Wed 21st February - Sun 25th February 2018
The inaugural BPIS Conference that took place in February 2017 was a great success, solidifying it as an annual fixture on the scientific calendar. In 2018 this exciting conference will feature a Distinguished Keynote Lecture by Professor Adrian Krainer. There will also be presentations by six keynote speakers representing a wealth of countries including Italy, Scotland, England and the USA. A further array of invited speakers from the USA, Switzerland, South Africa and Australia will join them.
The remaining program is selected from the submitted abstracts and we strongly encourage graduate students and postdoctoral scientists to submit these for the opportunity to present.
Numerous international delegates will be in attendance, including PhD students working in international labs and postdoctoral scientists to professors, researchers and biotech representatives and investors.
Splicing is a mechanism that lies at the heart of proper gene regulation. Any failure or glitch within this mechanism causes problems, resulting in disease. Cancer is one of the many diseases where mis-splicing is commonly found. Therefore, many cancer research programs are targeted at correcting mis-splicing for the purposes of furthering cancer treatment.
Prior to the completion of the Human Genome Project, the sequence of each gene was unknown. Now, with gene sequences freely available, mini-constructs can be made within a controlled environment that mimic what is happening inside the cell. For example, by manipulating various conditions, studies have found which factors cause proper and improper splicing of onco-genes. The results of this research have led to innovative therapies for many diseases. Therefore, the Bermuda Principles had a drastic impact on the splicing field.
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