The RNA Society's Next Meeting

RNA 2017, The Twenty-second Annual Meeting of the RNA Society

The twenty-second annual meeting of the RNA Society will be held May 30 – June 3, 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic

Andrea Barta, Medical University of Vienna, Vienna
Rachel Green, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore
Christopher Lima, Sloan-Kettering Institute, New York
Ron Micura, Leopold Franzens University, Innsbruck
Petr Svoboda, Institute of Molecular Genetics ASCR, Prague
Yukihide Tomari, University of Tokyo IMCB, Tokyo

Other Meetings and Conferences

Bermuda Principles – Impact on Splicing 2017

The 2017 Bermuda Principles Impact on Splicing Conference will take place on February 28- March 3, 2017 at the Fairmont Southampton Princess Hotel in the exotic holiday island of Bermuda. We are offering an exciting conference where the venue serves as the meeting space and accommodation ( This conference is acknowledging the 20th anniversary of the Bermuda Principles, a document created in Bermuda exactly 21 years ago that stated that all gene sequences would be made public in order to further scientific progress in all fields. Such data sharing has indeed advanced scientific research, including the field of splicing.

We hope to evoke a similar atmosphere by sharing our latest splicing research in this conference for the advancement of the field. We encourage young, middle and late career researchers to attend and participate, intending that this gathering will foster fruitful collaborations, inspire novel approaches to tackle existing problems and promote the great work that is going on in the field. Come and enjoy sunshine and seven exciting sessions of splicing.

We are glad to announce that with the support of the RNA Society we are able to offer travel fellowships for early-career researchers (PhD and post-docs) for those who otherwise would not be able to attend the meeting for financial reasons.
If you travel in groups of 3 or more, we can provide a 10% group discount on each registration fee. Please email for details.

Carika Weldon
(De Montfort University)
Ian Eperon (University of Leicester)
Cyril Dominguez (University of Leicester)
Isabelle Behm-Ansmant (CNRS-University of Lorraine)

Invited speakers
Benoit Chabot, University of Sherbrooke, Canada
Stéphane Richard, McGill University, Canada
Benjamin Blencowe, University of Toronto, Canada
Melissa Moore, University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA
Edauardo Eyras, Pompeu Fabra University of Barcelona, Spain
Jamal Tazi, Institut de Génétique Moléculaire de Montpellier, France
Jon Staley, University of Chicago, USA
Andrew Newman, MRC-LMB, University of Cambridge, UK

Sessions topics

  • RNA structure
  • Mechanisms of splicing
  • Splicing and disease
  • Link to transcription
  • Structures: big and small
  • Bioinformatics
  • Therapeutics

Travel fellowships: December 15, 2016 (ADT)
Abstract submission: January 5, 2017 (ADT)
Registration: January 5, 2017 (ADT)

Keystone Symposia: mRNA Processing and Human Disease

Scientific Organizers:
James L. Manley, Columbia University, USA
Siddhartha Mukherjee, Columbia University Medical Center, USA
Gideon Dreyfuss, HHMI/University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place March 58, 2017 at Sagebrush Inn & Suites, Taos, New Mexico, USA.

It has been known for decades that defects in mRNA processing can cause, or contribute to, numerous human diseases. The earliest examples of this involved simply mutations in cis-acting signal sequences (e.g., for splicing and polyadenylation) of target genes, for example the human beta globin gene in beta-thalassemia. But the number of diseases linked to defects in mRNA processing has increased dramatically in the last five to ten years, reflecting in large part insights from deep-sequencing efforts. Indeed, other more interesting mechanisms beyond cis-mutations have emerged, including changes in the concentrations of RNA-binding regulatory proteins and other processing factors in, for example cancer, and mutations that affect the function of not only regulatory proteins but also components of the core splicing machinery, which is seen in various cancers as well as several neurodegenerative diseases. The proteins involved function in a variety of aspects of gene expression, including splicing and polyadenylation/ 3’ end formation of mRNA precursors. Although previous meetings have touched on these topics, this will be the first to focus exclusively on links between mRNA processing and human disease. The meeting will bring together two groups that only infrequently overlap: scientists/physicians whose primary interests center on disease but who have become interested in RNA processing as a result, and scientists who study basic mechanisms of RNA processing and gene expression that have proven to be relevant to disease.

Session Topics:

  • mRNA Splicing and Links to Disease
  • RNPs and Disease
  • MDS, Leukemia and Splicing
  • RNA-Based Therapeutic Approaches
  • Splicing and ALS
  • Further Links between RNA Processing and Disease


  • Scholarship & Discounted Abstract: November 2, 2016
  • Late-Breaking Abstract: December 6, 2016
    (for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)
  • Discounted Registration: January 10, 2017

(Through this date, you can still submit an abstract via our website for poster presentation and publication in our mobile app.)

