CCB Symposium:
From Cells to the Clinic

UCSD's newly formed Center for Chronobiology (CCB) hosted an inaugural chronobiology symposium held March 10-12, 2010. The theme for the symposium was "From Cells to the Clinic."

We invited a select, stellar group of chronobiologists from around the country and beyond, and a few local colleagues, to speak at this first annual UCSD Chronobiology Symposium. There was strong participation from our 25 PIs here in the CCB and their research personnel, as well as registrants from other institutions.

The aims of the conference are to:

  1. Provide participants with a comprehensive view of modern Chronobiology.
  2. Exchange a broad spectrum of ideas and techniques in Chronobiology.
  3. Promote interactions among the faculty and lab personnel of the UCSD Chronobiology Center, the invited speakers, and other participants.
  4. Further acquaint the speakers, their groups, and other registrants with the depth and breadth of Chronobiology research conducted at UCSD.


WEDNESDAY – March 10, 2010

Session I: Cells & Circuits
Institute of the Americas Hotel Auditorium
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Susan Golden

Stu Brody (UC San Diego) – History of Chronobiology at UCSD

Jeff Hasty (UC San Diego) – Genetic Clocks from Engineered Oscillations

Erin O'Shea (Harvard University) – Timekeeping with a Three-Protein Circadian Clock

Jay Dunlap (Dartmouth Medical School) – Genetic and Molecular Dissection of the Neurospora Clock

Paolo Sassone-Corsi (UC Irvine) – Metabolism and Epigenetics: The Clock Connection

THURSDAY – March 11, 2010

Session II: Pacemakers & Networks
Institute of the Americas Weaver Center
9:00 am - 12 noon
Moderator: David Welsh

Erik Herzog (Washington University) – Ways to Deal with Noisy Neighbors: Circadian Precision in the SCN

Horacio de la Iglesia (University of Washington) – SCN Neuronal Oscillators: "What We've Got Here is a Failure to Communicate"

Michael Nitabach (Yale University) – Systems Physiology of the Drosophila Circadian Control Network

Frank Doyle (UC Santa Barbara) – Robust Circadian Timekeeping in Networks of Neurons

Buffet Lunch: 12:00 pm – 1:15 pm
Institute of the Americas Plaza

POSTER SESSION: 1:15 pm – 4:00 pm
Institute of the Americas Arango Foyer

FRIDAY – March 12, 2010

Session III: Inputs & Outputs
Institute of the Americas Hojel Auditorium
9:00 am - 12 noon
Moderator: Michael Gorman

Lynn Hasher (University of Toronto) – Changes in Cognitive Functioning Across the Day

Randy Nelson (The Ohio State University) – Photoperiod Effects on Brain and Behavior

Stacey Harmer (UC Davis) – Exploring Links Between Clock and Hormone Signaling Networks

C. Robertson McClung (Dartmouth College) – Do You Know Your ABCs? Arabidopsis and Brassica Clocks

Buffet Lunch: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Institute of the Americas Plaza

Session IV: From Lab to Clinic
Institute of the Americas Hojel Auditorium
2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Moderator: Sonia Ancoli-Israel

Ralph Greenspan (UC San Diego) – Homology Without Anatomy: Sleep in Drosophila

Samer Hattar (Johns Hopkins University) – Vision Beyond Image Formation: The Role of Melanopsin Cells in Regulating Mammalian Physiology

Elizabeth Klerman (Harvard University) – Uncovering Residual Effects of Chronic Sleep Loss on Human Performance

Phyllis Zee (Northwestern University) – Circadian Rhythm Sleep Disorders: Implications for Physical and Mental Health

Keynote Session & Dinner
UCSD Great Hall
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm – Happy Hour
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm – Buffet Dinner and Keynote Talk

Steve Kay (UC San Diego) – Large-Scale Biology Approaches to Circadian Transcriptional Networks

Invited Speakers

Horacio de la Iglesia
University of Washington
Steve Kay
UC San Diego
Frank Doyle
UC Santa Barbara
Elizabeth Klerman
Harvard University
Jay Dunlap
Dartmouth Medical School
C. Robertson McClung
Dartmouth College
Ralph Greenspan
UC San Diego
Randy Nelson
The Ohio State University
Stacey Harmer
UC Davis
Michael Nitabach
Yale University
Lynn Hasher
University of Toronto
Erin O'Shea
Harvard University
Jeff Hasty
UC San Diego
Paolo Sassone-Corsi
UC Irvine
Samer Hattar
Johns Hopkins University
Phyllis Zee
Northwestern University
Erik Herzog
Washington University

Poster Session

There were 4 cash prizes of $150 each awarded to the 4 best posters.

Symposium 2010 Poster Winners

1st Place: Katja Lamia, from Salk Ron Evans' Lab
Title: Phosphorylation of Cryptochromes by the Energy Sensor AMPK Enables Metabolic Clock Input.

2nd Place: Kristen Meeker, from UC Santa Barbara
Title: Wavelet Analysis Reveals Period Wandering in Circadian Neurons.

3rd Place: Analyne Schroeder, from UCLA
Title: Can Time Exercise Rescue Diurnal & Circadian Rhythms of HR & Clock Gene Expression in VIPKO Mice.

4th Place: Dmitri A. Nusinow - UCSD Steve Kay's lab
Title: Mass Spectrometry Based Identification of a ELF3 Containing Diurnally-regulated Complex.

We'd like to thank our sponsors, Johnson & Johnson and the Bay City Capital Foundation for their support of our inaugural symposium.


From Interstate 5 NORTH:

Exit at Genesee Avenue, turn right (west)
Turn left at North Torrey Pines Road (near the top of the hill)
Turn left on Pangea Drive
Pangea Parking structure will be on your left

From Interstate 5 SOUTH:

Exit at La Jolla Village Drive, turn left (west)
Continue straight onto North Torrey Pines Road
Turn right on Pangea Drive Pangea
Parking structure will be on your left

Campus Map:

Directions to the Institute of Americas on the UCSD campus

Symposium Flyer

CCB Symposium Flyer 2010

Please click here to download the symposium flyer.

Organizing Committee:

  • Stu Brody (Co-Director, CCB)
  • Susan Golden (Co-Director, CCB)
  • Sonia Ancoli-Israel (UCSD Department of Psychiatry)
  • Michael Gorman (UCSD Department of Psychology)
  • David Welsh (UCSD Department of Psychiatry)

For additional information, please contact:

Terry Peters
Business Manager
Center for Chronobiology (CCB)
University of California, San Diego
Phone: (858) 534-7753