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 Poster Abstracts Here

Poster abstracts will be accepted up until midnight on March 6th, 2020.

Draft Agenda Here

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/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 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, 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.
  • Gradient fractionation – Fractionation of biological material is an important tool to analyze samples separated by a defined parameter. One such method is separation by sucrose gradient ultracentrifugation. In this workshop, we will go over different gradient examples and what to use them for, sample preparation, gradient preparation and fractionation using the Brandel/Teledyne-Isco system. We also offer to fractionate and analyze samples by participants. The fractionated samples can be frozen for subsequent analysis by qRT-PCR, NGS, western blotting.  Attendees will also leave with a complete set of detailed protocols for gradient fractionation. A limited number of samples from participants could be fractionated during the workshop.  If you are interested please contact Dr. Fuchs.
  • 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
  • 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



Abstracts for selected talks were due on February 7, 2020.

Abstracts for poster presentations will be accepted up until midnight on March 6th.

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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