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Epigenomics of Common Diseases 

12-15 October 2012
Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

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The 2nd Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference will bring together scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformatics to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving field. This Wellcome Trust Scientific Conference will discuss recent advances focusing on epigenome-wide approaches that are revolutionizing the field. Recent technological developments have made it possible to conduct epigenome-wide association studies (EWAS) to investigate the link between changes to the epigenome and the development of disease. One focus of this conference will be on epigenomic studies across of a range of common diseases, including psychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders and diseases of the immune system. 

Scientific Sessions
Epigenomic studies of common diseases
Model organisms and model systems
Statistical and computational approaches to epigenomics
Intergenerational and environmental aspects of epigenetics
Functional epigenomics

Scientific organising committee: 

Stephan Beck, University College London, UK
Susan Clark, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Andy Feinberg, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Anne Ferguson-Smith, University of Cambridge, UK

Keynote Speakers:  
Shelley Berger, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Bert Vogelstein, Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, USA

Invited Speakers include:
Tomas BabakStanford University, USA
Stephen Baylin, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Stephan BeckUniversity College London, UK
Susan Clark, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Jessica Connelly, University of Virginia, USA
Andy Feinberg, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Anne Ferguson-Smith, University of Cambridge, UK

Michaela Frye, University of Cambridge, UK
Doug Higgs, University of Oxford, UK
Tim Huang, University of Texas Health Science Center, USA
Barbara Knowles, ASTAR, Singapore
X. Shirley Liu, Dana-Farber/Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Shalini Oberdoerffer, National Cancer Institute, USA
Rolf Ohlsson, Karolinska, Sweden
Arturas Petronis, University of Toronto, Canada
Dirk Schübeler, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research, Switzerland
Paul Soloway, Cornell University, USA
John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington, USA
Amos Tanay, Weizmann Institute, Israel
Sean Taverna, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Andrew Teschendorff, UCL Cancer Institute, London, UK
Duncan Thomas, University of Southern California, USA 

Toshikazu Ushijima
, National Cancer Center Research Institute, Japan
Kun Zhang, University of California at San Diego, USA

Johns Hopkins University
Baltimore, MD, USA
Please click here for further venue information

The conference will start in the afternoon on Friday, 12 October and close at approximately 12.00 on Monday, 15 October 2012.
A draft programme is available here.



Registration Fees:

Student                     £412.00
Academic £512.00
Commercial £612.00

Registration fees include all conference lunch and dinners.

Registration deadline: Registration is now closed.



We recommend the following 2 hotels, the Colonnade and the Radisson.
The Colonnade is in walking distance of the Johns Hopkins University Homewood campus and the Radisson is a 5 minute drive away.

The Colonnade 
Located directly across from the Johns Hopkins University Campus

$149.00 per person per night (discounted rate for conference delegates)
To obtain this special conference rate, please click here.
Onsite parking is available. Please visit the Colonnade website for prices.

NOTE: The Colonnade has now sold out of bedrooms for the night of Friday 12th October. There are still bedrooms available at the Radisson. Please see below.

The Radisson

Located a 5 minute drive away from the Johns Hopkins University Campus

$119.00 per person per night
Go to 
Click on “Book A Hotel” in the top left corner
When the, “Find a Hotel section” comes up, complete the form.
At the bottom of the page enter Promotional Code - WELCTR
Click on Find Hotels,
Select the rate you want for Radisson Hotel at Cross Keys.

You can also make you reservations through the reservation line at 1-800-333-3333


Parking is complimentary (which includes covered garage parking).
The hotel shuttle will run past the Johns Hopkins University Campus. Times tbc.


Abstracts and Posters

Abstracts and Posters:
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 Laura on no later than 13 August 2012. Registration must be completed in order for your abstract to be considered.

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. 

Abstract submission is now closed. We are unable to accept any more abstracts.

Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as several talks will be selected from abstracts

Travel Visas
If you require a letter of acceptance in order to obtain a travel Visa please e-mail 

Conference Organiser Contact details:
Laura Hubbard
Direct dial: +44 (0) 1223 495110
Fax: +44 (0) 1223 495131



We would like to acknowledge the generous support from the following organisations:



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