Telomeres are the nucleoprotein complexes that protect natural chromosome ends. Research over the last several years has led to the realization that short telomeres correlate with a diverse array of health issues and mutations in telomerase and telomere associated proteins are related to a variety of degenerative diseases, as well as cancer. It is clear that the telomere field has reached the beginning of an exciting new chapter where mechanistic molecular insights connect with diagnostics and the treatment of patients. This conference will bring together the full spectrum of researchers interested in telomeres, from those focusing on basic molecular mechanisms to clinicians involved in determining the causes and consequences of premature telomere shortening in patients, to discuss their findings in an open and co-operative environment.

The EMBO Conference on Telomeres, Telomerase and Disease will cover topics such as:

  • 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





Husa President Park Hotel

Blvd du Roi Albert II,

44-1000 Brussels,


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