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

Gordon Research Conference – RNA Editing and Modification

We are pleased to invite you to attend the Gordon Research Conference (GRC) and associated Gordon Research Seminar (GRS) on RNA Editing and Modification ( This year’s conference will be held for the first time in Europe on March 8-13, 2015 at the Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort in Lucca, Italy. The GRC brings together researchers at the forefront of the field of editing and modification of nucleic acids and will include around 50 invited speakers, as well as selected speakers from submitted abstracts, representing all areas of RNA and DNA editing and modification systems. Registration is now open and applications will be accepted until February 8, 2015.

This year’s meeting will include a special focus on a combination of chemical and biological approaches to understanding the overall diversity of the genome and transcriptome, and the consequences of this diversity for development and disease. Meeting chairs are Michael Jantsch (University of Vienna, Austria) and Jane Jackman (Ohio State University, USA). The associated GRS (organized by Ashanti Matlock, Ohio State University) takes place at the same location on March 7-8, 2015, and will provide an additional opportunity for junior researchers to present their work in oral and poster sessions.

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, [email protected]

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

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

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)