The DNA of eukaryotic cells is organized into chromatin fibres, where the nucleosome is the basic repeating unit. Chromatin is thus at the core of fundamental processes such as gene regulation, stem cell fate determination and cancer. By and large, these topics have traditionally been covered by separated meetings. However, recent literature indicates that the boundaries among these various disciplines are becoming less clear. This meeting on "Epigenetics: from mechanisms to disease" will bring together scientists studying chromatin architecture, epigenetics, stem cell biology and cancer. The talks will cover a broad range of topics, including chromosome organisation, long-range interactions, chromatin assembly, stem cell regulation/differentiation, RNA-based mechanisms, transcription regulation, DNA methylation and hydroxymethylation.
Speakers have been selected to broadly reflect lessons learned from a variety of model organisms and experimental approaches. Young scientists will be able to present their work through a large number of short talks selected from submitted abstracts as well as through poster presentation. The program has also allocated ample time for exchanging ideas and discussing novel hypotheses at the end of each session, as well as time for informal interactions and networking.
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This conference will appeal to PhD students, post-doc and group leaders working in the field of chromatin architecture, epigenetics, stem cell biology and cancer.
This conference integrates the burgeoning field of epigenetics with the underlying processes of chromatin organization, transcription regulation and aspects of stem cell biology. This knowledge can be exploited for the generation and improvement of novel tools for the prediction, the diagnosis, and eventually the individualized treatment of human diseases.
Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Register an academic at the normal rate and bring a student for only $745. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 15, 16, 17 Feb 2018 (on a shared basis for students, note guest rooms are open plan) and a 24hour all-inclusive food and beverage package for the conference period. Once registered, please contact Emily Bicknell (email@example.com) to obtain a special registration link for your student.
Confirmed Invited Speakers
Tony Kouzarides (Gurdon Institute)
RNA MODIFICATION PATHWAYS: THEIR FUNCTION AND ROLE IN CANCER
Jeannie T. Lee (Harvard University)
X-CHROMOSOME INACTIVATION: ONE STEP AT A TIME
Ramin Shiekhattar (University of Miami Miller School of Medicine)
INTEGRATOR REGULATES FIDELITY OF TERMINATION
Job Dekker (University of Massachussets Medical School)
FOLDING, UNFOLDING AND REFOLDING OF GENOMES
Victor Corces (Emory University)
MECHANISMS OF TRANSGENERATIONAL INHERITANCE OF OBESITY EPIPHENOTYPES
Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla (Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells)
EPIGENETIC MECHANISMS IN EARLY MAMMALIAN DEVELOPMENT: A TRANSPOSON SHOT
Ali Shilatifard (Northwestern University)
PRINCIPLES OF EPIGENETICS AND CHROMATIN IN DEVELOPMENT AND HUMAN DISEASE
Salvador Aznar Benitah (IRB Barcelona)
EPIGENETIC MECHANISMS IN ADULT STEM CELLS FUNCTION
Robert Schneider (University of Munich)
NOVEL PLAYERS IN CHROMATIN
Robert Sims (Constellation Pharmaceuticals)
UTILIZING CHEMICAL BIOLOGY TO IDENTIFY NOVEL STRATEGIES TARGETING HISTONE ACETYL SIGNALING IN CANCER
Anne Ferguson-Smith (University of Cambridge)
VARIABLE SILENCING OF THE REPEAT GENOME - IMPLICATIONS FOR NON-GENETIC INHERITANCE
Jerome Déjardin (Institute of Human Genetics of Montpellier)
TRANSCRIPTIONALLY ACTIVE HETEROCHROMATIN CONTROLS THE ACTIVATION OF ALTERNATIVE LENGTHENING OF TELOMERES
François Fuks (Université Libre de Bruxelles)
TRANSCRIPTOME-WIDE DISTRIBUTION AND FUNCTION OF RNA MODIFICATIONS
Alvaro Rada-Iglesias (University of Cologne)POLYCOMB PROTEINS AS TOPOLOGICAL FACILITATORS OF ENHANCER FUNCTION DURING NEURAL INDUCTION
Adrian Bracken (Smurfit Institute of Genetics)
Sarah Kimmins (McGill University)
Cigall Kadoch (Dana-Farber Cancer Institute)
STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION OF MAMMALIAN SWI/SNF (BAF) COMPLEXES IN HUMAN DISEASE
Leonie Ringrose (Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin)
EPIGENETICS MEETS MATHEMATICS: THEORETICAL ANALYSIS OF MEMORY AND SWITCHING IN POLYCOMB/ TRITHORAX REGULATION
Roberto Bonasio (University of Pennsylvania)
EPIGENETIC REGULATION OF SOCIAL BEHAVIOR IN ANTS
Sarah Elderkin (Babraham Institute)
Michael Levine (Lewis-Sigler Institute)
TRANS-CHROMOSOMAL ENHANCER-PROMOTER INTERACTIONS IN LIVING DROSOPHILA EMBRYOS
All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.
