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Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Oligonucleotides (GRS)
Gordon Research Seminar

Exploring and Harnessing the Unique Properties of Nucleic Acids and Their Components


June 24-25, 2017


Salve Regina University
Newport, RI Site Information


Mindy K. Graham & Paritosh Pande

Application Deadline

Applications for this meeting must be submitted by May 27, 2017. Please apply early, as some meetings become oversubscribed (full) before this deadline. If the meeting is oversubscribed, it will be stated here. Note: Applications for oversubscribed meetings will only be considered by the Conference Chair if more seats become available due to cancellations.

GRS Speaker Abstract Deadline: Although applications will be accepted until the date noted above, any applicants who wish to be considered for an oral presentation should submit their application by March 24, 2017. Please refer to the application instructions in the Meeting Description section below for more details (if available).

Meeting Description


The Gordon Research Seminar on Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Oligonucleotides is tailored for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education. Initiated in 2015, the Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Oligonucleotides GRS was established to serve as a unique forum for trainees attending the associated GRC to have the opportunity to share research findings, gain relevant feedback, and network with other trainees with overlapping research interests.

The scientific focus of the GRS meeting will be on new advances in the field – including genome editing, drug delivery, DNA repair, nucleic acid metabolism, modified nucleic acids, canonical and non-canonical base pair interactions, higher order structures of nucleic acids, and synthetic analogs of nucleosides, nucleotides and oligonucleotides. The GRS will be structured into three themed sessions followed by a strong mentorship component concentrated on career development.

Application Instructions

The meeting will feature approximately 10 talks and 2 poster sessions. All attendees are expected to actively participate in the GRS either by giving an oral presentation or presenting a poster. Therefore, all applications must include an abstract.

The Chairs will select speakers from abstracts submitted by March 24, 2017. Those applicants who are not chosen for talks and those who apply after the deadline to be considered for an oral presentation will be expected to present a poster. In order to participate, you must submit an application by the date indicated in the Application Deadline section above.

Program Format

Saturday Sunday
  • Introductory Comments: 3:30 pm - 3:45 pm
  • Introductory Science Session: 3:45 pm - 4:30 pm
  • Poster Session I: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
  • Dinner: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
  • Evening Science Session: 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
  • Breakfast: 7:30 am - 8:30 am
  • Morning Science Session: 9:00 am - 11:00 am
  • Poster Session II: 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
  • Lunch: 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
  • Concluding Science Session: 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm
  • Evaluation Period: 2:30 pm - 3:00 pm
  • Program for related GRC begins: 6:00 pm

Related Meeting

This GRS will be held in conjunction with the "Nucleosides, Nucleotides & Oligonucleotides" Gordon Research Conference (GRC). Those interested in attending both meetings must submit an application for the GRC in addition to an application for the GRS. Refer to the associated GRC program page for more information.

Preliminary Program Outline

An outline of the program components for this GRS is displayed below. The Conference Chair is currently developing their detailed program schedule, which will include the speakers they select from submitted abstracts, in addition to any additional components outlined below. The detailed program will be available by April 24, 2017. Please check back for updates.

Keynote Speaker

  • Feng Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)


  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Discussion Leaders

  • To Be Selected from Submitted Abstracts

Mentorship Component

"Career Development"

  • David Giljohann (Exicure, USA)
  • Tracey Mason (Stevenson University, USA)
  • Feng Zhang (Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA)
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