Bioinformatics Meeting

The meeting will begin with the Bioinformatics Workshop which has previously been very popular.  This will be an introduction to on-line resources such as Ensembl/Vega, IKMC, GRC, CCDS, MGI and EntrezGene and how they are all tied together. We will show how the GENCODE gene set lies at the heart of many of the resources researchers use and we will point users to the many human and mouse ENCODE resources that are available. The ENCODE (encyclopedia of DNA elements) collaboration involves a large number of groups from across the globe working on both experimental and computational aspects of everything related to genes: annotation, structure, expression, regulation, function, etcetera. The mouse ENCODE project applies this to tissues and developmental stages not available for study in human. We will demonstrate how users can access the resulting data sets through the common channels such as Ensembl and EntrezGene. We will also introduce more specialised resources such as IKMC (international mouse knock-out consortium), GRC (genome reference consortium) and CCDS (consensus CDS). If delegates have any particular annotation queries about their genes of interest, we are happy to discuss these.  This will be held in the Colegio Fonseca and each participant should bring a laptop if they wish to see examples during the workshop. Places must be pre-booked for this meeting at the extra cost of $60, please specify if you wish to register for this meeting in section 3 of the registration process.

Student Satellite Symposium

There will be a satellite meeting on Sunday from 2:30pm – 7:30pm specifically for students to present oral presentations to an audience consisting mainly of other students and post docs. A selection of these presentations will be asked to present to the main conference and all other student presentations will be presented as posters at the main conference. For scholarship recipients, all the costs of this satellite meeting will be covered in the scholarship awards (please see below for further information), other delegates are also encouraged to attend (Cost: $60). When submitting your abstract within the submission system, please select if you wish it to be considered for the Student Conference in addition to the Main Conference (you will find a tick box within the submission system).

Systems Genetics Workshop

The Systems Genetics workshop will be held on Monday the 16th from 5:30 until 8:30 pm in the Sala Menor.  The aim of this workshop is to familiarize current and potential users with two systems genetics platforms and their associated tools. The two reference populations (GRPs) are the Collaborative Cross and Diversity Outbred populations.  The course will introduce and facilitate utilization of GRPs to address complex biological questions.  Syllabus items include:

-   Introduction to GRPs
-   Online resources for the CC and DO
-   Experimental design with GRPs
-   QTL mapping in multi-parent populations, and
-   Platform specific considerations when using the CC and DO

A basic familiarity with genetic diversity, quantitative trait genetics and the concept of the Collaborative Cross are suggested for interested participants.  The instructors of the workshop are experts in the various aspects of usage, implementation, interpretation and analysis of GRP-derived data, so even interested participants familiar with the usage of GRPs might find the workshop valuable. Each participants is expected to provide his/her own laptop to access the internet. There will be no additional fee to attend this workshop, but participation is limited based on the size of the room and number of instructors.  Please indicate your interest on the registration form for the meeting, and the organizers will do their best to accommodate as many individuals as possible while ensuring maximum diversity in the audience based on their lab group affiliations.  A certificate will be provided after completion of the workshop.