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The RNA Transcript - April 27, 2020
Featured Article

“What I saw was amazingly surprising: the RNA of the virus encodes a familiar protein, the one that I’ve studied for years in a very rare neurodegenerative disease. Here it was, in the RNA of the COVID-19 virus!”

Vivian Cheung, M.D., Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Frederick G.L. Huetwell Professor of Pediatric Research, at the University of Michigan Medical School, and at the U-M Life Sciences Institute

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Do you know of a seminar that you would like us to promote?
Contact Elisabeth Paymal
Monday, April 27, 2:00–3:00 p.m.
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April 28–May 1, 2020
Virtual Meeting

The current COVID-19 situation is challenging and difficult for all of us - we hope this virtual conference will allow colleagues to share and discuss their latest research, while under travel and stay-at-home restrictions. 
U -M Center for RNA Biomedicine is hosting this RNA Collaborative Seminar Series

It’s not the gene, it’s the neighborhood: Effects of large scale chromosomal structure on bacterial transcription
Peter Freddolino, Ph.D., B iological Chemistry and Computational Medicine & Bioinformatics, Member of the Center for RNA Biomedicine Executive Committee

A link between translation quality control and mRNA targeting to stress granules
Stephanie Moon, Ph.D., Human Genetics

Moderator: Nils Walter, Francis S. Collins Collegiate Professor of Chemistry, Biophysics, and Biological Chemistry and co-director of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine

Launched in April 2020, the RNA Collaborative seminar series goal is to cross promote RNA research and strengthen and connect the RNA scientific community.

Recordings of the seminars are available here

Reviewing: The architecture of SARS-CoV-2 transcriptome,  Dongwan Kim, Joo-Yeon Lee, Jeong-Sun Yang, Jun Won Kim, V. Narry Kim, and Hyeshik Chang, Cell Press, 2020: DOI: 10.1016/j.cell.2020.04.011

May 26–31, 2020

It will consist of pre-recorded oral presentations and pdf posters, both of which will be linked to the meeting program and available for viewing during these dates by registered meeting participants.

The Society has reopened the submission site for new abstracts until April 27. Login here, using the password you created during registration.
The University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine regroups over 150 faculty members and their labs across seven Schools and Colleges on the Ann Arbor campus. We're pleased to feature these outstanding scientists and colleagues in our weekly news.
COVID-19 Research
Research funding opportunities

 The Office of the Vice President for Research has identified various funding opportunities within U-M and outside of the university to support researchers as they address the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID-19 Research Indexes and Articles
The U-M Office of the Vice President for Research created a  repository to index coronavirus projects  in which our faculty are involved.

The  iSearch COVID-19 portfolio is NIH’s comprehensive, curated source for publications related to COVID-19. This portfolio includes articles from PubMed and pre-prints from arXiv, medRxiv, bioRxiv, and ChemRxiv. The portfolio is updated daily with the latest available data.
As a member of the U-M Center for RNA Biomedicine,
are you working on a COVID-19 related project?

Let us know and we can help share and promote your work within our community and beyond. The research can be at any stage --new project, work-in-progress, or published. Contact: Elisabeth Paymal
The Center for RNA Biomedicine is now offering the support of our communication specialist, Elisabeth Paymal, who can collaborate with you on press releases and/or blog articles with visuals etc. of your upcoming publications. MORE INFORMATION

Once you have an article accepted, please let us know. 
We are looking forward to helping promote your research!
RNA Partners
Other RNA Centers at research universities across the country

Ways to stay connected
Helpful links while working virtually
  • Faculty and Staff Counseling and Consultation Office (FASCCO) resources. FASCCO offers a number of services designed to help active or retired staff and faculty members and their immediate benefit eligible adult family members with personal difficulties encountered at both work and home. All FASCCO services are free of charge. Special seminars on:
  • New! Working from home strategies & skills
  • Support group for those who work from home with young children
  • Managing stress and building resilience
  • Maintain your emotional well-being during COVID-19
  • hEARt Listens - an organization that connects students who want to talk with students who want to listen.
  • TeamViewer - Remote connectivity platform
  • Getting started with Zoom
  • BlueJeans break-out rooms
  • BlueJeans training sessions
  • Resource guide for teaching remotely

We can do this!
The CDC recommends to cover your mouth to protect yourself and others from the coronavirus . Note that it won't protect you, but it could help you from spreading the virus.
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Blood drive on Ann Arbor campus

Tuesday, May 12:  10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Michigan Union, Pendleton Room (530 S. State Street)
Tuesday, May 19:  9 a.m. – 3 p.m., North Campus Research Complex, Building 18
Tuesday, May 19:  6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Towsley Center
Tuesday, May 26: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., Campus Safety Services (public welcome)
Monday, June 1: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Rackham Graduate School (public welcome)
Wednesday, June 10: 6:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m., Towsley Lobby, University Hospital

You can find other blood drives in your area by going to  and entering your zip code.
University of Michigan Center for RNA Biomedicine Website