Germ Cells
October 4 - 8, 2016
Abstract Deadline: August 1, 2016


Robert Braun, The Jackson Laboratory
Geraldine Seydoux, HHMI/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

You are cordially invited to participate in the tenth biennial meeting on Germ Cells to be held at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, Long Island, New York. The meeting will begin with dinner and the first session on the evening of Tuesday, October 4 and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, October 8, 2016. The specific goals of this conference are to bring together a diverse group of scientists studying various molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of germ line and gamete development. This meeting is intended to provide a format for the exchange of ideas and information, to discuss the latest research findings and technical advances, and to facilitate the intellectual unification of research on germ cells and related disease states in diverse systems.

  • Opening Keynote Session: The Future of Human Reproduction
    Keynote Speaker: Lee Silver, Princeton University

  • Germline Evolution
  • Sex Determination
  • Germline Stem Cells & Their Niche
  • Meiosis, Chromosome Mechanics & Cell Biology
  • Gametes & Fertilization
  • Epigenetics & Egg-to-Embryo Transition
  • Environmental & Hormonal Control
  • Post-transcriptional Control
Invited Speakers:

Giovanni Bosco, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth
Anne Brunet, Stanford University
Blanche Capel, Duke University
Xin Chen,
Johns Hopkins University
Marco Conti, University of California, San Francisco
Rene Ketting, Institute of Molecular Biology Mainz, Germany
Ruth Lehmann, NYU School of Medicine
David Page, Whitehead Institute
Nipam Patel, University of California, Berkeley
Oliver Rando, UMass Medical School
Tim Schedl, Washington University
John Schimenti, Cornell University
Susan Strome, University of California Santa Cruz
Anne Villeneuve, Stanford University
Meng Wang, Baylor College of Medicine
Shosei Yoshida, National Institute for Basic Biology, Japan
David Zarkower, University of Minnesota

The format of the meeting will include seven oral sessions consisting of invited and short talks, chosen from the submitted abstracts, and one poster session. All speakers and chairs are strongly encouraged to stay for the entire meeting. The organizers will decide the suitability of each abstract for oral or poster presentation, but please specify if you prefer a poster.

Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers and individual session chairs. Status (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. We have applied for funds from government and industry to partially support graduate students and postdocs. Apply in writing to Heather Johnson stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

ll questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters should be directed to Heather Johnson

We look forward to seeing you at Cold Spring Harbor in October.

Support provided from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and requested from the National Science Foundation and the March of Dimes Birth Defects Foundation


Academic Package $1,425
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1,185
Corporate Package $1,835
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $965
Corporate No-Housing Package $1,230

Regular packages are all-inclusive and cover registration, food, housing, parking, a wine-and-cheese party, cocktail reception, and lobster banquet. No-Housing packages include all costs except housing. Full payment is due four weeks prior to the meeting.