CCB Symposium: From Cells to Clinic

UCSD's newly formed Center for Chronobiology (CCB) will host its 2nd annual chronobiology symposium to be held February 9-11, 2011. The theme for the symposium is "From Cells to Clinic."

We have invited a select, stellar group of chronobiologists from around the country and beyond, and a few local colleagues, to speak at this 2nd annual UCSD Chronobiology Symposium. We expect strong participation from our 28 PIs here in the CCB and their research personnel, and plan to accommodate a limited number of registrants from other institutions as well.

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 - February 9, 2011

Session I: Cells & Circuits
Institute of the Americas Hojel Auditorium
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Joanne Chory

Deborah Bell-Pedersen (Texas A&M University) - How fungi tell time: Circadian oscillators and rhythmic output pathways

Susan Golden (UCSD) - How bacteria tell time

Andrew Millar (University of Edinburgh) - The costs and advantages of complexity in biological networks

Satchin Panda (Salk Institute for Biological Studies & UCSD) - Circadian regulation of Chromatin modifications

THURSDAY - February 10, 2011

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

Chris Colwell (UCLA) - Ionic mechanisms underlying circadian oscillations

Alec Davidson (Morehouse School of Medicine) - Spatiotemporal organization of the mouse SCN

John O'Neill (University of Cambridge) - Non-transcriptional mechanisms are sufficient to sustain circadian rhythms in eukaryotes

David Somers (Ohio State University) - Post-translation mechanisms in the plant circadian clock

Institute of the Americas Plaza
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Institute of the Americas Deutz Room & Arango Foyer
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FRIDAY - February 11, 2011

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

Charles Allen (Oregon Health & Science University) - State dependence of the intracellular calcium signals generated in SCN neurons by excitatory neurotransmission

David Berson (Brown University) - What do ganglion-cell photoreceptors tell the clock?

Todd Holmes (UC Irvine) - CRYPTOCHROME is a blue light sensor that rapidly regulates neuronal firing rate

Terry Sejnowski (Salk Institute for Biological Studies & UCSD) - The inside story on human sleep spindles

Institute of the Americas Plaza
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Session IV: From Lab to Clinic
Institute of the Americas Hojel Auditorium
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Sara Mednick

Sonia Ancoli-Israel (UC San Diego) - Sleep and circadian rhythms in cancer patients

Derk-Jan Dijk (University of Surrey) - Individual differences in the homeostatic and circadian regulation of sleep and waking performance

Sarah Elsea (Virginia Commonwealth University) - Smith-Magenis syndrome: a model for circadian influence on development, behavior, and obesity

Kenneth Wright (University of Colorado at Boulder) - Pathophysiology of shift work disorder

Keynote Session & Dinner
UCSD Great Hall
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Keynote Speaker: Ronald Evans (Salk Institute for Biological Studies & UCSD) - Nuclear receptors and AMPK: Can super physiology be engineered?

Invited Speakers

Alec Davidson
Morehouse School of Medicine
Kenneth Wright
University of Colorado at Boulder
Andrew Millar
University of Edinburgh
Ronald Evans
Salk Institute for Biological Studies & UC San Diego
Charles Allen
Oregon Health & Science University
Sarah Elsea
Virginia Commonwealth University
Chris Colwell
University of California, Los Angeles
Satchin Panda
Salk Institute for Biological Studies & UC San Diego
David Berson
Brown University
Sonia Ancoli-Israel
UC San Diego
David Somers
Ohio State University
Susan Golden
UC San Diego
Deborah Bell-Pedersen
Texas A&M University
Terry Sejnowski
Salk Institute for Biological Studies & UC San Diego
Derk-Jan Dijk
University of Surrey
Todd Holmes
UC Irvine
John O'Neill
University of Cambridge

Poster Session

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

Outstanding Poster Winner:
Tsuyoshi Hirota - UCSD, Steve Kay's lab
Title: Longdaysin: A Novel Modulator of Circadian Rhythms Identified by High-Throughput Chemical Screen

Best Poster Winners:
Juliana Bordowitz - UCSD, Susan Golden's lab
Title: Identifying Signaling Partners for the Synechococcus elongatus Circadian Input Kinase CikA

Yonggang Chang - UC Merced, Andy LiWang's lab
Title: Timekeeping Mechanism of a Circadian Oscillator

Luciano DiTacchio - Salk, Satchin Panda's lab
Title: JARID1a Co-activates CLOCK/BMAL1 and regulates the circadian oscillator


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

2011 Symposium Flyer

Please click here to download the symposium flyer.

Organizing Committee:

Susan Golden (Director, CCB)
Stu Brody (Founding Director, CCB)
David Welsh (Associate Director, CCB)
Sonia Ancoli-Israel (UCSD Department of Psychiatry)
Michael Gorman (UCSD Department of Psychology)
Satchin Panda (Salk Institute for Biological Studies & UCSD)

For additional information, please contact:

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