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Big Data in Biology (F2)


Organizer(s) Lincoln D. Stein, Doreen Ware and Michael Schatz
March 23—25, 2014
Fairmont San Francisco • San Francisco, California USA
Discounted Abstract Deadline: Nov 19, 2013
Abstract Deadline: Dec 18, 2013
Scholarship Deadline: Nov 19, 2013
Discounted Registration Deadline: Jan 21, 2014

Sponsored by H3 Biomedicine Inc. and Nestlé Institute of Health Sciences

Summary of Meeting:
Biology has arrived at an interesting juncture. The last decade has seen an unprecedented explosion in the amount of information generated by the biological research community, and a concomitant rise in the challenges of sharing, archiving, integrating and analyzing it. This is particularly acute in genomics, where next generation sequencing technologies are accelerating faster than Moore's Law. Serendipitously, this explosion of biological data has come at the same time that computer scientists have developed scalable data management solutions for handling the vastness of the internet; solutions including distributed file systems, cloud computing, and algorithms for efficient data-intensive computation across multiple machines. This conference will bring together biologists and computer scientists from industry and academia to discuss the challenges and trends in this quickly evolving field. The goals include: * Surveying data and computation challenges in the fields of genomics, medical genetics, neuroinformatics, biological imaging and agronomics. * Identifying critical bottlenecks in distributing biological data to the community. * Discussing solutions to growing problem of data sets that are "too big to download." * Debating the tension between community access to personal genomic data sets (e.g. cancer genomes) and potential impact on patient privacy. What makes this conference unique is that it examines a common problem, "How do we handle big data?" across multiple research specialties that rarely interact. We are bringing together plant scientists, medical geneticists, genomicists, microscopists and neurobiologists. The expected outcome is a greater understanding of the challenges each field faces, and the solutions that they have found.

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Scholarships/Awards

Keystone Symposia Fellows/Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Travel Award

Tracie Delane Locklear
Duke University Medical Center, USA

Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund Scholarship Recipients

Andi Dhroso
University of Missouri, USA

Nils Gehlenborg
Harvard Medical School, USA

Deena Mohamad Ameen Gendoo
Nottingham Trent University, UK

Yuval Itan
Rockefeller University, USA

Maya M. Kasowski
Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) Ancillary Training Program Scholarship Recipients

Lesley M. Chapman
University of Rochester Medical Center, USA