7th Annual RNA Symposium

 March 17-19 2021, University at Albany

The RNA Institute’s 7th Annual RNA Symposium will bring together scientific experts, students and industry professionals who conduct basic, applied and translational research in RNA. This year’s meeting will highlight multidisciplinary work being done in and around RNA science.

The RNA Symposium provides a forum for faculty, students and industry representatives to present their findings and network with colleagues. It has attracted Nobel Laureates, as well as National Academy Members, distinguished Howard Hughes Medical Institute Principal Investigators, renowned university professors, industry scientists and medical doctors, among others from around the world.

Registration link to come

Draft Agenda Here

Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Keynote Speaker:

Michael Rosbash Brandeis University

Additional confirmed Keynote Speakers include the following leaders in the RNA field and will present

 Sandra Wolin NIH/NCI

Sarah Woodson Johns Hopkins University

Thomas Tuschl The Rockefeller University

Alain Laederach UNC Chapel Hill

Christos Kyratsous Regeneron

Shuling Guo Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Myriam Gorospe NIH/NIA

Elisa Franco, UCLA

Victoria D’Souza Harvard University

Lydia Contreras The University of Texas at Austin

John Carulli Syros Pharmaceuticals

Christine Chow Wayne State University

Philip Bevilacqua Penn State University

Marlene Belfort University at Albany


Workshops will include the following topics as well as some new additions that will be updated here: Gradient fractionation, RNA simulations, Epitranscriptomics, Sequencing technologies, Nanoswitch-mediated detection of micro-RNAs, Myotonic dystrophy and other microsatellite disorders. Workshops include:

  • Epitranscriptomics – In this workshop we will learn how to prepare RNA samples to study its composition in the context of RNA chemical modifications using liquid chromatography and tandem mass spectrometry (LC-MS/MS). In addition to hands on RNA sample preparation, the users will learn about LC-MS instrumentation, RNA modifications quantification as well as data processing.
  • Myotonic dystrophy and other microsatellite disorders – new avenues for industry and academic research.  This workshop will include topics covering an overview of repeat expansion disorders, diseases with the largest impact, the research tools for studying repeats and unique funding avenues for repeat disorders. At the end of this workshop, attendees should be able to:
    • understand the breadth and complexity of microsatellite expansion disorders
    • comprehend the pathogenesis of myotonic dystrophy, spinocerebellar ataxias & C9-ALS/FTD
    • appreciate the available tools and identify areas of need for studying repeat expansion disorders
    • identify overlapping research objectives with the repeat expansion field and sources of funding
  • RNA Simulations Mini-SymposiumFREE This one-day satellite mini-symposium is free and will be held on 3/18/2020 and is intended to bring together the RNA simulation community, with a particular emphasis on young investigators and trainees.  Short talks will be given from various local and national faculty and will also include an RNA computational focused poster session being held on Wednesday March 18th. The objective is to discuss current challenges in the field and support the development of new strategies to reveal the intricate dynamics of RNA systems.  Approaches from diverse perspectives ranging from quantum, all-atom, coarse-grained, and sequence-level models will be discussed.  Students interested in learning more about simulation are particularly encouraged to attend and those already engaged in computational research are invited to present posters. For more information and to register please click Here


Room blocks have been reserved at the Hilton Garden Inn (Albany/SUNY Area) directly adjacent to campus and  at Hampton Inn Albany-Western Ave/University Area, also quite near to campus.


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