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Non-Coding RNAs: Biology and Applications

May 11-14, 2021 | 8:00AM EDT | 12:00PM UTC | 2:00PM CEST*
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A large number of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) with a surprisingly wide-range of cell-type specific expression profiles are present in human transcriptomes. Emerging evidence points to their critical roles in human physiology and pathology and some are recognized as potential therapeutic targets. However, many seminal questions regarding their mechanism of action remain largely unexplored. There is a need to understand how different regulatory RNAs are processed and regulated, how they act in different physiological and disease contexts, how their essential structural modules are built, organized, and interact with proteins and other RNAs in the cell to carry out their functions. Additionally, there is a need to elucidate how the fundamental biology of regulatory RNA can be translated to therapeutic approaches. 

Therefore, this conference will bring together scientists who study the basic biology of diverse types of ncRNA molecules from generation and processing, structure, mechanisms of action to functional significance in different model organisms, as well as those who develop cutting-edge RNA technologies, biomarkers and medicines for translational purposes. It is anticipated that this conference will provide an integrated platform for scientists to communicate the latest innovative technologies and methodologies that will speed up the exploration of both fundamental regulatory RNA biology and translational applications.

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Program Details

Keynote Speaker

Edith Heard

Edith Heard, PhD
European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

Speaking at this eSymposia

Xuetao Cao

Nankai University and Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences, China

Howard Y. Chang

Stanford University, USA

Ling-Ling Chen

Shanghai Institutes for Biological Sciences, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China

Edward B. Chuong

University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Lydia M. Contreras

University of Texas at Austin, USA

Sarah D. Diermeier

University of Otago, New Zealand

Amanda E. Hargrove

Duke University, USA

Lin He

University of California, Berkeley, USA

Edith Heard

European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

Tetsuro Hirose

Osaka University, Japan

Prasanth V. Kannanganattu

University of Illinois, USA

Lynne E. Maquat

University of Rochester Medical Center, USA

Marco Marcia

EMBL Grenoble, France

Joshua T. Mendell

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, USA

Anna Marie Pyle

Yale University, USA

John L. Rinn

University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Xiaohua Shen

Tsinghua University, China

Matthew D. Simon

Yale University, USA

Erwei Song

Sun-Yat-Sen Memorial Hospital, China

David L. Spector

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

Maria-Elena Torres-Padilla

Helmholtz Centre Munich, Germany

Igor Ulitsky

Weizmann Institute of Science, Israel

Jeremy E. Wilusz

University of Pennsylvania, USA




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Funding for this conference was made possible (in part) by 1R13HG011824-01 from the National Institutes of Health. The views expressed in written conference materials or publications and by speakers and moderators do not necessarily reflect the official policies of the Department of Health and Human Services; nor does mention by trade names, commercial practices, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

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