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Long Noncoding RNAs: From Molecular Mechanism to Functional Genetics (X2)


Organizer(s) Saba Valadkhan and Piero Carninci
February 24—28, 2019
Whistler Conference Centre • Whistler, British Columbia Canada
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Oct 25, 2018
Abstract Deadline: Nov 29, 2018
Scholarship Deadline: Oct 25, 2018
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 10, 2019

Sponsored by Cell Research and Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Summary of Meeting:
Although emerging evidence points to the critical importance of the long non-coding transcriptome in human physiology and pathology, the clinical potential of long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) as therapeutic and prognostic targets remain largely unexplored. The increasing availability of high-throughput technologies and newly developed computational methodologies are rapidly making it possible to address this gap in our knowledge. However, optimal use of these new capabilities and recognition of their power in transforming the field of lncRNA research require the formation of new collaborative and training efforts. This conference specifically aims to: 1) Communicate the latest available technologies and developing methodologies for lncRNA functional genetics to the lncRNA community; 2) Bridge the already thriving lncRNA mechanistic and basic research to the clinical need for novel, effective diagnostic, prognostic and therapeutic targets; 3) Highlight and promote the emerging feasibility of performing lncRNA functional genetics; and 4) Stimulate the formation of new collaborative efforts that will accelerate the integration of the lncRNA research into the existing body of biological knowledge.

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Scholarships/Awards

Burroughs Wellcome Fund ECITA Scholarship Recipients

Lydia M. Contreras
University of Texas at Austin, USA

Keriayn Smith
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA

National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) Scholarship Recipients

Karan Joshua Abraham
University of Toronto, Canada

Gabrijela Dumbovic
University of Colorado Boulder, USA

Marine Gautier
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France

Saigopal Somasundaram
Case Western Reserve University, USA

Laura Stanicek
Amsterdam University Medical Center, Netherlands

Ousman Tamgue
University of Douala, Cameroon and University of Cape Town, IDM, South Africa