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EMBO Workshop

Telomere biology in health and human disease

01 – 06 May 2018 | Troia, Portugal

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 01 March 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 March 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 06 March 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 March 2018

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About the Workshop

Telomere imageThis EMBO Workshop will focus on the molecular mechanisms of telomere biology and how this is compromised in human genetic disorders, ageing and cancer. This reflects exciting recent developments in the field linking shelterin and telomerase pathway mutations to a range of human diseases. Together with these clinical developments, recent technical advances have also revealed unexpected new insights into telomere biology at the level of single molecules and in whole organisms. Thus, new research insights in this field are arising constantly, which we aim to promote by bringing together basic, translational and clinical telomere researchers who are studying the mechanisms underlying telomere homeostasis and exploiting these recent discoveries for the benefit of human health. Telomeres image 2

The principle themes of the meeting will therefore focus on the latest advances in telomere function and regulation and how this can be exploited for diagnostics, anti-cancer approaches and treatment/management of telomere dysfunction disorders. A major objective of the meeting will be to provide a forum for open and stimulating discussions between key basic, translational and clinical scientists and young researchers who have recently joined the field.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Telomere replication and length regulation
  • Stem cells and cancer
  • Telomerase biogenesis and function
  • Consequences of telomere dysfunction
  • Telomere proteins and protein modifications
  • Telomere length and disease
  • Mechanisms of telomere maintenance
  • Telomeric RNA and chromatin

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  • Registration Deadline
  • 01 March 2018
  • Abstract Submission Deadline
  • 01 March 2018
  • Chosen Participants Will Be Notified By
  • 06 March 2018
  • Payment Deadline
  • 20 March 2018



Registration includes:

Accommodation in single/twin bedrooms (5 nights)

All meals. Includes supper on Tue. May 1; Breakfast on Sun. May 6.

Coffee breaks

Afternoon in Lisbon (Guided walk and Dinner)

Conference bag, abstract book (pdf)

WI-FI access throughout

Shuttle Service to and from Lisbon Airport will be provided on arrival day (May 1) and departure day (May 6). Transport for afternoon out in Lisbon is also included.

Does not include travel to and from Lisbon Airport or extra nights of accommodation before or after the Conference.


Successful participants will be sent payment details by email. A limited number of travel grants from EMBO will be awarded to trainees giving talks.

Selection criteria

If we need to select, applicants will be chosen based on the quality of the science in the abstract and allowing for access to a maximum of labs (i.e. if need be, we will try to diminish applicants from same labs). An additional series of talks will also be selected from abstracts and applicants will be notified at least three weeks before the Conference.

Abstract guidelines

Abstracts should include title, authors, affiliations and summary limited to 250 words.

Poster specifications

The poster board is double-sided. Your assigned number will be in the upper left hand corner of the poster board. The poster boards are in portrait format, and authors can make use of the full dimensions of 90 cm width × 140 cm height. All the material necessary for attaching the poster to the poster board will be available at the poster area.

Each author is responsible for assembly and removal of his/her own poster. The poster sessions have a designated time.Poster presenters are requested to be available at their poster to discuss their research with the meeting attendees.

Travel grants

A limited number of travel grants are available for participants. Applicants do not need to apply separately for travel grants for this event but should indicate on the registration form if they wish to be considered for a travel grant. Selection of awardees is handled directly by the organizer who will notify all eligible participants. More information is available at EMBO Travel Grants' page.



Akila Sridhar

Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência





Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos

Alameda do Zambujeiro,

Tróia, 7570-789, Portugal


Aqualuz is located among white sandy beaches protruding in the Atlantic Ocean on the Troia Peninsula, 3 minutes away from the beach on the Troia resort. Set in a modern high-rise, it features tennis courts, nearby golfing facilities, two swimming pools, hot tub, sauna and Turkish bath.

Rooms open out onto private balconies and are all equipped with flat-screen cable TVs. The majority of the meals will be served at the hotel restaurant where guests can enjoy specialties from the Setúbal Region. Renowned Portuguese wines and local spirits are served at the lobby bar until late in the evenings.

Students will be accommodated in twin rooms and are welcome to provide names for roommates. Post-docs will be mostly accommodated in single rooms but due to availability we may have to ask them to share. Here too, we welcome names of roommates.


The nearest airport is Portela Airport (Lisbon), which is approximately 60 km from Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos. Buses from and to airport will be provided on arrival and departure days.

The Troiaresort can be reached in approximately one hour by car from Lisbon or Lisbon Airport. Use the highways A2 and A12 and one of the vessels of Atlantic Ferries – ferry or catamaran – with departures in Setubal every 35 minutes. Setubal can also be reached by public transportation (subway and train) from Lisbon or Lisbon Airport. The Aqualuz Suite Hotel Apartamentos is a 5 min walk away from the catamaran port and can be easily found by following the signs ‘Hotels’.

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