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This meeting took place in 2008

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Translational Regulatory Mechanisms (A7)

Organizer(s) Nahum Sonenberg, Alan G. Hinnebusch and Joel D. Richter
January 28—February 2, 2008
Coeur d'Alene Resort • Coeur d'Alene, Idaho USA
Abstract Deadline: Sep 26, 2007
Late Abstract Deadline: Oct 31, 2007
Scholarship Deadline: Sep 26, 2007
Early Registration Deadline: Nov 28, 2007

Supported by the Director's Fund

Summary of Meeting:
There are many exciting new findings in the field of translational control. The discovery that microRNAs control 30-40% of the genomes of many organisms underscores the paramount importance of translational control. Other exciting research involves identification of subcellular components (P-bodies and stress granules), which link translational control to mRNA stability, and associate with the microRNA machinery. The 3-D structures of initiation factors and bacterial ribosomes have been obtained, and recent findings implicate translational control in diseases (diabetes, obesity, virus infection) and in learning and memory. A critical shortcoming in microRNA research is the lack of understanding of the molecular mechanism. Another problem is the lack of structures of mammalian ribosomes with and without translation factors. The meeting’s goals are to discuss experimental approaches to understand the mechanisms of microRNA action, the structural basis of translation and its control, the link between translation and mRNA stability and, finally, defects in translation that cause disease.

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Scholarship / Award Information

Scholarship Deadline: September 26, 2007 (11:59 PM US Mountain Standard Time)
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Review Criteria

Criteria for Abstract Review:

  1. Relevance to the meeting topic
  2. Significance of the scientific question and results
  3. Style
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    • Grammar and spelling
  4. Clarity of scientific presentations
    • Clear question or hypothesis
    • Sufficient background
    • The experimental approach and rationale for the approach are clear
    • The results are clearly presented
    • The interpretation and conclusions are reasonable and logical

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