Deciphering RNA

The RiboClub brings together ribonucleic acid (RNA) biologists aiming at promoting the study of RNA evolution, structure and function. By fostering regular meetings, exchanging ideas, and sharing infrastructure, the RiboClub creates a unique atmosphere for the recruitment and development of young researchers.

Deciphering RNA

The RiboClub brings together ribonucleic acid (RNA) biologists aiming at promoting the study of RNA evolution, structure and function. By fostering regular meetings, exchanging ideas, and sharing infrastructure, the RiboClub creates a unique atmosphere for the recruitment and development of young researchers.

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The RiboClub is celebrating 20 years of seminars.

Book September 22-27, 2019 in your calendar.
Do not miss the big party!
Register now

4th annual Toronto RNA Enthusiasts Day (TREnD)

July 30st, 2019 from 8:30am-6pm at the SickKids Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning (686 Bay St, Toronto, Ontario).

This promises to be another fantastic day of RNA that begins with a keynote address, given by Professor Tracy Johnson (UCLA, and Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute), followed by 12 trainee talks and an action packed poster session with 60+ posters! Lunch and light refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Your trainees will have opportunities to present their research, and there are multiple prizes for the best talks and posters.

The oral presentation deadline is Tuesday June 4th. Registration is open overall until July 17th for posters. Please encourage all of your lab’s RNA Enthusiasts to register and submit an abstract for an oral presentation. It’s a great opportunity for students and postdocs to practice presenting their work and receive feedback–at a low effort, low cost international conference! 🙂

Please note that there is a nominal registration fee to defray some of the costs of this event ($30CAD for trainees and $50CAD for PIs), and we hope that you would support your trainees’ attendance at the meeting by providing them with some lab funds for the registration cost. The website is: https://trendrna.com/, registration link here.

We encourage YOU to register too! TREnD will be provide a wide array of cool RNA science (CRISPR to piRNAs, splicing to the exosome and everything in between!) and will give you a chance to learn about the work your colleagues in the region are doing. There is ample time in the program for informal discussions, and we hope that this event will spur new collaborations. Furthermore, it means the world to our trainees to receive feedback from experts in the field, so please come and encourage and inspire our next generation of RNA biologists! 

Finally, this year we have also initiated an “RNArt” art contestRNArt is an RNA biology-focused art contest open to all registrants of TREnD2019. Eligible entries range from immunofluorescence microscopy to artistic interpretations of data. The winning piece comes with a monetary prize and will ultimately be printed on the walls of MaRS on the 15th floor where TREnD is headquartered. For more details please check out RNArt on the TREnD website.  

Please spread the word about our event to your friends and colleagues! The more RNA Enthusiasts, the better!

We hope to see you there!

John Calarco and Julie Claycomb
TREnD co-mentors

EMBO Workshop on “RNP network dynamics in development and disease”

(http://meetings.embo.org/event/19-RNP-networks) will take place between 29th September and 2nd of October 2019 in the historic city of Ljubljana, Slovenia. We anticipate this is the first conference to focus on RNA regulatory mechanisms from the perspective of RNP networks and their dynamics. 

In recent years, it has become apparent that changes in the dynamics of RNP assembly and disassembly are major driving forces of development or disease mechanisms. While many scientific meetings focus on studies of RNA regulatory mechanisms, none approaches it from the perspective of RNP networks and their dynamics. 

This meeting will bring together scientists who study the roles of RNPs in development or disease with diverse methods, such as RNP interactomics, CLIP, computational modeling, biophysics, and imaging. It will offer an opportunity to exchange knowledge and discuss future opportunities to further integrate the following complementary approaches: 

  • transcriptomics and proteomics of protein-RNA networks 
  • dynamics of RNPs through phase separation 
  • biological roles of RNPs in development, cancer or neurodegeneration
    Moreover, the meeting will stimulate cross-fertilisation of methods and concepts that are relevant for diverse biological questions in development, cancer and neurologic diseases. 

The meeting has a strong presence of young scientists and in addition to 30 invited speakers, every accepted abstract will be selected for either 15min or 1min talk on top of 2 poster sessions. 

Additionally, on a preceding day to the meeting (28th of September, afternoon) there will be optional computational workshops including sessions on analysis of CLIP sequencing data with Python, R, and the basics of machine learning, and optional introductory lectures to be held on the first day (29th of September; 9:00-13:00) on the main methods covered by the conference (CLIP, RBPome, phase separation related methods, computational tools for analysis and visualisation of RNP networks). All participants will be asked during the online registration process to suggest and possibly hold the pre-meeting workshops and introductory lectures.

