetic reprogramming
Xin Chen, Johns Hopkins University, 
Abstract title: Breaking Symmetry: Asymmetric epigenetic inheritance during Drosophila germline stem cell asymmetric division
Thomas Jenuwein, Max-Planck Institute of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, GERMANY
Abstract title: Genistein-induced stress signaling selectively derepresses major satellite repeat transcription in mouse heterochromatin
Tetsuji Kakutani, National Institute of Genetics, JAPAN
Abstract title: The gene-body H3K4me1 mediates heterochromatin silencing in Arabidopsis
Robert Klose, Oxford University, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Interpreting the CpG island signal
Qing Li, Peking University, 
Abstract title: Decode the communication between histone chaperones and replisome components
Robert Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Geeta Narlikar, UCSF, USA
Abstract title: Mechanisms of Heterochromatin
Sophie Polo, CNRS/Paris Diderot University, FRANCE
Abstract title: Epigenome maintenance in response to DNA damage
Hiroyuki Sasaki, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Role of UHRF1 in de novo DNA methylation in oocytes and maintenance methylation in preimplantation embryos
Dirk Schübeler, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: Dependence for specific chromatin remodelers defines subsets of mammalian transcription factors
Yang Shi, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Chromatin regulation of tumor immunogenicity
Mikiko Siomi, The University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title: Hierarchical roles of mitochondrial PAPI and Zucchini in Bombyx germline piRNA biogenesis
David Tremethick, Australian National University, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Uncovering new functions of chromatin: novel roles for histone variants in the testis and brain
Wei Xie, Tsinghua University, 
Abstract title: Dynamic chromatin reprogramming during mammalian zygotic genome activation
Guoliang Xu, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, CAS, 
Abstract title: Processing of modified cytosines in mammalian genome
Rui-ming Xu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Multisite substrate recognition in Asf1-dependent acetylation of histone H3 K56 by Rtt109
Yanhui Xu, Fudan University, 
Abstract title: Cryo-EM Structure of DNA-PK Holoenzyme reveals Mechanisms for NHEJ
Yi Zhang, HHMI, Harvard Medical School / Boston Children's Hospital, USA
Abstract title: A New Mechanism of Genomic Imprinting
Bing Zhu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, 
Abstract title: Regulation of de novo DNA methylation during oogenesis

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 Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in April, 2018.

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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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