2019 Symposium

Foundational RNA Biosciences: From Discovery to Function

Friday, March 29, 2019, 8:30am – 4:00pm
University of Michigan, Biomedical Research Science Building, 109 Zina Pitcher

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.

Featuring Keynote speakers:
Rachel Green, PhD, Johns Hopkins University
Howard Chang, MD, PhD, Stanford University
Alice Telesnitsky, PhD, University of Michigan
Kristen Lynch, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
David Bartel, PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Agenda - Friday, March 29, 2019
8:00am-8:30amCoffeeOn-Site Registration
8:30am-8:40amWelcome & Introductions:
Roger Cone, PhD
Vice Provost and Director, U-M Biosciences Initiative
8:40am-9:25am Keynote 1:
Rachel Green, PhD
Johns Hopkins University 
"High resolution ribosome profiling reveals mechanisms of translation elongation regulation"
9:25am-10:10amKeynote 2:
Howard Chang, MD, PhD
Stanford University
 "Genome regulation by long noncoding RNAs"
10:10am-10:30amCoffee Break
10:30am-11:15amKeynote 3: 
Alice Telesnitsky, PhD
University of Michigano
 "HIV-1 RNA fate determination: the ends as a means"
11:15am-12:15pmPoster Session with Speakers, Faculty and Students (or on your own Click here for nearby lunch options)
12:15pm-1:15pmBox Lunch with Speakers, Faculty and Students (or on your own Click here for nearby lunch options)
1:15pm-1:25pmWelcome back & Introductions:
S. Jack Hu, PhD
Vice President for Research, University of Michigan
1:25pm-2:10pmKeynote 4:
Kristen Lynch, PhD
 University of Pennsylviania
 "CELF control of RNA Processing in Human T cells"
2:10pm-2:55pmKeynote 5:
David Bartel, PhD
 MIT - Massachusetts Institute of Technology
3:00pm-4:00pmCoffee & Panel Discussion: "How to Take RNA from Discovery to Function"
Moderated by: TBA
4:00pm-4:15pmAwards Presentation: "Top three posters, Top thhree scientific art images and best elevator pitch"
Moderated by: TBA

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