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2015 Nucleic Acids Gordon Conference

May 31st – June 5th 2015
University of New England, Biddeford, Maine

The Gordon Research Conference on Nucleic Acids was established more than 50 years ago. The Nucleic Acids GRC has a long tradition in bringing the RNA and DNA fields together and providing a critical forum for the discussion of new ideas in nucleic acids research.

The 2015 meeting of the Nucleic Acids GRC will highlight recent advances in the areas of RNA and DNA biology, biochemistry and biophysics with a view toward identifying emerging concepts and technologies in these fields. Keynote speakers are Tom Cech and Stephen Kowalczykowski. Specific topics of discussion include: RNA/DNA Structure and Dynamics; Chromatin and Transcription; RNA/DNA in Cellular Defense; Post-transcriptional Regulation; RNA/DNA Conflicts; Non-Coding RNAs; Telomere Structure and Function; DNA Replication and Genome Integrity.

Particular emphasis is placed on encouraging young scientists to attend and present at this meeting, with time allotted in the schedule for short talks selected from submitted abstracts and four poster sessions.

More information about the conference can be found at:

RNA Stability 2015 – RNA Stability with an Altitude

The RNA Stability 2015 ‘RNA Stability with an Altitude’ meeting will take place on June 1-4, 2015 at the beautiful and historic Stanley Hotel at the doorstep of Rocky Mountain National Park in Estes Park Colorado. The hotel provides fantastic accommodations, comfortable meeting rooms, and stunning views (not to mention that the hotel is also the location where the Jack Nicholson movie ‘The Shining’ was filmed, it has the largest whiskey bar in Colorado, and legend has it that the hotel is haunted…..).

This will be the sixth in a very productive series of meetings which took place previously in Florence, Italy (2003), Arolla, Switzerland (2005), Asheville, North Carolina (2008), Montreal, Canada (2010), and Strasbourg, France (2013). As has historically been the case, the research presented at this meeting will cover a wide range of aspects related to RNA stability, particularly as it applies to basic and applied areas of science

Over 25 invited speakers have been recruited to ensure cutting-edge science is presented in all aspects of the RNA Stability field. Additional oral presentations will be selected from the submitted abstracts. Abstracts that are not selected for oral presentations will be presented as posters. This conference historically attracts between 125 and 150 principal investigators, postdocs and students from North America, Europe and Asia. Thus the meeting will provide ample opportunity for networking and one-on-one discussions with attendees.

For more information, please visit

We look forward to seeing you in Colorado in June!

Lead Organizers: Jeff Wilusz and David Port

MicroRNAs and Noncoding RNAs in Cancer

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place June 7–12, 2015 at
Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Frank J. Slack, Yale University
Manel Esteller, Belvitge Biomedical Research Institute (IDIBELL)
Lin He, University of California, Berkeley

This meeting focuses on the exciting biology of microRNAs and noncoding RNAs in controlling developmental and cancer processes like cell proliferation, differentiation, cell cycle, apoptosis and metastasis, as well as the latest efforts to harness the power of these RNAs as agents in the fight against cancer. In addition, this meeting attracts the best researchers working in small RNAs and cancer to one place for critical discussions that will advance the field and accelerate the bench-side to bedside use of this technology and provides a stimulating environment where students, postdocs and junior investigators can present and discuss their research with the best minds in the field.

Scholarship & Discounted Abstract Deadline: February 5, 2015

Abstract Deadline: March 5, 2015
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)

Discounted Registration Deadline: April 7, 2015
(Through this date, you can also submit an abstract on our website for publication in the printed abstract book and presentation in a poster session.)

For more information and to register, please visit our website:

11th Annual RiboWest Meeting

The 11th Annual RiboWest Meeting will be held in Edmonton, AB on June 8 and 9th, 2015. RiboWest aims to promote interaction amongst RNA researchers and provide trainees the opportunity to participate in these activities. This year we are excited to have three invited speakers:

Dr. Ron Breaker – Yale University and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Roy Parker – University of Colorado, Boulder and Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Dr. Daniel Lafontaine – Université de Sherbrooke

For the 2015 meeting, we will continue the tradition of selecting the vast majority of abstracts for oral presentation from trainees and highlight the work of other attendees at two poster sessions. A number of awards for oral and poster presentations will be presented. In addition, the conference will include career development sessions organized and moderated by students. Reduced accommodation costs and travel awards will also be provided to trainees to aid in their participation. Registration for this meeting will begin in April 2015. For more details and to register, please visit our website:

International Conference on the Long and the Short of Non-Coding RNAs June 14-19, 2015

It has been more than a decade since scientists realized that microRNAs(miRNAs) and Piwi-interacting RNA (piRNAs) are not mere oddities invented by worms and flies to regulate gene expression at epigenetic and post-transcriptional levels. Rather, many of these 21-31-nucleotide-short RNAs function in invertebrates and vertebrates alike and some of them are highly conserved. More recently, they have been joined in the limelight by long non-coding (lnc) RNAs, including long intergenic non-coding RNAs (lincRNAs). Yet the mechanisms whereby non-coding RNAs regulate mRNA transcription, subcellular localization, turnover, and translation remain incompletely understood – as do their implications for cell biology and pathophysiology. The goal of this meeting is two-fold. One is to review recent advances in non-coding RNA biology, from biosynthesis to function. The second is to discuss the use of therapeutic non-coding RNAs (including antisense RNAs, siRNAs, miRNA mimics and antagomirs, crRNAs of the CRISPR_Cas system, aptamers, etc) as tools to correct faulty gene expression in human disease.

