Non-coding RNAs in Nervous System Development, Plasticity and Disease

June 21-24, 2017, Marburg, Germany

The availability of hotel rooms is only guaranteed until May 10, 2017. Please make your reservations prior to this date in order to secure a room and benefit from our special rates!


Gary Bassell


Edouard Bertrand


Alon Chen


Kenneth S. Kosik

Santa Barbara

Eric Lai

New York

Daniel Lim

San Francisco

Tariq Rana

San Diego

Anne Schaefer

New York

Hermona Soreq


Jernej Ule




Welcome Mixer (Rosenpark, Atrium Bar)

8:30 – 12:00
Morning Session „CircRNAs and Splicing“ (Rosenpark, Vivaldi)
Chair: G. Schratt

(08:30 - 08:45) Welcome G. Schratt
(08:45 – 09:15) J. Kjems (Odense): Biogenesis and function of circular RNA in mammalian brain development
(09:15 – 09:45) T. Rana (San Diego): RNA regulation of immunity and viral infections
(09:45 – 10:00) SPP1738 talk (C. Dieterich (P8)): Solving circular RNA numbers, forms and functions with Circtools
(10:00 – 10:30) Coffee break
(10:30 – 11:00) J. Ule (London) : Exon Junction Complex inhibits recursive splicing of canonical exons
(11:00 – 11:30) P. Scheiffele (Basel) : Alternative splicing mechanisms for neuronal recognition and plasticity
(11:30 – 11:45) SPP1738 Talk (M. Briese (P3)): hnRNP R and its main interactor, the noncoding RNA 7SK, co-regulate the axonal transcriptome of motoneurons
(11:45 – 12:00) Short talk (F. Finger (P22)): Organismal proteostasis defined by a single microRNA/mRNA pair in chemosensory neurons

12:00 – 13:30 : lunch break

13:30 – 17:00 Afternoon Session: „neurogenesis and lncRNAs“ (Rosenpark, Vivaldi)
Chair: U. Fischer

(13:30 – 14:00) V. Taylor (Basel): Drosha: A master regulator of neural stem cell fate
(14:00 – 14:30) D. de Pietri Tonelli (Genova): Dissecting alternative pathways and functions of the microRNA biogenesis machinery in mammalian neurogenesis
(14:30 – 14:45) SPP1738 Talk (J. Ninkovic (P10)): Choroid Plexus Releases miR-204 Regulating the Number of Neural Stem Cells in the Subependymal Zone
(14:45 – 15:00) Short talk (F. Dajas-Bailador (P15)): Role of axonal miRNAs -26a and -99a in cortical neuron polarization and axonal growth: implications for neuron connectivity and Alzheimer’s disease pathology
(15:00 – 15:30) Coffee break
(15:30 - 16:00) D. Lim (San Franscisco): Long noncoding RNA regulation of neural development and brain tumors
(16:00 – 16:15) SPP1738 talk (T. Ziegenhals (P4)): The role of the miR-26 family in neurogenesis
(16:15 – 16:30) Short talk (A. Rom (P16)): linc-Chd2 in mouse neuronal development
(16:30 – 17:00) N. Rajewsky (Berlin): knocking out circular RNAs and single cell sequencing of neural tissues

(17:00 – 19:00) Poster session 1 (P1-28) (Rosenpark, Bankett Foyer)

(19:00) Buffet dinner (Rosenpark, Bankett Foyer)

8:30 – 12:00
Morning Session „miRNA function in plasticity and behavior“ (Rosenpark, Vivaldi)
Chair: M. Kiebler

(08:30 – 09:00) E. Lai (New York): Drosophila miRNAs in neural development and behavior
(09:00 – 09:30) K. Kosik (Santa Barbara): High Throughput Profiling of the microRNA - mRNA Interactome in the Developing Human Brain
(09:30 – 09:45) SPP1738 talk (S. Fernandez-Moya(P34)): Linking the dsRNA-binding protein Staufen2 to the miRNA pathway in neurons
(09:45 – 10:00) Short talk (M. Rajman(P52)): A microRNA-129-5p/Rbfox crosstalk coordinates homeostatic downscaling of excitatory synapses
(10:00 – 10:30) Coffee break
(10:30 – 11:00) G. Bassell (Altanta): Role of the schizophrenia-associated microRNA miR-137 in neurodevelopmental signal transduction
(11:00 – 11:30) E. Bertrand (Montpellier): mRNA localization and translation: what can we learn from non-neuronal cells
(11:30 – 11:45) SPP1738 talk (F. Rehfeld (P32)): The novel RNA binding protein ARPP21 controls dendritic branching by functionally opposing the miRNA it hosts
(11:45 – 12:00) Short talk (G. Lippi (P38)): MicroRNAs Orchestrate a Critical Developmental Window to Produce Balanced Networks in the Adult

12:00 – 13:30 : lunch break

13:30 – 17:00 Afternoon Session: „non-coding RNAs in brain disease“ (Rosenpark, Vivaldi)
Chair: A. Fischer

(13:30 – 14:00) J.P. Lopez (A. Chen lab, Munich): MicroRNAs as Biomarkers of Antidepressant Treatment Response
(14:00 – 14:30) I. Mansuy (Zurich): Transgenerational effects of early life trauma: Epigenetic mechanisms involving the germline
(14:30 – 14:45) SPP1738 talk (T. Vogel (P29): FOXG1 and DDX5 associate with the microprocessor complex to control PRKAR2B expression via miR200 family members in a mouse model of atypical Rett-syndrome)
(14:45 – 15:00) Short talk (C. Gross (P55)): MicroRNA-mediated silencing in seizure regulation
(15:00 – 15:30) Coffee break
(15:30 – 16:00) A. Schaefer (New York): MicroRNA miR-128, a novel regulator of motor behavior and seizures in mice
(16:00 – 16:30) E. Hornstein (Tel Aviv): microRNA failure in ALS
(16:30 – 17:00) H. Soreq (Jerusalem): Short and Long Non-coding RNA Controllers of Cholinergic Signaling Contribute to Anxiety-related and Metabolic Disorders

(17:00 – 19:00) Poster session 2 (P29-57) (Rosenpark, Bankett Foyer)

(19:00) Speakers dinner (Bückingsgarten)

9:30 – 11:30
Visit of Marburg Old Town & Departure

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Venue : Vila Vita Rosenpark

Conference Room "Vivaldi!"

