4th International Conference on the Long and the Short of Non-Coding RNAs

Preliminary Program

June 12

Conference Registration


6:00 - 8:00 PM

Welcome Dinner


8:00 - 10:30 PM

June 13



7:30 AM

Session I

ncRNAs throughout evolution. Chair: Cecilia Arraiano

8:30 AM




Cecilia Arraiano

Ribonucleases and control of non-coding RNAs


Martine Simonelig

Role of piRNAs in stem cell metabolic reprogramming


Donal O'Carroll

Mechanistic insights into piRNA-directed DNA methylation


Lin He

Efficient generation of knock-in mice by CRISPR RNP electroporation and AAV donor infection


Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

11:00 AM

Session II

short RNA biogenesis and regulation. Chair: David Bartel

12:00 PM

David Bartel

Target-directed microRNA degradation (TDMD)


Francesco Nicassio

Killing miR-softly: new clues to TDMD


Amy Pasquinelli

Less stress with microRNAs


Andrea Ventura

Regulation of miRNA function in mice


Lunch and Networking

2:00 PM

Dinner and Informal Discussions

7:30 PM

June 14



7:30 AM

Session III

short RNAs in development & disease. Chair: Myriam Gorospe

8:30 AM

Myriam Gorospe

OIP5-AS1-driven TDMD in human myogenesis


Irene Bozzoni

circRNA functions in neuronal and muscular diseases


Daniel Cifuentes

microManaging cell differentiation


Artemis Hatzigeorgiou

Defining coding and non-coding RNA targetomes


Coffee Break / Poster Viewing

11:00 AM

Session IV

mRNA metabolism 1. Chair: Joshua Mendell

12:00 PM

Joshua Mendell

Regulation and function of noncoding RNAs: lessons from NORAD


Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko

Alternative splicing in pediatric leukemia: implications for therapy


Julian König

A new role of m6A RNA modification in gene regulation


Rachel Green

Ribosome collisions function as a trigger for cell fate decisions


Lunch and Networking

2:00 PM

Dinner and Informal Discussions

7:30 PM

June 15



7:30 AM

Session V

mRNA metabolism 2. Chair: Lynne Maquat

8:30 AM

Lynne Maquat

AKT Constitutes a Signal-Promoted Alternative Exon-Junction Complex that Regulates Nonsense-Mediated mRNA Decay


Javier Caceres

RNA quality control at the Endoplasmic Reticulum


Alena Shkumatava

In-cell identification and measurement of RNA-protein interactions


Stefan Ameres

Time-resolved transcriptomics unveils gene expression dynamics in zebrafish


Coffee Break / Poster Viewing


11:00 AM

Session VI

Meet-the-Editors and Presentations by FEBS Youth Travel Fund (YTF) awardees. Chairs: Stefanie Böhm & Eleni Skourti

11:30 AM

Stefanie Böhm (EMBO J) & Eleni Skourti (FEBS J)

Publishing and Open Science (30 min Q&A session) +

Presentation of the FEBS J Poster Prize


Mutay Aslan (FEBS ACC)

FEBS activities and programmes (10 min)


 Presentations by FEBS YTF awardees (12 min each)


Krystal Johnson

Investigating nuclear AGO2 functions in colon cancer model systems (supported by Transcontinental YTF and IUBMB)


Sandra Rogala

The lncRNA Sweetheart regulates compensatory cardiac hypertrophy after myocardial injury


Gabrielius Jakutis

The manipulation of NMD-prone transgenes and RfxCas13d- mediated gene knockdown to study transcriptional adaptation 


Julien Ouvrard

Very long intergenic ncRNAs as potential architectural players of chromatin 3D reorganization during oncogene-induced senescence


Xing Zhao

Functional characterization of linear and circular PVT1 in B-lymphoma


Marta Kasprzyk

Functional dissection of IgH enhancers and enhancer RNAs in B-cell lymphomas


Theresa Jakobsen

Investigating the prognostic value of circRNAs in multiple myeloma


Célia Brochen

Identification of chemosensitizing miRNAs by a functional screening for ovarian cancers


Cecilia Bica

Emerging roles of mRNA/miRNA/lncRNA networks in non-small cell lung cancer


Lunch and Networking

2:00 PM

City Tour

3:00 PM

Dinner and Informal Discussions

7:30 PM

June 16


7:30 AM

Session VII

ncRNAs in development and cancer. Chair: Richard Gregory

8:30 AM

Richard Gregory

RNA regulation in stem cells and cancer


Zissimos Mourelatos

piRNP function in flies and mammals


Nadya Dimitrova

Metastatic reprogramming of lung adenocarcinoma microenvironment by Malat1 overexpression


Ioannis Aifantis

Alternative polyadenylation and cancer immunotherapy


Coffee Break / Poster Viewing


11:00 AM

Session VIII

RNA therapeutics. Chair: Judy Lieberman

12:00 PM

Judy Lieberman

Tumor-targeted gene knockdown for cancer immunotherapy


Frank Slack

Toward personalized microRNA therapeutics in cancer


Andrea Kasinski

Reduction of microRNAs in cancer cells and a holistic approach to restoring their expression


Adrian Krainer

mRNA metabolism and antisense therapeutics


Lunch and Networking

2:00 PM

Farewell Dinner

7:30 PM

June 17


7:30 AM


12:00 PM

All remaining abstracts have been selected for poster presentation.