Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences

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17-18 MARCH 2016, LEUVEN, BELGIUM
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Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences
THIS CONFERENCE IS SOLD OUT

Bioinformatics has become an integral part of biological research, where innovative computational approaches are often required to achieve high-impact findings in an increasingly data-dense environment.

This first edition will focus on recent developments in the field of bioinformatics, and highlight the power of bioinformatics in the fields of medical, agricultural, and biotechnology research. Renowned speakers will provide a broad view on the application of bioinformatics in life sciences, and its future perspectives.

During four plenary sessions the following topics will be discussed: Modelling and Data Integration, Next Generation Sequencing, Protein Bioinformatics and Systems Biology. In addition to an exciting scientific program, the conference will provide ample networking opportunities and a Meet the expert session.

Meet the Expert session with: ‘Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann - Max Planck Institute, Biochemistry, DE’

We offer all junior researchers the opportunity to join our ‘Meet the Expert' session with Prof. Dr. Matthias Mann. During an informal round table discussion on the 18th of March, PhD students and postdocs will have the exclusive opportunity to ask any question/advise related to their research and careers. If you are interested in joining the session, then send an e-mail to conferences@vib.be. Seating is very limited so make sure to reserve a spot soon.

Successful Planning of Large Data Generating Experiments training on March 16, 2016 in Leuven, Belgium.

The conference is preceded by a training day, hosted by Training at VIB. This workshop is organized with the aim of providing a proper foundation once planning large data generating experiments. With the focus of giving practical recommendations and valuable tips and tricks. Registration and more info can be found on the training website.

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Top speakers: 

Matthias Mann

Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, DE

Eran Segal

Weizmann Institute, IL

Luis Serrano

Centre for Genomic Regulation, ES

Peer Bork

Bioinformatics, EMBL, DE

Lodewyk Wessels

The Netherlands Cancer Institute, NL

Nuria Lopez-Bigas

University Pompeu Fabra, ES

Michael Lynch

Indiana University, US

Hans Westerhoff

VU University Amsterdam, NL - University of Manchester, UK

Roeland Merks

CWI - Life Sciences, Amsterdam, NL and Mathematical Institute, Universiteit Leiden, NL

Nicolas Le Novère

Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK

Monica Nicolau

Molecular and Cellular Biology University of California, Davis, US

Gary Bader

University of Toronto, CA

Klaas Vandepoele

VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent, BE

Shamil Sunyaev

Harvard, US

Jeroen Raes

VIB - KU Leuven, BE

Lennart Martens

VIB - UGent, BE

Christine Orengo

University College London, UK

Thierry Voet

KU Leuven, BE

Rob Kent

School of Life Sciences (Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression), University of Dundee, UK
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Thursday, 17 March, 2016

Thursday, 17 March, 2016
08:45 - 09:15
Registration
Session 1: Data Integration and Modeling

Chair: Jeroen Raes

09:15 - 10:15
Microbiome analysis of the human gut and the ocean
Peer Bork
Bioinformatics, EMBL, DE
Keynote speaker
10:15 - 10:50
Unraveling cancer diversity through the geometry of its data
Monica Nicolau
Molecular and Cellular Biology University of California, Davis, US
Academic speaker
10:50 - 10:55
Sponsor talk: Applied Maths
Katleen Vranckx
Company speaker
10:55 - 11:20
Coffee break
Session 1: Data Integration and Modeling

Chair : Jeroen Raes

11:20 - 11:55
Multiscale Modeling of Angiogenesis
Roeland Merks
CWI - Life Sciences, Amsterdam, NL and Mathematical Institute, Universiteit Leiden, NL
Academic speaker
11:55 - 12:30
Modelling the regulation of bidirectional synaptic plasticity by allosteric calcium sensors
Nicolas Le Novère
Babraham Institute, Cambridge, UK
Academic speaker
12:30 - 13:05
Cancer drivers and their therapeutic opportunities
Nuria Lopez-Bigas
University Pompeu Fabra, ES
Academic speaker
13:05 - 13:50
Lunch
13:50 - 15:00
Poster session
Session 2: Next Generation Sequencing

Chair: Geert Van Minnebruggen 

15:00 - 15:35
Single-cell genomics to study the biology of cellular heterogeneity in health and disease.
Thierry Voet
KU Leuven, BE
Academic speaker
15:35 - 16:10
Genome-Wide patterns and properties of human germ-line and cancer somatic mutations
Shamil Sunyaev
Harvard, US
Academic speaker
16:10 - 16:25
Short talk: Integration of pharmacogenomic datasets enables identification of tumor­specific isoforms as expression­based biomarkers predictive of drug response
Benjamin Haibe-Kains
University Health Network, CA
16:25 - 16:30
Sponsor talk: Publishing with eLife
Naomi Penfold
Company speaker
16:30 - 16:55
Coffee break
Session 2: Next Generation Sequencing

