11th Annual Genomics of Common Diseases Conference (GCD) 2017 Cambridge

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  • The Well­come Genome Cam­pus in asso­ci­a­tion with Nature Genet­ics is pleased to announce the 11th annual Genomics of Com­mon Dis­eases (GCD) con­fer­ence, which will com­mence on Sep­tem­ber 69, 2017 at our head­quater in Hinx­ton, UK. This year we have an excit­ing pro­gramme focused on emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies that are pro­vid­ing fun­da­men­tal insights into human dis­eases with direct links to the devel­op­ment of clin­i­cal therapies.

    There is a grow­ing use of genomic tools for mak­ing clin­i­cal deci­sions; its con­tri­bu­tion is likely to increase sig­nif­i­cantly in the near future. To accel­er­ate this progress, fur­ther work is needed to char­ac­terise new dis­ease mech­a­nisms and to iden­tify inno­v­a­tive approaches for data min­ing and drug ther­a­peu­tic tar­get­ing. This con­fer­ence will pro­vide an excel­lent plat­form for sci­en­tists mov­ing from GWAS into bio­log­i­cal func­tion and dis­ease mech­a­nisms. The meet­ing will high­light lead­ing exam­ples of using deep genome sequenc­ing and direct genome engi­neer­ing (e.g. CRISPR) to dis­cover genes and to enhance func­tional annotation.

    The pro­gramme will fea­ture recent advances in ana­lyt­i­cal tools to detect poly­genic sus­cep­ti­bil­ity and its genetic impli­ca­tions for drug ther­a­peu­tic tar­get­ing. We will also dis­cuss the grow­ing use and cur­rent chal­lenges of merg­ing elec­tronic health records along with genomic data in clin­i­cal practice.

    This event will bring together a multi-​disciplinary group of clin­i­cians, research sci­en­tists, bioin­for­mati­cians and tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ers inter­ested in using genomic advances to develop and deliver ther­a­pies for patients with com­mon dis­eases (e.g. can­cer, autoim­mu­nity, brain dis­or­ders, endocrine and car­dio­vas­cu­lar dis­eases, among others).

    We also are pleased to announce a joint sym­po­sium titled “Big Data Ana­lyt­ics for Genet­ics in Per­son­alised Med­i­cine” in asso­ci­a­tion with the GCD com­mit­tee, Nature Genet­ics and the Inter­na­tional Genetic Epi­demi­ol­ogy Soci­ety (IGES) com­mit­tee. The joint sym­po­sium will focus on recent devel­op­ments in ana­lyt­i­cal tools and resources that are facil­i­tat­ing big data inte­gra­tion, explo­ration and usage in med­i­cine. It will fol­low on directly after the GCD conference.

    Con­fer­ence Topics

    Top­ics will include:

    • Iden­ti­fy­ing novel genes and pathways
    • Genome engi­neer­ing (e.g. CRISPR)
    • Inno­v­a­tive approaches to com­plex trait analysis
    • Reg­u­la­tory vari­a­tion of com­plex human diseases
    • Advances in large-​scale func­tional annotation
    • Using human genet­ics to inform drug development
    • Bring­ing genomics into clin­i­cal use


    Bur­sary dead­line: 27 June 2017

    A lim­ited num­ber of reg­is­tra­tion bur­saries are avail­able for PhD stu­dents to attend this con­fer­ence (up to 50% of the reg­is­tra­tion fee) from Well­come Genome Cam­pus Sci­en­tific Conferences.

    The fol­low­ing doc­u­ments will need to be provided:

    • Abstract, CV
    • Cov­er­ing letter
    • Let­ter from supervisor

    To apply, please con­tact the con­fer­ence organiser.

    Con­fer­ence Sponsor

    Con­fer­ence Committee

    Sci­en­tific pro­gramme committee

    • Orli Bah­call – Nature, USA
    • Peter Camp­bell – Well­come Trust Sanger Insti­tute, UK
    • Aravinda Chakravarti – Johns Hop­kins Uni­ver­sity School of Med­i­cine, USA
    • Sekar Kathire­san – Mass­a­chu­setts Gen­eral Hos­pi­tal, USA
    • Teri Mano­lio – National Human Genome Research Insti­tute, USA
    • Nicole Soranzo – Well­come Trust Sanger Insti­tute, UK
    • Kyle Vogan – Nature Genet­ics, USA

    Con­fer­ence organiser

    • Laura Hub­bard – Well­come Genome Cam­pus, UK
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