RNA Center Symposium to explore future of RNA therapeutics


The stunning success of mRNA vaccines in preventing severe disease and death from the coronavirus has many wondering what other biomedical applications might result from RNA research.

The University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine will explore that topic March 24 at its seventh annual symposium, “From Molecules to Medicines.”

RNA research shapes revolutionary scientific paths, from fundamental science discoveries in the labs to powerful biomedical applications for patients. Five renowned keynote speakers will illuminate the future of RNA therapeutics:

  • Steve Henikoff, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, on “Genome-wide Mapping of Protein-DNA Interaction Dynamics.”
  • Jody Puglisi, Stanford University, on “The Choreography of Translation Initiation.”
  • Geraldine Seydoux, Johns Hopkins University, on “RNA Granules: Assembly and Function.”
  • Amy Gladfelter, University of North Carolina, on “RNA Structure Controls Composition and Network DYnamics of Condensates.”
  • Joseph Wedekind, University of Rochester, on “Redefining Riboswitches: Ribosome-Binding Site Sequestration is Dispensable for Gene Regulation by the Largest Group of preQ Riboswitches.”

The symposium also includes two mini-talks by U-M researchers and concludes with a panel discussion.

The event will be in person and will not be recorded. It begins at 8:30 a.m. in the Kahn Auditorium of the A. Alfred Taubman Biomedical Research Science Building. It is free and open to all, although registration is required. A boxed lunch will be provided.

The Center for RNA Biomedicine fosters and promotes the U-M RNA research community. Funded as part of the Presidential Biosciences Initiative, since its inception in 2016 the center has organized a symposium to bring the RNA research community together to discuss the latest discoveries in the field and the next scientific inquiries.

The Center for RNA Biomedicine is the largest academic RNA research center in the United States. It includes more than 150 faculty members and their labs, across seven schools and colleges of the Ann Arbor campus, reflecting the interdisciplinary requirement and collaborative spirit of RNA research.


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