mRNA technology: fundamentals and possibilities

Event Date: 
Tuesday, February 22, 2022 - 12:00pm

The word “mRNA” burst into the headlines in 2020 when it became known that messenger RNA technology was enabling the rapid development of vaccines to combat COVID-19.  These vaccines have fulfilled their promise, and they are but one of many possible medical applications of this revolutionary technology.  

While mRNA vaccines were demonstrating their success in fighting the coronavirus, stories spread on social media claiming all manner of bad side effects and sinister uses of mRNA technology, such as altering an individual’s DNA and genetic makeup.

UMRA’s February 2022 Forum will address the basics of mRNA technology, how it works, and what it can and cannot do. It will also address the wide range of potential medical applications of mRNA technology that are currently under study, including cancer treatment.

Our speaker will be Louis M. Mansky, PhD, professor in the School of Dentistry Department of Diagnostic and Biological Sciences and director of the University’s Institute for Molecular Virology. He is an expert in human virology, virus particle assembly and transmission, antiviral drug target identification, and AIDS research; and the institute he leads is doing important research in these and related areas. Mansky has also been part of the University’s “Ask a U of M Expert” series, addressing vaccine myths and hesitancy.

Please register for this Zoom webinar and join us at 12 noon on Tuesday, February 22, to learn more about the considerable potential of mRNA technology to prevent and treat disease.

—Ron Matross, UMRA president-elect and Program Committee chair

Event Location: 
Event to be held via Zoom.
Publication date: 
January 18, 2022
At A Glance
Tuesday, May 24, 2022

2022 Annual Meeting and Forum

Welcome back!

Campus Club, Fourth Floor
West Wing Dining Room
Coffman Memorial Union


10:45 a.m.

Check in


11:15 a.m.

Buffet lunch


Annual Meeting and Forum

Featured speaker
John Coleman, dean
College of Liberal Arts

Chicken in heirloom tomato sauce with roasted Yukon Gold potatoes and seasonal vegetables. GF.
For vegetarian/vegan option, please request when making your reservation.

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UMRA policy requires all participants to be vaccinated. Masks are optional.

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Unable to attend in person? Please register and join UMRA’s 2022 Annual Meeting and Forum via Zoom.