Telomeres & Telomerase

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

13 December 2021

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory

Registration Deadline

16 December 2021

Telomeres & Telomerase

December 13 - 17, 2021

Abstract Deadline: September 24, 2021


Steven Artandi, Stanford University

Jan Karlseder, The Salk Institute

Deborah Wuttke, University of Colorado

We are pleased to announce the twelfth Cold Spring Harbor meeting on Telomeres & Telomerase bringing together a diverse group of scientists studying various molecular, cellular and genetic aspects of telomeres and telomerase biology. Because of uncertainties around COVID19 and vaccine rollout, we have postponed the meeting from its regular slot in May to December 2021 (the meeting will then revert to its regular slot in the spring of odd years). We are hopeful that with continued vaccine rollout we should be able to congregate safely by December. The meeting is therefore planned as follows:In-person meeting beginning Monday evening, December 13 and ending with lunch on Friday, December 17, 2021.

Note: While we expect the majority of the audience including ALL oral or poster presenters to attend in-person, we recognize that travel restrictions and/or financial barriers may prevent some participants from attending. Based on our experience with virtual meetings during the COVID19 pandemic, we anticipate that some participants will be able to attend virtually, thus broadening access to the conference (see separate guidelines below for presenters and non-presenting participants). 

The meeting is intended to provide a format for the exchange of ideas and information, to discuss the latest research findings and technical advances, and to facilitate interaction amongst groups active in diverse systems.


  • Chromosome and Genome Stability
  • Replication Stress
  • Telomerase Biogenesis and Regulation
  • Telomere Protection and DNA Damage Signaling
  • Telomere Function During the Cell Cycle and Cell Death Regulation
  • Regulation of Immortality by Telomerase
  • Regulation of Immortality by ALT
  • Telomeropathies, Premature Aging and Cancer Predisposition

Discussion Leaders:

Duncan Baird, Cardiff University, UK

Peter Baumann, IMB Mainz, Germany

Simon Boulton, Crick Institute, UK

Tom Cech, UC Boulder, HHMI, USA

Julie Cooper, UC Denver, USA

Laure Crabbe, University Toulouse, France

Titia de Lange, Rockefeller University, USA

Eros Denchi, NCI Bethesda, USA

Carol Greider, UC Santa Barbara, USA

Junko Kanoh, Osaka University, Japan

JK Nandakumar, University Michigan, USA

Roger Reddel, Children's Medical Research Institute, Australia

Michael Stone, UC Santa Cruz, USA

Sharon Savage, NCI Bethesda, USA

Teresa Teixeira, CNRS Paris, France

Virginia Zakian, Princeton University, New Jersey, USA

Unpublished material and must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. The status (talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers.

Financial Aid: Please apply in writing via email to Catie Carr if you require financial support; preference will be given to those submitting abstracts.

Social Media: The designated hashtag for this meeting is #cshltelo. Note that you must obtain permission from an individual presenter before live-tweeting or discussing his/her talk, poster, or research results on social media. Click the Policies tab above to see our full Confidentiality & Reporting Policy.

This conference may be supported in part by: TBA


In-Person Fees

Academic Private Room/Private Bath Package: $1,655

Academic Private Room/Shared Bath Package: $1,555

Academic Shared Room Package: $1,415

Academic No-Housing Package: $1,055

Student Package*: $1,315

Student No-Housing Package: $955

Corporate Private Room/Private Bath Package: $2,115

Corporate No-Housing Package: $1,515

*Student Housing is default double occupancy. Please enquire about availability and fees to upgrade to private room.

Rules for Virtual Participation: Virtual participation will include access to the oral sessions via Zoom, access to the digital poster sessions and access to the Slack discussion channel, and the Leading Strand video archive.Presenters: Individuals submitting abstracts and facing financial barriers should firstly request financial aid (see above). Permission to present your talk or poster virtually will be given only in exceptional circumstances and on a case-by-case basis. If you think you are eligible for an exemption from the requirement to present in person, please provide a justification in writing via email to Catie Carr .

Non-presenting participants: We plan to broaden access to the conference by allowing certain categories of non-presenting participants to attend virtually at reduced fees. Categories include: 

1. Additional members of individual laboratories (4th or more lab member) - PI must supply list of lab members via email to Catie Carr ; 

2. Individuals from low & middle income countries; 

3. Individuals from non-LMIC countries in Asia, Australasia, Africa or South America; 

4. Individuals from US & Canadian minority serving institutions; 

5. Individuals with a demonstrable financial barrier; 

6. Individuals with family obligations or other special circumstances. 

For categories 5 & 6 above, please provide a justification via email to Catie Carr

Virtual Fees

Academic Virtual Package: $295

Student Virtual Package: $180

Corporate Virtual Package: $435