2017 Symposium

“RNA in Precision Medicine”

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Featuring talented keynote speakers from across the world as well as six “mini-talks” presentations from across the University.  

The Center for RNA Biomedicine Symposium brings together national leaders of the scientific, medical and engineering communities working on recent advances of our understanding of RNA. It will provide a means of exchanging new ideas across disciplines, spurring new collaborations across nationwide while supporting a rapidly growing RNA community at the University of Michigan.

Our educational objective: to provide the latest information on how RNA molecules impact cellular function in health and disease. After this symposium, participants will be able to apply advanced knowledge of genetic testing and therapies to patient care for diseases involving RNA dysregulation.

We expect that 200-300 participants from across the country, including funding decision makers and potential donors interested in investing in our RNA center at Michigan, will engage with each other and the scientific community on campus on a range of topics involving RNA. This symposium is open to University of Michigan clinicians and research scientists, as well as other primary care practitioners and public health scholars interested in the most recent discoveries regarding the role of RNA in health and disease.

Symposium Schedule

8:45am-9:00amCoffee & On-Site Registration
9:00am-9:10amWelcome and Introduction : Marschall S. Runge, MD PhD
Dean, UM Medical School 
Executive Vice President for Medical Affairs
 CEO, Michigan Medicine
9:10am-9:55amKeynote 1: Frank Slack, PhD
Harvard Medical School
 "MicroRNA-based therapeutics in cancer"
9:55am-10:05amData Blitz 1: Jiaqi Shi, MD PhD 
Assistant Professor, Pathology
“A MicroRNA Links TGF-β Signaling Pathway to Histone Modification”
10:05am-10:15amData Blitz 2: Mats Ljungman, PhD
 Professor, Radiation Oncology
“Role of miRNA in cellular reprogramming”
10:15am-11:00amKeynote 2: Thomas Tuschl, PhD
 Rockefeller University 
"RNA sequencing analysis and its diagnostic potential"
11:00am-11:20amCoffee Break
11:20am-11:30amData Blitz 3: Yan Zhang, PhD
 Assistant Professor, Biological Chemistry
 “The Biology and Molecular Mechanism of the Neisseria meningitidis CRISPR-Cas9 Pathway”
11:30am-11:40amData Blitz 4: Laura Scott, PhD
Research Associate Professor, School of Public Health
“The genetic regulatory signature of type 2 diabetes in pancreatic islets”
11:40am-12:25pm Keynote 3: Nancy Cox, PhD
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine 
"Integrating Genome, Transcriptome and Electronic Health Records for Discovery and Translation"
12:25pm-1:15pmBox Lunch with Speakers, Faculty and Students (or on your own Click here for nearby lunch options)
1:15pm-1:25pmWelcome Back and Introduction : S. Jack Hu, PhD
 Vice President for Research, University of Michigan
1:25pm-2:10pmKeynote 4: Muneesh Tewari, MD PhD
 University of Michigan
 "Extracellular RNA, Biomarkers and the Future of Disease Interception"
2:10pm-2:20pmData Blitz 5: Kristin Koutmou, PhD
 Assistant Professor, Chemistry
“Ribosomes slide on homopolymeric A and U stretches”
2:20pm-2:30pmData Blitz 6: Peter Todd, MD PhD
 Bucky and Patti Harris Early Career Professor of Neurology
 Associate Professor, Neurology
 “How RNA repeats elicit unconventional translation of toxic proteins in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis”
2:30pm-3:15pmKeynote 5: Matt Disney, PhD
 Scripps Research Institute
 "Sequence-based rational design of small molecules targeting RNA"

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