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


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    Accommodations for the conference are at the Sheraton Hotel. The Hotel is located in Ixia, Rhodes, 14.5 km from the airport.

    Arrival and Check-in 

    Attendees are expected to arrive/check-in after 3:00 PM local time. Registered participants arriving after 10:00 PM should make alternative dinner arrangements.  

    Conference Venue

    The Sheraton Conference Center is located at the hotel.  

    Handicapped Accessibility 

    The site is fully handicapped accessible. 

    Oral Presentations

    Speakers are asked to bring their USB flash drive to the reception desk at least 30 minutes prior to the session. The allocated time for all presentations, unless otherwise indicated, includes five minutes Q&A. 

    City Tour

    Buses for the city tour will depart from the hotel front lobby 3:30 PM. Badges are required for participation. 


    Breakfast for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served at the Sheraton Hotel main restaurant during the hours scheduled in this program.

    Lunches/Informal Discussions

    Lunches for registered participants and registered accompanying persons will be served during the times indicated in this program at the main restaurant. Badges are required for admission.

    Dinners/Informal Discussions

    Three of the dinners/informal discussions will be served during the times indicated in the program. Vegetarian entrees are available only upon request in advance of the meeting. 

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    Certificate of Participation

    A Certificate of Participation will be distributed to a participant for those sessions that the participant has attended. A participant must attend an entire session to receive credit for that particular session. Late arrivals and early departures from a session will preclude a participant from receiving credit for that session.

    Meeting Room Policy

    Mask Recommendation

    Face masks are recommended indoors.

    No Photographs and Recording Devices 

    Participants are not allowed to photograph and/or record using cameras, mobile telephones and other recording devices during the slide and poster presentations. 

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    Animals are not permitted on site. 

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Sunday, June 12

05:00 PM - 07:00 PM
Conference Registration
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Welcome Reception and Dinner

Monday, June 13

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
08:30 AM - 08:45 AM
Welcome and Opening Remarks (Organizing Committee)
ncRNAs throughout evolution
Chair: Cecilia Arraiano
08:45 AM - 09:15 AM
Ribonucleases and control of non-coding RNAs
Cecilia Arraiano
09:15 AM - 09:45 AM
Role of piRNAs in stem cell metabolic reprogramming
Martine Simonelig
09:45 AM - 10:15 AM
Mechanistic insights into piRNA-directed DNA methylation
Donal O'Carroll
10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
Transposons expands the functional reservoir in mammalian genomes
Lin He
10:45 AM - 11:45 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
short RNA biogenesis and regulation
Chair: Richard Gregory
11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
RNA regulation in stem cells and cancer
Richard Gregory
12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Killing miR-softly: new clues to TDMD
Francesco Nicassio
12:45 PM - 01:15 PM
Less stress with microRNAs
Amy Pasquinelli
01:15 PM - 01:45 PM
miRNAs, gene fusions, and cancer
Andrea Ventura
01:45 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
07:15 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions

Tuesday, June 14

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
short RNAs in development & disease
Chair: Myriam Gorospe
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
OIP5-AS1-driven TDMD in human myogenesis
Myriam Gorospe
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
circRNA functions in neuronal and muscular diseases
Irene Bozzoni
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
microManaging cell differentiation
Dmitry Kretov1, Isha Walawalkar1, Simon Moxon2, and Daniel Cifuentes1
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Defining coding and non-coding RNA targetomes
Artemis Hatzigeorgiou
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
mRNA metabolism 1
Chair: Joshua Mendell
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Regulation and function of noncoding RNAs: lessons from NORAD
Joshua Mendell
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Alternative splicing in pediatric leukemia: implications for therapy
Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
A new role of m6A RNA modification in gene regulation
Julian König
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Ribosome collisions function as a trigger for cell fate decisions
Rachel Green
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
07:30 PM - 10:30 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions

Wednesday, June 15

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
mRNA metabolism 2
Chair: Lynne E Maquat
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
AKT Constitutes a Signal-Promoted Alternative Exon-Junction Complex that Regulates Nonsense-Mediated mRNA Decay
Lynne E. Maquat
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
RNA quality control at the Endoplasmic Reticulum
Javier Caceres
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
In-cell identification and measurement of RNA-protein interactions
Alena Shkumatava
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Dissecting Gene Expression Dynamics by time-resolved RNA Sequencing
Stefan Ameres
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
11:15 AM - 11:55 AM
Publishing and Open Science
Stefanie Böhm1 and Eleni Skourti2
11:55 AM - 12:00 PM
Presentation of the FEBS J Poster Prize - Eleni Skourti (FEBS J)
12:00 PM - 12:10 PM
FEBS activities and programs - Mutay Aslan (FEBS ACC)
Presentations by FEBS YTF awardees (will also be presenting posters)
12:10 PM - 12:22 PM
Investigating nuclear AGO2 functions in colon cancer model systems (supported by Transcontinental YTF and IUBMB)
Krystal Johnson and David Corey
12:22 PM - 12:34 PM
The lncRNA Sweetheart regulates adaptive cardiac hypertrophy after myocardial injury
Sandra Rogala1,6, Tamer Ali1,5,6, Maria-Theodora Melissari6, Sandra Währisch2, Alexandre Sarre3, Jaskiran Kaur6, Stefanie Dimmeler6, Jaya Krishnan6, Thierry Pedrazzini3, Bernhard Herrmann2,4, and Phillip Grote1,2,6
12:34 PM - 12:46 PM
The manipulation of NMD-prone transgenes and RfxCas13d-mediated gene knockdown reveals the temporal pattern of transcriptional adaptation
Gabrielius Jakutis1, Eleanor Vail1, Zacharias Kontarakis2, and Didier Stainier1
12:46 PM - 12:58 PM
Very long intergenic non-coding RNAs, as potential architectural players of chromatin 3D reorganization during oncogene-induced senescence
Julien Ouvrard, Stéphane Shaak, Sandra Lazorthes, Maxime Delmas, Marion Aguirrebengoa, Olivier Cuvier, Didier Trouche, and Estelle Nicolas
12:58 PM - 01:10 PM
Functional characterization of linear and circular PVT1 in B-cell Lymphoma
Xing Zhao, Joost Kluiver, and Anke van den Berg
01:10 PM - 01:22 PM
Functional dissection of IGH enhancers and enhancer RNAs in B-cell lymphomas
Marta Kasprzyk, Weronika Sura, Wojciech Łosiewski, Marta Podralska, Marta Kazimierska, Tomasz Woźniak, Natalia Rozwadowska, and Agnieszka Dzikiewicz-Krawczyk
01:22 PM - 01:34 PM
Investigating the prognostic value of circRNAs in multiple myeloma
Theresa Jakobsen1, Lasse Kristensen1, Alenka Behsen2, Kristine Misund2, Karen Dybkær4, Katrine Iversen, and Torben Plesner
01:34 PM - 01:46 PM
Identification of chemosensitizing miRNAs by a functional screening and characterization of associated target genes to propose new therapies for ovarian cancers
Celia Brochen1,2, Mégane Vernon1,2, Matthieu Meryet-Figuière1,2, Bernard Lambert1,2,3, Emilie Brotin1,2,4, Nicolas Vigneron1,2, Mohammad Ahmad1,2, Jean-Paul Issartel5, Edwige Abeilard1,2,4, Florence Giffard1,2, Laurent Poulain1,2,4, and Christophe Denoyelle1,2,4
01:46 PM - 01:58 PM
Emerging roles of mRNA/miRNA/lncRNA networks in non-small cell lung cancer
Cecilia Pop-Bica, Cornelia Braicu, Lajos Raduly, Cristina Alexandra Ciocan, and Ioana Berindan-Neagoe
02:00 PM - 03:30 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
03:30 PM - 08:00 PM
City Tour
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Dinner and Informal Discussions

Thursday, June 16

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM
ncRNAs in development and cancer
Chair: Zissimos Mourelatos
08:30 AM - 09:00 AM
piRNP function in flies and mammals
Zissimos Mourelatos
09:00 AM - 09:30 AM
The state of RNA upon cellular stress
Emmanouil Maragkakis
09:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Metastatic reprogramming of lung adenocarcinoma microenvironment by Malat1 overexpression
Elena Martinez-Terroba and Nadya Dimitrova
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Alternative polyadenylation and cancer immunotherapy
Iannis Aifantis
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
Coffee Break and Poster Viewing
RNA therapeutics
Chair: Judy Lieberman
11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Cancer immunotherapy using EpCAM aptamer tumor-targeted gene knockdown
Ying Zhang1, Judy Lieberman1, Winston Hide2, Dian-Jang Lee1, Karla Meza1, Pourya Yeganeh2, David Valle-Garcia1, Caroline Junqueria1, Jiayu Su1, Xuemei Xie1, and Hongbo Luo1
12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
Towards personalized microRNA-based therapeutics in cancer
Frank Slack
12:30 PM - 01:00 PM
A Rational Design to Enhancing miRNA Therapeutics through Vehicle Free Delivery Coupled to Endosomal Escape
Andrea Kasinski
01:00 PM - 01:30 PM
Antisense Therapeutics for Genetic Diseases and Oncology
Adrian Krainer
01:30 PM - 03:00 PM
Lunch and Informal Discussions
08:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Farewell Dinner

Friday, June 17

08:00 AM - 10:00 AM
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM