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Nuclear Receptors Conference

New Roles for Nuclear Receptors in Development, Health and Disease

27 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018

Cancun, Mexico


Nuclear Receptors are, physiologically and pharmacologically, a critical superfamily of transcription factors. They drive key processes at every stage from development and reproduction to ageing and cancer. They are critical determinants of everyday health via their roles in metabolism and circadian rhythms. Nuclear receptors allow external factors to influence cellular pathways and the fact that many bind and are activated by small molecules means they represent highly druggable targets; currently, 13% of FDA-approved drugs target nuclear receptors.

This meeting will address the new roles and novel crosstalk mechanisms that are emerging for many of the 48 human nuclear receptors, in health and disease. For example, it has long been known that the estrogen receptor drives progression of breast cancer, and patients with estrogen receptor-positive disease are treated using antiestrogens or aromatase inhibitors to inhibit estrogen signalling. Now however, it is apparent that the androgen receptor can in some cases drive breast cancer progression and is a therapeutic target, resulting in clinical trials for androgen receptor-targeting therapies in advanced breast cancer. The androgen receptor, itself long the main therapeutic target in prostate cancer, is emerging as a key player in metabolic disease, while conversely other nuclear receptor including the glucocorticoid receptor and several orphan nuclear receptors are implicated in prostate cancer progression. Meanwhile, given the impact of many nuclear receptors on the central nervous system, it is unsurprising that they are being explored in the context of neurological disorders and depression. Thus there is wide scope for re-purposing of licensed drugs and development of new NR-targeting therapies for a host of conditions and diseases.

Crosstalk between nuclear receptors and other fundamental processes is another exciting expanding area that will also be covered. DNA damage repair pathways are inextricably linked to steroid signalling via transcriptional processes, with implications for drug combinations in several diseases. Hitherto unsuspected roles of nuclear receptors in epigenetic control and the processing and function of non-coding RNAs opens up to capacity of this superfamily to further means of impacting on development and normal functioning, but also on disease development. 

This unique meeting will bring together many of the leading figures in nuclear receptor research from across the globe, to discuss emerging roles and their implications for health and disease – and both human and drug development – in an intimate meeting that will generate meaningful idea exchange and interaction that will help to further shape this influential field.

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Key Sessions

  • Further emerging roles for nuclear receptors in cancer
  • Structural insights into nuclear receptor function and crosstalk
  • Nuclear receptors’ role in epigenetic regulation and non coding RNA
  • Nuclear receptors and DNA damage
  • Nuclear receptors and cell cycle
  • Nuclear receptors in metabolism/metabolic disease
  • Nuclear receptors in the CNS

Target Audience

Scientists and Clinician Scientists at a range of levels from postdoctoral and up: Principal Investigators, Junior Team Leaders, Research Fellows. Ambitious postgraduate students in the field will also be encouraged to attend.

Relevant specialties are wide-ranging, reflecting the importance of nuclear receptors in many aspects of health and disease. These include Endocrinology, Oncology, Paediatrics, Urology, Gynaecology, Obstetric Medicine, Neuroscience, Cardiology.

Learning Objectives 

  1. Introduce the newest advances, in discovery and methodology in the field of Nuclear Receptor research to a wide audience, through oral and poster presentation with both formal and informal discussion.
  2. Develop a deeper understanding of the latest advances in our knowledge of nuclear receptor biology at all levels (structural, transcriptional, cross-talk with each other and with different pathways) and the subsequent effects on development, reproduction and disease.
  3. Consider and possibly extend the evidence base for re-purposing of nuclear receptor-targeting therapies
  4. Provide an environment for cross-talk and cross-fertilisation between all Nuclear Receptor-related disciplines (reproduction, fertility, neuroscience, oncology, structural biology, transcription) allowing the different disciplines to learn from each other and forge new collaborations
  5. Celebrate over 30 years of Nuclear Receptor research while discussing the next challenges in the field and how we can address them.

Student Offer

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Register an academic at the earlybird rate of $1,748.00 and bring a student for only $745. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 27th February, 28th February and 1st March 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 you have registered and paid in full, please contact Meredith Willmott (Meredith@fusion-conferences.com) to obtain a special registration link for your student.

Publishing Opportunity

We are delighted to be working with Bioscientifica publishing house to publish abstracts from the Nuclear Receptors Conference, 27th February – 02nd March 2018 in Cancun, Mexico. Bioscientifica publishes many of the leading journals and online products in endocrinology on behalf of, and in collaboration with, key endocrine societies worldwide. They provide permanent, citable, free-to-read records of meeting abstracts, ensuring the content from an event remains discoverable and available in perpetuity, prolonging the life of the event.

If consent is given abstracts from speakers, oral presenters and poster presenters will be published. Please see the Bioscientifica website for more information about them.

