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Early Bird - 08 Sep 2022

Talk Submission - 08 Sep 2022

Poster Submission - 09 Dec 2022

Registration Deadline - 09 Dec 2022

7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Synopsis

We understand that registering for a conference is not essential right now. Many researchers will be unable to register for a future conference of interest if their organisation is temporarily closed or preventing travel. Therefore, you can simply register your interest here without committing to attending, and our team will keep you updated regarding deadline reminders and grant opportunities. We hope this service is helpful during this difficult time.

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. 

Confirmed Plenary Speakers

Stephen Bell (MIT)
SINGLE-MOLECULE STUDIES OF EUKARYOTIC DNA REPLICATION
William Greenleaf (Stanford University)
Karl-Peter Hopfner (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
STRUCTURE AND REGULATION OF THE INO80 CHROMATIN REMODELLER
Anastasia Khvorova (UMass Medical School)
CHEMICAL ENGINEERING OF THERAPEUTIC siRNAs
Adrian Krainer (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory)
Sua Myong (Johns Hopkins University)
Joan Steitz (Yale School of Medicine)
VIRAL NONCODING RNAs: A PATHWAY TO STRUCTURAL INSIGHTS
Gigi Storz (NIH)
GENES WITHIN GENES: ANOTHER LEVEL OF REGULATION
Jack Szostak (Harvard University)
THE TRIUMPH OF RNA OVER PREBIOTIC COMPETITORS
Carl Wu (Johns Hopkins University)
DYNAMICS OF TRANSCRIPTION AND CHROMATIN REMODELING PROTEINS AT THE SINGLE MOLECULE LEVEL

Highlighted Talks

Petr Cejka (Institute for Research in Biomedicine)
INVESTIGATING THE MECHANISMS OF DNA END RESECTION IN HOMOLOGOUS RECOMBINATION
Joseph Loparo (Harvard Medical School)
KEEPING IT TOGETHER: VISUALIZING DNA DOUBLE-STRAND BREAK REPAIR WITH SINGLE-MOLECULE MICROSCOPY
Bin Wu (Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Xiaolan Zhao (Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)
INTEGRATIVE STRUCTURAL AND FUNCTIONAL STUDIES OF THE Smc5/6 COMPLEX
Ting Zhu (Tsinghua University)

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 09, 10, 11 Feb 2023 (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.

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Speakers

Plenary Speakers

Joan Steitz

Sterling Professor, Yale University School of Medicine

Karl-Peter Hopfner

Professor, Gene Center

Stephen Bell

Prof. of Biology, MIT

Carl Wu

Professor, Johns Hopkins University

Jack Szostak

Professor, MGH

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, 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 09th February 2023. The conference will conclude no later than 12:30 on 12th February 2023.


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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Prices

Early Bird Full Price Additional Adult Additional Child Extra Night Adult Extra Night Child
Academic $1923 $1973 $716 $216 $303 $72
Industry $1923 $1973 $716 $216 $303 $72
Student $1649 $1699 $716 $216 $303 $72

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 at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel during the conference period only:
- Conference registration 
- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (09, 10, 11 Feb 2023) 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 
- 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 at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (09, 10, 11 Feb 2023) 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 
- 24 hour room service
- Guest room mini bar (replenished daily)
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

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

What's Included in our Accompanying Child Fees?

Our accompanying child fees are inclusive of the following at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel during the conference period only:

- 3 nights’ fixed accommodation (16, 17, 18 May 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 4 years or younger stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun).

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?

Our extra night fees are inclusive of the following at the Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun hotel:

- 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 Note: The extra night price is only applicable 1 night pre/post the conference dates. If you wish to extend your stay 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 4 years or younger stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun).

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

LinkedIn forum

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.

The group is open to all and is intended as a networking forum for past, present and future participants of Fusion Conferences as well as those interested in the related topics. To join, please follow the link below.

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

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09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Venue

Fiesta Americana Condesa Cancun All Inclusive

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Fiesta Americana Condesa CancĂșn All Inclusive Blvd. Kukulcan km 16.5 Zona Hotelera 77500 Cancun Q.R. Mexico
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Cancun International Airport

This stylish hotel features contemporary Mexican architecture, including one of the largest and most impressive thatched-roof "palapas" in the entire country. There are cultural activities, arts and crafts and sports programs to keep you constantly entertained, plus time to relax and enjoy the Mayan culture, soak up the Caribbean sunshine and revel in the international ambiance that settles in after the sun goes down.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from the aromatic Asian delights at Kaumbu, traditional fare at El Mexicano, delicious international cuisine at Kalmia Buffet or perhaps sample the sumptuous Italian dishes at Rosato. There are also several other dining opportunities such as the Cevichería, Pizzeria, Sushi Corner, pool and lounge bar areas. The Gala Night with either a Mayan or Caribbean theme 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

Lagoon Pool
Extensive Health Club and Spa
Complimentary Wi-Fi in guest rooms and throughout hotel and conference areas

Location

Cancun is a delightful combination of natural beauty, islands, ecological reserves and white sandy beaches. However, besides sun, sand and sea, this destination also offers an infinite variety of underwater activities to choose from: the diving, snorkelling and fishing here are outstanding and you will find an undersea world packed with tropical fish that live on the second largest barrier reef in the world. Sports enthusiasts might choose one of the many eco-tourism activities, such as cycling or hiking through the tropical forest or kayaking through mangroves, or something a little more adventuresome, like zip lining through the treetops.

Apart from the more well-known ancient Mayan archealogical sites such as Tulum, Cobá and Chichén Itzá you may like to visit the Aktun Chen caverns, voted one of the Top 10 underwater walks by National Geographic described as a truly magical experience.

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Transportation

Cancun International airport is just a short 20 minute journey from the Fiesta Americana Condesa and is easily accessible from almost every country in the world with many major international airlines providing direct or interconnecting flights on a daily basis.

Airport tansfer information will be available shorlty.

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Local Activities

Several activities are available within the resort. Timetables vary daily so please check with the hotel for the latest activities program.

  • Daily fitness activities: yoga, zumba, beach workout
  • In the water: water aerobics, pool volley
  • Workshops: making sushi, art with rice and towels, margaritas, paella making, pizza making (fiesta kids)
  • Classes; dance, spanish lessons
  • Friendly competitions; beach volley, beach soccer, cornhole

There are also many other activities, trips and excursions to consider in and around the local area, depending on the time you have available. Please find a few suggestions below:

  • AQUA World, situated across the street from the hotel. They provide a vast array of water based activites including diving, fishing, snorkeling, hoverboards and boat tours. Take a look at their website for inspiration: https://aquaworld.com.mx/en
  • Trips to Mayan historical sites such as Tulum and Chichen Itzá
  • Arts and crafts markets
  • Jungle tours and eco parks such as Xcaret
  • Golfing at 2 18-hole, par 72 courses: Greg Norman and Jack Nicklaus (less than 30 minutes away)

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

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09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Group Activities

Details will be available soon.

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, Mexico

Chairs

David Lilley
University of Dundee

Childcare

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

#Nucleic23


09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, 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.

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7th Nucleic Acids Conference

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09 Feb 2023 - 12 Feb 2023

Cancun, 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.

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