Additional night prices are per person, per night. Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.
Accompanying child fees and extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years of age. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa).
What's Included in our Registration Fees?
The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun offers a 24hour all inclusive service. Our registration and additional adult/child fees are inclusive of the following;
- Accommodation for 3 Nights (15, 16 and 17 February 2018).
- Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner – available at all restaurants according to operational hours or programmed events.
- International Bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars according to operational hours.
- Pool snacks and International Bar available by the glass at Pool Area.
- Minibar including: soft drinks, domestic beer, bottled water and coffee. Refreshed daily.
- 24 Hour Room Service.
- In Room amenity – Bottle of wine, per room, per stay.
- Gala Night Entry (includes an open bar).
- Complimentary WI-FI throughout the hotel.
Additional nights (per person) are inclusive of the following;
- Accommodation for 1 Night
- Lunch on day of arrival
- Dinner on day of arrival
- Breakfast on day of departure
- International bar available by the glass in restaurants and bars from lunch on day of arrival until breakfast on day of departure
University of Brussels
University of Miami
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Center for Molecular Medicine Cologne (CMMC), University of Cologne
Humboldt University Berlin
University of Pennsylvania
Institute of Functional Epigenetics, HMGU
Institute of Epigenetics & Stem Cells
Massachusetts General Hospital
University of Cambridge
Salvador Aznar Benitah
Institute for Research in B
Univ. of Massachusetts Medical School
Department of Genteics
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School
Vall D'Hebron Institute of Oncology
Although the programme has not yet been released, we are able to confirm that the conference should begin no earlier than 14:45 with opening comments on 15th February 2018. Registration and a welcome lunch should be available from 14:00. The conference will conclude no later than 12:30 on 18th February 2018.
Fiesta Americana Condesa
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This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.
Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment. We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!
- Lagoon Pool
- Extensive Health Club and Spa
- Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas
The Fiesta Americana Condesa, Cancun is the 2015 Winner of the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence and also received the Travellers Choice Award in 2014.
The remains of ancient Mayan cities are scattered throughout the Yucatan Peninsula and no trip to Cancun would be complete without a visit to these majestic temples and pyramids set amongst lush tropical vegetation. We will be working very closely with a reputable tour company who will be organising trips to Tulum, Chichen Itza, Coba and Xcaret to name a few, some of which may require a full day. Full day excursions will be arranged pre or post conference and may be on an individual or group booking so we would recommend booking extra nights to extend your stay as early as possible to avoid disappointment should these excursions be of interest to you and/or your party. For further information please contact us.
Fiesta Americana Condesa
Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.
Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.
Cancun International airport is just a short 20-minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.
Private Airport Transfers
Canada Transfers are a reputable and trustworthy DMC based in Cancun. The Canada Transfers team will be on hand to provide a seamless transfer service to and from Cancun International Airport. Canada Transfers will manage and confirm all transportation bookings, therefore please contact them directly with any questions or book requested. Online reservations can be made here.
Private Transportation prices to and from Cancun International Airport and to and from the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel are as follows:
Number of Passengers
Price (One Way, Per Vehicle)
Price (Return Trip, Per Vehicle)
1 - 3 Passengers plus luggage
4 - 7 Passenger plus luggage
8 - 10 Passengers plus luggage
Note: Prices do not include gratuity. These prices are only valid for bookings made up until 31st December 2017. Prices may increase for bookings made from 01st January 2018.
