Autism & Neurodevelopment Disorders – from Genetic Discoveries to Interventions

Suzhou, China 
September 17-21, 2018  
Abstract deadline: July 20th, 2018

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 Organized by:

Yong-Hui Jiang, Duke University, USA

Zilong Qiu, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, China

Jonathan Sebat, University of California, San Diego, USA

Toru Takumi, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, Japan



We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Autism & Neurodevelopment Disorders – from Genetic Discoveries to Interventions 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 September 17, and will conclude after lunch on September 21, 2018.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in autism. 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. Autism genetics
2. Molecular & circuit mechanisms
3. Insights from neurodevelopmental disorders
4. Translational studies
5. New animal models

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Matthew State, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Abstract title: Lost in Translation: Moving from De Novo Mutations to Pathophysiology
Jeremy Veenstra-VanderWeele, Columbia Unviersity, USA
Abstract title: Progress and pitfalls on the road to translational treatments in autism spectrum disorder

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Alexej Abyzov, Center for Individualized Medicine, Mayo Clinic, USA
David Amaral, University of California, Davis, USA
Abstract title: The ups and downs of autism spectrum disorder:Tracking the trajectories of autism in the Autism Phenome Project
Matthew Anderson, Harvard Medical School/ Beth Israel Deaconess, USA
Abstract title: Triangulating nodes in the autism gene and behavioral circuit networks
Qiang Chang, University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA
Abstract title: Disease Mechanisms and Drug-Screening-Lessons from Human iPSC/ESC Models of Rett Syndrome
Joseph Dougherty, Washington University, USA
Abstract title: Functional analysis of genetic variants
Christine Ecker, Goethe-University Frankfurt, GERMANY
Abstract title: In vivo Biomarkers for Autism Spectrum Disorder - Feature Development and Novel Analytical Frameworks
Yi-Ping Hsueh, Academia Sinica, Taiwan[CHINA]
Abstract title: Contralateral connectivity controlled by TBR1 regulates amygdala activity and autism-like behaviors
Yong-hui Jiang, Duke University, USA
Abstract title: The role of Homer-mGluR5 scaffolds in reward behavior in SHANK3 autism model
Abstract title: NMDA receptor dysfunction and sexual dimorphism in mouse models of autism
Jianhong Luo, Zhejiang University, China
Abstract title: Gamma Oscillation Dysfunction in mPFC Leads to Social Deficits in Neuroligin 3 R451C Knockin Mice
Alysson Muotri, University of California San Diego, USA
Abstract title: Use of functional brain organoids to model autism spectrum disorders
Ben Philpot, University of North Carolina, USA
Abstract title: Angelman syndrome treatment opportunities and clinical biomarkers
Craig Powell, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Abstract title: Deletion of 16p11.2 gene, Kctd13, reduces synaptic transmission via increased RhoA
Zilong Qiu, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: The critical role of ASD-related gene CNTNAP3 in regulating synaptic development and social behavior in mice
Peter Scheiffele, University of Basel, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: Circuit and synapse-specification defects in models of autism-spectrum disorders
Jonathan Sebat, University of California, San Diego, USA
Toru Takumi, RIKEN Brain Science Institute, JAPAN
Abstract title: Copy number variation model of autism
Richard W. Tsien, NYU Langone Health, USA
Abstract title: Excitation-alternative splice coupling (E-AS coupling) supports homeostatic regulation of neuronal excitability
Dennis Wall, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: The structure of transmission risk in over 1000 multiplex families highlights novel genetic links to autism
Hidenori Yamasue, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, JAPAN
Abstract title: Development of oxytocin as a novel therapeutic for autism spectrum core symptoms
Larry Young, Emory University, USA
Abstract title: The Neurobiology of Social Bonding, Social Loss and Empathy: Implications for Novel Therapies for Autism
Xiang Yu, Institute of Neuroscience, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Whole-Brain Projectome of Paraventricular Hypothalamic Nucleus Oxytocin Neurons
Yong Q. Zhang, Institute of Genetics & Developmental Biology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Modeling SHANK3-related autism in non-human primates

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 September, 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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