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Epigenetics and Genomic Stability

March 14 - 18, 2012
Whistler Conference Centre
Whistler, British Columbia
Canada

 

 

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The 55th Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for Molecular Biosciences (CSMB) on "Epigenetics and Genomic Stability" will be held March 14-18, 2012 at the Whistler Conference Centre located in the spectacular Mountains of British Columbia, just two hours north of Vancouver.

The meeting will begin with a keynote address by Dr. Penny Jeggo, a well-known researcher, from the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, University of Sussex and will feature sessions on Epigenetic Contributions to Gene Activation, Epigenetic Mechanisms in Silencing, Chromatin Assembly, Chromosomal and Nuclear Architecture, Environment, Disease and Genome Instability, and Sensing and Repairing DNA Damage. The sessions will feature multiple leaders in their areas from across America and Europe. This meeting typically attracts an informed group of over 200 participants interested in epigenetic regulation of gene expression and genomic stability.

There will also be CSMB awards lectures and poster sessions with presentations by graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. Travel awards are available for trainees, and prizes will be given for the best posters. Biochemistry and Cell Biology will publish a special issue devoted to the theme of this conference, featuring review articles and papers submitted by conference participants.

The meeting will consist of the following themes:

1. Epigenetic Contributions to Gene Activation
2. Epigenetic Mechanisms in Silencing
3. Chromatin Assembly, Chromosomal and Nuclear Architecture
4. Environment, Disease, and Genome Instability
5. Sensing and Repairing DNA Damage

Selected papers and abstracts from the oral and poster presentations will be presented in a special issue of the journal "Biochemistry and Cell Biology" and the conference agenda will also be available online in the near future.

Organizing Committee

Session Topics & Confirmed Speakers

  • Keynote Speakers:
    Penny Jeggo, University of Sussex, Falmer, Brighton, East Sussex

  • Epigenetic Contributions to Gene Activation
    Paolo Sassone-Corsi, University of California, Irvine, USA
    Alexander Mazo, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, USA
    Toshio Tsukiyama, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA
    Michael Kobor, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada

  • Epigenetic Mechanisms in Silencing
    Robin Allshire, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
    Matt Lorincz, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    Barbara Panning, University of California, San Francisco, USA
    Steven Henikoff, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA

  • Chromatin Assembly, Chromosomal and Nuclear Architecture
    Jennifer Mitchell, University of Toronto, Toronto, Canada
    Josée Dostie, McGill University, Montréal, Canada
    David Bazett-Jones, Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto, Canada
    Michael Hendzel, Alberta Cancer Board, Edmonton, Canada

  • Environment, Disease, and Genome Instability
    Michael Skinner, Washington State University, Pullman, USA
    Philip Hieter, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
    Olga Kovalchuk, University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Canada
    Patrick McGowan, University of Toronto at Scarborough, Scarborough, Canada

  • Sensing and Repairing DNA Damage
    Dan Gottschling, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, USA
    Alain Verreault, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Canada
    Susan Lees-Miller, University of Calgary, Calgary, Canada
    Michael Kruhlak, National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA
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