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Gordon Research Conference

Epigenetics in Action: From Mechanisms to Biological Impacts


July 30 - August 4, 2017


Holderness School
Holderness, NH Site Information


Pamela K. Geyer & Frederic Berger

Vice Chairs:
Susan Strome & Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by July 2, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

Meeting Description

The field of epigenetics was founded by conceptual interpretations of deviations from genetic rules. After the first mechanisms were identified, it became possible to catalog genomic landscapes of epigenetic marks. From these static views new technologies are developing that reveal the dynamics of epigenetic marks across cell division and differentiation. This meeting focuses on the impact of new experimental strategies that advance concepts of epigenetics. This meeting will provide reports of primarily unpublished data on epigenetic inheritance across cell division and generations, the relationships between environment and epigenetics, and the impact of epigenetics on disease and development.

This meeting takes place in a relaxed environment with outstanding scientists at all post-undergraduate stages. In this informal atmosphere, discussions begin over breakfast, continue during the afternoon and extend into the evening through convivial gatherings after each session. Early career scientists and students will have the occasion to discuss their unpublished data with distinguished leaders throughout the conference, and will have the opportunity to present their work in dedicated slots throughout the program.

For the second time the conference will incorporate a Gordon Research Seminar as a specific means to foster involvement by scientists at the graduate student and post doctoral level. Planned by and for trainees, it will provide an opportunity for our junior researchers to present seminars and posters in a supportive, interactive environment.

Related Meeting

This GRC will be held in conjunction with the "Epigenetics" Gordon Research Seminar (GRS). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRS in addition to an application for the GRC. Refer to the associated GRS program page for more information.


Preliminary Program

The topics and speakers for the conference sessions are displayed below (italics denote discussion leaders). The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program, which will include the complete meeting schedule, as well as the talk titles for all speakers. The detailed program will be available by March 30, 2017. Please check back for updates.

  • Epigenetic Landscapes Across Cell Division
    (Xin Chen / Michael Elowitz / David Gilbert / Anja Groth / Steven Jacobsen / Keith Maggert)
  • Epigenetic Inheritance Between Generations
    (Harmit Malik / Vincent Colot / Anne Ferguson-Smith / Marie Mirouze / Susan Strome)
  • Chromatin Modifications in Development
    (Sylvia Erhardt / Xin Chen / Edith Heard / Juerg Mueller / Susan Gasser / Wendy Bickmore)
  • Epigenetics and Disease
    (Anne Ferguson-Smith / Bradley Bernstein / John Denu / John Greally)
  • Environmental Impact on Epigenetics
    (Steven Jacobsen / Caroline Dean / Magnus Nordburg / Vardhman Rakyan)
  • Epigenetics Across Evolution
    (Ting Wu / Ines Drinnenberg / Benjamin Lopin / Harmit Malik)
  • Epigenetic RNAs
    (Juerg Mueller / Sylvia Erhardt / Erik Miska / John Rinn / Shiv Grewal)
  • Epigenetic Reprogramming
    (William Kelly / Robert Martienssen / Azim Surani / Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla)
  • Emerging Technologies and Advances in Epigenetics
    (Ortrun Mittelsten Scheid / Charles Gersbach / Ting Wu)
  • Power Hour
    (Anja Groth, Susan Strome)
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