Meetings & Courses

Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction

Suzhou, China 
December 3-7, 2018  
Abstract deadline: September 21, 2018

Organized by:

Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University, China

Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, Germany

Brian Mac Vicar, University of British Columbia, Canada

Mami Noda, Kyushu Unviersity, Japan

Long-Jun Wu, Mayo Clinic, USA

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on Novel Insights into Glia Function & Dysfunction 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 December 3, and will conclude after lunch on Friday December 7, 2018.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in glia research. 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. Glial molecular & functional diversity
2. Gliotransmission
3. Enteric glia
4. Glia, metabolic coupling & neurodegenerative disease
5. Roles of glia in learning & adaptation
6. Glial development & lineage, glioma
7. Regulation of excitability at the axon initial segment & nodes of ranvier

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, Country/Region):

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, Country/Region):
Nicola Allen, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, USA
Hiroko Baba, Tokyo University of Pharmacy & Life Sciences, JAPAN
H.W.G.M Boddeke, University Medical Centre Groningen, the Netherlands, THE NETHERLANDS
Benjamin Deneen, Baylor College of Medicine, USA
Shumin Duan, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Bente Finsen, University of Southern Denmark, DENMARK
Woo-Ping Ge, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, USA
Cheng He, Second Military Medical University, CHINA
Hailan Hu, Zhejiang University, CHINA
Takahiro Kato, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Helmut Kettenmann, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine, GERMANY
Baljit Khakh, University of California, Los Angeles, USA
Jonathan Kipnis, University of Virginia, USA
Schuichi Koizumi, University of Yamanashi, JAPAN
C. Justin Lee, Korea Institute of Science & Technology, SOUTH KOREA
Brian MacVicar, University of British Columbia, CANADA
Carlos Matute, Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience, SPAIN
Mami Noda, Kyushu University, JAPAN
Michael Salter, University of Toronto, CANADA
Kyoungho Suk, Kyungpook National University School of Medicine, SOUTH KOREA
Hiroaki Wake, Kobe University, JAPAN
Long-Jun Wu, Mayo Clinic, USA

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 December, 2018.

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November 5, 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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