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dna-163466-1280-1024x576The Zing conference on “Genomic Integrity” will focus on the various pathways that help protect living creatures from the genetic changes that lead to genomic instability, mutagenesis, inherited rare human diseases, cancer, premature aging and neurological disorders. It is now understood that the ability to maintain the integrity of an organisms genome is achieved though the interplay between a variety of DNA repair pathways and the meeting will focus on new insights into our understanding of base excision repair, nucleotide excision repair, mismatch repair, replication fidelity, translesion DNA synthesis, cell cycle signaling and homologous recombination.

The program will include time for vibrant group discussions, poster sessions and ample time for individual interactions. The key goal of this international meeting is to allow the community of scientists working in this highly interconnected set of sub-fields to come together in a single location, so as to share their exciting results and to discuss their thoughts for future research directions and collaborations.

We hope that you’ll be able to join us in Cairns, Australia, for what we anticipate will be a stimulating and thought provoking meeting on all aspects of genomic integrity.

Conference Sponsors


DNA Repair Best Poster Award

dna-REPAIR1elsevier-logoElsevier’s DNA Repair is the proud sponsor of the Best Poster Award at the Genomic Integrity Conference. The winner will be elected by the conference chairs and will be awarded an Elsevier certificate plus a cash prize of $500!! Register and submit your best poster abstract now to be in with a chance of winning this prestigious prize.

The Conference Chairs

Roger-Woodgate-150x150Roger Woodgate
National Institutes of Health

Dr. Roger Woodgate has devoted his scientific career to understanding the molecular mechanisms of damage-induced mutagenesis in prokaryotes and eukaryotes. He received his Ph.D., from the University of Sussex in Brighton England and for the past 24 years has worked at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland. At the present time, Dr. Woodgate is chief of the Laboratory of Genomic Integrity in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.

lavin11-150x150Martin Lavin
The University of Queensland

The major focus of Professor Lavin’s research has been on the importance of DNA damage response in minimising genetic instability and cancer. He has also established an international reputation for work on the human genetic disorder ataxia-telangiectasia. Professor Lavin’s research interests included cancer genetics; neurodegenerative disease; early detection of prostate cancer and evaluation of snake venom proteins with therapeutic potential.

Derek-RichardDerek Richard
Queensland University of Technology

Dr Richard obtained his PhD in microbial biochemistry from the University of Dundee (Scotland) in 1999. His research interest then moved from the bacterial domain of life to the archaea where he worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Malcolm White studying archaeal DNA repair systems. Dr Richard moved his research team to the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation at QUT in Feb 2011. His team investigate the cellular processes that allow cells to cope with genomic stress and how these processes are modified in disease. This research centres on the initial basic discoveries to the translation from bench to bedside.

chair4Kum Kum Khanna
Queensland Institute of Medical Research

Kum Kum Khanna is a Senior Principal Research Fellow who has been working in the field of DNA damage repair and cancer susceptibility for 15 years. Having studied in India and researched at The Queensland Institute of Medical Research, Kum Kum’s career passion is to understand the cellular and molecular basis of cancer and to develop novel cancer therapeutics with reduced side effects. Dr Khanna Heads the Signal Transduction Laboratory at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research.


Talk Consideration Deadline: 1st May 2015…… Poster Submission Deadline: 30th June 2015

For general abstract information or to download a copy of our abstract template please follow the links below.

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If you have already registered for this conference and now wish to submit your abstract or send a revised version, you can either Sign In to your account and add the abstract or Submit Your Abstract directly to us using the links below.

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The Venue

Pullman Cairns International
Cairns, Australia



1st August 2015 – 5th August 2015

Pullman Cairns International is located in the central business district of Cairns and overlooks the harbour and mountain hinterland. This 321 room hotel is ideally positioned to take advantage of all the city has to offer.

All the bedrooms are over 40 square meters and contain full amenities; while Coco’s Restaurant, located on the Lobby level, is widely regarded as one of the best restaurants in Cairns. This venue boasts excellent conference facilities which will ensure you can absorb the scientific content in comfort, while providing the ideal location for networking and discussion.

The hotel is located 7.5km from Cairns Airport and we recommend using official airport taxis for your transfers between destinations.


