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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Synopsis

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Nucleic acids are fundamentally informational macromolecules; their sequence is the cell's genetic operating system and software. The repository of this information lies in DNA that must be copied with unprecedented accuracy precisely once every cell cycle. DNA is repeatedly read out (transcribed) before sending its information out to where it becomes used to program the synthesis of proteins. The integrity of the genetic blueprint is vital to the cell, and yet the structure of DNA is under constant onslaught. Thus precise mechanisms exist to repair damage in DNA; it is the only cellular molecule for which this occurs to a significant extent. DNA undergoes recombination, a kind of molecular cut and join that creates diversity to facilitate evolution, yet also provides an important method of repair. In eukaryotic cells DNA is packaged into chromosomes in a way that allows something like 2 m of nucleic acid to be packed into the cell nucleus, yet remain accessible to the cellular machinery that reads out its genetic information.

By contrast RNA is highly dynamic. It is the worker bee of genetics to the DNA's queen, and an extremely versatile molecule. In the central dogma it is the messenger (mRNA) that passes the information between the DNA library and the protein synthesis factory, yet it does much, much more. In translation of the genetic information it is the key component of the ribosome, as well as the tRNA species that activate and deliver the amino acids and decode the message. In eukaryotic cells the pre-mRNA must be processed by the precise removal of intervening sequences (introns), carried out by a large and dynamic RNA-protein machine called the spliceosome. Failure to do this correctly can lead to disease, and it is now becoming possible to create therapies that correct this. Increasingly we realize that RNA is also involved in critical and complex regulatory processes. RNA can act as a molecular switch responding to small molecules in order to control gene expression. Indeed while most of the information in DNA is not protein coding, almost all of it is transcribed into RNA. We are only just beginning the long journey of understanding what all this non-coding RNA is doing - it is very much the 'dark matter' of biology! Lastly RNA can also accelerate chemical reactions by a million fold or more in the manner of an enzyme. This is very likely of key significance in the origin of life on the planet more than three billion years ago.

Understanding processes involving DNA and RNA at the molecular and chemical level is the central theme of this conference, with a marked structural and mechanistic perspective. Every two years we have a hot topic theme and have previously covered ribosome, spliceosome, exosome, ncRNA regulation, DNA replication initiation, DNA topology and repair at past meetings. In 2022, our hot topic will likely be RNA viruses.

What makes this meeting unique? David Lilley says "I really think it’s in part the unique mechanistic and structural focus (reflecting Wei and my way of thinking). And because we have this unique point of view people get a different perspective, and so the discussion is always very stimulating. That has been the case since the very first meeting in Mexico, where I think we made a real step forward in understanding the mechanism of peptidyl transferase in the ribosome. Another feature of our meetings is the large number of talks we get from participants, that are frequently of a very high standard. This builds on the broadness of our topics and draws everyone into the discussion leaving participants stimulated with an abundance of new ideas."

See what our past participants have said about the Nucleic Acids series:

"Thanks so much for placing me on the meeting agenda, and I really had a most great time at this meeting. It was a perfect size - I made new friends, some were brand new, and some existed and were made stronger. So the meeting was much more bountiful to me than the ability to present my work, by a long shot. I totally loved thinking of chemical mechanisms, as it reminded me of my grad work, and it is so very lovely to be back in that chemical mind frame. I miss it."

"Outstanding organisation, lovely location, excellent science."

"Thank you for an amazing conference!"

"I had a great time. Loved the meeting, beach and sun."

Student Offer

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Fully paying academics can bring a student for only $890. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 20, 21, 22 Feb 2022 (on a shared basis for students) and a food and beverage package for the conference period. Once registered, please contact Chloe Trundle to obtain a special registration link for your student.

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Speakers

Speakers to be confirmed.

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Programme

Although the programme has not yet been released, we are able to confirm that the conference should begin no earlier than 14:00 with opening comments on 20th February 2022. The conference will conclude no later than 12:30 on 23rd February 2022.


7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1899 $1949 $683 $162 $294 $54
Industry $1899 $1949 $683 $162 $294 $54
Student $1621 $1671 $683 $162 $294 $54

All registration fees include 3 nights accommodation and meals during the conference period. Exact inclusions are detailed below.

What's Included in our Registration Fees?

Our registration fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- Conference registration
- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (20, 21, 22 Feb 2022) on a single basis for academics and industry, on a shared basis for students 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours 
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in both conference rooms and your guest room

What's Included in our Accompanying Adult Fees?

Our accompanying adult fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (20, 21, 22 Feb 2022) on a shared basis with a conference participant 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

What's Included in our Accompanying Child Fees?

Our accompanying child fees are inclusive of the following during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (20, 21, 22 Feb 2022) on a shared basis with the parent/s
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- Gala Dinner 
- 24 hour room service
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years. Children younger than 5 years stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta). Please kindly ensure your child / children are supervised at all times during conference and related events. Childcare services are available at the hotel, please contact Chloe for further information.

What's Included in our Extra Night Fees?

- 1 night’s accommodation for 1 person
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours
- Unlimited alcoholic beverages, cocktails and soft drinks available by the glass at all restaurants and bars according to their operational hours
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Notes: The extra night price is only applicable 1 night pre/post the conference dates. If you wish to extend your stay even further, this is possible to book via Fusion, but please contact Chloe for assistance and prices. Extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 5-12 years. Children younger than 5 years stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta).

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

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Bringing together the global community of researchers and scientists interested in the study of DNA. Relevant specialties are wide-ranging, reflecting the importance of DNA Research in many aspects of health and disease, including; DNA Repair, DNA Replication, DNA Damage, Cancer, Chromosomal Instability, RNA and Nucleic Acids.