- Private van with bilingual driver
- Amenities on arrival (bottled water per person and facial fresh towels)
If your flight is delayed or your wait at immigration is in excess of 1hour, please contact Canada Transfers as soon as you can to keep them updated with your situation. It’s important Canada Transfers are informed of any delays as soon as you are made aware so the transfer can be rescheduled. Note: If you wish to cancel your transfer, please inform Canada Transfers at least 24hours in advance otherwise full cancellation charges will apply. If you fail to inform Canada Transfers of any amendments to your travel schedule and consequently do not turn up at the date and time booked, full cancellation charges will apply for no shows.
Upon arrival at the airport, please exit the terminal building and look for ‘Fusion Conferences’ signage where a member of the Canada Transfers team will greet you and escort you to the group transportation. For more information please see the Canada Transfers arrival guide.
IMPORTANT: ARRIVAL AND RETURN TRANSFER CONFIRMATION MUST BE PRINTED AND HANDED TO THE DRIVER BEFORE DEPARTURE.
To make a booking with Canada Transfers, please follow this link to access the online booking facility. If you have any questions for Canada Transfers, please contact them directly.
Contact Name: Maggie
Contact Telephone: 011 52 (998) 886 2049
Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
For arrival transfers and round-trip transfers, payment can either be made online via PayPal (4% commission charge) at the time of booking or by cash (USD or MXN) to the driver upon arrival. For return transfers, payment can be made online via PayPal (4% commission charge) at the time of booking, at the Canada Transfers desk during the conference via card or cash (USD or MXN).
For frequently asked questions please take a look at the FAQ section on the Canada Transfers website.
** Please note Fusion Conferences accept no responsibility for any bookings made with Canada Transfers or any other transportation supplier **
Super Shuttle Service
If a private transfer isn’t of interest, then please visit the Super Shuttle website for more information regarding shuttle services, prices start from $10.
** Please note Fusion Conferences accept no responsibility for any bookings made with Super Shuttle or any other transportation supplier **
If you do not wish to make a reservation in advance and would prefer to take a taxi upon arrival at the airport, or from the hotel, please check that the vehicle and driver are licensed and be vigilant at all times. If you are unsure about the driver or if the vehicle is unmarked, wait until another taxi becomes available or telephone Canada Transfers to see if they can immediately send a car.
Details will be available at a later date.
To Be Announced
Talk Deadline: 20 Nov 2017
We have a number of oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.
Please take note of the oral submission deadline:
20th November 2017
Please check the conference programme carefully to note your presentation time (inclusive of Q&A) should you be accepted for an oral presentation. We recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference page.
Your Presentation on the Day
If you have prepared some slides to accompanying your talk please ensure you bring these with you on a USB or portable file saving device.
For those presenting on the first day, please email your slides to us so we can have everything prepared and ready for the first session. Please email your slides to: email@example.com
On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to the AV team who will be available in the conference room. If you have any animations or videos we do advise to run through the presentation with the AV tech to make sure everything is compatible. We also advise that all speakers make themselves known to the AV tech in the conference room immediately before your session beings. The AV tech will apply your microphone and provide a laser pointer should you have an accompanying presentation. We prefer speakers to use our master laptop to run presentations from, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop, please notify us in advance.
It is important that all speakers adhere to their presentation time and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters and the audience as your time decreases.
If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to approach our AV tech or a member of the Fusion team.
Helpful Tips for Presentation Slides
Aspect Ratio: 4:3 in Presenter View, Landscape in Orientation
Font Size: Minimum font size used should be 24pt.
File Type: Please save your presentation in PPT or PPTS format.
Video Clips: Please save these separately and do not build them into the PowerPoint. Videos will be played via the AV control desk using the master laptop.
Poster Deadline: 14 Dec 2017
We have a number of poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and you will be able to submit your abstract online and monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account. Please use the abstract template provided and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length. Any abstracts exceeding this size may be cut short during print.
Please take note of the poster submission deadline: 14 December 2017
Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.
Displaying & Presenting Your Poster
During conference registration if you are presenting a poster please request a poster number from the registration desk. Please do not put up your poster without notifying a member of the Fusion team. Certain adhesive agents are not permitted at some venues therefore; Fusion will be the sole provider of all poster fixings.
You can display your poster from registration. Your poster can remain on display for the entire duration of the conference and we ask that posters are taken down on the final day of the meeting. The poster session is usually scheduled on Day 3, but please check the official programme for exact timings. Refreshments will be provided and the poster prizes will be awarded during the conference Gala Night that evening.