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SELECTBIO Conferences The RNA Summit: Research, Diagnostics & Therapeutics

The RNA Summit: Research, Diagnostics & Therapeutics

Keynote Speakers

Serge Beaucage
Chief, Laboratory of Biological Chemistry, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER), US Food & Drug Administration (FDA)

Anastasia Khvorova
Professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Louise Laurent
Associate Professor, University of California-San Diego

Joshua Levin
Senior Scientist/Group Leader, The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Ranjan Perera
Associate Professor, Scientific Director Genomics and Bioinformatics, Sanford Burnham Medical Research Institute

Alexander Pertsemlidis
Associate Professor, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Frank Slack
Director, Institute for RNA Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Cancer Center/Harvard Medical School


Welcome to the Select Biosciences The RNA Summit 2017: Research, Diagnostics and Therapeutics.

This conference focuses on the studies on RNA from a research perspective, from the biomarker/diagnostic potential of various RNA species, to the therapeutic potential of RNA in various therapeutics classes.

There is also expanding interest in extracellular RNA and its potential as a circulating biomarker class for liquid biopsy development.  This is a topic addressed at this conference in the context of the diagnostic potential of RNA.

This summit is composed of research presentations, keynotes to frame the current state-of-the-art of the field as well as round-table discussions focusing on:
  • Life Science Research Activities and Opportunities in RNA
  • RNA Classes as Biomarkers (notably are microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs)
  • RNA as a Therapeutic Modality: Challenges and Current Progress

Agenda Topics

  • Extracellular RNA in Biofluids as a Circulating Biomarker: Opportunity for Liquid Biopsy Development
  • Function of Long Non-Coding RNAs and their Biomarker Potential
  • Life Science Research in the RNA Field: Current Segments of Interest and Associated Opportunities
  • RNA-based Therapeutics
    • Clinical Pipeline
    • Delivery Technologies
    • RNAi Therapeutics: Current Status and Industry Pipeline
  • RNA-Seq for Transcriptional Characterization and Profiling
    • Front-End Sample Preparation
    • RNA-Seq Case Studies
  • Small RNAs such as microRNAs: Research and Biomarker Potential

Sponsorship and Exhibition Opportunities

Jeff Fan, Exhibition Manager

Distinguished Faculty

Alan Mullen, Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital
Tatsuya Kobayashi, Assistant Professor, Massachusetts General Hospital
Clotilde Lagier-Tourenne, Assistant Professor of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Yaoyu Wang, Associate Director, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Pavel Ivanov, Associate Member, Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT; Associate Immunologist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Quan Lu, Associate Professor, Harvard School of Public Health
Alexei Korennykh, Associate Professor, Princeton University
Aftab Ahmad, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Division of Molecular and Translational Biomedicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Leonard Lipovich, Associate Professor, Center for Molecular Medicine and Genetics, Wayne State University
Jonathan Watts, Associate Professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute, UMass Medical School
Andrei Korostelev, Associate Professor, RNA Therapeutics Institute, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Amber Dahlin, Instructor of Medicine and Associate Epidemiologist, Channing Division of Network Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Ashish Lal, Investigator and Head, Regulatory RNAs and Cancer Section, Genetics Branch, National Cancer Institute (NCI)
Anders Näär, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Maninjay Atianand, Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Zhe Ji, Research Fellow, The Broad Institute and Harvard Medical School
Suet Yan Kwan, Research Fellow, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Andrea Kasinski, William and Patty Miller, Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

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