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Future Events > 81st Harden Conference: RNA and Disease

81st Harden Conference: RNA and Disease

4—7 September 2016

Norton Park Hotel, Winchester, UK

The past few years have seen an unprecedented expansion of our understanding of RNA function and metabolism. The identification of novel RNAs by high-throughput sequencing, the possibility to explore RNA regulatory pathways in specific tissues and cell types and the investigation of RNAs regulating stress responses in bacteria have been key to this expansion and have connected RNA regulation to a broad range of phenotypes and diseases. The aim of this meeting is to discuss recent discoveries in RNA biology and to explore their potential impact on human health.



mRNA metabolism in cancer and infection
ncRNAs function and turnover
RNA-RNA and RNA-protein interactions
RNA in neuronal development and neuropathologies 
RNA in host-pathogen interactions
RNA as a drug target

Registration is open here.


The deadline for abstract submission has now passed.


Oral communication slots are available at this meeting. 

All attendees, particularly researchers in the early stages of their career, are invited to submit a poster abstract for consideration as an oral communication.


Unique to the Biochemical Society, Harden Conferences are residential research conferences covering a specialist topic.


The conferences bring together scientists from various backgrounds with a common interest in - but varying approaches to - the topic of the conference.


To maintain a suitably high level of discussion and presentation at the conference, it is desirable that participants be experienced in the field covered; most of the participants will be expected to have postdoctoral or equivalent experience, although Ph.D. students will also be welcome.


The planned scientific sessions feature speakers invited by the Organizers and, in addition, time is left for extensive discussion and for short contributions, including posters, by other conference participants.


All participants must be resident for the duration of the conference..


Harden Bursaries

Bursary applications have now closed.


Travel bursaries and full or partly sponsored free places are available for graduate students and those who gained their PhD in the last 5 years.  Preference will be given to senior graduate students and restricted to members of the Biochemical Society and relevant associated Societies.


To apply for a Harden Bursary, please supply the relevant information on the conference application form.


All Harden Bursary applicants will be informed approximately two weeks after the application deadline whether the application has been successful.


Please note that Harden Conferences are often over-subscribed, and many applications are not accepted. Please do not make travel arrangements until you have been informed, in writing, that your application has been accepted.