Non-coding RNA in health and disease

 

Interested in non-coding RNA research? Join us at the University of Namur on March 18, 2022! Registration and abstract submission are open!

Protein-coding genes account for less than 2% of the entire genome. The other 98% were considered for years as “junk” DNA as they correspond to non-coding genomic sequences. However, it is now becoming clear that the major part of the genome is transcribed into RNA molecules and that these non-coding RNAs have important regulatory roles in gene expression.

Small non-coding RNAs, long non-coding RNAs and circular RNAs

The present meeting will focus on this non-coding part of the genome, which still remains largely unexplored. It will shed light on recent advances in the discovery of new non-coding RNAs and their functional characterization. The topics covered during the meeting will relate both to small non-coding RNAs (i.e. miRNA), as well as to the more recently described long non-coding RNAs (lncRNA) and circular RNAs (circRNA). In addition to their involvement in fundamental biological processes, their contribution in various diseases will also be addressed. Their use as diagnostic markers and their potential as future therapeutic targets will be discussed.

Keynote speakers

 

Dr. Julieta APREA PEREZ
Center for Regenerative Therapies,
Technische Universität Dresden
 

Prof. Pierre CLOSE
Laboratory of Cancer Signaling, GIGA,
University of Liège
 

 

Prof. Denis LAFONTAINE
RNA Molecular Biology,
Université Libre de Bruxelles
 
     

Prof. Eleonora LEUCCI
Laboratory for RNA Cancer Biology,
KU Leuven
 

Prof. Pieter MESTDAGH
OncoRNALab,
Ghent University
 

Dr. Antonin MORILLON
ncRNA, Epigenetic & Genome Fluidity,
Institut Curie, Paris
     
 

Dr. Sébastien PFEFFER
Architecture and Reactivity of RNA,
Université de Strasbourg