Germ Cells
October 9 - 13, 2018
Abstract Deadline: July 20, 2018


David Page, Whitehead Institute, MIT/HHMI
Yukiko Yamashita, University of Michigan - Ann Arbor/HHMI

You are cordially invited to participate in the eleventh 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 9 and will conclude after lunch on Saturday, October 13, 2018. 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.

  • 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
Keynote Speaker:
Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University

Invited Speakers:

Alexei Aravin, California Institute of Technology
Rafael Daniel Camerini-Otero, NIH/NIDDK
Abby Dernburg, University of California, Berkeley
Michael Lampson, University of Pennsylvania
Amanda Larracuente, University of Rochester
Bernard de Massy, Institut de Génétique Humaine
Craig Mello, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Phil Newmark, Morgridge Institute for Research
Erez Raz, ZMBE
Yumiko Saga, National Institute of Genetics
Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
SaraH Zanders, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

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Abstracts should contain only new and unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline.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 Catie Carr at stating need for financial support - preference is given to those submitting abstracts.

All questions pertaining to registration, fees, housing, meals, transportation, visas, abstract submission or any other matters should be directed to Catie Carr at

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

Partial support provided by National Institute of Child Health and Human Development and The Lalor Foundation, Inc.


Academic Package $1485
Graduate/PhD Student Package $1235
Corporate Package $1905
Academic/Student No-Housing Package $1005
Corporate No-Housing Package $1280

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.