For more information and to register, please visit the meeting website:

EMBL Course: Analysis and Integration of Transcriptome and Proteome Data

Benes, R. Calogero, J. Krijgsveld, L. Martens

Systems biology is a still expanding field of research aiming to understand at the molecular level how cells, tissues and organism operate in their biological context. Among the key technologies driving this forward are next-generation sequencing and proteomics, as they provide powerful means to determine globally expression levels of genes and proteins. Both fields have matured to a degree that they have now become accessible to researchers in many areas of biology.


This course is targeted at biologists and biochemists who are (or starting to be) involved in both next-generation sequencing and mass spectrometry-based proteomics, but who are not experts in these fields.

The 4th Annual Symposium on RNA Science and Its Applications

*The RNA Institute, University at Albany Event*,

The 4th Annual Symposium on RNA Science and Its Applications is a full day of scientific presentations with a poster session and awards on Friday, March 17, 2017.

Additionally, The RNA Institute is providing 3 concurrent hands-on workshops on March 16, 2017 where participants can analyze their own samples! (NOTE:  Epitranscriptome workshop begins at 4pm on March 15, 2017).
Keynote Speakers & Session Topics:
Session 1:
mRNA Therapeutics: Processing and Targeting
Keynote:  Melissa J. Moore
Chair:  Eric Sontheimer

Session 2:  RNA Trafficking, Signaling, and Imaging
Keynote:  Maria Barna, PhD
Chair:  Tom Gingeras

Session 3:  lncRNAs and Therapeutic Applications
Keynote:  Jeanne B. Lawrence

Session 4:  RNA Structure Informs Function
Keynote:  Tom Steitz
Chair:  Marlene Belfort

Workshop Topics:
Epitranscriptome analysis of RNA modifications at attomole level
, presented by Dr. Maria Basanta-Sanchez, instructs participants how to prepare RNA samples for identifying RNA modifications using liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry (LCMS). In addition participants will learn how to operate LCMS instrumentation for RNA modification quantification and how to process the data for analysis.  You are welcome to bring your own sample for analysis.  Contact Dr. Basanta-Sanchez for sample requirements.

microRNA detection using nanoswitch technology, presented by Dr. Kenneth Halvorsen, instructs participants how to detect microRNA using DNA nanoswitches and standard gel electrophoresis. Participants will learn how to prepare, purify, and use the nanoswitches, and how to analyze the data. Please contact Dr. Halvorsen directly if you are interested in using your own microRNA sample in the workshop.

RNA Dynamics: Structural Modeling Through Simulation Workshop, presented by Drs. Paul Whitford, Alan Chen, and Sri Ranganathan

Keystone Symposia: RNA-Based Approaches in Cardiovascular Diseases

Scientific Organizers:
Thomas Thum, Medical School Hannover, Germany and
Roger J. Hajjar, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, USA

joint with the meeting on

Molecular Mechanisms of Heart Development

Scientific Organizers:
Benoit G. Bruneau, Gladstone Institute of Cardiovascular Disease, USA
Brian L. Black, University of California, San Francisco, USA
Margaret E. Buckingham, Institut Pasteur, France

Submit an abstract and register for these Keystone Symposia conferences that will take place March 2630, 2017 at Keystone Conference Center, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Cardiac diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. RNA-based mechanisms and therapeutic approaches are emerging fields in cardiovascular science. This meeting will present and discuss latest developments using both coding RNA and noncoding RNA (such as microRNAs, long noncoding RNAs and circular RNAs) -based approaches to better understand and develop new therapeutic strategies for cardiac diseases. Attendees will benefit from workshops, specific sessions and industrial perspectives covering everything from basic science to clinical translation employing RNA therapeutics in cardiovascular medicine.


  • Scholarship & Discounted Abstract: November 30, 2016
  • Late-Breaking Abstract: January 11, 2017
    (for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)
  • Discounted Registration: January 26, 2017

(Through this date, you can still submit an abstract via our website for poster presentation and publication in our mobile app.)

For more information and to register, please visit the meeting websites: |

Registered attendees of one meeting in a joint pair may participate in sessions of the other, pending space availability.

NCI RNA Biology 2017

The National Cancer Institute Symposium: RNA Biology 2017

Building 45, Natcher Conference Center, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, MD


RNA biology has emerged as one of the most influential areas in modern biology and biomedicine. The discovery of numerous new classes of RNAs and their function in a wide spectrum of biological processes has revolutionized molecular biology and has profound implications for clinical sciences. Key areas of current research include the elucidation of RNA biogenesis and structure, the identification of functions for various classes of RNAs, establishing the role of RNA in disease, and the exploration of RNA-based- and RNA-targeted therapies.

