Workshop Details
Nucleic Acid Topics
08/04/2008 - 08/08/2008
Meeting Description:

Topics: This workshop will explore the frontiers of nucleic acid chemistry in its broadest sense including topics in chemical modification of DNA and RNA, catalysis mediated by nucleic acids, chemical mechanisms of enzymes acting upon nucleic acids, physical chemistry of electron or hole transport in nucleic acids, theory related to nucleic acid structure and reactivity, design of nucleic acid analogs for biomedical or bioanalytical applications, and supramolecular assemblies of nucleic acids for sensors or computing. Currently, 3 Gordon Research Conferences cover some topics related to these areas: the Bioorganic GRC typically includes only one or two sessions on nucleic acids, the Nucleic Acids GRC is mainly focused on structural biology and biochemistry of DNA and RNA, and the Nucleosides, Nucleotides and Oligonucleotides GRC is heavily represented by the area of medicinal chemistry. While none of these fields will be excluded from the proposed Telluride workshop, the emphasis will be on chemistry of nucleic acids. Participants will be chosen to represent not only a broad selection of topics, but also a selection of expertise ranging from analytical, physical and theoretical chemistry to organic, inorganic and biological chemistry. Invited participants will be at various stages of their academic (or industrial) careers, and hail from a broad geographical cross-section of North America, Europe, Asia or elsewhere. Special efforts will be made to include junior faculty and underrepresented populations.

Informal topics for discussion: Informal sessions may be organized around the themes of mechanisms of increasing federal funding for nucleic acid chemistry, sharing of course materials in special topics courses, and methods of promoting new centers or collaborative ventures related to research in nucleic acid chemistry. Expected outcomes would potentially be additional RFAs in this field, web deposition of advanced course materials, and new collaborations in research.

Format: Each participant will give a one-hour (approx.) presentation with M-F sessions to be held at the whim of Mother Nature, reserving the more clement periods for informal discussions on the mountainsides. The schedule will be kept flexible; no proceedings will be published. Participants will be expected to attend for the entire week.


FYI some general info about housing:
TSRC offers a wide range of lodging options. Single bedroom
accommodations with kitchen start at $675/week, and 2- and 3-bedroom condos start at $970 and $1160/week,
respectively. Some condos have 2 beds per bedroom, or also have a loft, which may be a good option for students and postdocs or anyone looking to save money. Condos range from Basic or Value to Luxury depending upon your preferences. TSRC also offers excellent hotel rooms through Camel's Garden Hotel and Ice House, with daily maid-service and other hotel style amenities.

If you wish to share a condo with one or more other TSRC participants, you should work this out in advance of registering. In particular, one person should be designated as the head roommate. The person chosen head
roommate must register first as the head roommate. Then the other roommates register, indicating the name of the head roommate. If you need email addresses of the other invited participants, contact your workshop organizer.

Meeting Venue:

Telluride Intermediate School
725 West Colorado Avenue Telluride CO 81435

Nucleic Acid Topics Registered Meeting Participants:
Participant Organization
Bryant-Friedrich, Amanda Univeristy of Toledo
Burrows, Cynthia University of Utah
Chaires, Jonathan University of Louisville
Chow, Christine Wayne State University
Corey, David UT Southwestern
David, Sheila UC Davis
Davis, William Washington State University
Fiebig, Torsten Boston College
Gates, Kent University of Missouri
Haner, Robert University of Bern
Kohler, Bern The Ohio State University
Marie-Paule, Teulade-Fichou CNRS-Institut Curie
Rizzo, Carmelo Vanderbilt University
Scharer, Orlando Stony Brook University
Sen, Dipankar Simon Fraser University
Sintim, Herman University of Maryland
Sleiman, Hanadi McGill University
Sugiyama, Hiroshi Kyoto University
Wagenknecht, Hans-Achim University of Regensburg
Woodson, Sarah Johns Hopkins University

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