CCB Symposium: From Cells to Clinic

UCSD's Center for Chronobiology (CCB) will host its 4th annual chronobiology symposium to be held at the Sanford Consortium, February 13-15, 2013. 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 4th annual UCSD Chronobiology Symposium. We expect strong participation from our 32 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 13, 2013

Session I: Cells & Circuits
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Bill Joiner (UCSD)

Susan Golden (UC San Diego) - Opening remarks

Michael Brunner (University of Heidelberg, Germany) - Genome-wide analysis of BMAL1/CLOCK binding and regulation of circadian transcription in U2OS cells

Alexander Hoffmann (UC San Diego) - Dynamic control in pathogen-response networks

Michael Rust (University of Chicago) - Robust rhythms from coupled catalytic domains

Amita Sehgal (University of Pennsylvania) - Mechanisms underlying circadian rhythms of rest:activity in Drosophila

THURSDAY - February 14, 2013

Session II: Pacemakers & Networks
9:00 am - 12 noon (Continental breakfast will be served)
Moderator: Joanne Chory (Salk)

Colleen Doherty (UC San Diego) - Systems biology and Arabidopsiscircadian regulatory networks

Jose Pruneda-Paz (UC San Diego) - Transcriptional networks that control the circadian clock function

David Welsh (UC San Diego) - Circadian Rhythms of Cytosolic Calcium in SCN Neurons

Nick Spitzer (UC San Diego) - Photoperiod-dependent Transmitter Switching in the Adult Brain Regulates Behavior

Sanford Consortium Courtyard
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Special Session: Emerging Technologies
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Moderator: Katja Lamia (The Scripps Institute)

Fred Gage (Salk) - Neuronal plasticity and neural diversity

Lobby of the Sanford Consortium
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

FRIDAY - February 15, 2013

Session III: Inputs & Outputs
9:00 am - 12 noon (Continental breakfast will be served)
Moderator: Andrew Huberman (UCSD)

Michael Do (Harvard Medical School) - Melanopsin photoreception for the mammalian clock

Carla Green (UT Southwestern) - Transcriptional and post-transcriptional regulatory mechanisms of circadian timing in mammals

Ueli Schibler (University of Geneva) - Body temperature and blood-borne signals in the regulation of circadian gene expression

Paul Taghert (Washington University, St. Louis) - Synchrony and synchronization in the circadian neural circuitry of Drosophila

Sanford Consortium Courtyard
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Session IV: From Lab to Clinic
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Barbara Parry (UCSD)

Louis Ptáček (UC San Francisco) - Novel genes/mutations causing sleep phase advance through altered entrainment

Colleen McClung (University of Pittsburgh) - Circadian genes, rhythms and mood regulation

Jeanne Duffy (Harvard Medical School) - Individual differences in human circadian rhythms

Sean Drummond (UC San Diego) - Sleep and Diurnal Rhythms in PTSD

Dinner & Concluding Remarks
UCSD Great Hall
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Happy Hour
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Buffet Dinner and Guest Presentation
Moderator: Joseph Takahashi (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center)

William Schwartz (University of Massachusetts Medical School) - The chronobiology of love

Invited Speakers

Michael Brunner
University of Heidelberg,
Jose Pruneda-Paz
UC San Diego
Michael Do
Harvard Medical School
Louis Ptáček
UC San Francisco
Colleen Doherty
UC San Diego
Michael Rust
University of Chicago
Sean Drummond
UC San Diego
Ueli Schibler
University of Geneva
Jeanne Duffy
Harvard Medical School
William Schwartz
University of Massachusetts
Medical School
Fred Gage
The Salk Institute, La Jolla
Amita Sehgal
University of Pennsylvania
Carla Green
UT Southwestern
Nick Spitzer
UC San Diego
Alexander Hoffmann
UC San Diego
Paul Taghert
Washington University,
St. Louis
Colleen McClung
University of Pittsburgh
David Welsh
UC San Diego


The registration fees include lunch on Thursday and Friday, all refreshment breaks, and the happy hour & banquet dinner Friday evening.

List of Registration Fees:
Regular Registration (Non-CCB Member) $350.00
Student / Postdoc (Non-CCB Member) $195.00
CCB Faculty Member $175.00
CCB Lab Member $125.00

For assistance with registration, please contact:

Pattie Magallanez
Administrative Specialist
Center for Chronobiology (CCB)
University of California, San Diego
Phone: (858) 534-4409

Poster Session

Please sign up to present a poster as part of the registration process:

Poster abstract submission guidelines - All poster abstracts should be submitted as .doc or .pdf file type, and sent electronically to

Poster size & Display–We will provide easels, and 3’x5’ poster board.

The poster session is scheduled for Thursday, February 14, 2013, 2:00pm - 4pm in the Lobby of the Sanford Consortium. There will be 4 prizes, valued at $150 each, awarded to 1 outstanding poster and 3 best posters.  