Organized by the CCR Initiative in RNA Biology, this symposium will bring together internationally renowned experts in the field of RNA Biology, with the focus on:

  • RNA Processing
  • RNA Structure and Mechanism
  • Non-classical RNAs
  • RNA Therapy

Organizing Committee: Natasha Caplen, Susan Gottesman, Stephen Hughes, Mikhail Kashlev, Stuart Le Grice, Shalini Oberdoerffer, Bruce Shapiro, Yun-Xing Wang, Joseph Ziegelbauer

Speakers include:
Victor Ambros, University of Massachusetts * Ben Blencowe, University of Toronto * Robert Bradley, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center * Thomas Cech, University of Colorado, Boulder * Emmanuelle Charpentier, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology * L. Stirling Churchman, Harvard University * Matthew Disney, Scripps Research Institute * Wendy Gilbert, MIT * Susan Gottesman, NCI * Brenton Graveley, University of Connecticut * Markus Hafner, NIAMS * Alan Hinnebusch, NICHD * J. Robert Hogg, NHLBI * Narry V. Kim, Seoul National University * Stavroula Mili, NCI * Melissa Moore, Moderna Therapeutics * Tao Pan, University of Chicago * Nikolaus Rajewsky, Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine * Oliver Rando, University of Massachusetts * Joan Steitz, Yale University * Bruce Sullenger, Duke University * Sohail Tavazoie, Rockefeller University * Jorg Vogel, University of Wurzburg * Sandra Wolin, NCI

To Register: Registration is free but seating is limited so please register online at:

For additional information please contact Julia Lam at

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Microsymposium on Small RNA Biology

Scientific Organizers:

Stefan Ameres, IMBA, Vienna, Austria
Julius Brennecke, IMBA, Vienna, Austria
Luisa Cochella, IMP, Vienna, Austria
Javier Martinez, MFPL, Vienna, Austria
Michael Nodine, GMI, Vienna, Austria

The Microsymposium is a three-day international conference that brings together young scientists, junior and senior group leaders, and company representatives from all over the world to present and discuss their latest findings in the exciting field of small RNAs. The Microsymposium was founded in 2005 and has established itself as the major small RNA meeting in Europe. It is organized by the three research institutions IMBA, IMP, and GMI, as well as by the RNA community of the Vienna Biocenter.

The conference includes a PhD Student Workshop. From the submitted abstracts, 8-10 students will be selected as speakers. Travel and accommodation for these students will be covered.

The Microsymposium is entirely financed by scientific societies, leading journals, biotech companies, the city of Vienna, and the research institutions IMBA, IMP, and GMI. These generous contributions make the Microsymposium a registration-free meeting for all its participants.

This year, the Microsymposium will take place just a few days before the RNA Society Meeting in Prague, which will begin on May 30th, to facilitate traveling for people who plan to attend both.

• Abstract submission: April 15, 2017
• Registration: May 15, 2017

For more information, including a full list of speakers, and to register, please visit:

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Hallmarks of Cancer: Focus on RNA

Accumulating evidences support the importance of RNA biology in the hallmarks of cancer. Post-transcriptional steps of gene expression (pre-mRNA splicing, polyadenylation, stability, translation, localization and modifications) as well as the functions of non-coding RNAs are increasingly diverse. It is therefore challenging to comprehend this complexity in the context of cancer.

The internationally renowned experts invited to this symposium will present the recent advances in our understanding of RNA biology in cancer. This will be complemented by at least 10 selected talks, as well as poster presentations.

The symposium is intended to bring together RNA and cancer biologists. It is expected that the small size of the attendance (max. 150) will foster stimulating discussions that will lead to innovative collaborations.

– Regulators of RNA metabolism as oncoproteins and tumor suppressors
– Oncogenic signalling to RNAs and anti-cancer targeted therapies
– RNA modifications in cancer development and progression
– Extracellular RNA trafficking
– RNA-based reprograming of cancer cell metabolism
– Immune response and RNA biology

Martin Dutertre (Curie institute, FR), David Stanek (IMG, CZ), Petr Svoboda (IMG, CZ), Stéphan Vagner (Curie institute, FR), Juan Valcarcel (CRG, ES), Sandra Wolin (NCI, USA)

Registration fee: 150 EurosRegistration and full payment due no later than March 20, 2017.

The registration fees include access to sessions, coffee breaks, two dinners (Sunday and Monday) and two lunches (Monday and Tuesday). Payment must be made in full at the time of registration only by Credit Card.

