Telomeres & Telomerase
December 14 - 17, 2021 Virtual
Abstract Deadline: October 15, 2021

Steven Artandi, Stanford University
Jan Karlseder, The Salk Institute
Deborah Wuttke, University of Colorado


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.


We are pleased to announce the twelfth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Telomeres & Telomerase bringing together a diverse group of scientists studying various molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of telomeres and telomerase biology. Because of uncertainties around COVID19 and vaccine rollout, we originally postponed the meeting from its regular slot in May to December 2021 (the meeting will then revert to its regular slot in the spring of odd years).

Because of continuing concerns about COVID19, the meeting will now be held virtually, beginning Tuesday, December 14, and will conclude on, Friday, December 17, 2021. The format of the meeting will include morning and afternoon sessions consisting of short talks, principally on unpublished work. Posters will be available throughout the conference and for six weeks after the meeting.

Day Time (EDT Session # Session Name
Tuesday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm         1 Chromosome and Genome Stability
Tuesday        1:00 pm - 2:00 pm                Poster Session*
Tuesday 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 2 Replication Stress
Wednesday 9:30 pm - 12:00 pm 3 Telomerase Biogenesis and Regularion
Wednesday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Wednesday 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 4 Telomere Protection and DNA Damage Signaling
Thursday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 5 Telomere Function During the Cell Cycle and Cell Death Regulation
Thursday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Thursday 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 6 Regulation of Immortality by Telomerase
Friday 9:30 am - 12:00 pm 7 Regulation of Immortality by ALT
Friday 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Poster Session*
Friday         2:30 pm - 5:00 pm 8 Telomeropathies, Premature Aging and Cancer Predisposition
  Discussion Zone: 30 minutes open forum after each session
  *Virtual Poster Session will be available for viewing throughout the meeting

Discussion Leaders:
Duncan Baird,
Cardiff University, UK
Peter Baumann, IMB Mainz, Germany
Simon Boulton, Crick Institute, UK
Tom Cech, CU Boulder, HHMI, USA
Julie Cooper, CU Denver, USA
Titia de Lange, Rockefeller University, USA
Eros Lazzerini Denchi, NCI Bethesda, USA
Carol Greider, UC Santa Cruz, USA
Junko Kanoh, Osaka University, Japan
JK Nandakumar, University Michigan, USA
Michael Stone, UC Santa Cruz, USA
Sharon Savage, NCI Bethesda, USA
Teresa Teixeira, CNRS Paris, France

Daily Schedule

City"Morning" Oral SessionPoster Session"Afternoon" Oral Session
Los Angeles 6:30 am - 9:30 am 10:00 am - 11:00 am
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
New York 9:30 am - 12:30 pm 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm
London 2:30 pm - 5:30 pm 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Berlin 3:30 pm - 6:30 pm 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm 8:30 pm - 11:30 pm
Tokyo 10:30 pm - 1:30 am 2:00 am - 3:00 am 3:30 am - 6:30 am

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. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

Financial Aid: Please apply in writing via email to Val Pakaluk if you require financial support; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshltelo. 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 is supported in part by: National Institute on Aging

Late Pricing: (registrations submitted after 5:00 p.m. ET on December 9, 2021)
Late Virtual Academic Package: $395
Late Virtual Graduate Student Package: $280
Late Virtual Corporate Package: $535

Rules for Virtual Participation: Virtual participation will include access to the oral sessions via Zoom, access to the digital poster sessions and access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.

Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Val Pakaluk .

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 
1. Additional members of individual laboratories (4th or more lab member) - PI must supply list of lab members via email to Val Pakaluk ; 
2. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 
3. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 
4. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 
5. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 
6. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 
For categories 5 & 6 above, please provide a justification via email to Val Pakaluk

Virtual 4 day live meeting + 6 weeks archive access

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~70 talks /  sessions
(late am/early pm)
~24 total hours with interactive Q&A
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~100 posters with
dedicated slack channels for each poster
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Virtual Social Events
Meet-the-Speakers & "Breakout" Social
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Leading Strand video archive access to talks
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Digital program in PDF format