2016 Inaugural Symposium

Featuring Nobel Laureates Craig Mello and Phillip Sharp
“Can RNA Answer It All? From the Origin of Life to a Future of Personalized Medicine”

Did you miss the 2016 Inaugural Symposium? Catch the keynote talks here:

The Center for RNA Biomedicine Inaugural 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

Friday, March 25: University of Michigan, Biomedical Research Science Building, 109 Zina Pitcher

  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM On-Site Registration
  • 9:00 AM – 9:10 AM Welcome and Introduction, Mark Schlissel (President, University of Michigan), Eva Feldman (Director, Taubman Institute), Nils Walter
  • 9:10 AM – 10:00 AM Keynote 1: Phillip Sharp, MIT, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 1993
    “The Synthesis and Functions of Non-coding RNAs”
    Introduction – Dr. Schlissel
  • 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM Keynote 2: Lynne Maquat, Director of the Center for RNA Biology at the University of Rochester, 2015 Canada Gairdner International Awardee
    “Nonsense-mediated mRNA Decay and Human Disease: Genome Guardian and Executor”
    Introduction – Dr. Nils Walter, Professor of Chemistry, Director, Single Molecule Analysis in Real-Time (SMART) Center, University of Michigan
  • 10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Coffee Break
  • 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM Keynote 3: Arul Chinnaiyan, Hicks Endowed Professor of Pathology at the University of Michigan Medical School
    “The Emergence of Non-Coding RNAs in Cancer”
    Introduction – Dr. Muneesh Tewari, Ray and Ruth Anderson-Laurence M. Sprague Memorial Research Professor, Associate Professor of Internal Medicine, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 AM Keynote 4: Anita Hopper, The Ohio State University, RNA Society Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2015
    “Paradigm Shifts in tRNA Biology”
    Introduction – Dr. Mats Ljungman, Professor of Radiation Oncology, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan
  • 12:30 PM – 1:40 PM Lunch break (on your own) Click here for nearby lunch options
  • 1:40 PM – 2:30 PM Keynote 5: Craig Mello, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2006
    “RNA Memories: Recognition of ‘Self’ and ‘Non-Self’ RNA in the C. elegans Germline”
    Introduction – Dr. S. Jack Hu, Vice President for Research, University of Michigan
  • 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM The Center for RNA Biomedicine panel discussion with all speakers
  • 3:15 PM – 3:30 PM Coffee Break
  • 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM RNA Data Blitzes: Fifteen 5-minute presentations from across the University of Michigan. See lineup of talks here
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Open Cocktail Reception: Meet the Speakers

The University of Michigan Medical School is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Michigan Medical School designates this live activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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