U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine Inaugural Symposium – March 25, 2016

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

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The symposium will bring 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 campus and nationwide while supporting a rapidly growing RNA community at the U-M. Further augmenting a recently formed Block of MCubes 2.0 focused on RNA, this symposium will herald the new Center for RNA Biomedicine at the U-M. We expect that 200-300 participants from across the country, including funding decision makers and potential donors interested in investing in an RNA center at Michigan, will engage with each other and the scientific community on campus on a range of topics involving RNA.

Symposium Schedule

  • Friday, March 25: University of Michigan, Biomedical Research Science Building
  • 8:30 AM – 9:00 AM Catered Breakfast & On-Site Registration get ticket
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 11:45 AM – 12:30 AM Keynote 4: Anita Hopper, The Ohio State University, RNA Society Lifetime Achievement Awardee 2015
  • 12:30 PM – 1:40 PM Lunch break (on your own)
  • 1:40 PM – 2:30 PM Keynote 5: Craig Mello, Nobel Laureate in Physiology or Medicine 2006
  • 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 Data blitzes– Breakout sessions on the topics:
    Boom or bust – RNA interference in human therapeutics (with Sharp, Hopper)
    Non-coding RNAs in disease (with Maquat, Chinnaiyan, Mello)
  • 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM Open Cocktail Reception: Meet the Speakers

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