Chair: Geert Van Minnebruggen 

16:55 - 17:30
Towards population-level microbiome monitoring: the Flemish Gut Flora Project
Jeroen Raes
VIB - KU Leuven, BE
Academic speaker
17:30 - 18:05
The Costs of Genes
Michael Lynch
Indiana University, US
Academic speaker
18:05 - 18:25
Integrative inference of transcriptional networks in plants
Klaas Vandepoele
VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent, BE
Academic speaker
18:25 - 19:25
Reception
20:00 - 22:30
Conference dinner

The program is elaborated by the members of the organizing committee:

Alex Botzki, expert scientist, VIB BioInformatics Training and Service facility, VIB-HQ
Geert Van Minnebruggen, Head of Core Facilities, VIB Headquarters
Lennart Martens, Group Leader, VIB Medical Biotechnology Center, UGent
Frederik Coppens, Staff Scientist, VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent
Wim Vranken, Post-doctoral Scientist, VIB Structural Biology Research Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Ligia Mateiu, MD PhD, VIB Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Antwerp
Mark Fiers, Staff Scientist, VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, KU Leuven
Yvan Saeys, Group Leader, VIB Inflammation Research Center, UGent
Stein Aerts, Group Leader, Center for Human Genetics, KU Leuven
Evy Vierstraete, PhD, VIB Science Events Executive

Friday, 18 March, 2016

Friday, 18 March, 2016
Session 3: Protein Bioinformatics

Chair: Lennart Martens

09:15 - 10:15
Proteomics enters the age of big data
Matthias Mann
Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, DE
Academic speaker
10:15 - 10:50
Data integration and whole cell modeling of a minimal cell
Luis Serrano
Centre for Genomic Regulation, ES
Academic speaker
Sponsor talk: Qiagen
Presenter TBA
Company speaker
10:50 - 11:20
Coffee break
Session 3: Protein Bioinformatics

Chair: Wim Vranken

11:20 - 11:55
A Structural Perspective on the Evolution of Protein Functions
Christine Orengo
University College London, UK
Academic speaker
11:55 - 12:15
Hunting for mythical beasts - an exploration of the hidden (or hard toget) proteome
Lennart Martens
VIB - UGent, BE
Academic speaker
12:15 - 12:30
Short talk: PepTracker®: Tools for Transforming Biologists to Proteomics Data Ninjas
Rob Kent
School of Life Sciences (Centre for Gene Regulation and Expression), University of Dundee, UK
Academic speaker
12:30 - 12:45
Short talk: Spatiotemporal variation of mammalian protein complex stoichiometries
Alessandro Ori
Leibniz Institute on Aging – Fritz Lipmann Institute (FLI), DE
12:45 - 13:45
Lunch
13:45 - 14:45
Poster session 2
Session 4: Systems Biology

Chair: Steven Maere

14:45 - 15:20
Computational Approaches to Identify Functional Genetic Variants in Cancer
Gary Bader
University of Toronto, CA
Academic speaker
15:20 - 15:55
Modeling pharmacogenomic interactions in cancer
Lodewyk Wessels
The Netherlands Cancer Institute, NL
Academic speaker
15:55 - 16:10
Short talk: Predicting compound activity from chemical, image and transcriptional fingerprints across 1001 targets at industrial scale
Hugo Ceulemans
Associate scientific director computational biology, Janssen, BE
16:10 - 16:40
Coffee break
Session 4: Systems Biology

Chair: Steven Maere

16:40 - 17:15
Mapping and modelling to liven up biological information: the human metabolome, drug detoxification and innate immunity
Hans Westerhoff
VU University Amsterdam, NL - University of Manchester, UK
Academic speaker
17:15 - 17:50
Towards personalized nutrition by prediction of glycemic responses
Eran Segal
Weizmann Institute, IL
Academic speaker
17:50 - 18:00
Closing remarks + poster prize

The program is elaborated by the members of the organizing committee:

Alex Botzki, expert scientist, VIB BioInformatics Training and Service facility, VIB-HQ
Geert Van Minnebruggen, Head of Core Facilities, VIB Headquarters
Lennart Martens, Group Leader, VIB Medical Biotechnology Center, UGent
Frederik Coppens, Staff Scientist, VIB Department of Plant Systems Biology, UGent
Wim Vranken, Post-doctoral Scientist, VIB Structural Biology Research Center, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Ligia Mateiu, staff employee, VIB Department of Molecular Genetics, University of Antwerp
Mark Fiers, Staff Scientist, VIB Center for the Biology of Disease, KU Leuven
Yvan Saeys, Group Leader, VIB Inflammation Research Center, UGent
Stein Aerts, Group Leader, Center for Human Genetics, KU Leuven
Evy Vierstraete, PhD, VIB Science Events Executive

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