RNA is involved in regulation in the cell at many levels. miRNA species control gene regulation in higher organisms, and there are related systems such as CRISPR in bacteria and archae. These systems are exploited as powerful tools in biology, such as RNA interference (siRNA). RNA regulation is also important at the level of control of translation, RNA processing, splicing and alternative splicing, RNA degradation, site-specific RNA modification by snoRNAs and gene regulation by riboswitches and ribozymes (RNA catalysis).

The underlying pathways and mechanisms of these processes are becoming understood at a structural level. In this meeting we plan to discuss these RNA-based control phenomena predominantly from a mechanistic and structural perspective.

A group of international speakers will discuss these topics. There will also be talks from early-career academic scientists, and opportunities for oral presentations selected from submitted abstracts. We intend to keep registration costs for attendees low, particularly for local participants. Our goal with this meeting is to give an opportunity to young Chinese scientists to get exposure to international RNA research, so we want to make the meeting as accessible for them as possible.

It is expected that around 200 people will attend this conference. There will be poster sessions, social events and every opportunity for participants to meet the speakers, make contacts and have valuable discussions.

The conference will take place over three days in Shanghai in September 2012. It will be held at the Medical Campus of Fudan University, near the French Concession in the exciting city of Shanghai.
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Invited Speakers :

Jennifer Doudna
University of California Berkeley,USA

Adrian Ferré D'Amaré
National Institute of Health, USA

Narry Kim
Seoul National University, Korea

Dinshaw Patel
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, USA

Eric Westhof
University of Strasbourg, France

Hong Li
Florida State University, USA

Scott Strobel
Yale University, USA

Jamie Cate
University of California Berkeley,USA

Keqiong Ye
National Institute of Biological Sciences, Beijing, China

Xiang-Dong Fu
University of California San Diego, USA

Wade Winkler
University Of Maryland, USA
organizers :

David Lilley
University of Dundee, UK

Alastair Murchie
Fudan University, China

10 Sep - 12 Sep 2012

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