ASBMB hosts transcriptional regulation symposium

RNA polymerase II coordinates messenger RNA synthesis and processing while navigating the chromatin landscape in eukaryotic cells. Cutting edge technologies have allowed for an unprecedented view of RNA polymerase II transcription and led to the identification of novel pathways regulating transcription.

Due to the central importance of RNA polymerase II and chromatin in gene regulation, cellular development and the pathogenesis of human diseases, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has been hosting a biennial symposium on chromatin and RNA polymerase II since 2004. This year’s symposium, entitled Transcriptional Regulation: Chromatin and RNA Polymerase II, will take place in October at the Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort near Salt Lake City, Utah. The resort’s intimate setting provides extensive opportunities for networking and is about 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City airport.

Transcriptional Regulation:
Chromatin and RNA Polymerase II

Date: Oct. 6 – 10

Location: Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, Snowbird, Utah

Karen Arndt, University of Pittsburgh,
Joseph Reese, Pennsylvania State University;
Ray Trievel, University of Michigan

Arndt Reese Trievel

Abstracts for platform presentations deadline: Mar. 1

Early registration and abstract submission deadline for short presentations and posters: Aug. 1.

Attendance at the symposium is capped at 200 principal investigators, postdoctoral fellows, students and scientists from the pharmaceutical and biotech industries. Sessions will explore recent findings in RNA polymerase II regulation during the transcription cycle, noncoding RNAs, and the contributions of chromatin structure remodeling and covalent histone modifications in mediating gene expression. Dr. Ali Shilatifard at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University will present a keynote address about enhancer malfunction in cancer.

New this year are travel awards, which will be provided to trainees to offset some of their attendance costs. In addition, students and postdoctoral fellows presenting posters will be eligible for awards for the best posters. Winners of the poster awards will give oral presentations of their work in a special session. The status of all submitted abstracts will be posted on the ASBMB symposium website.

We look forward to seeing you in Snowbird for an exciting and enlightening symposium!