Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (2nd edition)

A VIB Science Conference
8-9 March 2018, Leuven, Belgium
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Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (2nd edition)
A VIB Science Conference

As an integral part of biological research, the field of bioinformatics brings forth innovative computational approaches leading to high-impact results in an increasingly data-dense environment.

After a sold-out first edition in March 2016, this second edition will feature recent developments in bioinformatics research, and highlight the power of computational biology in the fields of medical, agricultural, and biotechnology research. Renowned speakers will present how bioinformatics is applied broadly in life sciences, and shed light on the future perspectives of their research.

During four plenary sessions, the speakers will focus on the topics:

  • Integrative Omics
  • Proteomics and Metabolomics
  • Structural Bioinformatics
  • Systems Biology

​Conference attendees will have ample networking opportunities besides an exciting scientific program.

Find out more about the first edition 'ABLS'

Meet the Expert session with: ‘Professor Janet Thornton - EMBL-EBI, UK’

We offer all junior researchers the opportunity to join our ‘Meet the Expert' session with Prof. Janet Thornton. During an informal round table discussion on the 8th of March (16:05 - 16:35), 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.

Poster information:
Format: A0 (841 x 1189 mm / 33.1 x 46.8 in), portrait orientation

Confirmed speakers: 

Janet Thornton

EMBL-EBI, UK

Albert Heck

Utrecht University, NL

Ines Thiele

Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of Luxembourg, LU

Michele Vendruscolo

University of Cambridge, UK

Kathleen Marchal

Ghent University, BE

Zsuzsanna Dosztanyi

Eötvös Loránd University, HU

Henk Stunnenberg

Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Science, NL

Christine Orengo

University College London, UK

Oliver Stegle

EMBL-EBI, UK

Markus Ralser

The Francis Crick Institute, UK

Frederic Rousseau

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE

Steven Maere

VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE

Stein Aerts

VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE

Vicki Wysocki

Ohio State University, US

Yana Bromberg

Rutgers University, US

Ron Shamir

Tel Aviv University, IL

Michael MacCoss

University of Washington, Department of Genome Sciences USA
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Day 1 - 8 March 2018

Thursday, 8 March, 2018
08:45 - 09:15
Registration & Coffee
09:15 - 09:20
Welcome

Alexander Botzki

AM Plenary session: Integrative Omics

Chair: Diether Lambrechts

09:20 - 09:55
Insights from methylome analysis
Academic speaker
09:55 - 10:30
Computational approaches for understanding single-cell variation
Oliver Stegle
EMBL-EBI, UK
Academic speaker
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee
11:00 - 11:35
Epigenome profiling to unveil (dye)regulated pathways in health and disease
Henk Stunnenberg
Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Science, NL
Academic speaker
11:35 - 12:10
Network-guided integrative analysis for genotype-phenotype mapping in clonal systems
Kathleen Marchal
Ghent University, BE
Academic speaker
12:10 - 12:45
Modularity, classification and networks in analysis of big biomedical data
Ron Shamir
Tel Aviv University, IL
Academic speaker
12:45 - 13:30
Lunch
13:30 - 14:30
Poster Session
PM Plenary session: Structural Bioinformatics

Chair: Joost Schymkowitz

14:30 - 15:15
Drug repurposing for ageing research
Janet Thornton
EMBL-EBI, UK
Academic speaker
15:15 - 15:50
Protein homeostasis of a metastable subproteome associated with Alzheimer’s disease
Michele Vendruscolo
University of Cambridge, UK
Academic speaker
15:50 - 16:05
SNPMuSiC - towards the prediction and interpretation of deleterious coding variants in terms of protein structural stability changes
François Ancien
ULB, BE
16:05 - 16:35
Coffee
16:35 - 17:10
Intrinsically disordered proteins mutated in cancer
Zsuzsanna Dosztanyi
Eötvös Loránd University, HU
Academic speaker
17:10 - 17:45
Designing synthetic amyloid peptides as a tool for protein functional knockdown
Frederic Rousseau
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE
Academic speaker
17:45 - 18:20
Functional families in the CATH classification give insights on protein evolution and the impacts of splicing
Christine Orengo
University College London, UK
Academic speaker
18:20 - 19:20
Reception

Organizing Committee:

Alexander Botzki, VIB Bioinformatics Core
Brigida Gallone, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Diether Lambrechts, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology
Joost Schymkowitz, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research
Vanessa Vermeirssen, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology
Paola Masuzzo, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, VIB Science Events manager

Day 2 - 9 March 2018

Friday, 9 March, 2018
08:45 - 09:20
Coffee
AM Plenary session: Proteomics/Metabolomics

Chair: Lennart Martens

09:20 - 09:55
Having your cake and eating it too: Can proteomics be both comprehensive and quantitative?
Michael MacCoss
University of Washington, Department of Genome Sciences USA
Academic speaker
09:55 - 10:30
The Virtual Metabolic Human: Recon 3D, AGORA, and more
Ines Thiele
Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine, University of Luxembourg, LU
Academic speaker
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee
11:00 - 11:35
Native MS in structural biology: surface collisions of protein complexes
Vicki Wysocki
Ohio State University, US
Academic speaker
11:35 - 12:10
From its origins to the modern metabolic network
Markus Ralser
The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Academic speaker
12:10 - 12:25
Systems proteomics of gene expression
Georg Kustatscher
University of Edinburgh, UK
12:25 - 13:15
Lunch
13:15 - 14:15
Poster session
PM Plenary session: Systems biology

Chair: Brigida Gallone

14:15 - 15:00
Hybrid mass spectrometry approaches targeting cellular signaling
Albert Heck
Utrecht University, NL
Academic speaker
15:00 - 15:35
Single-cell gene regulatory networks
Stein Aerts
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE
Academic speaker
15:35 - 15:50
Genetic and transcriptome analysis of ABCA7 in Alzheimer’s disease
Arne De Roeck
VIB - University of Antwerp, BE
15:50 - 16:20
Coffee
16:20 - 16:55
Profiling individual field-grown plants to reverse engineer plant molecular systems and their impact on yield phenotypes
Steven Maere
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
Academic speaker
16:55 - 17:10
Network Dynamics of ER-α activation in response to estradiol reveals the ER mediated reprogramming of GRHL2
Andrew Holding
University of Cambridge, UK
17:10 - 17:45
Deeper understanding of microbiomes as a benefit of forgetting microbial names
Yana Bromberg
Rutgers University, US
Academic speaker
17:45 - 18:00
Closing remarks

Alexander Botzki

Organizing Committee:

Alexander Botzki, VIB Bioinformatics Core
Brigida Gallone, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology
Diether Lambrechts, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology
Joost Schymkowitz, VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research
Vanessa Vermeirssen, VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology
Paola Masuzzo, VIB-UGent Center for Medical Biotechnology
Evy Vierstraete, VIB Science Events manager

Hashtag: 
#ABLS18
Venue: 

The Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe
Janseniusstraat 1
3000 Leuven
Belgium

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