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Call for Abstracts! UR & UAlbany’s 2024 New York RNA Symposium in the Finger Lakes

Thursday, May 30, 2024

2024 NYS RNA Symposium LogoOctober 14-15, 2024
Hotel Canandaigua, a Tapestry by Hilton
205 Lakeshore Dr.
Canandaigua, NY 14424

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We are pleased to announce our upcoming 2024 New York Symposium in the Finger Lakes, co-organized and hosted by the University of Rochester Center for RNA Biology and The RNA Institute at the University at Albany. This year's meeting will be held at the Hotel Canandaigua on October 14-15th, 2024. The symposium will feature a rich exchange of information leveraging the innovative and interdisciplinary research ongoing within the regional RNA community (including primarily New England and mid-Atlantic states).

The symposium will feature keynote talks, invited faculty talks, and trainee presentations (including posters, 15-minute talks, and 1-min lightning talks selected from abstract submissions). This year’s event is trainee-focused, with a networking lunch, a trainee gathering the day before the formal meeting starts (to be held on Oct 13th), poster and talk awards, and opportunities for trainees to interact with senior scientists and industry partners.

Keynote Speakers:

  • Eckhard Jankowsky, PhD, VP of RNA Science, Moderna
  • Karla Neugebauer, PhD, Director, Yale Center for RNA Science & Medicine
  • Sally Temple, PhD, Co-Founder and Scientific Director, Neural Stem Cell Institute
  • Blanton Tolbert, PhD, (UR Alumnus) VP of Science Leadership and Culture, HHMI; Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, University of Pennsylvania

Faculty Speakers:

  • Mitchell O’Connell, PhD, Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics; Member, Center for RNA Biology; University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Kathleen McDonough, PhD, Professor, Department of Biomedical Sciences, The RNA Institute, University at Albany

Early-bird registration, abstract submission, and hotel deadline: September 13th

  • Registration costs include meals and attendance for both days.
  • Trainees, plan to arrive Sun, Oct 13th in time for an early afternoon event (TBD).
  • Abstracts should be submitted separately using this template; see Abstracts for more info
    • Abstract submission closes after September 13, 2024
  • Hotel Accommodations must be booked separately from registration.
    • Click here for our event hotel booking links & rates.
    • UR trainees are encouraged to double-up at the 2-Queen room rate at the Hotel Canandaigua.

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