The Canton Nucleic Acids Forum (CNAF), beginning in 2013, is an annual international forum for advancing nucleic acids research and drug development. The CNAF has attracted high-profile speakers, including Nobel Prize winners, to highlight recent advances in nucleic-acid based medicine, research and development and industry trends. The 2020 CNAF will feature 20 globally prominent experts discussing the latest advances in nucleic acids research and development.
The mission of the forum is to expose scientists in China to the frontiers of life sciences and biotechnology, expedite transformation of scientific development and bio-industrial advancement, promote integration of the quickly progressing and expanding Chinese and the established world scientific communities engaged in nucleic acids R&D, strengthen international cooperation and exchange of ideas.
The Canton Nucleic Acids Forum will highlight recent advances in the areas of nucleic acids including DNA and RNA biology, new concepts and technologies (NGS, bioinformatics, nucleic acids isolation and detection, gene synthesis, nucleic acid nanostructure and technologies, RNA-guided genome editing, and others), non-coding RNA (miRNA, piRNA, lncRNA, and lincRNA etc.), RNA structure and function (ribozyme, chromatin dynamics, RNA editing, DNA replication, RNA processing and exporting, genomic integrity, and post-transcriptional regulation etc.), nucleic acids therapeutics and diagnostics (siRNA, antisense, aptamer, miRNA, RNA vaccine, mRNA therapy, gene testing, and test etc.).
Guangzhou (aka Canton) is China’s third largest city and its southern gateway to the world through a famous port. The city has more than two thousand years of history and, at a time, was one of the Maritime Silk Road’s entry points. Guangzhou is also a home for some of the country’s finest scientific establishments, which, together with the city’s extraordinary geopolitical location and environment, makes it perfectly positioned to host major international scientific events. Nucleic acids are fascinating biological molecules playing fundamental and versatile informational, structural and catalytic roles in every living cell. The aspiration for this Forum is the potentials to translate basic scientific knowledge about nucleic acids into practical applications
Nucleic acids science plays a key role in precision medicine, genetic therapy and new solutions for human health. Continuous discovery of new RNA functions and constant emergence of innovative nucleic acids technologies are driving forces for the field and hold enormous promise for the future scientific and technological progress. The Canton Nucleic Acids Forum (CNAF) led by Nobel Prize winners is an international forum at the forefront of these developments, aims to push forward communications and collaborations in and abroad, and has been successfully held seven times since 2013. The CNAF has attracted high-profile speakers, including Nobel Prize winners, to highlight recent advances in nucleic-acid based medicine, scientific discoveries, diagnostics and industrial trends. It has been widely recognized as the premier forum in Asia for advancing nucleic acids research and drug development. The 2021 CNAF will feature 20+ globally prominent experts discussing the latest advances in nucleic acids research and development.
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