Statistical and Computational Challenges In Bridging Functional Genomics, Epigenomics, Molecular QTLs, and Disease Genetics (15w5142)


(Centre national de la recherche scientifique)

(Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Broad Institute)

Aurelie Labbe (McGill University)

(Stanford University)

(Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center)

(Johns Hopkins University)


The Banff International Research Station will host the "Statistical and Computational Challenges In Bridging Functional Genomics, Epigenomics, Molecular QTLs, and Disease Genetics" workshop from August 2nd to August 7th, 2015.

The genomic revolution has resulted in unprecedented depth and diversity of biological datasets relevant to understanding human biology and disease. This has shifted the bottleneck from data generation to data integration, and from experimental advances to computational and statistical advances. The goal of this workshop is to bring together computational, statistical, and experimental scientists spanning the areas of human genetics, epigenomics, and personal genomics, in order to directly address the challenges that can only be undertaken by the intersection of their fields.

The impact of this workshop can be profound in enabling the transformation of medicine to a data-driven field, which requires highly rigorous and precise mathematical and statistical techniques for data integration, generation of cellular circuitry models that are personalized, and uniquely suited to the specific genome of each individual. To lay the foundations of such an ambitious research agenda, we are bringing together some of the top visionaries in each of the fields for this intense workshop.

The Banff International Research Station for Mathematical Innovation and Discovery (BIRS) is a collaborative Canada-US-Mexico venture that provides an environment for creative interaction as well as the exchange of ideas, knowledge, and methods within the Mathematical Sciences, with related disciplines and with industry. The research station is located at The Banff Centre in Alberta and is supported by Canada's Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC), the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Alberta's Advanced Education and Technology, and Mexico's Consejo Nacional de Ciencia y Tecnología (CONACYT).