CCB Symposium: From Cells to Clinic

UCSD's newly formed Center for Chronobiology (CCB) will host its 3rd annual chronobiology symposium to be held February 15-17, 2012. 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 3rd annual UCSD Chronobiology Symposium. We expect strong participation from our 31 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 15, 2012

Session I: Cells & Circuits
Institute of the Americas - Hojel Auditorium
1:30 pm - 4:30 pm
Moderator: Jose Pruneda-Paz

Susan Golden (UC San Diego) - Opening remarks

Yi Liu (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) - Posttranscriptional control of the Neurospora circadian clock

Andy LiWang (UC Merced) - It takes two rings to oscillate: rhythmic ring-ring stacking tells time in clock

Alex Webb (University of Cambridge) - The circadian regulation of signalling in Arabidopsis

Michael Young (The Rockefeller University) - Genes and cells affecting sleep duration in Drosophila

THURSDAY - February 16, 2012

Session II: Pacemakers & Networks
Institute of the Americas - Weaver Center
9:00 am - 12 noon (Continental breakfast will be served)
Moderator: Steve Kay

Mary Harrington (Smith College) - Links between disruption of circadian rhythm networks and negative health consequences in animal models

John Hogenesch (University of Pennsylvania) - Networks of the mammalian circadian clock

Joseph Takahashi (University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center) - Molecular and genetic basis of circadian rhythms and other complex behavior in mammals

Hiroki Ueda (RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan) - Systems and synthetic biology of mammalian circadian clocks

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

Special Session: Emerging Technologies
Institute of the Americas - Hojel Auditorium
1:15 pm - 2:15 pm
Moderator: Satchin Panda

Roger Tsien (UC San Diego) - A fluorescent paintbox to image biochemistry in live cells and organisms

Institute of the Americas - Deutz Room & Arango Foyer
2:15 pm - 4:00 pm

FRIDAY - February 17, 2012

Session III: Inputs & Outputs
Institute of the Americas - Hojel Auditorium
9:00 am - 12 noon (Continental breakfast will be served)
Moderator: Michael McCarthy

Michael Gorman (UC San Diego) - Photoperiodism in mammalian clocks

Andrew Huberman (UC San Diego) - Neuronal identity and timing: interacting forces to drive visual circuit development

Katja Lamia (The Scripps Research Institute) - Circadian transcriptional repressors Cry1 and Cry2 modulate glucocorticoid signaling

Karl Obrietan (The Ohio State University) - Photic regulation of signaling pathways in the suprachiasmatic circadian clock

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: Sonia Ancoli-Israel

Steven Brown (University of Zurich) - Genetics and Environment: cellular determinants of human circadian clocks

Mary Carskadon (Brown University) - Adolescent sleep: Intersection of circadian biology and lifestyle demands

Sara Mednick (UC San Diego) - How napping affects human performance

Mark Rosekind (National Transportation Safety Board) - Chronobiology and transportation safety: Risks and opportunities

Dinner & Guest Presentation
UCSD Great Hall
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Happy Hour
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm - Buffet Dinner and Guest Presentation

Gene Block (UCLA) - Challenges to the public research university: From access to activism

Invited Speakers

Alex Webb
University Cambridge, UK
Mark Rosekind
National Transportation Safety Board
Andrew Huberman
UC San Diego
Mary Carskadon
Brown University
Andy LiWang
UC Merced
Mary Harrington
Smith College
Gene Block
Michael Gorman
UC San Diego
Hiroki Ueda
RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Japan
Michael Young
The Rockefeller University
John Hogenesch
University of Pennsylvania
Roger Tsien
UC San Diego
Joseph Takahashi
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Sara Mednick
UC San Diego
Karl Obrietan
The Ohio State University
Steven Brown
University of Zurich
Katja Lamia
The Scripps Research Institute
Yi Liu
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Poster Session

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

CCB Symposium 2012 Poster Winners

1st Place Winner:
Joshua Gendron - UCSD, Steve Kay's lab
Title: Reciprocal regulations between TOC1 and CCA/LHY

2nd Place Winner:
Susan Cohen - UCSD, Susan Golden's lab
Title: How bacteria inherit a sense of time

3rd Place Winner:
Jennifer Evans - Morehouse School of Medicine
Title: Formal & physiological mechanisms regulating coupling within the mammalian pacemakers of the PER2

4th Place Winner:
Tsuyoshi Hirota - UCSD, Steve Kay's Lab
Title: Chemical genetic screen for circadian clock modifiers identified a new CKIdelta-selective inhibitor


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 2012

Please click here to download the symposium flyer.

Organizing Committee:

For additional information, please contact:

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

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