Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (2nd edition)

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8-9 March 2018, Leuven, Belgium
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Thursday, 25 January, 2018
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Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (2nd edition)
Registration is now open!

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:

  • Medical 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'

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

University of Luxembourg, LU

Michele Vendruscolo

University of Cambridge, UK

Naama Barkai

Weizmann Institute of Science, IL

Seung Yon (Sue) Rhee

Carnegie Institution for Science, US

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, US
Submit an abstract: 
Applied Bioinformatics in Life Sciences (2nd edition)
Abstract submission closing date: 
Thursday, 11 January, 2018
Submit abstract

Day 1 - 8 March 2018

Thursday, 8 March, 2018
08:45 - 09:15
Registration & Coffee
09:15 - 09:20
Welcome
AM Plenary session: Medical Integrative Omics
09:20 - 09:55
Academic speaker
09:55 - 10:30
Assessing the consequences of genetic variation at single-cell resolution
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
Single-Cell Gene Regulatory Networks
Stein Aerts
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE
Academic speaker
12:10 - 12:25
Presenter selected from abstracts
12:25 - 13:15
Lunch
13:15 - 14:15
Poster Session
PM Plenary session: Structural Bioinformatics
14:15 - 15:00
Janet Thornton
EMBL-EBI, UK
Academic speaker
15:00 - 15:35
Michele Vendruscolo
University of Cambridge, UK
Academic speaker
15:35 - 15:50
Presenter selected from abstracts
15:50 - 16:20
Coffee
16:20 - 16:55
Yana Bromberg
Rutgers University, US
Academic speaker
16:55 - 17:30
Designing synthetic amyloid peptides as a tool for protein functional knockdown
Frederic Rousseau
VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research, BE
Academic speaker
17:30 - 18:05
How proteins evolve - implications for human health
Christine Orengo
University College London, UK
Academic speaker
18:05 - 19:00
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
09:20 - 09:55
Michael MacCoss
University of Washington, US
Academic speaker
09:55 - 10:30
Ines Thiele
University of Luxembourg, LU
Academic speaker
10:30 - 11:00
Coffee
11:00 - 11:35
Vicki Wysocki
Ohio State University, US
Academic speaker
10:35 - 12:10
Markus Ralser
The Francis Crick Institute, UK
Academic speaker
12:10 - 12:25
Presenter selected from abstracts
12:25 - 13:15
Lunch
13:15 - 14:15
Poster session
PM Plenary session: Systems biology
14:15 - 15:00
Hybrid mass spectrometry approaches targeting cellular signaling
Albert Heck
Utrecht University, NL
Academic speaker
15:00 - 15:35
Naama Barkai
Weizmann Institute of Science, IL
Academic speaker
15:35 - 15:50
Presenter selected from abstracts
15:50 - 16:20
Coffee
16:20 - 16:55
Steven Maere
VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems biology, BE
Academic speaker
16:55 - 17:30
Seung Yon (Sue) Rhee
Carnegie Institution for Science, US
Academic speaker
17:30 - 18:05
Ron Shamir
Tel Aviv University, IL
Academic speaker
18:05 - 18:15
Closing remarks

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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