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4th edition announced of the VIB flag ship conference Revolutionizing Next-Generation Sequencing

11 September 2020

After three very successful editions (Jan 2015 Leuven, March 2017 Antwerp and March 2019 Antwerp), VIB is proud to present the fourth edition of this Tools & Technologies conference.

The impact of RNGS meetings

We asked Organizing Committee member Toon Swings (VIB Tech Watch) about the importance of organizing the RNGS conferences:

"Over the past years VIB’s Revolutionizing Next Generation Sequencing conferences have become highly regarded, must-attend meetings in the field. By building a very exciting program and bringing together world-renowned scientists, key-opinion leaders and both established as well as early-stage company executives this meeting puts VIB and Flanders as a whole firmly on the map as a flourishing biotech cluster in Europe and the world.

The impact of having this meeting cannot be underestimated as it offers both established experts the opportunity to present their latest work and consolidate collaborations as well as young biotech enthusiast the opportunity to learn from the experts and immerse themselves in the wide variety of topics that will be discussed. So mark your calendars as RNGS is a landmark VIB conference that should not be missed."

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New trends and developments

Next generation sequencing has been and is still revolutionizing discoveries across life sciences. While established sequencing technologies are now fully embedded in the clinic and diagnostic settings, novel technological advancements spur the next revolution in sequencing technologies.

These will open new avenues for research and enable new genomics insights not possible before. This conference aims to bring together experts in both established and novel sequencing technologies along with top scientists in the field.

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Specific focus of this edition

Over the past decade, technological advances that enable the characterization of single cells at the molecular level rather than in bulk tissues have led to significant breakthrough discoveries with revolutionary insights in diseases, such as cancer, inflammatory and neurodegenerative diseases. Therefore, specific focus of this conference will be on advances in single cell sequencing, ranging from transcriptomics, genomics, proteomics to combined multi-omics analysis at the single cell level.

On top, with spatial context of cells becoming increasingly important to unravel cell functioning and behavior, a dedicated session will focus on technological advancements in spatial sequencing and breakthrough scientific discoveries that these have enabled.

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This exciting conference puts together an excellent program including renowned leaders in the field that will cover the following topics:

  • Long reads & genome structure, which includes Elly Tanaka (Institute of Molecular Pathology Vienna BioCenter, AT)
  • Single cell sequencing, which includes Manolis Kellis (Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, US)
  • Spatial sequencing technologies, which includes Ido Amit (Weizmann Institute of Science, IL)
  • Population scale and clinical sequencing which includes Christopher Mason (Weill Cornell Medicine, US)
  • Technology trends which includes Rade Drmanac (CSO, MGI, CN)


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