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This meeting will be conducted in English.

All programs are subject to change. Check this site for updates.


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Twitter hashtag for this meeting: #KSncRNA

Noncoding RNAs in Health and Disease (Q5)

joint with the meeting on Enhancer Malfunction in Cancer (Q6)

Scientific Organizers: Ramin Shiekhattar and Roberto Bonasio


February 21—24, 2016

Santa Fe Community Convention Center, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA


Sponsored by Cell Research and Journal of Molecular Cell Biology (JMCB)


BEWARE of booking lodging through companies unaffiliated with Keystone Symposia. Click here for more details.

Keystone Symposia is committed to maintaining a positive and respectful environment at its meetings. To this end, please review and comply with our policies.

Registered attendees of one meeting in a joint pair may participate in sessions of the other, pending space availability.

** Meeting has ended **

Discounted Abstract Deadline: October 20, 2015


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
Submission by this date receives 50.00 USD discount.
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Abstract Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadlines. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract early allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • accept your abstract online
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
(The Abstract Deadline: is November 18, 2015)

Global Health Travel Award Deadline:


Global Health Travel Award Details: You MUST complete your Global Health Travel Award appplication by the Global Health Travel Award Deadline and complete the other required steps (verify your contact information and submit a recommendation letter) to be considered for a travel award.


Click here to learn more about Global Health Travel Awards.

Scholarship Deadline: October 20, 2015


Scholarship Details: You MUST submit your abstract by the Scholarship Deadline and complete the other required steps (submit a scholarship application and submit a mentor letter) to be considered for a scholarship.

Click here to learn more about Scholarships.

Abstract Deadline: November 18, 2015


Abstract Submission Fee: 100.00 USD*
*50.00 USD will be applied to Registration Fee when you register

Details: It is best to submit your abstract early. Abstract and registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to the abstract or discounted registration deadline. Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.

Submitting your abstract by the Abstract Deadline allows us to:
  • submit your abstract to organizers to be considered for a short talk
  • include your abstract on our website and in our secure mobile app
  • reserve your space at the meeting for a poster presentation.**
**Submitting an abstract does not constitute or guarantee registration.
Abstracts submitted after the Abstract Deadline will NOT be considered for a short talk.

(Discounted Abstract Deadline: is October 20, 2015)

Discounted Registration Deadline: December 18, 2015


Registration Fee: 745.00 USD* (includes 150.00 USD discount)
Student Registration Fee: 520.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

After the Discounted Registration Deadline:


Registration Fee: 895.00 USD*
Student Registration Fee: 670.00 USD* (must complete student verification form)

*Includes 50.00 USD of your abstract submission fee

Registration spaces are limited and may fill prior to discounted registration deadline.

Please be advised that a few meeting participants have received calls and emails from a number of different housing services - "Exhibitors Housing Services", "Global Housing", etc. THESE COMPANIES ARE NOT AFFILIATED WITH KEYSTONE SYMPOSIA and are not authorized by Keystone Symposia to contact you. These companies may tell you that the meeting is filling and seek to take your lodging reservation and obtain your credit card number. We highly recommend that you not make a reservation with these companies or any other housing service! These companies' representations to participants have been misleading. Please report to Keystone Symposia any calls or correspondence you might have received and book only through the lodging link on our website, an established travel agency, or directly with the hotel.

Travel and Transportation



***URGENT TRAVEL INFORMATION***

***ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization***


Are you visiting the United States from a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country and currently do not possess a visitor’s visa? If so, you will need to complete an official ESTA application by clicking here. You can apply for this for just yourself, or a group of travelers. (To figure out if you are from a VWP county, click here.) In order to complete the application, you will need a valid passport from a VWP country, a valid credit card or PayPal to pay the application fee of $14, and your most recent employment information.

The application generally takes about 15-20 minutes to fill out and you can check the status of the application by visiting the same site you applied at. Please complete the application at least 2 weeks-72 hours before your scheduled arrival date into the United States. ESTAs are normally valid for 2 years unless you receive a new passport or other important information changes.


Due to the constantly changing nature of travel, we urge people to research their own travel requirements. This includes Passport and Visa requirements, documentation for re-entry into country of residence and any other identification needed. Please allow sufficient time in advance of the meeting for processing of all necessary documentation.

Be sure to confirm air and hotel arrangements at least 24 hours in advance of departure. As a reminder, never leave your wallet and passport unattended while traveling, and have photocopies of all identification and credit cards in case of theft or loss.

For more information, visit:

U.S. Department of State Traveler's Checklist


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Keystone Symposia Travel Tips & Links

Keystone Symposia Travel - FAQs



Albuquerque International Sunport (ABQ) is the recommended airport for this conference. For specific airport information, visit Albuquerque Sunport. You may also fly into Santa Fe Municipal Airport; however, this is a smaller airport with fewer flights and is usually more expensive as a result.

***URGENT TRAVEL INFORMATION***

***ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization***


Are you visiting the United States from a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country and currently do not possess a visitor’s visa? If so, you will need to complete an official ESTA application by clicking here. You can apply for this for just yourself, or a group of travelers. (To figure out if you are from a VWP county, click here.) In order to complete the application, you will need a valid passport from a VWP country, a valid credit card or PayPal to pay the application fee of $14, and your most recent employment information.

