Regional Symposium on RNA Structure and Function: CornBelt RNA 2011
Ribonucleic acid (RNA) is a type of complex molecule necessary in all organisms, containing genetic information. RNA biochemistry and RNA biology have been a defining focus of the molecular life sciences for over 40 years, exemplified by the awarding of five Nobel prizes for work in this area since 2001. This area is relevant to Mizzou Advantage initiatives in Food for the Future and One Health/One Medicine. RNA science is a significant strength at MU, with over a dozen interactive research groups, and smaller-scale growth has taken place at universities in Missouri and bordering states.
To build this network, Mizzou Advantage teamed up with MU biochemist Donald Burke to host the “Corn Belt RNA” conference on the MU campus in November 2011.
In hosting the conference, Mizzou Advantage established leadership in the field of RNA science. 75 participants attended, fostering partnerships of mutual interest between MU and RNA experts from 11 different universities. The keynote speaker was John Abelson, a former Caltech professor of biophysics and the founder of the Agouron Institute, a non-profit that sponsors innovative biological research.