Epigenomics of Common Diseases (Virtual Conference)

17–19 November 2021

Virtual from Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

Showcasing epigenomic approaches in common human diseases


Epigenetic variation plays an important role in disease processes and provides a promising focus for disease prediction, prevention and treatment. Technological advancements in the past few years have fuelled a dramatic increase in the scale, breadth and availability of epigenomic reference maps, including populational and environmental epigenomic datasets.

Our 10th Epigenomics of Common Diseases conference will once again showcase experimental and computational epigenomics and epigenetics, as well as developments in epigenomic approaches in common human diseases.  This year’s online event will focus on population studies, multi-omics epigenomics, as well as chromatin, ageing and disease. We will also highlight new technologies and translational approaches.


The conference will run from Wednesday 17 November until Friday 19 November 2021. Sessions will start at 13:00 GMT and finish at approximately 18:00 GMT each day.  See the time where you are here.

Topics will include:

  • Population epigenetics
  • Technologies
  • Frontiers of epigenomics
  • Multi-omics and mechanistic insights
  • Chromatin, ageing and disease

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Daniele Fallin
Johns Hopkins University, USA

Bas Heijmans
Leiden University Medical Center, The Netherlands

Nada Jabado
Montreal Children’s Hospital, Canada

Jonathan Mill
University of Exeter, UK

Keynote speakers

David Gilbert  
San Diego Biomedical Institute, USA 

Ana Pombo
Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

Confirmed speakers

Goncalo Castelo-Branco – Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
Philip De Jager – Columbia University Medical Center USA
Mike Gandal – University of California Los Angles, USA
Sophie Polo – University of Paris, France
Caroline Relton – University of Bristol, UK
Bekim Sadikovic – University of Western Ontario, Canada
Anne Schaefer – Icahn School of Medicine, USA
Nicole Soranzo – Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
Winston Timp – Johns Hopkins University, USA
Jenny van Dongen – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands
Jonathan Weissman – Massachusetts Institute of Technology USA


Organisers – Wellcome Connecting Science

Laura Wyatt – Conference Manager
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

Registration and bursaries

Registration deadline: 9 November 2021
Bursary deadline: 21 September 2021

Registration rate
Student  £50
Delegates from LMICs* £50
Academic £100
Commercial £150

Registration 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 increase the international diversity of attendees at our meetings, we have reduced fees for delegates from Lower and Middle Income Countries (see list of countries here).

If you are in need of financial support and would like to apply for a bursary, please follow the instructions below.


A limited number of bursaries are available to cover up to 100% of the registration fee.

To apply, please complete your event registration and bursary application via this unique link before the bursary deadline. For your application to be considered and your place reserved, you must also submit the following supporting documents:

  • letter stating financial need and explaining how you will benefit from attending the event
  • brief CV.

We will be contact with the result of your application shortly after the bursary deadline.

If you have any questions, please contact the conference organiser.


Abstract deadline: 21 September 2021

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. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions below 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.

The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been selected for an oral or poster presentation. All those accepted for a poster presentation will be given the opportunity to upload a short video describing their work.

Uploading abstracts after completed registration:

  1. Login to your account via ‘My Account’.
  2. Click on ‘View account history’ to show a table of your event registrations.
  3. Select the appropriate conference
  4. Click on ‘Upload file’ (in right hand column).
  5. Select ‘Abstract’ and upload via the abstract form.
  6. If you wish to upload a second abstract, click on ‘Additional Abstract’ and again upload via the abstract form.

Please note: documents submitted via ‘Supporting Documents’ are for bursary applications only and cannot be seen during the abstract selection process.

Keynote lecture videos from 2020 meeting

Understanding Complex Traits and Diseases with Single-Cell Epigenomics

Keynote lecture by Bing Ren (University of California San Diego, USA) at Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2020

Origins of DNA methylation abnormalities in cancer

Keynote lecture by Peter Laird (Van Andel Institute, USA) at Epigenomics of Common Diseases 2020

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