The RNA Society's Next Meeting

RNA 2015, The Twentieth Annual Meeting of the RNA Society

The twentieth annual meeting of the RNA Society will be held May 26 – 31, 2015 in Madison Wisconsin

David Brow, Univ of Wisconsin-Madison
Matthias Hentze, EMBL
Amy Pasquinelli, Univ of California – San Diego
Anna Pyle, Yale Univ

Other Meetings and Conferences

RNA Control of Gene Expression in Amoebae – January 29-31, 2015

Organizer: Christian Hammann (

Wesendorf, Germany; January 29-31, 2015

This meeting will discuss the pathways, by which RNA molecules exert control over all levels of gene expression in amoebae, with special emphasis to the processes in the model organism Dictyostelium discoideum.

We welcome particularly young scientists to contribute to the meeting by oral presentations. Thanks to the support by the RNA Society, registration fees for advanced PhD students and young Postdocs will be reduced. For more information, please contact Christian Hammann (

Gordon Research Conference: RNA Nanotechnology

Principles for Inter-RNA Interactions
Chair: Peixuan Guo, University of Kentucky, USA
Co-Chair:  Neocles Leontis, Bowling Green State University, USA
Ventura, CA, USA; Feb. 1-6, 2015

To promote the new field of RNA Nanotechnology,
this conference is open to public! Please join us at this exciting conference to discuss the frontiers of this emerging field!

Online application is currently open at the meeting website ( Several oral presentation slots have been reserved for outstanding abstracts. Similar to all other GRC conferences, due to the limitation of meeting size, prior approval for application by the meeting chair is required before formal registration. Please apply first by filling the forms following the instruction at the website.  For more information, please contact Hui Li at

Preliminary program:

1. RNA Computation and Modeling
Bruce Shapiro (National Cancer Institute, USA)
Janusz Bujnicki (International Institute of Molecular and Cell Biology in Warsaw, Adam Mickiewicz University, Poland)

2. RNA Nanoparticles in Therapeutics
Stephanie Morris (National Cancer Institute, USA)
Carlo Croce (Ohio State University, USA)
Mark Evers (University of Kentucky, USA)
Judy Lieberman (Harvard University, USA)
Daxiang Cui (Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China)
Zicai Liang (Peking University, China)

3. Importing from DNA Nanotechnology
Jorgan Kjems (Aarhus University, Denmark)
Paul Rothemund (California Institute of Technology, USA)
Hao Yan (Arizona State University, USA)

4. Structure and Folding of RNA Nanoparticles
Eric Westhof (CNRS Strasbourg, France)
Robert Batey (University of Colorado, USA)
Thomas Hermann (University of California, San Diego, USA)
Hirohide Saito (Kyoto University, Japan)

5. Physical and Chemical Approaches in RNA Nanotechnology
Carlo Montemagno (University of Alberta, USA)
Paula Hammond (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
Farzin Haque (University of Kentucky, USA)
Kirill Afonin (University of North Carolina, USA)

6. Extracellular RNA for Biomarker Development
Jan Lotvall (University of Gothenburg, Sweden)
Xandra Breakefield (Harvard University, USA)

7. Extracellular RNA for Therapeutic Development
Gabriel Lopez-Berestein (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA)
Anil Sood (University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, USA)

8. Nanotechnologies Relevant to RNA Research
Xing-Jie Liang (National Center for Nanoscience and Technology, China)
Dai-Wen Pang (Wuhan University, China)
Dennis Bong (Ohio State University, USA)
Jong Bum Lee (University of Seoul, Korea)

9. Nanoimmuology and RNA Nanotechnology
Xiyun Yan (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)
David Gamm (University of Wisconsin, USA)
Yuliang Zhao (Chinese Academy of Sciences, China)

RNA Biology 2015

RNA Biology 2015 will be held on March 11-12, 2015 on the NIH main campus in Bethesda, MD. This 2-day meeting is organized by the Initiative in RNA Biology, Center for Cancer Research, National Cancer Institute.

Registration is free.

