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Once thought to exist only within cells, RNA is now known to be exported from cells and play a role in newly discovered mechanisms of cell-to-cell communication. The Common Fund’s Extracellular RNA Communication (ERC) program aims to discover fundamental biological principles about the mechanisms of extracellular RNA (exRNA) generation, secretion, and transport; to identify and develop a catalogue of exRNA in normal human body fluids; and to investigate the potential for using exRNAs as therapeutic molecules or biomarkers of disease.

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Related Mini-Convention!

 In association with the annual Society for Neuroscience (SfN) meeting, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) is hosting a mini-convention on November 14, 2014 on the NIH campus in Bethesda, MD. This mini-convention will include a session on "Extracellular RNAs in Neuroscience: Biology, Biomarkers, and Therapeutics." For more details and to register, please visit Frontiers in Addiction Research: NIDA Mini-Convention.

Related Funding Opportunity! 

NIH has announced a new funding opportunity that is related to, but separate from, the Common Fund's Extracellular RNA Communication program.

Read PA-13-197 The Role of Extracellular RNA in Mediating the Health Effects of Alcohol (R21)





Program Highlights ​

Extracellular RNA Shows Promise in Treating Multiple Sclerosis and Other Neurological Conditions

Dr. Richard Kraig and colleagues are exploring how extracellular microRNAs could be used as a novel therapeutic for multiple sclerosis and other demyelinating diseases.

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NEW! ExRNA Research Portal Launched!

The ExRNA Communication Consortium has launched the ExRNA Research Portal. This website contains information about the program, funded research, publications, resources, upcoming events, and a blog about the latest advances in exRNA research. Visit this site at exrna.org , and be sure to check back often as new content is added!


Learn more about Unlocking the Mysteries of Extracellular RNA Communication
Videos on Extracellular RNA

Learn more about Unlocking the Mysteries of Extracellular RNA Communication here

Watch a mini documentary series on Exosomes by Life TechnologiesCorp, featuring several ExRNA Communication grantees and Working Group members!

Part 1: What is an Exosome? Exit Disclaimer
Part 2: The History and Promise of Exosomes Exit Disclaimer
Part 3: Exosomes in Cancer Research Exit Disclaimer
Part 4: Curiosity and a Passion for Science Exit Disclaimer
Part 5: Collaboration - The Key to Scientific Success Exit Disclaimer
Part 6: Exosomes - The Next Small Thing Exit Disclaimer


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