The Now and Future of RNA Therapeutics, AWAJI, JAPAN

Awaji Yumebutai Conference Center, JAPAN

Jun 19 - Jun 23, 2023

Abstract deadline: May 5, 2023

Registration remains open until before the meeting starts 


Organized by:

Xiang-Dong Fu, Westlake University

Mofang Liu, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, CAS

Marco Mangone, Arizona State University

Lynne Maquat, University of Rochester Medical Center

Mikiko Siomi, The University of Tokyo

We are pleased to announce the Cold Spring Harbor Asia conference on The Now and Future of RNA Therapeutics will be held in Awaji, Japan, located approximately 60 km west of Osaka city.

Please note that entry of foreign nationals into Japan is subject to the latest border measures. From Oct 11, 2022 Japan resumed visa-free entry for travellers from 68-countries. You are required to read and follow the official information about entry into Japan on the website of Ministry of Foreign carefully and strictly. 

The conference will begin in the evening of Monday Jun 19, 2023, and will tentatively conclude after the banquet in the evening of Jun 22, 2023The conference will include eight oral sessions and one poster session covering the latest findings across many topics in application of RNA-based therapy and drugs as a novel medication. Many talks will be selected from the openly submitted abstracts on the basis of scientific merit and relevance. Posters will be up for viewing and discussion throughout the conference. Social events throughout the conference provide ample opportunity for informal interactions. 

Conference Venue & Accommodation
Cold Spring Harbor Asia conferences in JAPAN are arranged in Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center (, which is part of a one-of-a-kind “environment creation” project equipped with professional conference facilities and blended into the magnificent landscape, designed by the famous architect Tadao Ando. Meeting participants are strongly recommended to stay at the conference hotel, Grand Nikko Awaji ( during the meeting with the rest of the participants if possible. The accommondation booking URL will be sent to you after completion of meeting registration.

Access to the venue

Awaji Yumebutai International Conference Center is located at the northeast coast of Awaji Island. There is one international airport nearby, which is Kansai International Airport (KIX), and two domestic airports, namely Osaka International (Itami) Airport and Kobe Airport (UKB), respectively. The conference center is connected by various ground transportations, such as express buses and trains (JR trains), from the airports. To get to the Awaji Yumebutai international conference center and Grand Nikko Awaji hotel, one has to take an highway express bus for Awaji Yumebutai mae (Bus stop #4 to Higashiura Bus Terminal) from Sannomiya Bus terminus located near the Sannomiya JR station on the ground floor of Mint Kobe building at Kobe City. The bus ride will take about 45 minutes.

There are multiple ways to get to the venue from different airports. A summary of all possible ways to get to the venue from the 3 airports can be found below:


For international participants travelling from Kansai international airport (KIX) at Osaka, you can opt to take an airport Limousine Bus for Kobe Sannomiya (Bus stop #6 located near south exit on the 1st floor of arrival hall) directly and then change to the highway express bus at Sannomiya bus terminus for Awaji Yumebutai mae.The express bus will stop right at the entrance of the Grand Nikko Awaji hotel. Other transportations such as taxi or self-arranged airport pickup is also available. However, it is not an economical transportation option in Japan.

A detailed information of how to get to the bus stop at Kansai international airport and the bus schedules for both airport limousine bus for Sannomiya as well as highway express bus for Awaji Yumebutai Mae can be found as follows: 

Please note that, however, express bus services after 19:00 local time will stop at Kokudo Yumebutai Mae instead of Awaji Yumebutai mae, which will require a 3-minute walk to the hotel as shown in the map below

Please visit for more transportation information

Major Topics:

1. RNA from birth to death/from basic to translational

2. RNA targeting: Mechanisms and applications

3. RNA chemistry

4. Development of small RNA (siRNA, LNA, PNA, ASO) drugs  

5. RNA delivery

6. Genome editing

7. Preclinical and clinical programs 

Keynote Speakers:

Lynne Maquat, University of Rochester Medical Center

Chuan He, University of Chicago

Don Cleveland, University of California San Diego

Tsutomu Suzuki, The University of Tokyo


Invited Speakers: 

Isabel Aznarez, Stoke Therapeutics

Vinod Balachandran, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Zicai Liang, Suzhou Ribo Life Science

Jinzhong Lin, Fudan University

Hiroshi Nishimasu, The University of Tokyo

Osamu Takeuchi, Kyoto University

Willeke van Roon-Mom, Leden University Medical Centre

Takeshi Wada, The University of Tokyo

Yanli Wang, Institute of Biophysics, CAS

Ligang Wu, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, CAS

Yuanchao Xue, Institute of BiophysicsCAS

Chengqi Yi, Peking University

Chen-Yu Zhang, Nanjing University

Qiangfeng Cliff Zhang, Tsinghua University

And More...

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 to attend our international meetings since they are likely to benefit most from meeting other international colleagues in the same field. A certain number of presentations by graduate students and postdocs in this conference will be selected as fellowship (USD $100-$500) awards after the meeting to off set the registration fee. Announcements of the awardees will be made during the Banquet of the meeting.

We look forward to seeing you at Awaji, Japan in June, 2023.


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