Venue Rating*****
Nearest AirportCairns Int’l


Plenary Speakers


Keith Caldecott
University of Sussex
Mechanisms of Neural Dysfunction and Juvenile Mortality in SSB Repair Defective Mice
Keith’s talk is sponsored by the UKEMS.


Peter Campbell
Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Interrogating the architecture of cancer genomes


Junjie Chen
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Protein-protein interaction network in DNA damage response and tumorigenesis


Michael O’Donnell
The Rockefeller University
Reconstitution and structure of the eukaryotic replisome


Leona Samson
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Biological Responses to alkylation and inflammation


Wei Yang
National Institutes of Health
Ins and Outs of DNA Translesion Synthesis

Invited Speakers

Untitled-150x150Magnar Bjørås
Oslo University Hospital
Modulation of cognitive function by oxidative DNA base lesion repair
CoxMichael Cox
University of Wisconsin-Madison
How recombinational DNA repair systems evolve to meet new genomic challenges
CURTAIN-150x150Nicola Curtin
Newcastle University
Identifying and targeting dysregulated DDR for cancer therapy
bruce-demple-150x150Bruce Demple
Stony Brook University
Roadblocks and relief: Formation and removal of mechanism-based, oxidative DNA-protein crosslinks
fishel-150x150Richard Fishel
The Ohio State University
Visualizing Mismatch Repair in vivo and in vitro
fosterPatricia Foster
Indiana University
Determinants of spontaneous mutation in Escherichia coli
fuchs-150x150Robert Fuchs
CNRS Marseille
Channeling DNA Damage Tolerance pathways between TLS and Homology Directed Repair.
Patricia-GearhartPatricia Gearhart
National Institutes of Health
Mutational Storm at the Immunoglobulin Loci Caused by Paused RNA Polymerases and Activation-Induced Deaminase
goodman-150x150Myron Goodman
University of Southern California
Mutations for worse or better: Low-fidelity DNA polymerase V is an internally regulated mutator
jeggoPenny Jeggo
University of Sussex
The impacts of defects in proteins required for NHEJ in humans and mice
Fumio-HanaokaFumio Hanaoka
Gakushuin University
Regulation of the Protein Level of Rev1 in Fission Yeast
JorgJörg Heierhorst
St Vincent’s Institute of Medical Research
Essential functions of the ATM substrate Chk2-interacting Zinc-finger protein (ASCIZ/ATMIN) in B cell development and lymphomagenesis
Komatsu-2-CustomKenshi Komatsu
Kyoto University
Dual roles of NBS1 in translesional DNA synthesis and a response to radiation damage
loebLawrence A. Loeb
University of Washington
Subclonal Mutations in Replicative DNA Polymerases in Human Cancers are Revealed by Ultra – Accurate Duplex Sequencing
lowdnesNoel Lowndes
National University of Ireland
Sensing and responding to DNA damage
McMurrayCynthia McMurray
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Toxicity by DNA repair
KJKj Myung
Ulsan National Institute of Science and Technology (UNIST)
Identification of a novel chemotherapeutic agent specific for tumors with DNA mismatch repair deficiencies
hilde-nilsen-150x150Hilde Nilsen
The University of Oslo
Non-redundant roles the UNG2 and SMUG1 Uracil DNA glycosylases in genome maintenance
pommierYves Pommier
Center for Cancer Research, National Institutes of Health
Good and bad sides of topoisomerase I in the context of ribonucleotide misincorporation into DNA
toneTone Tønjum
Oslo University Hospital
On the neurogenetics of Alzheimer’s disease: contribution of DNA repair
Antoine-150x150Antoine van Oijen
University of Wollongong
Spatial regulation of mutagenic DNA polymerase V in E. coli
David-WilsonDavid Wilson
National Institutes of Health
Role of DNA Damage and Repair in the Premature Aging Disorder, Cockayne Syndrome

Contributing Speakers

Kara Bernstein
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Sandeep Burma
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas
Andrew Deans
St Vincent’s Institute, Melbourne
Loretta Dorstyn
Centre for Cancer Biology
Eloise Dray
Queensland University of Technology
Bodil Kavli
NTNU, Norway
Isao Kuraoka
Osaka University
Li Lan
University of Pittsburgh
Arthur Levine
University of Pittsburgh
Lei Li
M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Keith Mikule
John Murnane
University of California, San Francisco
Mamta Naidu
Tufts University School of Medicine
Mizuki Ohno
Kyushu University
Marit Otterlei
NTNU, Norway
Andrew Robinson
University of Groningen
Kienan Savage
Queen’s University Belfast
Aaron Smith
University of Queensland
Digby Warner
University of Cape Town
Yinsheng Wang
University of California, Riverside
Reich Webber-Montenegro

Poster Highlight Presenters

Malgorzata Rowicka-Kudlicka
University of Texas Medical Branch
Samuel Sidi
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
Huseyin Saribasak
Sifa University
Emma Bolderson
Queensland University of Technology

Conference Programme

To view a copy of the conference programme, please click here.

