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Frontiers in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics

Suzhou, China 
September 3-7, 2018  
Abstract deadline: July 13th, 2018

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Organized by:

Steven E. Brenner, University of California, Berkeley, USA

A Keith Dunker, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA

Julian Gough, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom

Luhua Lai, Peking University, China

Yunlong Liu, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA



We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Frontiers in Computational Biology & Bioinformatics which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday September 3, and will conclude after lunch on September 7, 2018.

The conference will include nine oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in computational biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:

1. Precision medicine, human genome variation, disease & diagnosis
2. Molecular evolution
3. Pathways, networks & developmental biology
4. Molecular structure, with pioneering techniques
5. Molecular machines, their functions & dynamics
6. Intrinsically disordered proteins & their functions

7. RNA function, regulation & splicing
8. 3D genomics & regulatory inferences

9. Single cell analysis

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Nancy Cox, Vanderbilt University, USA
Yoshihide Hayashizaki, RIKEN Research Cluster for Innovation, JAPAN

Abstract title: Recent progress in omics science by The International FANTOM Consortium

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Russ Altman, Stanford University, USA
Abstract title: Informatics approaches to understand drug response
Peer Bork, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, GERMANY
Abstract title: Systemic analysis of the human gut microbiome and beyond
Steven Brenner, University of California, Berkeley, USA
Abstract title: Interpreting newborn genomes
Angela Brooks, University of California, Santa Cruz, USA
Abstract title: Full-length transcripts associated with splicing factor mutations in cancer
Luonan Chen, Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Detecting the tipping points of biological processes by dynamic network biomarkers
Keith Dunker, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
Eleazar Eskin, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title: Fine Mapping and Alleleic Heterogeneity
Julian Gough, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, United Kingdom
Abstract title: Cell Reprogramming
Roderic Guigo, Centre de Regulacio Genomica (CRG), SPAIN
Abstract title: Towards a molecular anatomy of the human body
Yoshihide Hayashizaki, RIKEN Research Cluster for Innovation, JAPAN
Abstract title: Recent progress in omics science by The International FANTOM Consortium
Manolis Kellis, MIT Computer Science and Broad Institute, USA
Abstract title: From Genomics To Therapeutics: Uncovering And Manipulating The Genomic Circuitry of Human Disease
Lukasz Kurgan, Virginia Commonwealth University, USA
Abstract title: Making intrinsic disorder prediction practical with quality assessment
Luhua Lai, Peking University, CHINA
Abstract title: Ligand design targeting intrinsically disordered proteins
Michal Linial, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Abstract title: Within the haystack: Short proteins, Overlooked functions
Yunlong Liu, Indiana University School of Medicine, USA
Abstract title: Identification of functional variants impacting splicing regulation
Hanah Margalit, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, ISRAEL
Abstract title: The multiple facets of post-transcriptional regulation by non-coding RNAs
Christine Orengo, University College London, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: CATH Functional families (FunFams) - Insights into impacts of genetic variations
Kumarasamy Thangaraj, The Centre for Cellular & Molecular Biology, INDIA
Abstract title: Founder events and burden of recessive diseases in South Asia
Shoshana Wodak, Hospital for Sick Children, CANADA
Abstract title: Self-association primes proteins for new function: the role of altered dynamic properties
Xinshu Grace Xiao, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Abstract title: Deciphering the function of single-nucleotide variants in the RNA
Li Yang, CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, CHINA
Abstract title: Harness unintended nucleic acid mutation to targeted base editing
Yaoqi Zhou, Griffith University, AUSTRALIA
Abstract title: Predicting functional long non-coding RNAs validated by low throughput experiments

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in September, 2018.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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