Meetings & Courses

RNA Biology

Suzhou, China 
November 14-18, 2016  
Abstract deadline: September 25, 2016

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Organized by:

Anne Ephrussi, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Germany

Masatoshi Hagiwara, Kyoto University, Japan

Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA

Yijun Qi, Tsinghua University, China

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on RNA Biology which will be held in Suzhou, China, located approximately 60 miles west of Shanghai. The conference will begin at 7:00pm on the evening of Monday November 14, and will conclude after lunch on November 18, 2016.

The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in RNA biology. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions.

Major Topics:
1. RNA Processing
2. RNA-Protein Interactions
3. Non-coding RNA
4. RNA Structure and Function
5. RNA Localization
6. RNA and Disease
7. RNA Therapeutics
8. Posttranscriptional and Translational Control of Gene Expression

Keynote Speakers:
Emmanuelle Charpentier, Umeå University, SWEDEN
Holger Stark, University Göttingen / Max-Planck-Institute for Biophysical Chemistry, GERMANY

Invited Speakers:
Alexei Aravin, California Institute of Technology, USA
Abstract title: Genome Defense by piRNA
Ling-Ling Chen, Shanghai Institute for Biological Sciences, CHINA
Abstract title: Unusual processing generates SPA lncRNAs that sequester multiple RNA binding proteins
Martin Crespi, Institute of Plant Sciences Parsi Saclay, FRANCE
Abstract title: Plant non-coding RNAs in alternative splicing and epigenetic regulation
Caroline Dean, John Innes Centre, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Antisense-mediated chromatin silencing at FLC
Anne Ephrussi, European Molecular Biology Lab., GERMANY
Abstract title: An atypical RNA-binding Tropomyosin recruits Kinesin-1 dynamically to oskar mRNPs
Xiang-Dong Fu, University of California, San Diego, USA
Abstract title: Global Analysis of Splicing Regulatory Network Reveals Novel Mechanisms for Co-Transcriptional Pre-mRNA Splicing
Toshinobu Fujiwara, Kindai University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Neural specific RNA-binding proteins grasp the translation regulatory networks
Wojciech Galej, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, UNITED KINGDOM
Abstract title: Structure of the catalytic spliceosome
Masatoshi Hagiwara, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Realization of new therapeutics of genetic diseases with chemical modulators of transcriptome
Chuan He, The University of Chicago, USA
Abstract title: RNA methylation in gene expression regulation
Tetsuro Hirose, Hokkaido University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Dissection of architectural noncoding RNA elements and machinery
Martin Jinek, University of Zurich, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: RNA-guided CRISPR genome editors: structures and mechanisms
Yoon Ki Kim, Korea University, SOUTH KOREA
Abstract title: A dynamic role of PNRC2 in mRNA decay pathways
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Kimberly Mowry, Brown University, USA
Abstract title: RNA transport in the cytoplasm: How to get there from here
Oliver Mühlemann, University of Berne, SWITZERLAND
Abstract title: Transcriptome-wide identification of NMD-targeted human mRNAs reveals extensive redundancy between SMG6- and SMG7-mediated degradation pathways
Yijun Qi, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Shuying Sun, Johns Hopkins University, USA
Abstract title: Dysfunction of RNA metabolism in neurodegenerative diseases ALS and FTD
Hervé Vaucheret, Institut Jean-Pierre Bourgin, FRANCE
Abstract title: Specificities, redundancies and antagonisms among RNA quality control and RNA silencing in plants
Zefeng Wang, CAS-MPG Partner Institute of Computational Biology, CHINA
Yungui Yang, Beijing Institute of Genomics, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: RNA Methylation: Regulations and Mechanisms
Zhi-Ming Zheng, National Cancer Institute/NIH, USA
Abstract title: Tumor Virus KSHV Inhibits Host Cell RNA Granule Formation by A Viral RNA-binding Protein

We encourage abstracts to contain new and unpublished materials. The abstracts must be submitted electronically by the abstract deadline. Selection of material for oral and poster presentation will be made by the organizers. Status (fellow's talk/poster) of abstracts will be posted on our web site as soon as decisions have been made by the organizers. 

We are eager to have as many young people as possible attend since they are likely to benefit most from this meeting. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards. For more details, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in November, 2016.

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Please kindly note:

1. Registration includes food, but does NOT include Housing. Due to requests from participants to provide more housing at lower prices, we have expanded our housing options to include some lower priced nearby hotels. After completing the online registration, you will receive a link to the full list of housing options.
*Reference Room Rate:
CNY 500 per standard room per night in the Conference Hotel (Worldhotel Grand Dushulake Suzhou)
Up from CNY 200 per standard room per night in nearby budget hotels (within 5 km)
CNY 400-700 per standard room per night in nearby 4-5 star hotels

2. The meeting registration is an integral package. We encourage all our participants to stay for the full meeting period and communicate with each other. No refund/discount or day pass is available for partial participation.

3. The early price will be available if the full payment is finished before the exact due date.
For USD participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if we could not successfully charge the payment from your registered credit card before the deadline.
For CNY participants, we will automatically change your package price to the update one if our bank account could not receive your full payment by wire transfer before the deadline.

4. For late registrations, your registration materials may not be guaranteed since the order is usually made in advance.

5. Please inform us your special request on food (vegetarian, kosher…etc.) or other things during the online registration or email us as early as possible so that we could make relevant arrangement accordingly.

6. Student package is exclusively designed for all the graduate, undergraduate and doctor students who have not received the doctor degree. (Student ID will be required upon arrival).

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