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Conference: „Circular DNA in development and disease“

This meeting will bring together the leading experts on extrachromosomal circular DNA. Even though extrachromosomal circular DNA has been observed in cells for many years, only recent sequencing technologies have made it possible to describe their structure and function in detail. Growing evidence has revealed an unexpected prevalence of extrachromosomal circular DNA in healthy and cancerous cells. This meeting aims to discuss recent reports in order to find collaborative approaches to tackle the open questions about extrachromosomal circular DNA.

Program (preliminary)


January 30, 2020

  • 8.30 am: Registration and coffee
  • 9 am: Opening of the meeting, introduction (Anton Henssen)
  • 9.15 am: Keynote lecture: Paul Mischel
  • 10 am: Session I: Biology of endogenous circular DNA (part 1), Birgitte Regenberg, Yves Barral, Ruth Kroschewski, Massa Shoura, Nelson Hall
  • 12 m: Lunch break and Poster Session I
  • 2.30 pm: Session II: Biology of endogenous circular DNA (part 2), Vineet Bafna, Anidya Dutta, Tokuko Haraguchi
  • 5 pm: Workshop I: A unified nomenclature for extrachromosomal circular DNA
  • 6.30 pm: Dinner and networking


January 31, 2020

  • 8.30 am: Coffee
  • 9 am: Session III: Methods for isolation and profiling of extrachromosomal circular DNA, Lasse Maretty Sørensen, Richard Koche, Stephen Levene, Elias Fos, Yonglun Luo, Benjamin Werner
  • 12 m: Lunch break and Poster Session II
  • 2 pm: Session IV: Circular DNA in cancer, Roel Verhaak, Julia S Johansen, Anton Henssen, Sihan Wu, Peter Scecheri
  • 4.50 pm: Workshop II: Standard practice for the detection of circular DNA, Chair: Birgitte Regenberg / Julie Boertmann Noer / Vineet Bafna
  • 6.30 pm: Dinner and networking


February 1, 2020

  • 9 am: Coffee
  • 9 am: Session V: Circular DNA and its impact on aging, Takehiko Kobayashi, Andreas Hochwagen
  • 11.15 am: Session VI: Circular DNA and cellular evolution, Jonathan Houseley
  • 12.45 pm: Lunch activities and goodbye