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Epigenetics, Chromatin & Transcription
Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center
April 23 - 27, 2012
Abstract deadline extended to Feb 29th
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Organized by:
Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Rui-Ming Xu, Institute of Biophysics, Beijing, China
Yi Zhang, HHMI/University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

We are pleased to announce the 2nd Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Epigenetics, Chromatin & Transcription 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 April 23, and will conclude after lunch on Friday, April 27, 2012.

On the afternoon of April 23rd, prior to the start of the meeting, Dr. Philippa Benson, a seasoned instructor in paper writing and publishing & Dr. John Inglis, the executive director of CSHL Press will organize a workshop titled “Writing A Paper and Getting It Published: A Brief Guide to Success” from 1pm to 5pm. All the registered participants are welcome to attend this workshop. More information on the event is available on

This conference is similar in design to the famous Cold Spring Harbor meetings series, a program now in its 77th year. The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in epigenetics and chromatin biology. 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 and transcription regulation
2. Chromatin domains and structure
3. DNA methylation and demethylation
4. Histone modifications
5. Nucleosome remodeling and non-coding RNAs
6. Epigenetics and stem cell reprogramming
7. New techniques and new epigenetic phenomenons
8. Epigenetics and human diseases

Keynote Speakers:
Ronald Evans, The Salk Institute, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Steven Henikoff, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, USA
Abstract title:Mapping genome-wide nucleosome dynamics
Rudolf Jaenisch, Whitehead Institute/MIT, USA
Abstract title:Stem cells, Pluripotency and Nuclear Reprogramming
Danny Reinberg, New York University, USA
Abstract title:Molecular Mechanisms of Epigenetic Inheritance

Invited Speakers:
Asifa Akhtar, Max-Planck-Institut fur Immunbiologie, GERMANY
Abstract title: Dosage compensation in Drosophila
Sung Hee Baek, Seoul National University, KOREA
Abstract title:Molecular Basis for the Recognition of a Methyl Degron by E3 Ubiquitin Ligase Complex
Marisa Bartolomei, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title:Tissue Specific Epigenetic Regulation at Imprinted Loci
Howard Cedar,
Hebrew University Hadassah Medical Center, ISRAEL
Abstract title:Programming DNA methylation in early development
Howard Chang,
Stanford University, USA
Abstract title:Genome regulation by long noncoding RNAs
Xuemei Chen,
University of California Riverside, USA
Abstract title:Nuclear RNA metabolism and DNA methylation
Don Cleveland,
University of California, San Diego, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Joseph Ecker,
The Salk Institute  for  Biological Studies, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Kristian Helin,
University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Abstract title:Functional Roles of TET Proteins and Hydroxymethylation in Stem Cells and Cancer
Steve Jacobsen
, HHMI/University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title:TBA
Robert Kingston,
Mass General Hospital/Harvard Med School, USA
Abstract title:Epigenetic mechanism: silent nucleosomal structures and non-coding RNAs.
Marjori Matzke,
Austrian Academy of Sciences, AUSTRIA
Abstract title:Genetic analysis of RNA-directed DNA methylation in Arabidopsis thaliana
Huck-Hui Ng,
Genome Institute of Singapore, SINGAPORE
Abstract title:Systems Biology of Stem Cells
Dinshaw Patel,
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cance Center, USA
Abstract title:Structural Biology of Methylation-mediated Epigenetic Regulation
Craig Peterson,
University of Massachusetts Medical Center, USA
Abstract title:Chromatin dynamics: Putting histones in their place
Wolf Reik,
The Babraham Institute, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title:Epigenetic Reprogramming in Mammalian Development
Bing Ren,
Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, USA
Abstract title:Conserved Topological Domains in Mammalian Genomes Identified by High-resolution Analysis of Chromatin Interactions
Mitinori Saitou,
Kyoto University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Mechanism and reconstitution in vitro of germ cell specification in mice
Hiroyuki Sasaki,
Kyushu University, JAPAN
Abstract title:Genomic imprinting, DNA methylation and small RNA in mouse germ cells
Dirk Schübeler,
Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title:Genetic determinants of epigenetic repression
Ali Shilatifard,
Stowers Institute for Medical Research, USA
Abstract title:Chromosomal translocations and transcriptional elongation control in epigenetics and cancer.
Yoichi Shinkai,
Institute for Virus Research, Kyoto University, JAPAN
Abstract title:ESET-mediated endogenous retrovirus silencing
Davor Solter,
Institute of Medical Biology, SINGAPORE
Abstract title:Developmental epigenetics
Azim Surani,
Wellcome/CRC Institute, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Resetting the epigenome in the germ line
Xiaoliang Sunney Xie,
Harvard University, USA
Abstract title:Whole-genome amplification and sequencing of single human cells
Keji Zhao,
Abstract title:Epigenetic regulation of T cell differentiation
Bing Zhu,
National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China
Abstract title:H3.3-H4 tetramer splitting events feature cell-type specific enhancers
Jian-Kang Zhu,
Purdue University, USA

Abstract title:Active DNA demethylation in Arabidopsis

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

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in April 2012.

This conference is supported in part by funds provided by:
Advanced Academic Exchange Activities of Suzhou
Epizyme, Inc.
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Abcam (Hong Kong) Limited
Active Motif

Package Content:

Package Type Early Normal Late
Registration Registration Registration
Payment Deadline: Payment Deadline: Payment Deadline:
February 10th,
 March 26th, 2012 Before 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)
¥4,750 $765 ¥5,000 $805 ¥5,250 $845
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)
¥7,100 $1,145 ¥7,500 $1,210 ¥7,900 $1,275
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)
¥5,300 $855 ¥5,500 $890 ¥5,700 $925
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)
¥8,345 $1,345 ¥8,880 $1,435 ¥9,420 $1,525
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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Cold Spring Harbor Asia Conferences
Suzhou, China


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