Abstracts are welcome on all scientific topics related to the symposium and must be submitted electronically by March 20, 2017. Those who wish to submit an abstract must first register to attend the conference. Selection of abstracts for oral (at least 10) and poster presentations will be made by the organizers. Acceptance of abstracts and their status (talk/poster) will be sent by email no later than April 20, 2017. The audience will be limited to 150 participants.


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EMBL Course: Whole Transcriptome Data Analysis

Benes, R. Calogero

The course participants will learn how to use BioConductor software and Illumina BaseSpace Cloud apps. In the first three days, the course covers various topics using the oneChannelGUI graphical interface. The last day is dedicated to providing the basics to move from the use of the graphical environment to command line. The basics of R scripting will be described and some of the workflows used in the first three days will be dissected and executed using command line approach. All computers for hands-on exercises will be provided along with demo data sets.


This course was developed for biologists as the intended audience, particularly for those already with basic knowledge of massively parallel sequencing (MPS). However, R-coding skills and deep knowledge of statistics are not necessary for attendance.

2nd International Aegean Conference on the Long and the Short of Non-Coding RNAs

Judy Lieberman
(Harvard Medical School)
Zissimos Mourelatos (University of Pennsylvania)
Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko (Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia)

The goal of this conference is two-fold. One is to review recent advances in non-coding RNA biology, from biosynthesis to function and from piRNAs to spliceosomes. The second is to discuss the use of therapeutic non-coding RNAs (asRNAs, siRNAs, miRNA mimics and antagomirs, sgRNAs of the CRISPR/Cas9 system, etc.) as tools to correct faulty gene expression in human disease.

Scientific Sessions:
Systems biology of ncRNAs | microRNA biogenesis and regulation | short RNAs in development & disease | mRNA metabolism 1 | mRNA metabolism 2 | lncRNAs in development & disease | Long and short ncRNAs in cancer | Genome editing and RNA therapeutics

Confirmed Speakers:
Reuven Agami
,  The Netherlands Cancer Institute | Iannis Aifantis, New York University | David Bartel, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | Robert Blelloch, University of California San Francisco | Javier Caceres, MRC – University of Edinburgh | Howard Chang, Stanford University | Emmanuelle Marie Charpentier, Max Planck Institute for Infection Biology – Berlin | David Corey, UT Southwestern Medical Center | Beverly Davidson, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Gideon Dreyfus, University of Pennsylvania | Greg Goodall, Centre for Cancer Biology Adelaide | Richard Gregory, Boston Children’s Hospital | Chuan He, University of Chicago | Lin He, University of California Berkeley | Maite Huarte, University of Navarra | Elisa Izaurralde, Max Planck Institute Tubingen | Marianthi Kiriakidou, Thomas Jefferson University | Judy Lieberman, Harvard Medical School | Kristen Lynch, University of Pennsylvania | Lynne Maquat, University of Rochester | Chris Marine, VIB & University of Leuven | Christine Mayr,         Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center | Joshua Mendell, UT Southwestern Medical Center | Zissimos Mourelatos, University of Pennsylvania | Nikolaus Rajewsky, Max Delbrück Center – Berlin | Isidore Rigoutsos, Thomas Jefferson University | Martine Simonelig, Institute of Human Genetics Montpellier | Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko,  Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia | Andrea Ventura, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Additional short talks will be selected from proffered abstracts

Important Deadlines:

  • March 1, 2017: Abstract Submission
  • March 1, 2017: Discounted Registration
  • March 15, 2017: Travel Award Application

For more information and to register, please visit:

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EMBL Course: Digital PCR

Bizouarn, D. Dewolf, J. Dreyer-Lamm

Real-time PCR has been adopted as the gold standard for nucleic acid target quantification in genomics research and is increasingly used for clinical analysis. However, there are some applications, such as precise measurement of copy number variation, low-abundance sequence detection, detection of rare mutations, including distinguishing rare sequences in tumours, and low-level gene expression analysis, where real-time PCR shows limitations. Digital PCR overcomes those limitations by enabling researchers to directly quantify nucleic acids, without the need for a standard curve, and provides higher precision than real-time PCR.

EMBL Course: Whole Transcriptome Data Analysis

Benes, R. Calogero

The course participants will use BioConductor software and Illumina BaseSpace Cloud apps. R-coding skills and deep knowledge of statistics are not necessary for attendance because most analyses will be performed with OneChannelGUI (a graphical interface to a series of BioConductor tools, which enables handling microarray data analysis as well as RNA-seq data without requiring programming skills). Computers for hands-on exercises will be provided along with demo data sets. Upon request, participants could bring along their own data to analyse.


This course was developed for biologists as the intended audience. Basic knowledge of massively parallel sequencing (MPS) is desirable.