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Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (3rd edition)

13-14 FEBRUARY 2020, LEUVEN BELGIUM
Early bird deadline is 20 December 2019
Abstract deadline is 2 December 2019
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Grote Markt - Leuven
Grote Markt - Leuven
Poster session
Poster session
Muntstraat - Leuven
Muntstraat - Leuven
Totem by Jan Fabre - Leuven
Totem by Jan Fabre - Leuven
Leuven train station (copyright Bernard Hermant)
Leuven train station (copyright Bernard Hermant)
Grote Markt - Leuven
Grote Markt - Leuven
Conference dinner - Faculty Club
Conference dinner - Faculty Club
Old Market Leuven (copyright Rob Stevens KUL)
Old Market Leuven (copyright Rob Stevens KUL)
Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (3rd edition)

Bioinformatics has quickly become an integral part of life sciences research by enabling innovative computational approaches in an increasingly data-dense environment.

Inspired by the sold-out editions in 2016 and 2018, VIB (a non-profit life sciences research institute) is organizing this third edition to highlight recent developments in bioinformatics research, and to showcase its impact in medical, agricultural, and biotechnological research.

Nationally and internationally renowned speakers will present recent scientific findings in applied bioinformatics. They will shed light on the future perspectives of their research in the following plenary sessions:

  • Microbial & plant genomics: from simple to complex
  • Structural bioinformatics and proteomics
  • Data integration, machine learning and networks
  • Single cell bioinformatics


Besides an inspiring scientific program, conference participants will have ample networking opportunities during poster sessions and the conference dinner.

Travel Grants
We offer 5 travel grants to international attendees, which will reimburse travel costs up to 400 Euros. Are you interested in attending ABLS20 and want to have a chance on a travel grant? Submit your motivation below by clicking on the 'Apply for a grant' button before 15 November 2019. The organizing committee will notify you of your travel grant acceptance on 22 November 2019. No registration is needed before submitting a travel grant proposal. When you’re awarded with a travel grant you will receive a practical email containing the next steps. Note that being awarded a travel grant does not mean being registered for the conference. Scroll down to apply for your grant.

Information for poster submissions:
The format for your poster should be: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation. The deadline for the abstracts is 2 December 2019. The best four abstracts were given a short talk slot in the plenary program. The best 2 posters will win the Poster Prize.

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Confirmed speakers

Nick Loman
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Nick Loman

Nick Loman

Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham, UK
Sushmita Roy
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Sushmita Roy

Sushmita Roy

Dept. of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, US
Sofia Forslund
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Sofia Forslund

Sofia Forslund

Experimental and Clinical Research Centre (ECRC, a joint venture of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and the Charité University Hospital), DE

Program

Preconference reception - Wednesday, 12 February, 2020

19:00
20:00
Reception at City Hall
Grote Markt 9, 3000 Leuven

We proudly welcome those of you arriving a day in advance of the conference for a reception in the beautiful Leuven City Hall. The Mayor of Leuven will tell you a bit about the city and you will get to taste some of those famous Belgian beers.

The town hall is Leuven's pride and joy. Moreover, it's one of the best-known Gothic town halls worldwide. It took three architects and thirty years to build it. Leuven's 'Hall of Fame' features 236 statues, which were only added to the façade after 1850.

Day 1 - Thursday, 13 February, 2020

08:45
09:10
Registration & welcome coffee
09:10
09:15
Welcome
Session 1 - Microbial & plant genomics: from simple to complex
09:15
09:20
Introduction by session chair
09:20
09:55
Strain tracking with metagenomics to understand pathogen transmission

Nick Loman

Institute of Microbiology and Infection, University of Birmingham, UK
09:55
10:30
The origin of complex cells
10:30
11:00
Coffee break
11:00
11:35
Confounder-aware systems medical approaches

Sofia Forslund

Experimental and Clinical Research Centre (ECRC, a joint venture of the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine and the Charité University Hospital), DE
11:35
12:10
Charting the genome landscape of western civilisation

Klaus Mayer

Plant Genome and Systems Biology, Helmholtz Center Munich, DE
12:10
12:45
Linking sequence and variation in large graphical pangenomes
12:45
13:30
Lunch
13:30
14:30
Poster session
Session 2 - Structural bioinformatics and proteomics
14:30
14:35
introduction by session chair
14:35
14:10
Charge regulation of and functional regulation by disordered proteins
15:10
15:45
Dissecting context dependent cancer signalling processes using CRISPR-based approaches
15:45
16:00

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
16:00
16:30
Coffee break
16:30
17:05
Statistical methods for mass spectrometry and proteomics
17:05
17:40
Probabilistic mapping of the sub-cellular proteome
17:40
18:15
Extending the small molecule similarity principle to all levels of biology
18:15
19:00
Reception
20:00
22:30
Conference dinner

Day 2 - Friday, 14 February, 2020

08:45
09:15
Welcome coffee
Session 3 - Data integration, machine learning and networks
09:15
09:20
introduction by session chair
09:55
10:30
Regulatory network dynamics in developmental and evolutionary lineages

Sushmita Roy

Dept. of Biostatistics and Medical Informatics, Wisconsin Institute for Discovery, University of Wisconsin, US
10:30
11:00
Coffee break
11:00
11:35
Matrix Factorization approaches for data integration. Towards better gene set and pathway analysis

Aedin Culhane

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute & Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health, US
11:35
12:10
Interpretable machine learning approaches for understanding functional genomics in the human brain
12:10
12:25

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
12:25
13:15
Lunch
13:15
14:15
Poster session
Session 4 - Single cell analysis bioinformatics
14:15
14:20
introduction by session chair
14:20
14:55
The female reproductive atlas: one cell at a time

Roser Vento

Cellular Genetics Programme, Wellcome Sanger Institute, UK
14:55
15:30
Spatial and temporal transcriptomics reveal microglia-astroglia crosstalk in the amyloid--β plaque cell niche of Alzheimer’s disease

Ashley Lu

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE
15:30
15:45

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
15:45
16:15
Coffee break
16:15
16:30

Presenter to be announced

Selected from abstracts
16:30
17:05
High-throughput single-cell proteomics quantifies the emergence of macrophage heterogeneity
17:05
17:15
Closing remarks

Organizing committee

Peter Tompa

VIB-VUB Center for Structural Biology, BE

Vera van Noort

Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics, BE

Laurent Gatto

de Duve Institute – UC Louvain, BE

Abstracts

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Abstract submission closing date:   Monday, 02 December, 2019
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