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RNAi Related Meetings of Note in 2010

Posted in Conferences, RNA Conferences by YPAA on January 1, 2010

So many good meetings, so little $$$.

This is not an exhaustive list, but these are all solid meetings. They’re all largely academic–fewer industry scroungers. (Just kidding industry folk, you’re probably heavily funding all these meetings! We love/need you.)

RNA Silencing: Mechanism, Biology and Application (Keystone Symposia)

Keystone Resort • Keystone, Colorado, USA
January 14 – 19, 2010

Scientific Organizers: Phillip D. Zamore and Beverly L. Davidson

RNA Silencing Mechanisms in Plants (Keystone Symposia)

Hilton Santa Fe/Historic Plaza • Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA
February 21 – 26, 2010

Scientific Organizers: Marjori Ann Matzke and James C. Carrington

The Complex Life of mRNA: From Synthesis to Decay

EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Thursday 18 March – Saturday 20 March 2010

Scientific Organisers: Utz Fischer, Matthias Hentze, Elmar Wahle

5th Microsymposium on Small RNAs

IMBA, Vienna, Austria
May 17-19, 2010

Scientific Organizers: Javier Martinez and Julius Brennecke

RNA 2010

Seattle, WA, USA
June 22-27, 2010

Scientific Organizers: Tim Nilsen, Doug Black, Julie Feigon and Elisa Izaurralde

Post-Transcriptional Gene Regulation, The Biology Of (Gordon Research Conferences)

Salve Regina University, Newport, RI, USA
July 18-23, 2010

Scientific Organizers: Lynne E. Maquat and Manuel Ares

The Non-Coding Genome

EMBL Advanced Training Centre, Heidelberg, Germany
Wednesday 13 October – Saturday 16 October 2010

Scientific Organisers: David Bartel, Thomas Gingeras, Elisa Izaurralde, Gerhart Wagner

In Progress: Keystone Nice

Posted in Blog Affairs, Conferences by YPAA on June 14, 2009

It has been very slow going, but I have been updating the Keystone Nice post. As of tonight, I’ve gotten through the Monday morning session (for the speakers that had my attention), so there are notes from talks by:

Andrew Fire
David Bartel
V. Narry Kim
Gunter Meister
Qinghua Liu
Bruce Paterson
Erik Sontheimer
Dinshaw Patel
Jin-Biao Ma
Scott Kennedy
Craig Mello
David C. Baulcombe
Peter Sarnow
Yukihide Tomari
Eric C. Lai

More talk notes to come later. I do realize there is some futility to this, since by the time I get all the information up, it will almost all be published! However, the post has been getting the most views on the blog, so I intend to finish what I started.

Keystone Nice

Posted in Conferences by YPAA on May 14, 2009

I attended the Keystone Symposia: The Biology of RNA Silencing meeting held in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada April 25-30th. The scientific organizers were Witold Filipowicz (who showcased his vigourous dance moves the last night of the conference), and Erik Sontheimer. I thought the meeting was very good, perhaps a bit better than last year’s. The format emphasis on having a greater number of shorter talks worked well generally, helping retain audience attention, although sometimes the quality of some of the workshop talks dipped a bit below my expectations. Below I will try to provide brief summaries of some of the scientific stories told in Victoria. (Sorry if details seem very disjointed, I’m going from notes far more than memory. And in general, I’m pretty careful taking notes, but mistakes happen, so I apologize if there are any errors.)

Numbers preceding speaker names correspond to abstract numbers.

It may will take me a few many weeks to get all the info up, so check back for updates.


Keynote Session

001 Andrew Fire: “Adventures in the Small RNA-ome”

Fire opened the conference with the first keynote session. He started with a brief review of RNAi in C. elegans, noting that administering a pool of small RNAs that corresponds to only a few molecules per cell where they act is sufficient to completely knockdown a target mRNA that may be found at thousands of copies per cell. And that long dsRNAs can end up as small ~25nt RNAs. Of course this is through RdRP, of which C. elegans has 4 putative forms.