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Breakthroughs in Epigenetics – An EpiGeneSys-IMB joint workshop

Thursday, March 19, 2015 – Friday, March 20, 2015

Venue:  The workshop is organised at the Institute of Molecular Biology (IMB) in Mainz

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The epigenetic control of gene expression is increasingly recognized as a vital regulatory layer defining cell function and identity. The term ‘epigenetics' was originally used to define the poorly understood processes by which a fertilized zygote develops into a mature, complex organism. Over the years, with the understanding that all cells of an organism carry the same DNA and with increased knowledge of regulation of transcription, researchers looked for heritable changes in gene expression that do not involve changes in genomic sequence and discovered chemical modifications of DNA and histones. Given the widespread acceptance of importance of epigenetic mechanisms in both development and disease this decade, it is a desirable time to revisit some crucial discoveries that have helped build our concepts in the field and laid future milestones. Through our workshop, we will provide participants with an introduction to the key discoveries and fundamental concepts in epigenetics as well as future outlook, at the same time offer young scientists the possibility of interacting with pioneers in the field.

Confirmed speakers:

A total of 13 scientists are confirmed speakers at the workshop. The scientists on this list have made fundmental discoveries in specific branches of epigenetics and are among world leaders in their fields.

  • Thomas Jenuwein, MPI of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
  • Karolin Luger, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA
  • Gunter Reuter, University of Halle, Halle, Germany
  • Andreas Ladurner, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • Giacomo Cavalli, CNRS, Montpellier, France
  • Amos Tanay, The Weizmann Institute, Rehovot, Israel
  • Dirk Schübeler, FMI, Basel, Switzerland
  • Azim Surani, Gurdon Institute, Cambridge, UK
  • Peter Becker, LMU, Munich, Germany
  • Frank Grosveld, Erasmus Medical Center, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
  • Peter Fraser, The Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK
  • Asifa Akhtar, MPI of Immunobiology & Epigenetics, Freiburg, Germany
  • Stephen B. Baylin, The Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA


The workshop will take place from 10:00 on Thursday, 19th March until 17:00 on Friday, 20th March 2015. The majority of the workshop will be dedicated to plenary lectures from the invited speakers. There will also be networking activities, such as catered lunches, coffee breaks and a workshop dinner.


Registrations for this event are closed since 25th November 2014.


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