Since 2013, the Extracellular RNA Communication Consortium has been working to understand the biological functions of extracellular RNAs and vesicles in the healthy body and in disease, to identify biomarkers of disease that can be assayed from biofluids rather than through an invasive biopsy, and to develop therapies for disease using extracellular RNA and extracellular vesicles.

The ERCC is pleased to announce that our next semi-annual meeting will be held on November 6-7, 2017 at the Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center, Rockville, Maryland. Come join us to share your work and hear about the latest developments in the field.

The meeting is open to anyone who is interested, and there is no cost for registration. Meeting attendance is limited, however, so we urge you to REGISTER EARLY.

REGISTRATION

Please register for the meeting by Wednesday October 18th at one of the links below:

(If you have difficulty registering via the forms above, please email Elke Norwig-Eastaugh, and we will process the registration for you.)

CONFERENCE INFORMATION

MEETING VENUE
The meeting will be held in the Plaza Ballroom at the Hilton Washington DC / Rockville Hotel & Executive Meeting Center,
1750 Rockville Pike, Rockville, Maryland USA 20852-1699.

MEETING TIMES
Poster setup and meeting registration will open at 7:00 a.m. on Monday November 6th, with opening remarks beginning at 9:15 a.m. We will wrap up around 5:15 p.m. on Tuesday November 7th.

SCIENTIFIC SESSIONS
Presentations will be organized around the following topics.

SUPPLEMENTAL WORKSHOPS

ABSTRACTS

ABSTRACT SUBMISSION GUIDANCE
The abstract submission deadline is Monday September 18th, 5PM your local time.
Notification of presentation status (oral or poster) will be communicated to authors by Friday October 13th.

Please submit your abstract via this Google form.

Abstracts should clearly contain the following elements: Background, Aims, Methodology, Results, and Conclusions. These elements will help in the review process. The body of the abstract should be no more than 3500 characters, including spaces. Multiple abstracts may be submitted for each session. However, each submission must be a distinct abstract with unique scientific aims and/or contributions.

POINTS OF CONTACT
Please direct questions about abstract submission to Elke Norwig-Eastaugh or Matt Roth.
PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL YOUR ABSTRACT. Only abstracts submitted via the form will be considered.

REVIEW PROCESS

TRAVEL & LODGING

AIR TRAVEL
The Hilton Washington DC / Rockville is approximately 25 miles from Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA) and Washington Dulles International (IAD) airports, and 34 miles from Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (BWI).

GROUND TRANSPORTATION
Taxis are easily available at all airports outside the baggage claim area. On the day of departure we will be happy to arrange taxis for you.

Driving directions are available at the hotel website.

METRO
The Hilton Washington DC / Rockville is across the street from the Metro Red line’s Twinbrook Station. Information on riding Metro from the airports is available here.

SuperShuttle also operates from all airports – information on prices and booking may be found here.

LODGING

Information on booking a room will be available here in September.

MEALS

Due to strict U.S. Federal Government regulations, no food or beverage can be provided during the meeting. However, we will have longer breaks to allow attendees time to buy a coffee and to enjoy lunch at the hotel restaurant or one of the other eateries in the area.

If you have any questions or comments please feel free to email Elke Norwig-Eastaugh at elken@bcm.edu and we will do our best to be of assistance.

We hope to see you in Rockville in November!