The meeting will feature international leaders in RNA biology and will highlight emerging topics across the entire spectrum of RNA biology from basic research to clinical applications.

For registration and details see:

Confirmed speakers are:

Philip Sharp, MIT
Jennifer Doudna, University of California-Berkeley
Ron Breaker, Yale University
Chris Burge, MIT
Howard Chang, Stanford University
Adrian R Ferré-D’Amaré, NIH
Myriam Gorospe, NIH
Rachel Green, Johns Hopkins University
Shiv Grewal, NIH
Sakari Kauppinen, Santaris Denmark
Anastasia Khvovora, University of Massachusetts
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor
Dan Larson, NIH
Lynne Maquat, University of Rochester
Joshua Mendell, UT Southwestern
Rachel Meyers, Alnylam Pharmaceuticals Inc.
John Rinn, Harvard University
John Rossi, Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
Robert Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Frank Slack, Yale University
Gisela Storz, NIH
Mike Summers, University Maryland

Long Noncoding RNAs: From Evolution to Function

Submit an abstract and register for this Keystone Symposia conference that will take place March 15–20, 2015 at
Keystone Resort, Keystone, Colorado, USA.

Scientific Organizers:
Leonard Lipovich, Wayne State University
Jeannie T. Lee, Massachusetts General Hospital
John L. Rinn, Harvard University
James (Ben) Brown, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Recent progress has enabled genome-wide mapping of long non-coding RNA (lncRNAs) and has unraveled unifying themes; lncRNAs function as epigenetic regulators, scaffolds, decoys, and enhancers. The goal of this meeting is to integrate novel findings, enhance previously proposed models of lncRNA function, and generate new testable hypotheses. Our synthesis of RNA structure, function, evolution, and informatics will foster progress in this rapidly growing field.

Scholarship & Discounted Abstract Deadline: November 18, 2014

Abstract Deadline: December 16, 2014
(for plenary short talk or workshop presentation consideration)

Discounted Registration Deadline: January 15, 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:

The RNA Institute, University at Albany Event

The 2nd Annual Symposium on RNA Science and its Applications entails a full day of scientific presentations, poster session and awards on Friday, March 20th, 2015.

Additionally, Sigma-Aldrich will be providing a hands-on CRISPR systems workshop which is tentatively scheduled to begin on March 18th and concludes the evening of March 19th. The workshop is free for those registered for the Symposium, and demonstrating importance of the workshop to their research through submission of an abstract for presentation at the Symposium. Workshop space is limited, but workshop lectures can be attended by more than those accepted for the hands-on experimentation.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Christine Guthrie, University of California – San Francisco
  • Peter Sarnow, Stanford University
  • Robert Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
  • Erik Sontheimer, Present: Northwestern University
    Future: RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Venue: The RNA Institute, University at Albany, 1400 Washington Ave. Albany, NY USA

Topics: RNA Tools and Applications to RNA Biology

            Molecular Biology; Biochemistry; Cell Biology

Contact: Lori Chertof,

1st course “Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation: Mechanisms at the Heart of Networks » – Institut Curie – March 23-27, 2015

The aim of this course is to provide an overview of post-transcriptional gene regulations at multiple steps, including notably (pre-)messenger RNA splicing, polyadenylation, stability and translation. This course will particularly address 3 aspects: underlying molecular mechanisms, genome-wide analyses of post-transcriptional regulatory networks and the involvement in cancer, with a special session entitled “RNA towards the clinic”.

In addition to lectures given by international experts in the field, the course will also rely on the active contribution of participants and on their interactions with speakers. Each participant will present his scientific project with a poster, as well as an article chosen by the speakers.

The 1st course “Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation: Mechanisms at the Heart of Networks” takes place March 23-27, in Orsay (near Paris, France). To register and to learn more about the conference, please visit the website (

The deadline for registration is December 20th, 2014

Scientific Organizers:

Marie-Claire Daugeron, CNRS and Paris XI University, Gif, France
Martin Dutertre, CNRS and Institut Curie, Orsay, France
Stéphan Vagner, CNRS and Institut Curie, Orsay, France

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:

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:

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)