This conference has been withdrawn from the 2020 conference schedule
As you are aware, coronavirus is having a global impact and the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control have instituted recommendations that include social distancing and cancelling conferences and large gatherings. Since safety of our attendees is always GRC's highest priority, the GRC Board of Trustees has decided to withdraw this conference and it will be rescheduled for 2022. This decision was made out of an abundance of caution and to alleviate the concerns of our conference communities that are scheduled to meet in this timeframe.
Centromeres provide the structural and functional foundation to anchor chromosomes to the mitotic spindle during eukaryotic cell division by forming the platform for kinetochore assembly. The importance of centromeres in genome inheritance has long been recognized, but its properties, organization, and functions have remained mysterious. Indeed, despite the "sequencing" of the human genome more than a decade ago, it was only recently that the first assembly of a human centromere was completed. Recent work on centromeres has provided incredible insights into the sequences of centromeres, the changes to centromeres that occur across evolution or in diseases such as cancer, the nature of the epigenetic inheritance of centromere function, and the ability of centromeres to shape heritability and speciation. Our current knowledge of centromere regulation has contributed to a much better molecular understanding of centromere dysfunction that can contribute to chromosome mis-segregation, ultimately leading to human genetic disease and aneuploidy.
This meeting will bring together a diverse group of outstanding scientists that build a community interested in understanding all aspects of centromere function. The questions that arise from studying centromeres are reflected in the diversity of disciplines that this community attracts and include genomics, (epi-)genetics, biochemistry, biophysics, structural biology, cell and molecular biology, theory and modeling. The strong goal is to stimulate new discussions and interactions amongst researchers of those diverse disciplines. Centromere research at this meeting also embraces a broad spectrum of model systems.
This meeting is highly collegial, lively, intense and very welcoming to junior scientists and trainees, with many talks chosen from the submitted abstracts. The poster sessions are equally lively with many opportunities to informally discuss the latest findings as well as start new collaboration. The goal of this meeting is to bring together an interactive community of scientists with a shared interest in centromere biology to explore the latest developments and theories in the field, to learn of new technologies, applications and hypothesis, and to strengthen and foster interaction between scientists at all career stages.