5th RNA Metabolism in Neurological Disease Conference


The following speakers are among those that will give invited talks at the conference. To contribute to the oral and poster programmes please visit the submit abstract page.

Susan Ackerman

University of California San Diego, USA

Dr. Ackerman received her Ph.D. from UCLA and was a postdoctoral fellow at University of Illinois Medical School and the Wistar Institute. Prior to her move to UCSD in 2016, Dr. Ackerman was a Professor at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, where she was a faculty member for nineteen years.

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Paul J. Anderson

Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, USA

Paul J. Anderson, M.D., Ph.D., is the K. Frank Austen Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School). He is a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians.

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Maria Barna

Stanford University, USA

Dr. Barna obtained her B.A. in Anthropology from New York University and her Ph.D. from Cornell University, Weill Graduate School of Medicine in 2007.

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Nicolas Charlet-Berguerand

University of Strasbourg, France

Research in the Charlet group focuses on how expansion of microsatellite repeats lead to human genetic diseases. The group is particularly interested in Myotonic Dystrophy (DM) caused by expanded CTG repeats located in the 3’UTR of the DMPK gene, Fragile X-Associated Tremor/Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS) due to expanded CGG repeats in the 5’UTR of the FMR1 gene and topic of that proposal, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and Frontotemporal Dementia (ALS-FTD) due to G4C2 repeats in C9ORF72.

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Don Cleveland

University of California San Diego, USA

Dr. Don Cleveland has made field leading contributions in cancer genetics and neurosciences.

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Dorothee Dormann

Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany

Dorothee Dormann studied Biochemistry in Tübingen, Germany and obtained a Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Immunology from the Rockefeller University, New York.

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Elizabeth Fisher

University College London, UK

Elizabeth Fisher is Professor of Neurogenetics at the Institute of Neurology in Queen Square, UCL.  She gained a BA in Physiological Sciences from Oxford, and a PhD in mouse genetics from Imperial College London.

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Fen-Biao Gao

University of Massachusetts Medical School, USA

Fen-Biao Gao is the inaugural Governor Paul Cellucci Chair in Neuroscience Research and Professor in the Department of Neurology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School (UMMS).

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Songi Han

University of California Santa Barbara, USA

Dr. Han received her Doctoral Degree in Natural Sciences (Dr.rer.nat) from Aachen University of Technology (RWTH), Germany, in 2001.

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Brian Kaspar

AveXis Inc., Illinois, USA

Dr. Kaspar is Scientific Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at AveXis, Inc., a clinical-stage gene therapy company focused on the treatment of neurological diseases.

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Virginia Lee

University of Pennsylvania, USA

Dr. Virginia M.-Y. Lee obtained her PhD in Biochemistry, University of California San Francisco (1973) and an MBA at the Wharton School (1984).

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Roy Parker

University of Colorado, USA

Roy Parker is an Investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Cech-Leinwand Endowed Chair of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Colorado Boulder.

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Laura Ranum

University of Florida, USA

Laura P.W. Ranum is the Kitzman Family Professor of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and the Founding Director of the Center for NeuroGenetics at the University of Florida.

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Jeff Rothstein

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, USA

Jeffrey D. Rothstein, M.D., Ph.D. is the John W. Griffin Director for the Brain Science Institute, as well as a Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience, and the Founding Director of the Robert Packard Center for ALS Research at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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Paul Taylor

HHMI and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, USA

Paul Taylor is an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is also the Edward F. Barry Endowed Chair of the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. He earned his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from Jefferson Medical College and trained in Neurology at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Benjamin L. Wolozin

Boston University, USA

Benjamin Wolozin, M.D., Ph.D. is a professor of Pharmacology, Neurology and the Program in Neuroscience at Boston University School of Medicine. Dr. Wolozin’s research investigates the pathophysiology of neurodegenerative diseases.

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Gene Yeo

University of California San Diego, USA

Gene Yeo, Ph.D. obtained a BSc in Chemical Engineering and a B.A. in Economics from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (1998), a Ph.D. in Computational Neuroscience from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, 2005) and a Masters of Business Administration from the Rady School of Management at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD, 2008).

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