The application generally takes about 15-20 minutes to fill out and you can check the status of the application by visiting the same site you applied at. Please complete the application at least 2 weeks-72 hours before your scheduled arrival date into the United States. ESTAs are normally valid for 2 years unless you receive a new passport or other important information changes.


Lodging in Albuquerque
If you need lodging near Albuquerque International Sunport before or after the conference, the Hotel Cascada is offering a discounted rate of $TBD per night. To make your reservations online, visit click here. Or call the Hotel Cascada directly at 505-888-3311 and request the Keystone Symposia company rate.



Sandia Shuttle Express offers discounted ground transportation to Keystone Symposia attendees arriving into Albuquerque Sunport. See the full schedule at Sandia Shuttle Schedules. Cost is $40 round trip or $20 one way, per person; group code of KEY2016 must be provided when making reservations. Advance reservations are required and can be made online at Sandia Shuttle or by calling 888-775-5696 (In US & Canada) or 505-474-5696. Reservations require a 24 Hour Cancellation Notice. Scheduling is limited, so please plan ahead.

The Sandia Shuttle check-in counter at Albuquerque Airport is inside the terminal, on the Baggage Claim level, across from Southwest baggage carousel #3. Sandia Shuttle does not provide transfers from the Santa Fe Regional Airport.

For those attendees arriving into Santa Fe Airport, RoadRunner Shuttle and Charter provides the best rates. They offer round trip transfers to/from Santa Fe Airport for only $25.20 per person ($13.50 one way). NOTE: There is a $5 premium hours fee per segment for transfers between the hours of 8 PM to 8 AM. To book you can go online to RoadRunner Shuttle and Charter and enter promo code "Keystone." You can also book by calling 505-424-3367 and mention the same promo code as above.

The New Mexico Rail Runner Express now runs all the way to Santa Fe and offers day pass rates. Click on the link to purchase tickets online.

The Santa Fe Pick-up has begun making rounds of Santa Fe's downtown area, designed to help give train passengers a way to get around once they step off the Rail Runner Express. The service is free to anyone. Routes start and end in front of the New Mexico Film Museum (the former Jean Cocteau Cinema) on Montezuma Avenue and run counterclockwise around downtown with stops at the Capitol/PERA building, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, the Main Library, City Hall, the Santa Fe Community Convention Center/Santa Fe Plaza and Eldorado/Hilton hotels. Stops are marked "Pick It Up Here." An entire route takes about 18 minutes. Two shuttles run Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There is no Sunday service. There is one continuously circulating shuttle that picks up and drops off at each designated stop approximately every 15 to 20 minutes, depending upon traffic conditions. For more information, visit: Santa Fe Pick-up.

Avis provides car rental discounts to Keystone Symposia attendees. To book by phone at the discounted rate, call 800-331-1600 and provide your Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number: T487899. Click on this link to book Avis online.


From Albuquerque International Airport

  • From Sunport Blvd., get on Interstate 25 northbound
  • From I-25, take Exit 282A-282B for US-84 N/St. Francis Drive toward US-285 N/Santa Fe Plaza
  • Continue on US-285 N/US-84 W/S St. Francis Drive
  • Turn right onto Cerrillos Road and continue onto Sandoval Street
  • Continue as Sandoval Street turns into Grant Avenue
  • Continue on Grant Avenue just past W. Marcy Street and the Convention Center is on the right
  • Distance is approximately 67 miles
  • The drive takes approximately 1.2 hours, depending upon road and traffic conditions

View Map from Albuquerque International Sunport to Santa Fe Community Convention Center




Due to the constantly changing nature of travel, we urge people to research their own travel requirements. This includes Passport and Visa requirements, documentation for re-entry into country of residence and any other identification needed. Please allow sufficient time in advance of the meeting for processing of all necessary documentation.

Be sure to confirm air and hotel arrangements at least 24 hours in advance of departure. As a reminder, never leave your wallet and passport unattended while traveling, and have photocopies of all identification and credit cards in case of theft or loss.

When traveling to the United States, be sure to contact your Embassy for current Entry Requirements.

For U.S. Visa information, click here.

To locate an Embassy near you, click here.

***URGENT TRAVEL INFORMATION***

***ESTA – Electronic System for Travel Authorization***


Are you visiting the United States from a Visa Waiver Program (VWP) country and currently do not possess a visitor’s visa? If so, you will need to complete an official ESTA application by clicking here. You can apply for this for just yourself, or a group of travelers. (To figure out if you are from a VWP county, click here.) In order to complete the application, you will need a valid passport from a VWP country, a valid credit card or PayPal to pay the application fee of $14, and your most recent employment information.

The application generally takes about 15-20 minutes to fill out and you can check the status of the application by visiting the same site you applied at. Please complete the application at least 2 weeks-72 hours before your scheduled arrival date into the United States. ESTAs are normally valid for 2 years unless you receive a new passport or other important information changes.