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11 Mar 2020
  • University of Melbourne
  • Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Centre

Bigger, better, smarter: large-scale cancer genomics analysis forum

Cancer research projects are increasingly growing in size and complexity in terms of data sets collected and analyses performed. Genome sequencing and related technologies enable many different cellular processes to be interrogated at high resolution, and consequently new bioinformatics techniques and tools are required to interpret the data.

This forum hosted by the VCCC aims to provide an opportunity for discussion amongst those working in the field and seeks to identify collaborative opportunities. We welcome all those interested in building connectivity across the alliance and more broadly in Melbourne, regionally and internationally.

Join this key group of experts in early March to review what is considered to be cutting-edge in bioinformatics analysis. Discussion will include:

  • reconstruction of tumour sub-clonal evolution from mutation data;
  • detection and interpretation of genomic structural rearrangements;
  • discovery of driver mutations and pathways;
  • pathogen detection in tumour sequencing data;
  • genomics analysis standards; and
  • evaluation of classifier performance in the context of machine learning

High calibre national and international speakers include:

  • Dr Jüri Reimand - Principal Investigator, Computational Biology Program, Ontario Institute for Cancer Research and Assistant Professor, Department of Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto
  • Prof Melissa Southey, Director of Monash University’s new Biobanking Victoria initiative, Monash Health Translation Precinct and Research Director of the Monash Partners Comprehensive Cancer Consortium 
  • Dr Daniel Brewer - Senior Lecturer in Translational Bioinformatics, Norwich Medical School, University of East Anglia, Norwich, UK
  • A/Prof Joachim Weischenfeldt – A/Prof and Group Leader at BRIC, University of Copenhagen and Rigshospitalet, Denmark and Head of Cancer Genomics, Department of Urology, Charité University Hospital
  • Dr David Wedge - Group Leader in Cancer Genomics, Big Data Institute, University of Oxford

The forum will be relevant to researchers and clinicians with an interest in cancer genomics analysis, particularly with regard to the application of bioinformatics tools and techniques. The program will conclude with networking and refreshments. 

Full program will be available to download soon.

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