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Genomic Instability and DNA Repair (X4)

Organizer(s) Daniel Durocher, Jiri Lukas and Agata Smogorzewska
March 1—6, 2015
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, BC Canada
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 5, 2014
Abstract Deadline: Dec 4, 2014
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 5, 2014
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 7, 2015

Sponsored by AstraZeneca, Editas Medicine, TESARO, Inc. and Vertex Pharmaceuticals Incorporated

Summary of Meeting:
Far from being a single process, genome maintenance involves the integration of multiple DNA damage repair and signaling pathways that are deeply influenced by cell cycle progression, chromatin composition, gene transcription, genome organization and the differentiation state of the cell. Preservation of genomic integrity is of paramount importance for cellular homeostasis, organismal development and tumor suppression. Accordingly, defects in the pathways that signal and repair DNA damage cause pathologies that include cancer, neurological disorders, premature aging and immunodeficiency. Our understanding of genome maintenance in the context of the multitude of intracellular transactions remains woefully incomplete and topic sessions addressing this issue will comprise a major theme of the conference. The program uniquely connects fields that otherwise rarely meet on a single occasion and will cover genome stability, development, disease, telomere biology and stem cell function. The meeting will highlight the latest trends including how genomic technologies have revolutionized our view of genome integrity and led to the discovery of new types of genome rearrangements whose mechanistic underpinnings remain largely unknown. The unusually broad scope of the conference will bring together scientists operating at the leading edge of multiple disciplines ranging from basic cell biology to pre-clinical oncology. Interactions between junior and seasoned investigators, as well as interdisciplinary contacts, will be fostered through poster presentations, workshops and plenary sessions, some of which are shared with the concurrent Keystone Symposia meeting on DNA Replication and Recombination, which will focus on the highly complementary theme of repair in the setting of DNA replication.

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National Cancer Institute (NCI)/National Institute on Aging (NIA) Scholarship Recipients

RĂ©mi Buisson
Harvard Medical School, USA

Raphael Ceccaldi
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, USA

Aparna Gorthi
University of Texas Health at San Antonio, USA

Karine Jacquet
Laval University Cancer Research Center, Canada

Pedro A. Mateos-Gomez
New York University, USA

Marta Sawicka
Imperial College London, UK

Luxin Sun
University of Alberta, Canada

David P. Waterman
Brandeis University, USA