Please Note: This programme is subject to change. The programme will be updated as information is received and we will always display the most current version online. We strongly recommend periodically reviewing this document.



The United Kingdom Environmental Mutagen Society (UKEMS) is willing to accept applications for bursaries towards the costs of the meeting. These are generally awarded to graduate students or post-doctoral fellows who are UKEMS members. For details on how to apply for a bursary, please click here.

The chairs are also pleased to announce that they anticipate offering a limited number of bursaries to graduate students and post-doctoral fellows to help offset their conference registration fee. The bursary will be prioritized based upon the date of registration for the meeting. The amount of the bursary offered will be determined by the conference chairs closer to the meeting date and subject to ongoing fundraising efforts. If you wish to be considered for the bursary, please indicate your interest by adding the word ‘Bursary’ to the special requirements field of the registration form when registering for the conference.

The conference chairs will have full authority in this matter and Zing Conferences Ltd will not be involved in the process of selecting recipients or allocating the amounts of the bursaries offered.

DNA Repair Best Poster Award

dna-REPAIR1elsevier-logoElsevier’s DNA Repair is the proud sponsor of the Best Poster Award at the Genomic Integrity Conference. The winner will be elected by the conference chairs and will be awarded an Elsevier certificate plus a cash prize of $500!! Register and submit your best poster abstract now to be in with a chance of winning this prestigious prize.

Standard Conference Fees

Please Note: Prices are shown & payable in US Dollars. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card payment. We can no longer accept payment by cheque.

Event Pass


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Event pass fees include

  • Conference registration
  • Welcome reception
  • Attendance to all scientific sessions
  • Conference Pack containing programme & abstract book
  • Wifi in conference room and guest rooms
  • Buffet Lunches (including final day)
  • All coffee breaks during the conference
  • Poster Session & Refreshments
  • Ample time & opportunities for networking
  • On-site assistance from Zing staff available throughout the conference

Event pass fees do not include

  • Accommodation at the conference venue.
  • Accommodation reservations must be made directly by delegates with the hotel via the Hotel Reservations link in the section below

Optional Extras

Evening Meals on Days 1,2 & 3

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Evening Meals Option

Adding this option allows you to enjoy your evening meal at the Pullman International on Days 1,2 & 3. The evening meal on day 4 is the Farewell Dinner and can be added to your reservation package below.

Farewell Dinner

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The Farewell Dinner takes place on the evening of Day 4 of the conference and includes.

  • Conference Awards
  • Private themed meal, serving local/regional foods
  • Live entertainment from the local area
  • Alcoholic & Non-alcoholic drinks
  • Accompanying guests are welcome to attend the dinner at the same price.


Farewell Dinner tickets can also be purchased on-site at the conference.

Please Note: Prices are shown & payable in US Dollars. Payments can be made by bank transfer or credit card payment. We can no longer accept payment by cheque.

Visa Requirements

immiIt is likely that you will need to apply for a visa to enter Australia for this conference. To see which type of visa you require, please follow this link for the most accurate information. Please also click here to view Visa Application Requirements Handout 2015


Once you have registered for an Event Pass, you can book your accommodation directly with the Pullman Cairns International by contacting the bookings department directly via the below link. We strongly recommend booking your accommodation early to avoid disappointment. August is high season for this hotel and there is limited availability.

To contact Graeme from the Pullmans booking department, please use the following link

Pullman Reservation Enquiry

Alternate Options

We have also researched some other hotels in Cairns to give you alternate accommodation options. Rydges Hotel have offered a special rate for our delegates, click the link below to see current prices and make a reservation if you require. Pacific Hotel are also able to offer a special rate, contact Laura Scannell for details.


Rydges Hotels, Cairns


Pacific Hotel, Cairns



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