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Registration Deadlines

Early bird – 17 Oct 2018

Talk Submission – 17 Oct 2018

Poster Submission – 10 Dec 2018

Last Chance – 14 Dec 2018

6th Nucleic Acids Conference

13 Feb 2019 - 16 Feb 2019

Nassau, Bahamas

Synopsis

This meeting is a continuation of the Zing Conferences Nucleic Acids series.

The key role of nucleic acids is to encode and process genetic information at a molecular level. DNA is the genetic library of the cell, while RNA transports, translates and controls the expression of that information. DNA must be copied with unprecedented accuracy once every cell cycle. It is under constant endogenous and environmental onslaught, and a variety of repair pathways are necessary to maintain the integrity of the genetic blueprint. DNA is the only cellular molecule for which repair occurs to a significant extent. DNA undergoes recombination, a kind of molecular cut and re-join that creates diversity to facilitate evolution, as well as providing an important repair pathway. In eukaryotes something like 2m DNA is packaged into chromosomes so that it packs into the cell nucleus with a diameter of just 6 µm, while remaining accessible to the cellular machinery that reads out its genetic information. 

RNA is the dynamic worker bee of genetics to the DNA's queen, and an extremely versatile molecule. In the central dogma RNA is the messenger (mRNA) and translators (tRNA) that passes the information between the DNA genome and the protein synthesis machinery, yet it does much, much more. In translation of the genetic information it forms the architectural framework and catalytic center of the ribosome. 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. 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 genomic DNA does not encode proteins, 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. The meeting will provide a platform for researchers to discover and discuss the latest advances in the field of nucleic acids, DNA and RNA, with exciting opportunities to share and receive feedback on unpublished data.

Discussion topics will include;

  • DNA replication
  • DNA repair
  • DNA recombination
  • RNA structure and function
  • Translation and the ribosome
  • Silencing
  • CRISPR/Cas and genome editing
  • Gene regulation and riboswitches
  • RNA catalysis

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Student Offer

Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity for students! Register an academic at the earlybird rate of $1,822 and bring a student for only $850. Unfortunately, Postdocs are not eligible for this offer. Both registration packages include; accommodation for the 13, 14 and 15 February 2019 (on a shared basis for students) and a 24hour all-inclusive food and beverage package for the conference period. Academic registrations must be completed by 17 October 2018. Once registered, please contact Laura Trundle to obtain a special registration link for your student.

Confirmed Invited Speakers

Ronald Breaker (Yale University)
John Diffley (Francis Crick Institute)
Chuan He (University of Chicago / HHMI)
Ailong Ke (Cornell University)
Stephen Kowalczykowski (University of California, Davis)
Yamuna Krishnan (University of Chicago)
Joseph A. Piccirilli (University of Chicago)
Yanli Wang (Institute of Biophysics, CAS)
Steve West (The Francis Crick Institute)

Contributing Talks

Edwin Anthony (Marquette University)
RE-ESTABLISHING THE ROLES OF DNA BINDING DOMAINS OF REPLICATION PROTEIN A (RPA)
Richard Brennan (Duke University)
A NOVEL RNA POLYMERASE UNDERLIES THE PATHOGENICITY OF FRANCISELLA TULARENSIS
Marvin Caruthers (University of Colorado)
DNA ANALOGUES FOR CRISPER/CAS FIDELITY AND EXON SKIPPING
Jamie DeNizio (University of Pennsylvania)
SELECTIVITY AND PROMISCUITY IN TET-MEDIATED OXIDATION OF 5-METHYLCYTOSINE IN DNA AND RNA
Solen Ekesan (Rutgers University)
WHEN IT COMES TO FAST RNA CLEAVAGE – DNA GETS THE LED OUT: CATALYTIC MECHANISM OF THE 8-17 DNAZYME
Michael O'Donnell (Rockefeller University)
Richard J. Roberts (New England Biolabs)
Juliane Soukup (Creighton University)
EVOLUTIONARY CONSERVATION OF ORNITHINE DECARBOXYLASE ANTIZYME PSEUDOKNOT RNA BINDING TO SPERMINE
John Tainer (The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center)
ATPases AT DNA REPLICATION FORKS AND BREAKS
Nils Walter (University of Michigan)
THE RNA NANOMACHINES OF GENE EXPRESSION DISSECTED AT THE SINGLE MOLECULE LEVEL
Loren Williams (Georgia Tech)
FROZEN IN TIME: THE HISTORY OF THE RIBOSOME
Darrin York (Rutgers University)
CATALYTIC MECHANISMS OF NUCLEOLYTIC RIBOZYMES UNCOVERED BY COMPUTATIONAL RNA ENZMOLOGY

Sponsors

Prices

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

Early Bird Full
Price
Additional
Adult
Additional
Child
Extra Night
Adult
Extra Night
Child
Academic $1,822.00 $1,922.00 $684.00 $255.00 $281.00 $85.00
Industry $1,822.00 $1,922.00 $684.00 $255.00 $281.00 $85.00
Student $1,533.00 $1,633.00 $684.00 $255.00 $281.00 $85.00

Additional night prices are per person, per night. Accompanying persons are not permitted access to the conference.

