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Chromatin, Epigenetics and Transcription

Suzhou, China 
May 9-13, 2016  

Abstract deadline: March 20th, 2016

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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 4th Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Chromatin, Epigenetics and 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 May 9, and will conclude after lunch on May 13, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in Epigenetics. 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. DNA modifications

2. Histone variants & modifications

3. Readers & non-histone modifications

4. High order chromatin structure

5. Enhancers

6. Non-coding RNAs

7. Chromatin & cellular function

Keynote Speakers:
Robert Kingston, Mass General Hospital/Harvard Med School, USA
Abstract title:Alterations in nucleosome accessibility during regulation
Danny Reinberg, HHMI / New York University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Epigenetics: One Genome, Multiple Phenotypes

Invited Speakers:
Genevieve Almouzni, Curie Institute, France
Abstract title:Shaping chromatin in the nucleus, the bricks and the architects
Xiaofeng Cao, Institute of Genetics and Development, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Molecular mechanisms of histone demethylases in genome-wide targeting in Arabidopsis
Luciano di Croce, Center for Genomic Regulation, SPAIN
Abstract title: Transcriptional Complexity in Stem Cells and Cancer
Xiang-Dong Fu, University of California, San Diego, USA
Abstract title:GRID-seq Detects Chromatin-Associated RNAs that Define the Strength and Action Range of Enhancers
Jessica Downs, University of Sussex, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:The PBAF chromatin remodelling complex and maintenance of genome stability
Or Gozani, Stanford School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: New roles for lysine methylation signaling in epigenetic and disease regulation
Kristian Helin, University of Copenhagen, DENMARK
Abstract title: EZH2 is a potential therapeutic target for H3K27M mutant pediatric gliomas
Steven Henikoff, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Abstract title:Transcriptional regulators compete with nucleosomes post-replication
Steve Jacobsen, HHMI/University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title:Epigenetic gene regulation in Arabidopsis
Tetsuji Kakutani, National Institute of Genetics, JAPAN
Abstract title:Evolution of sequence-specific anti-silencing by transposable elements in Arabidopsis
Judith Klumperman, University Medical Center Utrecht, THE NETHERLANDS
Hitoshi Kurumizaka, Waseda University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Histone contributions to chromatin dynamics
Guohong Li, Institute of Biophysics Chinese Academy of science, CHINA
Abstract title:Structure and dynamics of the 30-nm chromatin fiber in gene regulation
Mofang Liu, Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Ubiquitination-deficient Mutations in human Piwi (Hiwi) Cause Male Infertility by Impairing Histone-to-Protamine Exchange during Spermiogenesis
Jürg Müller, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, GERMANY
Abstract title:Polycomb: molecular basis of targeting and inheritance
Bing Ren, University of California San Diego, USA

Abstract title: Identification of H3 Lysine 4 Monomethylation Associated Proteins at Mammalian Enhancers
Hiroyuki Sasaki, Kyushu University, Japan
Abstract title:Switching from post-transcriptional to transcriptional silencing of retrotransposons during male germ-cell development
Robert Schneider, Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, FRANCE
Abstract title:Novel Players in Chromatin
Yang Shi, Children’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Histone methylation regulation, recognition and link to human disease
Yujiang Shi, Brigham Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School, USA
Abstract title: Glucose Regulates Tumor Suppressor TET2 and 5hmC through AMPK
Ali Shilatifard, Northwest University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Enhancer Malfunction in Cancer
Maria Elena Torres Padilla, Institute of Genetics and Molecular and Cellular Biology, FRANCE
Abstract title:Epigenetic mechanisms in early mammalian development
Bas Van Steensel, Netherlands Cancer Institute, NETHERLANDS
Abstract title:Unraveling human promoter regulation by an ultra-high throughput functional assay.
Johnathan Whetstine, Harvard Medical School, USA
Yue Xiong, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA
Abstract title:The regulation and target gene recruitment of TET DNA dioxygenases
Guoliang Xu, Chinese Academy of Sciences, CHINA
Abstract title: Role of Tet-mediated DNA oxidation in post-implantation embryonic development
Rui-ming Xu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title:Alteration of chromatin folding by the binding of a viral protein to the nucleosome
Yi Zhang, HHMI, Harvard Medical School / Boston Children's Hospital, USA
Abstract title:Establishing chromatin regulatory landscape during mouse early development
Bing Zhu, Institute of Biophysics, CAS, China
Abstract title: Preferential further oxidation of 5-hydroxymethylcytosine at distinct chromatin regions

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 May, 2016.

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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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