More information about the event including a preliminary schedule and the list of the speakers may be found on the website (http://meetings.embo.org/event/19-RNP-networks). We are happy to be at your disposal for any questions that may arise. You are also encouraged to contact us ([email protected]) in case you need any help with the trip organisation and hotel rooms/apartments booking.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE 21 JUNE 2019 
ABSTRACT SUBMISSION DEADLINE 31 May 2019

Jernej Ule, Dorothee Dormann, Anne-Claude Gingras, Miha Modic

mRNA Turnover: Mechanisms, Regulation and their Implication in Infectious and Age-Related Diseases

Description:
Co-Chairs: Jeff Wilusz of Colorado State University and Imed Gallouzi of McGill University, along with the Organizing Committee, would like to invite you to partake in this gathering for RNA Stability researchers. The previous meeting in this series took place in Oxford, UK in 2017.

Montréal is the proud host city for the 8th meeting of this international series. This year, the conference coincides with the 40th birthday celebrations of the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal, a world renowned event that is sure to Jazz up your Science!

Montréal, host to the 4th meeting of the RNA Stability series in 2010, is a big, busy, exhilarating city with so much to see and do. Its neighbourhoods range from the French colonial Vieux-Montréal to the bohemian Plateau. Hop from one festival to the next, from homegrown tastes to exotic flavours, from the trails of Mount Royal to the cobblestone streets of Old Montréal. The city explodes into action in summer, stirring up a non-stop international-level joyride of live music, comedy, art, cultural activities and fabulous food.

The organizing committee for the 2019 meeting consists of Imed Gallouzi, Jeff Wilusz, Kristian Baker, Marc Fabian, Jack Keene, Myriam Gorospe, David Port, Nahum Sonenberg, Olivier Muehlmann and Georg Stoecklin.

Our Opening Reception overlooking the Montréal skyline will follow with our Opening Keynote Address by Jack Keene.

In addition to our 33 Invited Guest Speakers, the Scientific Program will include 15 short oral presentations along with 10 flash presentations, which will be selected from submitted abstracts. Two poster pub presentations along with morning workouts and our not-to-be-missed Caf Conc’ Gala (just ask anyone who attended the 2010 meeting….) will create plenty of opportunities for networking and promote the latest discussions in RNA Stability.

Topics will include: Mechanisms of RNA Turnover and Stability, RNA Translation, RNA Localization/Subcellular Localization of RNA Decay, Splicing, Biological Ramifications of Regulated RNA Turnover (including in Aging and Stress Responses), and Biological Implications of 3’ UTRs and miRNA Interactions.

Important Deadlines:
January to February, 2019 – Early Bird Registration and Abstract Submission
March to June 15, 2019 – Regular Registration and Abstract Submission
April 25, 2019 – Abstract Deadline
June 15, 2019- Registration Deadline

Funds received from the RNA Society will go towards student presentation awards.

Visit our website at https://cvent.me/4yrGd

For more information, please contact Nancy Dufour Zitzmann – Event Coordinator at [email protected]or at 514-894-9116.

Tools & Services

LabCollector

Lab Data Management for RiboClub associated labs

RiboSubstrates

 Search for siRNA, SOFA-HDV, Hammerhead substrates

RASE

 Primer Design. Real-time PCR Annotation of Splicing Event

G-browse

The Generic Genome Browser

RTAnalizer

Analysis of non-autonomous retrotransposons in sequenced mammals

RNomics

Palace

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Our Mission Statement

The RiboClub was founded in 1999 by researchers at the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke. All the founding members have a particular interest in some aspect of RNA biology.

The RiboClub was put in place in order to :

• Establish an exceptional environment for students.
• Encourage students to interact and exchange with other students within the RiboClub.
• Stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations between groups.
• Foster the initiation of innovative projects that span multiple areas of expertise.
• Offer access to the latest technology infrastructure.
• Organize a monthly seminar series and an annual meeting.

The Université de Sherbrooke recognizes these activities and conferred us the status of “Center of Excellence in RNA Biology”. The actual research activities of the RiboClub members and associated labs include all nuances of the modern RNA field such as RNA expression, maturation (modification, cleavage and trimming, splicing), transport, and structure.

Our Mission Statement

The RiboClub was founded in 1999 by researchers at the faculty of medicine and health sciences of the Université de Sherbrooke. All the founding members have a particular interest in some aspect of RNA biology and the RiboClub was put in place in order to :

• Establish an exceptional environment for students.
• Encourage students to interact and exchange with students in other groups within the RiboClub.
• Stimulate interdisciplinary collaborations between groups.
• Foster the initiation of innovative projects that span multiple areas of expertise.
• Offer access to latest technology infrastructure.
• Organize a monthly seminar series and an annual meeting for an increased information flow.

The Université de Sherbrooke recognizes these activities and conferred us the status of “Center of Excellence in RNA Biology”. The actual research activities of the RiboClub members and associated labs include all nuances of the modern RNA field such as RNA expression, maturation (modification, cleavage and trimming, splicing), transport, the tridimensional structure and the proteins associated with RNA to form RNPs.