This symposium is sold out but the public forum is open for virtual attendance by registering here.
The Gairdner Foundation and McGill University present RNA & the Future of Medicine featuring guest speaker Pieter Cullis, 2022 Canada Gairdner International Award laureate.
The power of combining genomics with RNA technology is exemplified by the remarkable and rapid success of mRNA vaccines against SARS-CoV-2. We are at the beginning of a revolution that will enable the rapid, low-cost development of genome-guided RNA-based medicines for a wide spectrum of diseases, such as those caused by emerging viruses that threaten our society with pandemics and their associated catastrophic health and economic consequences, high-burden diseases such as cancer, which is the number one cause of death in Canada, and rare genetic disorders that are incurable or prohibitively expensive to treat.
McGill University recently founded two inter-disciplinary institutes, the McGill Centre for RNA Sciences, and the Victor Phillip Dahdaleh Institute of Genomic Medicine with the vocation to match the potential of personalized medicine with the flexibility and speed promised by RNA therapeutics. At the forefront of this meeting will be collaborating RNA academic poles in Quebec and Canada that are part of several ongoing projects and proposals, but most prominently with leading industrial partners.
Free admission, must register.
9:30 – 11:45 Plenary session 1: Canadians in RNA innovation
Chair: Mark Lathrop
Keynote: Pieter Cullis
Speakers: Hanadi Sleiman, Mohamad-Gabriel Alameh, Yann Joly
11:45 – 13:30 Lunch and early posters @ Mezzanine 6th floor McIntyre
13:30 –16:00 Plenary Session 2: Chemistry in RNA therapeutics
Chair: Masad Damha
Keynote: Anastasia Khvorova
Speakers: Andrea Rentmeister, Andrea Kasinski, Selena M. Sagan
16:00 – 19:00 Poster session, light bites dinner and social
Panel discussion with Yann Joly, Anastasia Khvorova, Mohamad-Gabriel Alameh and John Androsavich
In-person attendance is at capacity. Livestream available by registering here.
18:00 – 19:30 Poster session, Light bites & Social
Chair: Jiannis Ragoussis
Keynote: Tony De Fougerolles
Speakers: Quin Wills, John Androsavich, Imed Gallouzi, Eric Lecuyer
11:40 – 13:00 Lunch and poster session @ Mezzanine 6th floor McIntyre
13:00 – 11:30 Plenary Session 4: RNA & Genomics I
Chair: Jörg Fritz
Keynote: Nahum Sonenberg
Speakers: Michelle Scott, Hamed Najafabadi, Miten Jain
15:30 – 16:00 Coffee break
16:00 – 17:45 Plenary Session 5: RNA& Genomics II
Chair: Maria Vera Ugalde
Speakers: Yutaka Suzuki, David Langlais, Eric Lecuyer