Telomeres & Telomerase

Suzhou, China 
October 22-26, 2018 
Abstract deadline: August 31th, 2018

Schedule Overview

Conference Agenda

Organized by:

Alison Bertuch, Baylor College of Medicine, USA

Eric Gilson, University Nice, France

Ming Lei, Shanghai Jiaotong Unviersity, China

Roger Reddel, Children’s Medical Research Institute, Australia

Jerry Shay, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA




We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Telomere & Telomerase 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 October 22, and will conclude after lunch on Friday October 26, 2018.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in telomeres. 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、Telomeres in Human Health and Disease
2、Mechanisms of Senescence
3、Regulation of Telomerase Expression & Activity
4、Mechanisms of ALT
5、Mechanisms of Telomere Protection
6、Telomerase Biogenesis & Structure

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Jan Karlseder, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Abstract title: Autophagic cell death restricts chromosomal instability during replicative crisis
Raymund Wellinger,
 Canada Research Chair in Telomere Biology, Canada

Abstract title: Yeast telomere organization and telomerase mediated extension: getting it all together

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Alison Bertuch, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: The Ku heterodimer at human telomeres
Alex Chang, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: Accelerated aging in lethal dilated cardiomyopathy
Sandy Chang, Yale School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: The MRN complex is dispensable for the repair of dysfunctional telomeres lacking POT1-TPP1
Jerome Dejardin, Institute of Human Genetics, FRANCE
Abstract title: Recombinogenic heterochromatin stimulates alternative lengthening of telomeres
Vincent Geli, Research Center of Cancerology of Marseille, Inserm, France
Abstract title: Conditional expression of telomerase under the control of the p21 promoter as a model of senescence bypass
Eric Gilson, University of Nice, France
Dirk Hockemeyer, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title: Using human genetically engineered human pluripotent stem cells to elucidate the molecular principles of TERT
Fuyuki Ishikawa, Kyoto University, Japan
Junho Lee, Seoul National University, Korea
Abstract title: Maintenance of telomeres without telomerase using internal genomic regions in worms and mammals
Ming Lei, Shanghai Jiao Tong Medical School, China
Shang Li, Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School, SINGAPORE
Abstract title: T-ALL-associated NAP1L1-MLLT10 fusion protein promotes telomere elongation by telomerase
Jun-Ping Liu, Hangzhou Normal University, CHINA
Abstract title: TPP1 turnover and lung fibrosis
Lin Liu, Nankai University, China
Abstract title: Novel role of telomeres in regulating retrotransposable elements
Yie Liu, National Institute on Aging, USA
Abstract title: The Structure and Function of the SLX4 DNA Repair Endonuclease Complex
Hilda Pickett, Children's Medical Research Institute, Australia
Abstract title: FANCM suppresses ALT activity by modulating BLM-TOP3A-RMI complex activity at telomeres
Roger Reddel, Children's Medical Research Institute, Australia
Abstract title: RAP1 regulates the expression of p21 via the mTOR/p70S6K pathway
Jerry Shay, UT Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title: Telomere length and telomerase activity in stimulated human T-cells are biomarkers of high performing centenarians
Zhou Songyang, Baylor College of Medcine and Sun Yat-Sen University, USA/CHINA
Abstract title: Mechanisms of telomere regulation in human cells
Vinay Tergaonkar, NUS School of Medicine, Singapore
Abstract title: Structural Basis for Reactivation of -146C>T Mutant TERT Promoter
Yong Zhao, Sun Yat-sen University, China
Abstract title: Strand Break-Induced Replication Fork Collapse Leads to C-circles, C-overhang and Telomeric Recombination

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 October, 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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