Greece welcomes the 25th tRNA Conference (September 21-25, 2014)

Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, we are delighted to announce one of the most historic scientific events in the field of nucleic acids research, the 25th tRNA Conference, which will be held in Greece (21-25 September 2014).

Studies on tRNA were always in the spotlight, during and after the elucidation of genetic code. The first scientific meeting on tRNA research took place in Cambridge, UK, in 1969, few years after the discovery of the the first nucleotide sequence known for a nucleic acid and one year after the 1968 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine on “the interpretation of the genetic code and its function in protein synthesis”.

Since then, 24 Conferences have been organized and during the last decades many discoveries unraiveled the role of Francis Crick’s “adaptor molecule” in the flow of the genetic information, the evolution of the contemporary translational machinery and the regulation of many essential cellular events. This year’s Conference will take place for the first time in Greece, celebrating almost 50 years of tRNA research and 25 fruitful and stimulating meetings. More than 250 prominent scientists in the field of RNA biology, protein synthesis, genetic code, synthetic and sytems biology of genomes from 25 countries will present their latest findings, with a special focus on the role of the dynamic networks of tRNA-related proteins in numerous diseases in human (including many neurological disorders perturtbations of the immune system and cancer) and the regulatory role of tRNA in both cystoplasmic and mitochondrial translation and beyond.

The 25th tRNA Conference is supported by both national and international academic and scientific organizations and funding agencies including the Hellenic Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (, the University of Patras Research Committee, the General Secretariat of Research and Technology, IUBMB ( and EMBO (

The Conference organizers have confirmed oral presentations by more than 80 invited peakers, including Paul Schimmel, Paul Agris, Dieter Söll, Susan Ackerman, David Engelke, Paul Fox, Annita Hopper, Sidney Kushner, Michael Ibba, Susan Martinis, Eric Phizicky, Henri Grosjean, Marat Yusupov and many more.

For more information on the history of the Conference, the scientific program and participation, please visit the official website (

Denis Drainas & Constantinos Stathopoulos

Department of Biochemistry, School of Medicine, University of Patras, Patras, Greece


25th tRNA Conference Co-Chairs of the Organizing Committee