RNA Biology

Suzhou, China 
October 29 – November 2, 2018  
Abstract deadline: September 14th, 2018

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Organized by:

Ling-Ling Chen, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, CAS, China

Xiang-Dong Fu, University of California, San Diego, USA

Masatoshi Hagiwara, Kyoto University, Japan

Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA


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 October 29, and will conclude after lunch on November 2, 2018.

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. Biogenesis & function & small & large non-coding RNA
2. Circular RNA & function
3. RNA processing in development & disease
4. Structural insights into RNA machines
5. RNA surveillance & translational control
6. RNA localization & targeting
7. Large-scale RNA biology

Keynote Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Yigong Shi, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Structural Basis of pre-mRNA Splicing by the Spliceosome

Invited Speakers (Speaker, Affiliation, COUNTRY/Region):
Benjamin Blencowe, University of Toronto, CANADA
Abstract title: A splicing regulatory network commonly disrupted in autism spectrum disorder
Ling-Ling Chen, Shanghai Institute of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Unconventional RNA Form and Function
Jeff Coller, Case Western Reserve University, USA
Abstract title: Codon and amino acid use is a major determinant of mRNA stability in humans
Xiang-Dong Fu, University of California, San Diego, USA
Abstract title: Large-Scale ChIP-seq Analysis Reveals Extensive Interaction of RNA Binding Proteins with Chromatin and RBM25-dependent YY1 Function in Transcription
Masatoshi Hagiwara, Graduate School of Medicine, Kyoto University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Splicing therapy for cardiac Fabry disease.
Jingfang Ju, State University of New York at Stony Brook (Stony Brook University),USA
Abstract title: Novel miRNA based therapeutic development for cancer
Alberto Kornblihtt, University of Buenos Aires, ARGENTINA
Abstract title: A role for chromatin in the alternative splicing-based therapy of spinal muscular atrophy
Adrian Krainer, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA
Abstract title: Quantitative activity profile and context dependence of all human 5’ splice sites
Daniel Larson, National Cancer Institute, USA
Abstract title: Dynamic imaging of nascent RNA reveals general principle of transcription dynamics and widespread recursive splicing
Eric Lécuyer, Institut de Recherches Cliniques de Montréal (IRCM), CANADA
Abstract title: Sytematic approaches to study the subcellular localization properties of RNAs and RNA binding proteins.
Joshua Mendell, UT Southwestern Medical Center / HHMI, USA
Abstract title: The NORAD-PUMILIO axis in genome maintenance, mitochondrial homeostasis, and aging
Shinichi Nakagawa, Hokkaido University, JAPAN
Abstract title: Prediction of functional lncRNAs using UPA-seq
Anna Pyle, Yale University, USA
Abstract title: Visualizing and targeting RNA tertiary structure—Group II introns as antifungal drug targets
Ge Shan, University of Science and Technology of China, CHINA
Abstract title: A novel class of circular RNAs with physiological functions
Xiaohua Shen, Tsinghua University, CHINA
Abstract title: Chromatin recruitment of ribogenesis factor WDR43 by promoter-associated RNA in transcription and pluripotency
Bin Tian, Rutgers University, USA
Abstract title: Regulation of gene expression through intronic polyadenylation
Yukihide Tomari, University of Tokyo, JAPAN
Abstract title: Iruka ensures the quality of Argonaute by selective ubiquitination of its empty state
Yanli Wang, Institute of Biophysics , CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: CRISPR-Cas Mediated Cleavage of Invading Nucleic Acids
Jeremy Wilusz, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Abstract title: The Integrator complex cleaves nascent mRNAs to attenuate transcription
Sandra Wolin, National Cancer Institute, USA
Abstract title: Y RNAs: Tethers, tRNA mimics and triggers of autoimmunity
Yuanchao Xue, Institute of Biophysics ,CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: RNA in situ conformation sequencing reveals the architecture and regulation of the human transcriptome
Li Yang, CAS-MPG Partner Institute for Computational Biology, CAS, CHINA
Abstract title: Harness unintended nucleic acid mutation to targeted base editing
Rui Zhao, University of Colorado Denver, USA
Abstract title: Structure and function of the spliceosome
Zhi-Ming Zheng, National Institutes of Health, USA

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 Stipends

We look forward to seeing you at Suzhou in October, 2018.

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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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