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Media Advisory: UAlbany RNA Initiative Drives Cutting-Edge Medical Science

Contact(s):  Catherine Herman (518) 956-8150

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ALBANY, N.Y. (June 1, 2010) --

What:

The University at Albany will launch a powerful new alliance of New York Capital Region top genetic scientists and biomedical investigators to spur advanced research into RNA and its implications for innovative medicines, drug therapies and technologies, and cures for diseases such as breast cancer, drug-resistant TB and HIV, depression, and neurodegenerative disorders such as ALS and neurofibromatosis.

Who:
Paul D. Tonko, U.S. Congressman
Nancy L. Zimpher, Chancellor, SUNY
George M. Philip, President, University at Albany
Paul F. Agris, Director
Edelgard Wulfert, Dean, UAlbany College of Arts and Sciences
Donald Siegel
, Dean, UAlbany School of Business
Gary H. Kruppa, Vice President,Bruker Daltonics
Ronald Breaker, Molecular Biologist, Yale University

When:
Friday, June 4, 2010

10 a.m. -- Dr. Ronald Breaker will present a special seminar about the promise of RNA in biology and health. Breaker is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator at Yale University, and a recipient of the 2006 National Academy of Sciences Award in Molecular Biology.

11 a.m.-- Inauguration of the RNA initiative, with Congressman Tonko and Dr. Paul F. Agris, UAlbany's leader of this exciting venture.

11:30 a.m. -- Poster sessions with researchers and their students, who will present their most recent investigations into RNA biology.

Where:
Thomas and Constance D'Ambra Auditorium
Life Sciences Research Building
University at Albany main campus

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UAlbany Students

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