7th Annual RNA Symposium

March 18-20, 2020, 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.

Register Here

Submit Abstracts Here

Apply for the Undergraduate Fellowship to Attend the Symposium Here

Early Bird Registration and Abstracts due by January 31, 2020

Undergraduate Fellowship applications due by February 16th, 2020

Nobel Laureate and Distinguished Keynote Speaker:

Michael Rosbash
Brandeis University

Wednesday, March 18

Additional confirmed Keynote Speakers include the following leaders in the RNA field and will present on March 19 and 20, 2020

 Sandra Wolin NIH/NIC

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 be held on Wednesday, March 18 and will include the following topics as well as some new additions that will be updated here shortly: Gradient fractionation, RNA simulations, Epitranscriptomics, Sequencing technologies, Nanoswitch-mediated detection of micro-RNAs, Expanding the tools to combat repeat expansion disorders.

Workshops include:

  • How to perform miRacles: a simple and low-cost assay for microRNA detection. In this one-day hands-on workshop, users will learn how to detect specific microRNAs using the recently developed miRacles assay (microRNA activated conditional looping of engineered switches).  Reported in Science Advances and Trends in Biochemical Sciences, the approach uses low-cost DNA nanoswitches that can be easily adopted in any lab to provide a simple alternative to qPCR and Northern blotting.  At the end of the day, users will have the knowledge and experience to use the technology in their own labs.
  • 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



Abstracts for selected talks and posters due on January 31, 2020.

For instructions and to submit, please visit: https://www.rna.albany.edu/7th-annual-symposium-abstract-submission/


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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