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Regulatory small and long ncRNAs: Durat et lucet

11 – 17 June 2016 | Povo-Trento, Italy

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Application deadline

25 April 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

2 - 4 weeks after application deadline

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About the practical course

Non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) represent a significant, ubiquitous and ever-growing class of regulatory RNAs that are principally involved in control of many cellular processes of most organisms, regardless if bacterial or eukaryotic. Mechanisms of their function are not yet comprehensively understood. However, it is now clear that they also play considerable roles in pathology of organisms, which makes them clinically relevant too.


The EMBO Practical Course will focus on methods enabling characterization of cellular content and localization of ncRNAs as well as providing insights into their function. In particular, we will teach methods allowing investigation of these molecules in all organisms, not only in human or mouse. The practical part will include ncRNA detection and quantification, data analysis, their integration as well as correlation of data obtained by various methods.


During the EMBO Practical Course we will pay particular attention to following aspects:
a) explanation and practicing of different approaches used for ncRNA detection & characterization of their abundance;
b) detailed troubleshooting for all steps required to characterize ncRNA content and profiles;
c) comparison of analyses strategies and evaluation of obtained data;
d) experimental approaches for the identification of ncRNA 'targets' and for the functional validation of their activity.







Application deadline

25 April 2016

Selected participants will be notified by

2 - 4 weeks after application deadline












Registration includes:

  • admission
  • course materials
  • meals and coffee breaks
  • accommodation

Selection Criteria

For selection purposes you are required to submit a letter of motivation.

You can submit your motivation letter using the same account you use to apply.

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  1. Include your relevant skills, experience and qualifications which show that you would be suitable for the course.
  2. Explain why you would like to attend, including what you can contribute and how you think you will benefit from the course.

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The registration fee should be paid only after acceptance to the course. The results will be announced approximately 2-4 weeks after the application deadline.



Carolina G. Sabate

Phone: +49-6221-387 8858




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University of Trento
Science Campus Povo
Centre for Integrative Biology
Via Sommarive 9
Povo-Trento, IT


Contact Onsite:
Betty Balduin, CIBIO, University of Trento, Italy

Accommodation Details

The registration fee includes accommodation for 7 nights (10-17 June 2016) in the NH Hotel Trento in a shared twin room with another course participant. Any additional nights need to be paid personally at the hotel.

About the Area

The University of Trento (UNITN) is a medium sized university, ranking at the top level of Italian universities. The Centre for Integrative Biology (CIBIO), the initiative of UNITN on molecular medicine and biotechnology, is one of the top ranked research-oriented institutes on biological sciences in Italy.
Trento is about 1 hour by train from Verona, 2 hours and a half from the airports in Milan, Venice or Innsbruck.


Local Transport

Shuttle buses will go from the Student House to the Campus and back, mornings and evenings. A bus schedule and location of the bus stops will be made available prior to the meeting.

Information about how to travel to Trento can be found here.