Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce the XI International Conference on Drosophila Heterochromatin to be held in Lecce, Italy, at the Rectorat of Salento University, from 23 to 29 June 2013.


World-renowned scientists and young researchers from around the world meet every two years with the "International Conference on Drosophila Heterochromatin" to exchange their experiences, the latest scientific discoveries and establish international collaborations that lead to useful continually results not only in basic biological research, but also useful for practical applications in the field of genetic diseases.

Heterochromatin is a major part of the genome of all organisms including man. The study of this genetic material has provided, and provides continuous, fundamental contributions to the understanding of epigenetic mechanisms that underlie the regulation of gene expression. It was discovered recently that changes in these mechanisms lead to the onset of various diseases in humans.

Therefore, this type of study is essential, not only to fully understand the control mechanisms of gene expression, but also to understand the molecular changes that lead to the onset of several genetic disorders. It's important to stress that the understanding of these changes is a prerequisite to develop effective therapeutic strategies.

The papers presented at the conference, as in the past, are conveyed and advertised in several prestigious international journals such as "Chromosoma," "Genetics", "Fly" and "Genetica".

The congress is organized by the Department of Biology and Biotechnology,"Charles Darwin", Sapienza University of Rome and by the Department of Biological and Environmental Science and Technology "DiSTeBA", University of Salento, Lecce.

It will be similar in format and size to the previous ones with 50-60 speakers and no more than 140 participants.

The meeting will give the opportunity to discuss the latest advances in Heterochromatin Biology and the Epigenetic Mechanisms of gene regulation.

Major topics:

  • Position effect variegation and chromatin structure
  • RNAi and heterochromatin
  • Chromatin structure and gene expression
  • Heterochromatic genes
  • Centromeres
  • Telomeres
  • Heterochromatin and chromosome pairing
  • Euchromatin/heterochromatin interaction system
  • Highly and middle repetitive DNA and heterochromatin
  • Heterochromatic genome sequencing


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4 March 2013


31 May 2013
(midnight, Italian time)

Late registrations
will be accepted
at a higher fee.


4 March 2013


31 May 2013
(midnight, Italian time)


4 March 2013


31 May 2013
(midnight, Italian time)



Maria Pia Bozzetti
University of Salento, Lecce

Sergio Pimpinelli
Sapienza University of Rome

Organising Secretariat

Gubbio Servizi S.r.l. Email


Gubbio Servizi