If you would like your abstract to be published, please provide consent by confirming via email (meredith@fusion-conferences.com). Please note this opportunity is not mandatory we will only publish abstracts if consent has been given. 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Geoffrey Greene (The University of Chicago)

Bert O'Malley (Baylor College of Medicine)

David Moore (Baylor College of Medicine)

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Suzanne Conzen (The University of Chicago)

Frank Claessens (University of Leuven)

Scott Dehm (University of Minnesota)

Theresa Hickey (The University of Adelaide)

Lee Kraus (The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)

Luca Magnani (Imperial College London)

Susanne Mandrup (University of Southern Denmark)

Sebastiaan Meijsing (Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics)

Eric Ortlund (Emory University)

Steffi Oesterreich (Women's Cancer Research Institute)

Eva Estébanez-Perpiñá (University of Barcelona)

David Ray (The University of Manchester)

Ganesh Raj (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)

Yijun Ruan (The Jackson Laboratory)

Philippa Saunders (University of Edinburgh)

Carol Sartorius (University of Colorado)

John Schwabe (University of Leicester) 

Carlie de Vries (University of Amsterdam)

Catherine Williamson (King's College London)

Wilbert Zwart (Netherlands Cancer Institute)



All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

Early Bird Full
Extra Night
Extra Night
Academic $1,748.00 $1,798.00 $626.00 $284.00 $292.00 $71.00
Industry $1,748.00 $1,798.00 $626.00 $284.00 $292.00 $71.00
Student $1,490.00 $1,540.00 $626.00 $284.00 $292.00 $71.00

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 (27th February, 28th February and 1st March 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


Plenary Speakers

Invited Speakers

  • Sebastiaan Meijsing
    Sebastiaan Meijsing
    Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics
  • Carlie de Vries
    Carlie de Vries
    Academic Medical Center, Uni of Amsterdam
  • Theresa Hickey
    Theresa Hickey
    University of Adelaide
  • W. Lee Kraus
    W. Lee Kraus
    Ut Southwestern Medical Center
  • Luca  Magnani
    Luca Magnani
    Imperial College London
  • Philippa Saunders
    Philippa Saunders
    The University of Edinburgh
  • Susanne Mandrup
    Susanne Mandrup
    University of Southern Denmark
  • Frank Claessens
    Frank Claessens
    KU Leuven
  • David Ray
    David Ray
    University of Manchester
  • Steffi  Oesterreich
    Steffi Oesterreich
    Women's Cancer Research Institute
  • Carol Sartorius
    Carol Sartorius
    University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
  • Wilbert Zwart
    Wilbert Zwart
    Netherlands Cancer Institute
  • Eric Ortlund
    Eric Ortlund
    Emory University
  • Ganesh Raj
    Ganesh Raj
    UT Southwestern Medical Center
  • Gordon Hager
    Gordon Hager
    National Cancer Inst, NIH


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 27th March 2018. Registration and a welcome lunch should be available from 14:00. The conference will conclude no later than 12:30 on 2nd March 2018.


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Fiesta Americana Condesa

Cancun, Mexico

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Venue Rating
5 Stars
US Dollar (USD)
Fiesta Americana Condesa,
Blvd.Kukulkán km 16.5 Zona Hotelera,
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Hotel Details

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!

Hotel Facilities

  • 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, Mexico

Venue Rating
5 Stars
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Cancun International Airport

Location Details

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.

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. To arrange transportation please use the online booking facility (see link below).

Private Transportation Booking: 


Private Transportation

The private transfer service vehicles can accommodate a maximum of 10 people, plus luggage. Private Transportation prices to and from Cancun International Airport and to and from the Fiesta Americana Condesa hotel are as follows: 

Unit for 1 - 3 Passengers- $30.00 usd (one way) / $48.00 usd (round trip)
Unit for 4 - 7 Passengers- $35.00 usd (one way) / $57.00 usd (round trip)
Unit for 8 - 10 Passengers- $44.00 usd (one way) / $71.00 usd (round trip)
(Prices do not include gratuity)

*please note prices will increase after December 31st 2017

-Private van with bilingual driver
-Amenities on arrival (Bottled water per person and facial fresh towels)

In the event of any delays or cancellations, please ensure you contact Canada Transfers at least 24hours in advance; if Canada Transfers are not informed within 24hours full cancellation charges will apply (Not notified of flight cancellation: 100% penalty charge, No-Shows: 100% penalty charge).

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 NOTE: Printed confirmation of arrival and return transfers must be printed and handed to the driver.

Please use the following link to make reservations:


Payment can be made online via Paypal (4% commission charge) or cash to the driver upon arrival.

** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Canada Transfers as transportation is not included within the registration package **

If you have any questions regarding private transfers, please contact Canada Transfers directly:

Telephone: 011 52 (998) 886 2049
Email: customer@comforttravelcancun.com

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.

Super Shuttle website: https://www.supershuttle.com/locations/cancuncun/

** Please note that Fusion Conferences is not responsible for any bookings made with Super Shuttle as transportation is not included within the registration package **


Details will be available at a later date.

Group Activities


Oral Presenters

Talk Deadline: 06 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:  
6th Nov 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: admin@fusion-conferences.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.

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Poster Deadline: 15 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: 15th Dec 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. 

2018 Nuclear Receptors Poster Prize

The conference chairs will be awarding 3 poster prizes for the best poster display and presentation. To be in with a chance of winning, submit your poster by 15 December 2017. The winners will be selected shortly after the Poster Session and the following prizes will be awarded: 1st Place $350, 2nd Place $250, 3rd Place $150.

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