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'Pan-Asian hub' for life scientists to open in Suzhou, China, on Monday, April 6
Date:4/5/2010

le heed to rank or status," he said. "CSHL-style meetings offer scientists an opportunity to present their own work and get it critiqued, through immediate feedback from colleagues. This is incredibly valuable. Our meetings are also famously democratic -- people with decades of experience in their field can be challenged by grad students and postdocs. Our effort to involve young scientists in particular provides a powerful model, different from but complementary to the traditional, top-down model of scientific communication."

Pan-Asian Hub for Scientific Exchange

Thousands of scientists, from all over the world -- mainly from the nations of Asia, but also Europe and the Americas -- are expected to gather annually at this "pan-Asian hub" to present data and challenge one another's' latest theories, in fields ranging from genetics and molecular biology to clinical approaches to cancer and neurological and psychiatric illnesses.

The hub, named the Suzhou Dushu Lake Conference Center, is a newly constructed state-of-the-art meetings and lodging complex modeled after what many consider the most successful meetings-based hub for the advancement of knowledge in the life sciences the 75-year-old Meeting & courses Program at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, on the north shore of Long Island, about 35 miles east of New York City. Dushu Lake a similarly picturesque site, located within Suzhou Industrial Park, a new high-tech city of 300,000 is at the periphery of the 2,500-year-old Chinese city of Suzhou, famous for its well-preserved old town and classical gardens. Suzhou is only 60 miles west of a "megacity" even larger than New York the economic powerhouse of Shanghai, population 20 million.

Importantly, the new conference center is less than an hour by high-speed rail from Shanghai, and, served by two regional airports, is only a 2- to 3-hour plane ride from Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong; Singapore and Sydney,
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Contact: Peter Tarr
tarr@cshl.edu
516-367-8455
Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
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