Poster prize winners of 2013

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

Most Outstanding Poster:
Sammons, Patrick J.
(UC Santa Cruz) – A slow conformational switch regulates BMAL1 activity

Our 3 Best Posters (alphabetically):

Cohen, Susan E. (UCSD, Golden Lab) – Molecular inheritance of the cyanobacterial circadian clock

Noguchi, Takako (UCSD, Welsh lab) – Simultaneous imaging of intracellular Ca2+ and PER2 expression in dissociated SCN neurons

Paddock, Mark L. (UCSD, Golden lab) – The active output state of the Synechococcus circadian oscillator

Lodging Information

Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa

The Estancia Hotel & Spa is conveniently located across the road from the Symposium at the Sanford Consortium. A limited number of guest rooms at the Estancia Hotel & Spa will be available at a discounted rate of $179.00/night + 13% tax. To receive the rate, you must book by calling 1-877-437-8262 (toll free), or 1-858-550-1000 (local) and mention you are with the UCSD Center for Chronobiology symposium.

La Jolla Shores hotel, in La Jolla

The La Jolla Shores Hotel is located beachfront, and is 3 miles from the Symposium at the Sanford Consortium, with free shuttle service to UCSD. A limited number of guest rooms may be available at a rate of $119/night + 13% tax. To receive this rate you must book by calling 1- 800-476-0604 (toll free), or 1-858-459-8271 (local), and mention you are with UCSD Center for Chronobiology, department contact is Pattie Magallanez.

Del Mar Inn by Clarion, in Del Mar

The Del Mar Inn is located 5 miles from the Symposium at the Sanford Consortium, with free shuttle to UCSD Mon-Fri between 7:45am-3:45pm. A limited number of guest rooms may be available at a rate of $99.99/night + 13% tax. To receive this rate you must book by calling 1-800- 451-4515 (toll free), or 1-858-755-9765 (local), and mention you are with UCSD Center for Chronobiology. Currently they have complimentary continental breakfast, but as soon as their new Bistro is finished, the free breakfast will no longer be offered.

Residence Inn by Marriott

The Residence Inn is 2 miles from the Symposium, with free shuttle to UCSD. A limited number of studio suites may be available at a rate of $179.00/night + 13%. For reservations call 1-800-331-3131 (US and Canada) or 1-858-587-1770 (local), and mention you are with the University of California, San Diego. Included is complimentary breakfast. They also charge $12.00/night parking.


Cloud 9 Super Shuttle offers a rate of $19-$29 each way from the San Diego Airport to the hotels listed above. Please look for their shuttle at the airport in the shuttle bus area, or call them at 1-800-258-3826. A taxi will cost approximately $50 each way.



CCB Symposium location:

12880 Torrey Pines Scenic Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037

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

Parking Note:

Parking in the Sanford Consortium parking lot (see marker B) - This parking lot requires payment using US Debit or Credit cards only.  First 2 hours are free, $1.00 for each 45 minutes thereafter, not to exceed $8.00 for the day.  Instructions:  Drive into east lot (on right), take a ticket from booth, park in any open space, take your ticket to the lobby front desk, and identify yourself as an attendee of the CCB symposium. Staff at front desk will validate for first two hours free. When you exit, insert your ticket in the booth and follow instructions for payment.  Note, debit/credit cards from non-US countries will not work.

Pangea parking structure P435 (see marker H) - This parking structure has 76 Red faculty spaces, 188 green staff spaces, 550 yellow  student spaces, and 120 spaces for visitors to purchase an all day pass for $8.00 or $1.00 for each 45 minutes.

Rady parking Lot P357 (see marker F) - This parking lot has very limited space, with 100 green staff spaces, and 15 spaces for visitors to purchase an all day pass for $8.00 or $1.00 for each 45 minutes. 

Free parking at the Gliderport dirt lot (see marker I) - Pass the consortium and continue west on Torrey Pines Scenic Drive until the end, it’s a bit of a walk.

Legend:  (Map shows A & B under construction, facilities are completed)
  Click Here to see an alternate map showing buildings

A - Sanford Consortium
- (Parking) Sanford East Lot
C - The 15th Floor at the Village
D -The Bistro at the Strand
- Estancia Hotel & Spa

F - (Parking) Pangea Lot P435
G - The Great Hall
- (Parking) Rady Lot P357
I - (Free parking) Gliderport
J - Susan Golden's office/lab

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Symposium Flyer

CCB Symposium Flyer 2013
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Sponsorship Information

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Many thanks to our generous sponsors
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Organizing Committee:

For additional information, please contact:

Pattie Magallanez
Administrative Specialist
Center for Chronobiology (CCB)
University of California, San Diego
Phone: (858) 534-4409

Photos from last year's symposium