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Epigenomics of Common Diseases

28-31 October 2014
Churchill College, Cambridge, UK

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Conference hashtag: #ECD14

The 4th Wellcome Trust Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference will bring together leading scientists from the fields of epigenomics, genetics and bioinformatics to discuss the latest developments in this fast-moving field.

Epigenetic variation plays an important role in all disease processes in addition to cancer. Technological advancements have revealed significant associations between changes to the epigenome and the development of many diseases, but causality has not yet been established. The growing list of disease-associated epigenetic changes continues to emphasize the importance of understanding the role of the epigenome in disease regulation.

This meeting will focus on epigenomic studies across a wide range of common and other diseases. It will  explore the validation and replication of epigenome-wide association studies, and discuss the latest functional studies and model systems to understand epigenomic regulation. The 2014 programme will also include a debate on transgenerational epigenetic inheritance.

We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to epigenetic and epigenomic research. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

Topics will include:
Epigenomics of disease
Model systems: animal and cellular models
Epigenetic gene regulation
Epigenetic epidemiology
Transgenerational epigenomics
Integration of genomics and epigenomics
Informatics and technology
Environmental epigenomics
Single cell epigenomics

Scientific programme 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
Caroline Relton University of Bristol, UK

Keynote speakers
Manolis Kellis, MIT, USA
Tony Kouzarides, Gurdon Institute, UK

Invited speakers
Andrea Baccarelli, Harvard School of Public Health, USA
Jordana Bell, King's College London, UK
Christoph Bock, CeMM Research Center for Molecular Medicine, Austria
George Davey-Smith, University of Bristol, UK
Brian Dias, Emory University, USA
Andy Feinberg, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA
Anne Ferguson-Smith, University of Cambridge, UK
John Greally, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Eugene Andres Houseman, Oregon State University, USA
Steve Horvath, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Andrew Jaffe, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, USA
Xiaole Shirley Liu, Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard University, USA
Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor, USA
Mark McCarthy, University of Oxford, UK
Alexander Meissner, Harvard University, USA
Tim Mercer, The Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Australia
Wolf Reik, Babraham Institute, UK
Caroline Relton, University of Bristol, UK
Paolo Sassone-Corsi, University of California, USA
Henk Stunnenberg, Radboud University, The Netherlands
Benjamin Tycko, Columbia University, USA
Emma Whitelaw, QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia

Conference hashtag: #ECD14

Please note: owing to building work to expand the Wellcome Trust Conference Centre at Hinxton, this conference will be held at
Churchill College, Cambridge, UK - part of the historic University of Cambridge.

Conference programme:
The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Tuesday, 28 October and close at approximately 13.00 on Friday, 31 October 2014.

Please click here for a copy of the provisional programme.

Registration and Accommodation

Registration Fees:
 Student   No Accommodation   371.00
 Student  Twin Accommodation  551.00
 Student  Single Accommodation  626.00
 Academic  No Accommodation  471.00
 Academic  Twin Accommodation  651.00
 Academic  Single Accommodation  726.00
 Commercial  No Accommodation  571.00
 Commercial  Twin Accommodation  751.00
 Commercial  Single Accommoadtion  826.00


The accommodation packages include registration, meals and housing for the nights of the 28, 29 and 30 October 2014.

The no accommodation package includes registration and meals only.

Accommodation has been arranged at the Arundel House Hotel, a 15 minute walk from the college, and only 10 minute from the city centre.
Alternative accommodation has been arranged at the Hotel Felix and Premier Inn, Girton. Transport between the college and the hotels will be provided. Please contact to reserve a place on the shuttle.

Important accommodation at the Arundel House Hotel, Hotel Felix and Premier has now sold out.

For alternative accommodation we would recommend looking at the Travelodge on Newmarket Road, Cambridge or for accommodation within the city centre, please click here.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you would like any advice.

Registration has now closed

Abstracts and Posters

Abstract submission is strongly encouraged as a several presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

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 9 September 2014. Registration must be completed in order for your abstract to be considered.

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.

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 Deadline has now passed.

A limited number of bursaries are available for graduate students offering up to 50% off registration fees. The application deadline has now passed.

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 495023


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