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Venue

Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive

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Address
Blvd Francisco Medina Ascencio Km 2.5, Puerto Vallarta 48300, Mexico
Nearest Airport
Licenciado Gustavo DiĀ­az Ordaz International Airport (PVR)

The Fiesta Americana Puerto Vallarta All Inclusive is in the beautiful Bahía de Banderas on the Pacific Coast of Mexico. With a mix of contemporary Mexican architecture and the more traditional Mexican styles of Jalisco, the buildings blend perfectly with the surrounding landscape of the Western Sierra Madre Mountains.

Located just 13km from Licenciado Gustavo Díaz Ordaz International Airport and within easy reach of the town of Puerto Vallarta with its array of boutique shops and set alongside one of the most beautiful beaches in the area, this provides the perfect setting for a conference.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the wonderful selection of restaurants such as Chulavista, a contemporary  buffet restaurant overlooking the beach offering Mexican and International cuisine, Rosato, offering mediterranean cuisine with an Italian twist, El Mexicano, serving traditional Mexican fare, Tiatang, adults-only restaurant serving Asian cuisine nightly for dinner and L'Isola, a sophisticated restaurant serving lobster and fine meat cuts in a poolside setting - there is a surchage for dining at this venue. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Fajita House and Grill as well as the Terrace and Pool Bars. The Café / Deli Express is also open daily for coffee, teas, cakes and pastries.

The themed Gala Night takes place on the third evening of the conference with a mouth-watering feast of local cuisine, an open bar and amazing local entertainment.  We welcome all delegates and their accompanying persons to the Gala Night – a truly fun filled night not to be missed!

Hotel facilities include;

Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

  • Lagoon Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness Center
  • 8 Restaurants
  • Kids Club
  • Private Beach

Location

Originally a bustling mining town known as the ‘Las Peñas’ in the 19th century, Puerto Vallarta is framed by the stunning mountains of the Sierra Madre Occidental of Jalisco and the immense Mexican Pacific. This fascinating destination with red roofs, golden sunsets, cobbled streets and beautiful beaches possesses everything that makes for an incredible place to visit.

Puerto Vallarta’s art offering is amazing, from crafts found in the flea market to the fleeting creations made by artists with the sand on the beach. Its art galleries, boardwalk, calm Banderas Bay waters - loved by scuba diving enthusiasts and bustling nightlife bare some of the contrasts that Vallarta holds.

There are many activities you can enjoy during your fee time such as visiting the El Salado estuary, going on horseback up the Quimixto waterfall or taking a tour of Banderas Bay. You may also like to explore the Jardín Botánico de Vallarta where you will find orchids, bromeliads, agaves, wild palms and fern grottos along the paths of this gorgeous nature park.

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Transportation

Puerto Vallarta International Airport is located just 3.9 km, a short 10-15 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana All-Inclusive resort Puerto Vallarta.

Taxis

Various taxi services are available once you exit the terminal at the designated Taxi rank. Please be aware that, after you have passed through customs, you will walk through the ‘Timeshare’ corridor and may be invited to stop or be offered assistance. Please ignore and continue until you are outside the terminal where you will be able to locate the Taxi rank, or better still, we would recommend you pre-book your airport transfer.

Further information on local taxi services will be available soon.

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Local Activities

Several activities are available within the resort. The schedule changes weekly but typically may include:

Daily fitness activities: gym classes, yoga, dance, aquagym, eco walk etc
Cookery Workshops: sushi, paella, ceviche, guacamole and tequila tasting
Classes: spanish, crafts
Friendly competitions: beach volleyball, beach soccer, ping pong, bocce ball etc.

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Group Activities

Details will be available soon.

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Childcare

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Oral Presenters

We have several oral opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a talk, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

If you are accepted for a talk, we recommend you check our website regularly as the conference approaches. Regular programme updates will be released under the ‘Programme’ tab on the conference website.

Your Presentation

On the day of your presentation please make yourself known to our AV technician who will be present in the conference room. We advise running through your presentation at least 30minutes prior to your session commencing to ensure your slides and any videos or animations appear as expected. We prefer our speakers to run their presentation from the master PC or Mac, however, if you prefer to use your own laptop then please notify us prior to the session. A HDMI or VGA cable is usually available on the podium.

Our AV technician will apply your microphone and provide a combined slide advancer and laser pointer.

We ask all speakers to adhere to their time slots and respect their fellow presenters. A visual traffic light aide will be available to warn presenters as their time decreases.

Please make sure your presentation adheres to the following guidelines.

Aspect Ratio: On Screen Show (16:9)
File Type: Please save your presentation in PPT, PPTS or Keynote format.

Download Abstract Template

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic22


20 Feb 2022 - 23 Feb 2022

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Posters

We have several poster opportunities available at this meeting. To be considered for a poster presentation, please register for the conference and upload your abstract when prompted to do so. You will be able to monitor the status of your abstract through your Fusion account and you will also receive an email if you are successful or unsuccessful.

Please use the abstract template provided (see below) and ensure your abstract is no longer than one page in length.

Our poster boards can accommodate a maximum poster size of A0 (1189H x 841W mm), portrait in orientation. Posters exceeding this size may not fit on the poster boards provided and therefore we may be unable to display your poster, so please kindly keep to these measurements.

Displaying & Presenting Your Poster

Please bring your poster to registration and hand this to a member of the Fusion team. They will advise of your poster number and display your poster for you. 

Your poster will remain on display for the duration of the conference, allowing presenters to take advantage of the refreshment breaks and free time for valuable networking opportunities, in addition to the official poster session.

Please check the programme and note the date and time of the poster session(s). Your poster will be judged during the poster session and prizes will be awarded at the Gala Dinner.

Posters will be taken down by the Fusion team and will be ready for collection at the Fusion desk on the final day of the conference.

Download Abstract Template