Conference website:

The organizing committee:
Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko, Ph.D.
Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Zissimos Mourelatos, MD
Professor and Fellowship Director
University of Pennsylvania

Judy Lieberman, MD, PhD
Chair in Cellular and Molecular Med.
Boston Children’s Hospital

The 12th Special Interest Group meeting for Integrative RNA Biology

The 12th Special Interest Group meeting for Integrative RNA Biology ( The meeting will be held in Dublin, Ireland on July 10th, 2015, in the context of the ISMB 2015 conference.

Our invited speakers are:

Nicole Meisner (Novartis, Switzerland), Mar Alba (IMIM & ICREA, Barcelona, Spain), Cathal Seoighe (National University of Ireland), Magnus Rattray (University of Manchester, England) and David Elliott (Newcastle University, England) (

The call for abstracts is open at and the deadline is May 15, 2015. Registration and accommodation guidelines are available through the ISMB website (

With the generous support of the RNA Society we offer limited meeting attendance support for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who otherwise would not be able to attend the meeting for financial reasons (

We hope to see you in Dublin.

IRB-SIG Program Committee (Y. Barash, E. Eyras, K. Hertel)
12th Integrative RNA Biology Special Interest ISMB Group Meeting

10th EMBO Conference on Ribosome Synthesis

10th EMBO Conference on Ribosome Synthesis – Brussels, Belgium – August 19-23, 2015

Keynote Speakers:
Nenad Ban (ETH Zurich)
David Tollervey (Wellcome Trust Edinburgh)

The 2015 EMBO Conference on Ribosome Assembly will be held at the Hotel Metropole in downtown Brussels from August 19-23, 2015.

The meeting will focus on the mechanisms of ribosome assembly in eukaryotes and prokaryotes, the molecular basis for ribosomopathies, the role of specialized ribosomes.  Two exciting Keynote presentations from Nenad Ban and David Tollervey will focus on the structural and molecular cell biology of ribosome assembly. Oral presentations will be selected from submitted abstracts.

Planned sessions include:

  • Ribosome assembly (Prokaryotes and Eukaryotes)
  • Structural aspects of ribosome biogenesis
  • rRNA transcription, epigenetics and growth regulation
  • Animal models to study ribosome biogenesis and ribosomopathies
  • Quality control of ribosome assembly
  • Subcellular trafficking of assembly intermediates
  • Nucleolar structure and dynamics
  • Specialized ribosomes in development and cell differentiation

Registration for this meeting will open in March 2015. Further details can be found at:

Funds have been secured to provide a number of student/postdoc travel scholarships, especially for participants from the following countries: Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Taiwan and Turkey.

The organizing committee

Sander Granneman (U Edinburgh)
Katrin Karbstein (The Scripps Research Institute)
Denis Lafontaine (U Brussels)
Tom Meier (Albert Einstein College of Medicine)
Joost Zomerdijk (U Dundee)

16th Annual RiboClub Meeting in Orford, Quebec, Canada – September 21st – 23rd , 2015

Registration is now open for the 16th RiboClub Meeting to be held in Orford (in the vicinity of Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada) on September 22nd – 24th. This year the meeting is organized in partnership with the Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier (France). Registration before July 6th can be completed at:

The program includes keynote lectures by Adrian Krainer and Eric Westhof, poster sessions and 25 invited speakers on plenary sessions covering the following topics: RNA processing and decay, RNA localization and transport, splicing regulation, translation, non-coding RNAs, transcriptome detection and RNA-driven pathologies. The flavor of the year is “New frontiers in RNA biology and human diseases”. Additional talks will be selected from submitted abstracts. The program also includes an after-dinner presentation by Paul McKellips from One Health Research in Washington DC.

The RiboClub Society in collaboration with the RNA Society has set aside funds for fellowships to support the travel of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. The application deadline for all travel fellowships is June 1st, 2015. Requests will be reviewed by members of the RiboClub, and decisions will be communicated no later than June 15th, 2015. Applicants can fill the pdf application form available at the registration web site and send it to [email protected].

Deadline for registration and abstracts submission: July 6th, 2015

3rd Annual Symposium on RNA Science: Epitranscriptomics

3rd Annual Symposium on RNA Science: Epitranscriptomics

March 18, 2016 at The RNA Institute University at Albany (Albany, NY)

Sponsored by Sigma-Aldrcih Corporation

Topic: Epitranscriptomics

The scientific challenges, opportunities, and tool/technology needs in the area of RNA chemical modifications…accelerating our understanding of the roles of RNA modifications in human health, development and disease