Gene Expression and Signaling in the Immune System
October 13 - 16, 2020 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: July 24, 2020


Diane Mathis, Harvard Medical School
Stephen Nutt, The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
Alexander Rudensky, HHMI & Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Arthur Weiss, HHMI & University of California San Francisco


The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions.  


The tenth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Gene Expression & Signaling in the Immune System, begins on Tuesday morning, October 13 and end after a 2 pm session on Friday, October 16, 2020. We are looking forward to a broad-based meeting, and abstracts are welcomed on all scientific topics related to immune system gene expression and signaling. In addition to a strong focus on lymphocyte development and adaptive immunity, this year's meeting will also emphasize the molecular regulation of innate immune responses.


Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Tuesday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm           1         Regulation of Gene Expression
Tuesday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm         2 Higher Order Chromatin Structure
  Wednesday    10:00 am to 1:00 pm 3 Signaling in the Membrane
Wednesday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm         4 Intracellular Signaling
Thursday 10:00 am to 1:00 pm 5 Intercellular Communication
Thursday 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm 6 Host: Microbe Interactions
Friday 10:00 am to 1:00 am 7 Cell Differentiation
Friday 2:00 pm to 5)) pm 8 Cell Movement and Tissue Organization
Throughout the Meeting        Virtual Poster Session

Topics and Speakers:

Regulation of Gene Expression
Chair: Diane Mathis, Harvard Medical School 
Steven Josefowicz, Weill Cornell Medicine
Ellen Rothenberg, California Institute of Technology
Amy Weinmann, University of Alabama at Birmingham 

Higher Order Chromatin Structure
Chair: Stephen Nutt, The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute, Australia
Matthias Merkenschlager, Imperial College, London, UK
Cornelis Murre, University of California, San Diego
David Schatz, Yale University

Intercellular Communication
Chair: Shannon Turley, Genentech 
Isaac Chiu, Harvard Medical School
Ruslan Medzhitov, Yale University / HHMI
Shannon Turley, Genentech

Signaling in the Membrane
Chair: Arthur Weiss, HHMI & University of California San Francisco
Facundo Batista, Ragon Insitute of MGH, MIT and Harvard 
Chris Garcia, Stanford University

Gillian Griffiths, Cambridge Institute for Medical Research, UK

Intracellular signaling
Chair: Jeffrey Rathmell, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Jonathan Kagan, Boston Children's Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Jeffrey Rathmell, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Hao Wu, Boston Children's Hospital

Host Microbe Interactions
Chair:  Daniel Stetson, University of Washington
Tiffany Scharschmidt,
University of California, San Francisco
Daniel Stetson, University of Washington
Alexander Tarakhovsky, Rockefeller University

Cell Differentiation 
Chair: Facundo Batista, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Facundo Batista, Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT and Harvard
Ananda Goldrath, University of California, San Diego

Adrian Hayday, Kings College London, UK
Dan Littman, NYU School of Medicine / HHMI 

Cell Movement and Tissue Organization
Chair: Shannon Turley, Genentech
Shannon Turley, Genentech

Jason Cyster, University of California, San Francisco/HHMI
Gabriel Victora, The Rockefeller University

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 hope that you or a member of your laboratory will be able to participate. In addition, please bring this announcement to the attention of any other interested parties. We look forward to your participation.

All questions pertaining to registration, abstract submission or any other matters should be directed to Val Pakaluk.

Social Media:

The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshlimmune. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

This conference may be supported in part by funds provided by: National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases, part of the National Institutes of Health.


Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 4:01 p.m. EDT on October 8, 2020)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $385
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $275
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $525

Virtual Attendance packages include registration, access to the online Zoom-based oral sessions, access to the digital posters, a dedicated Slack channel, Meet-the-Speaker small group discussion, and access to the video archive on the Leading Strand for ~six weeks following the meeting.

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~50 talks / 8 sessions
(late am/early pm)
~20 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~100 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Digital program in PDF format
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Twitter for meeting news & general comments