The Complex Life of mRNA

Before the genetic information stored in the DNA can be used to direct cell growth and metabolism it has to be transferred into RNA. Messenger RNAs (mRNAs) are key components in the transmission of genetic information in all life forms - from viruses to complex mammalian organisms. Exciting recent findings have revealed a remarkable degree of complexity in the lives of mRNAs and the field is rapidly developing.

The EMBO | EMBL Symposium “Complex Life of mRNA” will bring leaders in the mRNA field together with post-docs and students, with the aim of disseminating and discussing the most recent results. The programme includes sessions on:


•mRNA processing;

•export and localization;

•mRNA surveillance and decay;

•translation and the control of mRNA expression by microRNAs.

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Elena Conti, Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Martinsried, Germany

Steven L. McKnight, UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA

Nikolaus Rajewsky, Max-Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine, Berlin, Germany

Nenad Ban, ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Mordechai (Motti) Choder, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel

Patrick Cramer, Ludwig-Maximilians-University München, Germany

Gideon Dreyfuss, University of Pennsylvania/HHMI, USA

Witold Filipowicz, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

Britt A. Glaunsinger, University of California, Berkeley, USA

Rachel Green, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, USA

Helge Grosshans, Friedrich Miescher Institute, Basel, Switzerland

Matthias W. Hentze, EMBL Heidelberg, Germany

Alan G. Hinnebusch, National Institutes of Health Bethesda, USA

Elisa Izaurralde, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen, Germany

Torben Heick Jensen, Aarhus University, Denmark

Alberto Kornblihtt, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina

Jens Lykke-Andersen, University of California, San Diego, USA

James L. Manley, Columbia University, New York, USA

Lynne Elizabeth Maquat, University of Rochester, USA

Melissa J. Moore, UMass Medical School/HHMI, USA

Karla Neugebauer, Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics, Dresden, Germany

Roy Parker, University of Colorado/HHMI, USA

Nicholas J. Proudfoot, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Joel Richter, University of Massachusetts, Worcester, USA

Robert H. Singer, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, New York, USA

Mikiko C. Siomi, Keio University, Tokyo, Japan

Jernej Ule, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, United Kingdom

Karsten Weis, University of California, Berkeley, USA

7 Oct - 10 Oct 2012
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