Genomic Imprinting – from Biology to Disease

22–24 March 2023

Wellcome Genome Campus, UK and Virtual

Summary

Technical advances in various ‘omics’ techniques are rapidly progressing the field of genomic imprinting, and these developments are increasingly being applied to clinical medicine.

Our second multidisciplinary conference on ‘Genomic Imprinting – from Biology to Disease’ aims to share advances in genomic imprinting and imprinting disorders to provide opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaborations between basic research scientists and healthcare professionals.

The conference will highlight new techniques and methodologies in imprinting research, as well as mechanisms in epigenetics mechanisms and imprinting, including the life cycle of imprinting.  Inherited factors, multi-focus and the influence of the environment will also be explored.  Discussions will include therapeutic application of research and clinical aspects of imprinting disorders.

This conference will be a hybrid meeting – with onsite or virtual attendance.

Programme

The conference will start at approximately 12:00 on Wednesday 22 March 2023 and close at approximately 14.30 on Friday 24 March 2023.

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

  • Epigenetics mechanisms and imprinting
  • Life cycle of imprinting
  • Therapeutics of imprinting disorders
  • Inherited and multilocus
  • Environment and imprinting
  • Imprinting and beyond

There will also be a panel discussion on translating research into clinical benefit.

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee

Marisa Bartolomei
University of Pennsylvania, USA

Eamonn Maher
University of Cambridge, UK

David Monk
University of East Anglia, UK

Irene Netchine
Sorbonne University, France

Keynote speakers

Anne Ferguson-Smith
University of Cambridge, UK

Azim Surani
Gurdon Institute Cambridge, UK

Confirmed speakers

Marnie Blewitt – The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
Frédéric Brioude – Assistance Publique – Hôpitaux de Paris, France
Thomas Eggermann – University Hospital Aachen, Germany
Janine Lasalle – University of California Davis, USA
Martin Leeb – University of Vienna, Austria
Deborah Mackay – University of Southampton, UK
Rebecca Oakey – King’s College  London, UK
Andrea Riccio – Institute of Genetics & Biophysics A Buzzati Traverso, Italy
Amanda Sferruzzi-Perri – University of Cambridge, UK
Karen Temple – University of Southampton, UK
Wei Xie – Tsinghua University, China
Mark Zylka – University of North Carolina, USA

Organisers – Wellcome Connecting Science

Amanda Fletcher – Conference Organiser
Jane Murphy – Scientific Programme Officer

Registration and accommodation

Registration deadline: 21 February 2023 (In-person) | 14 March 2023 (Virtual)

Details regarding in-person and virtual registration will be announced shortly.

Accommodation

Booked accommodation is for the nights of 22 and 23 March 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
https://www.gov.uk/standard-visitor. 

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

Financial assistance

Bursaries

Bursary deadline: 24 January 2023

A limited number of registration bursaries are available to attend this conference in person (up to 50% of the registration fee). Priority will be given to PhD students submitting abstracts who are facing financial barriers.

To apply, please complete your event registration and bursary application before the bursary deadline. The following documents will need to be provided as part of the bursary application:

  • Abstract (to be submitted during the registration process)
  • A short CV
  • A justification letter explaining how you will benefit from attending the conference and indicating financial need.

If you have already registered for the conference you are still welcome to apply for a bursary, please contact the conference organiser.

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.

Abstracts

Abstract deadline: 24 January 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. Those giving oral presentations are expected to be onsite, whereas those presenting posters can do so in person or virtually.

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 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.

Sponsors

If you are interested in supporting this meeting, please contact the conference organiser.

Testimonials

Delegate feedback from our last ‘Genomic Imprinting – from Biology to Disease’ conference 

‘Best scientists of the field’

‘The talks were a great way of showing the ongoing research. As I’m focusing on a particular disorder in my studies, this conference was a brilliant way of seeing research done on other disorders and syndromes’

‘The opportunity to watch the hard parts again’

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