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 (13, 14, 15 Feb 2019) 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 (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited select brand liquors, wines by the glass, local domestic beer, bottled water and soft drinks
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- Room service
- Guest room mini bar
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- 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 (13, 14, 15 Feb 2019) on a shared basis with a conference participant 
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited select brand liquors, wines by the glass, local domestic beer, bottled water and soft drinks
- Gala Dinner (includes an open bar)
- Room service 
- Guest room mini bar
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- 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 (13, 14, 15 Feb 2019) on a shared basis with the parent/s
- Breakfast, lunch and dinner available at all restaurants according to their operational hours (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited bottled water and soft drinks
- Gala Dinner 
- Room service 
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Accompanying child fees are applicable for children aged 2-12 years. Children younger than 2 years stay free of charge with a parent. Children aged 13 years and older are classified as an adult at this venue (Melia Nassau Beach, Bahamas).

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 (excluding Black Angus and Starbucks)
- Unlimited select brand liquors, wines by the glass, local domestic beer, bottled water and soft drinks
- Room service 
- Guest room mini bar
- Non motorized water sports equipment
- Complimentary WIFI in your guest room

Important Note: Extra night child fees are applicable for children aged 2-12 years.

Speakers

Invited Speakers

  • Chuan He
    Chuan He
    The University of Chicago/HHMI
  • Stephen West
    Stephen West
    Francis Crick Institute
  • Ailong Ke
    Ailong Ke
    Cornell University
  • Yanli  Wang
    Yanli Wang
    Institute of Biophysics, Chinese Academy of Sciences
  • John Diffley
    John Diffley
    The Francis Crick Institute
  • Stephen Kowalczykowski
    Stephen Kowalczykowski
    University of California, Davis
  • Yamuna Krishnan
    Yamuna Krishnan
    The University of Chicago

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 13 February 2019. The conference will conclude no later than 12:30 on 16 February 2019.

Sponsors

Sponsor this conference

Venue

Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive

Nassau, Bahamas

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Venue Rating
4 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Address
Nassau
W Bay St.
Nassau
Bahamas
Nearest Airport
Lynden Pindling International Airport

Hotel Details

Overlooking one of the finest beaches in the world the Meliá Nassau Beach is surrounded by crystal blue waters and white sandy beaches. Located on the stunning Cable Beach, you are just a few minutes walk from the center, shops and restaurants. The beautiful Nassau Botanical Gardens are within easy reach (7km) and Lynden Pindling International Airport is situated only 9km away.

Throughout your stay delegates will enjoy a full meal plan, inclusive of beverages. Take your pick from Cilantro where you can experience the natural textures, aromas and flavors of Mexico, Nikkei, celebrated for its exquisite fusion of Japanese, Cantonese and Peruvian cuisine featuring a sushi bar and Teppanyaki tables, Estavida, an upbeat tapas lounge located in the hotel lobby serving innovative tapas and a wide selection of cocktails, Aqua, an A la carte restaurant specializing in exquisite, rustic Italian cuisine, The Market Place, where you will find an International buffet serving an array of exquisite dishes, O'Grille, an open air restaurant with fabulous views of the sea and pool serving casual beach fare and light bites and finally The Black Angus, a steakhouse featuring hip, contemporary jazz and modern decor, offering guests the finest quality prime cuts and the freshest ingredients.(This restaurant is not included in the all inclusive package, additional charges apply). The 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

  • 24 hour reception
  • Room service
  • 3 heated outdoor pools
  • Complimentary resort wide Wi-Fi (guest rooms, throughout hotel, beach and conference areas)   
  • 24-hour Fitness Center
  • 7 dining venues
  • 4 bars.
  • non-motorised water sports

The Bahamas is formed by over 700 islands, keys and islets located in the Atlantic Ocean and renowned for its warm sunshine, mild climate, fine, white sandy beaches, turquoise, crystal clear water and friendly people, making this the perfect environment to relax and unwind in your free time during the conference.

Location

Melia Nassau Beach All Inclusive

Nassau, Bahamas

Venue Rating
4 Stars
Currency
US Dollar (USD)
Nearest Airport
Lynden Pindling International Airport

Location Details

The Melia Nassau Beach All-Inclusive is located right on the stunning Cable Beach just a few minutes away from the airport and city center; Nearby in Downtown Nassau you can experience the flavours of new foods at local restaurants, shop 'til you drop at Straw market or take a trip through time at the Pirates Museum. The beautiful Nassau Botanical Gardens are close by and water enthusiasts can enjoy non-motorized water sports right on property.

Nassau is the capital of the Bahamas. It lies on the island of New Providence, with neighboring Paradise Island accessible via Nassau Harbor bridges. The city has a hilly landscape and is known for it's fabulous beaches as well as its offshore coral reefs, popular for diving and snorkeling. It retains many of its typical pastel-colored British colonial buildings, like the pink-hued Government House.

 

Transport

Local  Airport

The Melia Nassau Beach Resort is located just 9km from Lynden Pindling International Airport, approximately 10-15 minutes journey time. Formerly known as Nassau International Airport, it is the largest airport in the Bahamas and provides an international gateway into the country.

We will be partnering with a local reputable company that will provide transportation services for our attendees. Further information will be available nearer the time.

Activities

Several activities are available within the resort and include:

  • Sports: Volleyball / basketball
  • Fitness classes
  • Snorkeling
  • Kayaking

Further tours and excursion information will be available shortly.

Group Activities

To be announced

Oral Presenters

Talk Deadline: 17 Oct 2018

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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Posters

Poster Deadline: 10 Dec 2018

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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