Anneliese Pohl Allee 7-17, 35037 Marburg, Hesse, Alemania

VILA VITA Rosenpark Congress Center offers 14 well-lit conference rooms up to 250 sqm / 1,292 sq ft for your event. Our conference rooms are equipped with state-of-the-art conference equipment.

Whether meetings, conferences, seminars or congresses with up to 180 attendees: they will adjust their rooms, their seating style and the technical equipment to the client ideas and needs.

For events of especially festive occasion, there is our "Hall of Mirrors" Vivaldi.

How to reach us

From Frankfurt Airport to Marburg (approx. 80 min by train)

Frankfurt Airport – Frankfurt main station (Hbf) – Marburg main station (Hbf)

After your arrival at Frankfurt airport, follow the green signs “S“ (S-Bahn) or the sign to Regionalbahnhof (regional station) in the lower level of the airport. On your way, you will find ticket counters or automatic ticket machines where you can purchase a ticket directly to Marburg for about 13 Euros. Ask local people for help. From this location, move down another level to track #1. From here, every 15 minutes the S-Bahn leaves to Frankfurt Hbf (main station). The trip takes 10 minutes with 2 stops.

At Frankfurt main station (Hbf) go to the surface level where you find the train platforms. The destination of your train to Marburg will be either Kassel, Hannover, Hamburg or Bremen (usually out of platform #13 or #14). Departure time of your train to Marburg is usually 22 minutes past the hour (one train per hour). All schedules and details are indicated on a large display in the main hall of Frankfurt main station. In the middle of the hall you will find an information desk. The train to Marburg will take 1 h and will stop in Friedberg and Giessen before arriving in Marburg main station (Hbf).

By car

Marburg is easily accessible via the federal highway B3 that is directly connected with many motorways (Autobahnen) like the A5 from Frankfurt, the A49 from Kassel and the A45 from Dortmund. Exit the federal highway B3 in direction of Marburg at the exit Marburg/Bahnhofsstrasse. Follow this street in direction of City Center (Innenstadt) for 500 m and turn right into Rosenstrasse. At the end of the road turn left into Anneliese Pohl Allee (formerly Rosenstraße - please note when using a navigation device) where you find the VILA VITA Hotel & Residenz Rosenpark Marburg.
The hotel Rosenpark offers secure on-site underground parking.
Rhein Main Airport in Frankfurt can be reached in just under an hour.

By train: Deutsche Bahn (German Rail)

Current train timetables can be found at
You should exit the train at Hauptbahnhof Marburg (Lahn), not Bahnhof Marburg (Süd).

For more information about Marburg, you have the Marburg Kultur-Tourismus Website.
Here you can find one map of the city.

Partner Hotels


Users will receive a discount code for the partner hotels upon registration. Please check your email for further details.

IMPORTANT : The availability of hotel rooms is only guaranteed until May 10, 2017. Please make your reservations prior to this date in order to secure a room and benefit from our special rates!

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Vila Vita Rosenpark (5*)
85 Rooms (122-132 €)

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Welcome Hotel Marburg (4*)
35 Rooms (98 €)

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Hotel Marburger Hof (3*)
20 Rooms (53-83 €)

Abstract Submission

Abstract Deadline : extended till 30th April.

Important : Only Abstracts submitted until April 17th will be considered for the short talk selection.

To submit the abstract you have to register for the meeting.

Up to 6 abstracts will be selected for oral presentation. For selected presenters, the registration fee will be waived and a travel allowance (Europe: 150 Euro, Overseas: 350 Euro) will be awarded.

POSTER SIZE : 118cm (width) x 146 cm (height)

Download the poster presenters list

Registration and Payment


The registration for SPP1738 Users is free.

To register you have to login with your email and password from the SPP1738 Website. Once you login, you can add your abstract (optional), affiliation, authors and text (no more of 250 words).

You will receive a confirmation email upon registration.

The price of the registration is 250€.

To register, please, click on "external users" option. Once inside, you will add your personal information, position, affiliation, city, as well as your abstract (optional), authors and text (no more of 250 words).

Once you have registered for the event, you will receive information for account activation and payment. Please follow the instructions therein.

Students get a discount price of 175€.

To register, please, click on "external users" and check the "student" checkbox. You will add your personal information, position, affiliation, city, as well as your abstract (optional), authors and text (no more of 250 words).
IMPORTANT : To qualify for the student discount, you will need to upload a pdf proof of your student status.

Once you have registered for the event, you will receive information for account activation and payment. Please follow the instructions therein.

If you have any question, contact us.


If you have any problems with your registration or your abstract, please contact us.


Prof. Dr. Gerhard Schratt

Institut für Physiologische Chemie Philipps-Universität - Marburg
Lab Website

Prof. Dr. Michael A. Kiebler

Ludwig-Maximilians-University - München
Lab Website

Prof. Dr. Magdalena Götz

Ludwig-Maximilians-University - München
Lab Website

Prof. Dr. André Fischer

DZNE: Forschungszentrum für neurodegenerative Erkrankungen - Göttingen.
Lab Website