Skip navigationThe Wellcome Trust Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences

Questions or Queries

+44 (0) 1223 495100




Travel Information

Abstract Guidelines

Venue Details

Past Conferences

Sponsorship Opportunities

Terms and Conditions

8th Molecular Biology of Hearing and Deafness Conference
6-9 July 2011
Wellcome Trust Conference Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.

Registration closed.  Abstract deadline extended to: 4 May 2011  Registration deadline: 10 June 2011

This meeting aims to present and discuss the latest findings relating to the molecular basis of hearing and deafness. We aim to facilitate interaction between laboratories carrying out relevant research, and to foster links between basic scientists and clinicians with a research interest in the field. In particular, we hope to encourage research that integrates different approaches to understanding hearing and deafness by facilitating greater understanding of these approaches and increased collaboration between scientists working in different disciplines.
Approaches to be discussed will include genetics of deafness, developmental biology, molecular basis of sensory function, cochlear damage, repair and regeneration, expression analysis, molecular diagnostics, otologic disease and approaches to treatments.

In additiona the following informatics workshop will be held on Wednesday 6 July from approximately 9am to 14.30pm, prior to the start of the conference. 
A limited number of places are available so please register at the link below if you would like to participate in the workshop.

Informatics Workshop
The Ensembl project provides comprehensive and integrated sources of genome annotation. This workshop offers participants the possibility of gaining hands-on experience in the use of the Ensembl genome browser and provides them with the necessary background information. Primarily targeted at wetlab researchers, a combination of hands-on exercises along with presentations will lead the scientist through tools and annotation he/she may be able to use in the course of biological research.
The workshop consists of the following modules, using gene and sequence variation examples from human and mouse that have been associated with hearing and deafness.  Using Ensembl as a starting point, links to projects such as MGI and IKMC will be explored.
The following modules, consisting of a presentation and hands-on exercises, will be covered:
    * Introduction to Ensembl : origin, goals and organization of the Ensembl project
    * Worked example: guided tour of the most important pages of the Ensembl website
    * Data mining with BioMart: retrieving datasets using the data mining tool BioMart
    * Linking out beyond Ensembl (how to view information from major mouse resources such as MGI and IKMC)
Scientific Organising Committee:
David Corey, Harvard Medical School, USA
Cynthia Morton, Brigham and Women's Hospital, USA
Guy Richardson, University of Sussex, UK
Allen Ryan, University of California, USA
Karen Steel, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
Conference Speakers:
Karen Avraham, Tel Aviv University, Israel
James Bartles, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, USA
Gabriel Corfas, Kirby Neurbiology Center, USA
Jeff Corwin, University of Virginia, USA
Ana Belen Elgoyhen, INGEBI, Argentina
Thomas Friedman, National Institutes of Health, USA
Lisa Goodrich, Harvard Medical School, USA
Stefan Heller, Stanford University School of Medicine, USA
Hannie Kremer, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
Charlie Liberman, Harvard Medical School, USA
Walter Marcotti, Department of Biomedical Science, UK
Steve Maricich, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Edwin Rubel, University of Washington, USA
Richard Smith, University of Iowa, USA
Mark Warchol, Washington University School of Medicine, USA
Huijun Yuan, Chinese PLA General Hospital, China
More to follow
International Scientific Advisory Panel:

Karen Avraham, Israel
Ana Belen Elgoyhen, Argentina
Gary Housley, Australia
Hannie Kremer, The Netherlands

Alessandro Martini, Italy
Christine Petit, France
Ulla Pirvola, Finland
Richard Smith, USA

Guy Van Camp, Belgium
Huijun Yuan, China

Bursary Deadline Extended: Wednesday 13 April (see below for application details)
Abstract Deadline: Friday, 29 April 2011 Extended to Wednesday 4 May 2011
Registration Deadline: Friday, 10 June 2011

The programme is available here 
Wednesday 6 July      Registration 14.00 - 15.00  Opening session  15.00
Saturday 9 July          Conference close  14.30

Registration Fees: 



No Accommodation 



Twin Accommodation 



Single Accommodation  



No Accommodation 



Twin Accommodation 



Single Accommodation 



No Accommodation  



Twin Accommodation 



Single Accommodation  


Informatics Workshop

6 July 09.00 14.30


A limited number of registration bursaries are available for graduate students and postdocs. To apply, please send:
- Abstract
- CV
- Covering letter
- Letter of support from supervisor
to the conference organiser Pam Garland at by extended to 13 April 2011.
Bursaries are supported by:
Action on Hearing Loss formerly Royal National Institute for Deaf People, RNID
Deafness Research Foundation, DRF
Jeans for Genes
March of Dimes

Additional Conference support is provided by:

The abstract deadline is 29 April 2011 - Extended to 4 May 2011. Both ORAL presentations and POSTERS will be included in the programme. Please indicate your preference for type. Your preference will be honoured by the Organising Committee, if possible, with a consideration to the overall flow of the conference proceedings.
Please ensure that you follow the abstract guidelines and upload your abstract during registration. If you are not ready to up-load your abstract at the time of registration, please e-mail your abstract document to no later than Friday, 29 April 2011.
After the abstract deadline the scientific committee will assess your abstract and you will be notified whether you have been selected for a short talk or poster presentation.

Submitted Abstracts will be emailed to delegates prior to the conference.

Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0 - portrait) of printed material.  Accepted abstracts will appear in the conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the conference. 

The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 6, 7 and 8 July 2011.  If you require additional nights this will be at an additional cost, please contact
The no accommodation packages include registration and meals only. 
Important limited on-site accommodation. As we have limited bedrooms on-site, bedrooms on the Hinxton campus will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Early registration is recommended.

Once we have reached capacity on campus, accommodation will be provided off site at Homerton College in Cambridge. Complimentary shuttle services will be provided to the Conference Centre in the morning and back to Homerton College in the evening. Information about other accommodation will be available on request.
For information about alternative accommodation both close to the conference centre, and in the city of Cambridge please click here.     
Travel Visas
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail
Special Needs
The organisers of this conference would like to ensure that no individual with a disability is excluded, denied services, segregated, or otherwise treated differently from other individuals because of the absence of auxiliary aids and services. Please advise us of any special needs by contacting
and by indicating it on your registration. We cannot guarantee services if they are not requested at least two weeks prior to the conference.
There will be speech-to-text transcription for oral presentation sessions.

General Information
General information about the local area including hotels, pubs, buses, restaurants, etc can be obtained by contacting the conference centre reception at 

Sponsorship and support
We gratefully acknowledge sponsorship and support from the following organisations:

Australasian Auditory Neuroscience Workshops:




 Gibbs Building, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE, UK   tel:+44 (0)20 7611 8888