EpiGeneSys annual meeting 2016 in Paris



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Credit: David Sitbon, Ph.D. student in the Almouzni lab (CNRS/Institut Curie).

The 4Dnucleome Initiative in Europe

Our genome, our DNA, has taken a central place in our daily life, whether we think about our health, our well-being and longevity, our susceptibility to disease, our aptitude for learning, and our adaptation and responses to diet, drugs and the environment. Yet despite having successfully sequenced the full human genome, it is not enough to make sense of its function as a whole. Developing the technologies to empower the community to address this major issue represents one of the most significant S&T challenge that the biomedical world will have to deal with in the next decade to come. The 4DNucleome Initiative in Europe is a response to EU call to its scientific community to propose grand challenges to be addressed with newly funded FET FLAGSHIPS by 2018. The supporters of this i...


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Image adapted from ‘Egg sperm’ by Zappys Technology Solutions on Flickr, licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0) license.

Mum’s in control - even before you’re born

Egg’s epigenetic ‘blueprint’ important for placenta development in pregnancy The team of Wolf Reik and Myriam Hemberger at the Babraham Institute, in collaboration with the group of Miguel Branco at Queen Mary University London, have uncovered previously unappreciated means by which epigenetic information contained in the egg influences the development of the placenta during pregnancy. The research, which was performed in mice, indicates that a mother’s health, even before conception, may influence the health of her fetus, and opens questions on how a mother’s age may influence placental development.


As an FP7 European Community-funded Network of Excellence, EpiGeneSys’s goals go further than simply funding a research project—our extensive training program is helping to build a bridge between the fields of epigenetics and systems biology and our public education mission will communicate the science in an accessible and interesting fashion while awakening young pupils’ interest in research.


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EpiGeneSys Final Meeting in Paris

FEBRUARY 11-13 th, 2016

More than 280 scientists attended the fifth Annual Meeting of EpiGeneSys. The conference kicked off with a talk by coordinator Geneviève Almouzni, Director of the Research Center at the Institut Curie, highlighting the achievements of the network over more than five years. [...]



The Non-Coding Genome - An EpiGeneSys – EPIGEN joint workshop for Junior Researchers

DECEMBER 3-4 th, 2015

The last training workshop of the EpiGeneSys network.

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Paris / TriRhena Chromatin Club

JULY 9th, 2015

[...] exciting talks and network with members of the Chromatin community!

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Single Cell Epigenetics - An EpiGeneSys TAB workshop

JUNE 11st-12nd , 2015

...learn about current approaches to single cell epigenetics and to meet up and network with [...]


Other upcoming events

Stem Cell and Higher-Order Chromatin Structure - Wed, Nov 2nd 2016- Fri, Nov 4th 2016
EMBO Conference: From Functional Genomics to Systems Biology - Sat, Nov 12th 2016- Tue, Nov 15th 2016
EMBO Conference: Molecular Machines: Integrative Structural and Molecular Biology - Sun, Nov 20th 2016- Wed, Nov 23rd 2016
4th Max-Planck Freiburg Epigenetics Meeting - Wed, Nov 30th 2016- Fri, Dec 2nd 2016
EMBL–Wellcome Genome Campus Conference: Target Validation Using Genomics and Informatics - Sun, Dec 4th 2016- Tue, Dec 6th 2016

News flash

Missing link in epigenetics could explain conundrum of disease inheritance

08-07-2016 - All News

The process by which a mother’s diet during pregnancy can permanently affect her offspring’s attributes, such as weight, could be strongly influenced by genetic variation in an unexpected part of...

Epigenetic switch for obesity

08-02-2016 - All News

Obesity can sometimes be shut down It is well known that a predisposition to adiposity lies in our genes. A new study by researchers at the Max Planck Institute of Immunobiology...

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