Epigenomics of Common Diseases

15–17 November 2023

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and virtual

Showcasing epigenomic approaches in common human diseases


(This conference will run again 12-14 March 2024, visit the Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2025 webpage)

At our 12th Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference, leading researchers will describe cutting-edge work demonstrating novel ways that epigenetics can cause common diseases. Discussions will also focus on epigenetic mechanisms in complex disease, translation of research for common disease treatment, and the role of epigenetics in inheritance. You will hear new research on computational epigenomics, reference maps, and how epigenetic variation can be linked to complex traits. Discussion on technological advances and their application in the field will also be included.

To complement the outstanding presentations by global leaders, we invite submission of abstracts on all areas of the programme. Stimulating short oral presentations will be selected from offered abstracts. Posters and poster pitch talk sessions will also provide opportunities to present research findings, or to get feedback on ongoing projects.

By bringing together scientists and clinicians working in basic and therapeutic epigenomic research, across a range of diseases, this meeting acts as a catalyst for advancing knowledge. There will be plenty of opportunities to establish collaborations through face-to-face networking with inclusive meals, and optional on-site accommodation.


The conference will start at 12:50 GMT on Wednesday 15 November and will run until 13:50 GMT on Friday 17 November 2023

Discussions will focus on a variety of exciting topics, including:

  • Epigenetics and common disease: establishing causality
  • New frontiers in epigenomic technologies
  • Epigenomics: from bench to bedside
  • Computational epigenomics
  • Inheritance, development and epigenetic mechanisms
  • Linking epigenetic variation to complex traits

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Bas Heijmans
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Claudia Kleinman
McGill University, Canada

Charlotte Ling
Lund University, Sweden

Jonathan Mill
University of Exeter, UK

Keynote speakers

Susan M. Gasser 
Friedrich Miescher Institute, Switzerland

Steve Horvath
Altos Labs

Invited speakers

Lucia Clemens-Daxinger
Leiden University Medical Center, Netherlands

Gibran Hemani
University of Bristol, UK

Klaus H. Kaestner
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Tommy Kaplan
The Hebrew University, Israel

Jop Kind
Hubrecht Institute, Netherlands

Sir Harpal Kumar
Grail, Inc, UK

Jeroen de Ridder
University Medical Center Utrecht, Netherlands

Elisabet Stener-Victorin
Karolinska Institute, Sweden

Yuta Takahashi
Altos Labs, USA

Melanie Waldenberger
Helmholtz Munich, Germany

Judith Zaugg
EMBL, Germany

Organiser - Wellcome Connecting Science

Jane Murphy – Programme Developer
Laura Wyatt – Event Manager

Registration and accommodation

Registration deadline: 17 October 2023

Deadlines close at 23.59 GMT.

In-person Registration
Student/trainee £360
Academic/non-profit organisation £460
Healthcare professional £460
Commercial/for-profit organisation £560
Onsite accommodation £190

The in-person registration fee includes:

  • Full access to scientific programme: oral and poster presentations, and networking on campus
  • Access to the online conference portal to network with online participants
  • Meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have booked onsite accommodation.
  • Recordings of the live-stream sessions, which will be available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends
Virtual Registration Fee
Delegates from LMICs* Free
Student/trainee £55
Academic/non-profit organisation £105
Healthcare professional £105
Commercial/for-profit organisation £165

Virtual registration fee includes:

  • Access to the virtual event portal (Log in details will be emailed a few days before the event starts)
  • Live-stream sessions, including posters and online networking channels
  • Recordings of the live-stream sessions, available ‘on-demand’ for four weeks after the event ends.

* To promote more inclusive scientific discussions with international colleagues at our conferences, delegates based in Lower and Middle-Income Countries can register for free (see list of countries here).

Payments: Please note that payment can only be made with Mastercard or Visa credit cards.

If you are an editor or journalist, please contact the conference organiser for more information about the discounted fee.


Booked accommodation is for the nights of 15 and 16 Nov 2023.
Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, early registration is recommended. If you wish to book campus accommodation either side of the conference dates, please contact the Hinxton Hall Conference Centre directly.

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Travel visas

Citizens of many countries can travel to the UK for a course without needing a visa.
Please check the UK government website for visitor information

Confirmed attendees requiring a letter to support a visa application should contact the conference organiser.

Financial assistance


Bursary deadline: 5 Septemeber 2023

A number of full and part registration bursaries are available to attend this conference in person.  Priority will be given to early carer researchers who are facing financial barriers.

To apply, use the dedicated bursary application link on the registration site.
Please answer the bursary-related questions and submit an abstract before midnight UK time on the bursary deadline for your application to be considered.

Additional funding opportunities
Visit our support page for information on financial support, including carer grants to help delegates with the costs of caring for children or dependent family members while attending a course or a conference.


Abstract deadline: 19 September 2023

We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.  Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates and must be submitted by the deadline.

Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration. You can make changes to your submitted abstract before the deadline by login into your account  and following the instructions.

Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly.

If you have already completed your registration and subsequently wish to submit an abstract, or wish to submit a second abstract, please follow these instructions.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected to present an oral 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; poster board numbers will be allocated at the conference.


With thanks to our sponsors:

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If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact us.

For more information about the benefits of having a presence at this meeting, see our sponsorship page.


Delegate feedback from our 2022 ‘Epigenomics of Common Diseases’ conference

“The conference managed to give an overview of the current state of the field and their implications for state of the art analyses, as well as a sneak preview into what is to be expected the coming years”.

“Good balance of invited speakers and short talks. Great breaks with ample opportunities for networking”.

“Great informal atmosphere helping early stage career researchers feel comfortable asking questions, presenting their work and networking”.

“The quality and breadth of the research presented exceeded my expectations”.

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