Preliminary Program

DAY 1: Tuesday 27 November 2018 

13:00-14:00 Welcome and Registration, poster setup/poster viewing open 

14:00-14:15 Official opening and introduction by Pernette Verschure, NL 

Session 1: Epigenetic regulatory mechanisms: 'State-of-the-art epigenetics' 

14:15-15:00 Geneviève Almouzni, FR - Structure and function of dynamic chromatin organization (Keynote speaker) 

15:00-15:30 Luciano di Croce, ES - The role of protein complexes in epigenetic reprogramming and cancer development (Invited speaker 1) 

15:30-15:45 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

15:45-16:15 TBA - Epigenetic (re)programming during development: Genome-wide base-resolution mapping of DNA methylation in single cells (Invited speaker 2)

16:15-16:45 Break

16:45-17:15 Wouter de Laat, NL - Functional impact of chromatin folding and nuclear architecture: Robust 

mapping of regulatory regions (Invited speaker 3) 

17:15-17:30 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

17:30-17:45 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

17:45-18:00 Short talk (selected from abstracts) 

18:00-18:30 Vahid Shahrezaei, UK - Analytical and computational methods to interpret temporal, spatial and stochastic dynamics of stochastic gene expression (Invited speaker 4)

18:30-20:00 Welcome drinks and Finger food

19:00-19:30 Meet the speakers 

20:00-20:30 Theatre performance: Epigenetic Human Simulation, produced by Orion Maxted 

20:30-21:30 Workshop session 'Gender & Diversity' 

Panel/ open discussion (Geneviève Almouzni) 

The Gender & Diversity workshop is an informal get-together open to all meeting participants. The workshop is designed to help address challenges that minorities face in science and to support these minorities in our science communities providing an open forum for discussion and mentoring. 

DAY 2: Wednesday 28 November 

Session 2: Epigenetics and clinical cancer: A systems medicine view 

09:00-09:45 TBA - Epigenetics in the cancer clinic: Novel epigenetic therapeutic strategies (Keynote Speaker) 

09:45-10:15 Lucia Altucci, IT - Innovative therapeutic strategies against cancer, (epi)drug discovery and development (Invited speaker 5) 

10:15-10:30 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher)

10:30-11:00 Break

11:00-11:30 Christoph Plass, DE – The interaction between epigenetic and immune therapy: Induction of cryptic transcription start sites encoded by long terminal repeats (Invited speaker 6) 

11:30-11:45 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

11:45-12:15 Lodewijk Wesssels, NL - The molecular landscape of tumours: Computational approaches and predictions to treat cancer patients (Invited speaker 7) 

12:15-12:30 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

12:30-13:00 Maria Carmo-Fonseca, PT - RNA-mediated transcriptional control in stemness, oncogenesis and aging: Tailored disease treatments.(Invited speaker 8) 

13:00-13:15 Poster flashes

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:45 Posters even numbers 

Session 3: Epigenetics and clinical cancer: metabolic reprogramming 

15:45-16:15 Massimo Loda, USA (Invited speaker 9) 

16:15-16:30 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

16:30-16:45 Short talk (selected from abstracts) 

16:45-17:00 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

17:00-17:30 Titziana Bonaldi, IT - Proteomics and functional genomics to understand epigenetic gene regulation: Tools to elucidate the histone code (Invited speaker 10)

17:30-18:30 Drinks 

18:00-18:30 Meet the speakers

19:00- ... Canal boat trip to dinner location 

19:45- ... Congress dinner 

DAY 3: Thursday 29 November 

Session 4: Epigenetics, cell heterogeneity and cancer stem cells driving tumour evolution 

09:00-09:45 Jonathan Chubb - Implications of transcriptional mechanism for cell decision-making (Keynote speaker) 

09:45-10:15 Luca Magnani, UK - Epigenomic maps in breast cancer to understand regulatory networks of cancer cells and determine therapy responsiveness (Invited speaker 11) 

10:15-10:35 Talk (selected from abstracts)

10:35-11:05 Break

11:05-11:35 Maria Rodriguez Martinez, CH - Unravelling tumour heterogeneity with single cell proteomics (Invited speaker 12) 

11:35-11:50 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

11:50-12:05 Short talk (selected from abstract, early stage researcher) 

12:05-12:20 Short talk (selected from abstract, early stage researcher) 

12:20-12:50 Paola Scaffidi, UK - Intra-tumour heterogeneity and the role of cancer stem cells (Invited speaker 13) 

12:50-13:15 Poster flashes

13:15-14:15 Lunch

14:15-15:45 Posters odd numbers 

15:45-16:15 Meet the speakers

16:15-18:00 Drinks and bites 

16.30-18:00 Science cafe ‘From experiment to the market’ workshop session 

Conducted by Pieter van Boheemen, Rathenau Institute, NL 

Invited speakers: Maria Rodriguez Martinez (IBM Research, CH), Lucia Altucci (Epi-C, Second University of Napels, IT), Frank Gannon (QIMR Berghofer Medical Res. Inst, UQ Center for Clinical Research, Univ. Queensland, Brisbane, AU) and Jeantine Lunshof (Harvard Medical School, US and University Medical Center Groningen, NL)

The Science cafe 'From experiment to the market' workshop session will cover prospects and challenges for translation and commercialization of breakthroughs from systems epigenetics, for promising patient treatment strategies, for example (epi)genome editing technologies. 

We will also introduce ethical, societal and legal aspects and hurdles of precision medicine. The workshop will include a dialogue involving industry, the research community as well as scholars with relevant social science and science policy making expertise raising, awareness of this exciting field. 

DAY 4: Friday 30 November 

Session 5: Innovative epigenetic interference tools and synthetic biology 

09:00-09:15 Poster prize awarding 

09:15-10:00 Pamela Silver, USA - Predictable behaviour of genetic circuits: Designing cell-targeted therapeutics (Keynote speaker) 

10:00-10:30 Pilar Blancafort, AU - Epigenetic editing as innovative strategy of tumour targeting in pre-clinical studies (Invited speaker 14) 

10:30-10:50 Talk (selected from abstracts)

10:50-11:20 Break

11:20-11:50 Martin Fussenegger, CH - Synthetic gene circuit wiring to process complex control: Designing treatment strategies of the future (Invited speaker 15) 

11:50-12:05 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

12:05-12:20 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

12:20-12:35 Short talk (selected from abstracts, early stage researcher) 

12:35-13:05 Toni Cathomen, DE - Applications of epigenetic engineering in human stem cells, disease models and therapies for immune deficient patients (Invited speaker 16)

13:05-13:15 Meeting closure 

13:15-14:00 Farewell snacks and drinks


  • EU

    EU H2020 Marie Sklodowska Curie
  • KNAW

    The Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
    the Dutch microscopy company

    EpiPredict Conference 2018 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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        KIT - Royal Tropical Institute
        Mauritskade 63
        1092 AD Amsterdam
        The Netherlands

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