The Festival of Genomics & Biodata
Workshops

Workshops at The Festival of Genomics & Biodata provide the perfect setting to:

1. Discuss your own challenges
2. Connect with experts
3. Gather new information
4. Network

To register your interest in any of the workshops, please fill out the registration form at the bottom of this page. 

Please note: Places are extremely limited and signing up will not guarantee you a place. Please also note, you must be registered for the Festival to be considered for a workshop place.


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Integrating Multi-Omics Data:
Unravelling Complex Biological Insights

Location: Room 050
Date & Time: 14:20 to 17:20 on Wednesday June 12th 2024

This workshop aims to give participants an introduction to the knowledge and practical skills needed to integrate and analyse multi-omics data effectively. The workshop will cover the theoretical foundations of multi-omics data integration and introduce accessible bioinformatics tools that could be used by wet lab scientists.
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Learning Objectives

Develop an understanding of multi-omics data integration, recognising its significance, advantages, and challenges.

Become acquainted with popular bioinformatics tools for multi-omics integration and demonstrate basic proficiency in their utilisation.

Apply integrated multi-omics data analysis to real-life disease scenarios, identifying potential insights and avenues for therapy.

Explore emerging trends, ethical considerations, and collaborate with experts and peers to discuss insights and challenges in multi-omics research.

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Workshop Agenda

Session 1  (45 minutes)
Bioinformatics Tools for Multi-omics Integration
Jeff Xia, Associate Professor, Canada Research Chair in Bioinformatics and Big Data Analytics, McGill University
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Session 2 (45 minutes)
Introducing Hotgenes, R package for multi-omics data integration
Richard Virgen-Slane, Principal Computational Toxicologist, Pfizer
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Session 3 (30 minutes)
Cellxgene VIP Unleashes Full Power of Interactive Visualization and Integrative Analysis of scRNA-seq, Spatial Transcriptomics, and Multiome Data
Baohong Zhang, Senior Director, Head of Translational Data Science, Biogen
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Session 4 (30 minutes)
Multi-omics Integration Approach for Patient Heterogeneity and Risk Prediction
Tesfaye B. Mersha, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
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Future Directions, Challenges and Q&A with all instructors
1. Emerging trends in multi-omics data integration (using deep learning techniques).
2. Ethical considerations and data sharing.
3. Open forum for participants to ask questions and discuss insights gained.
4. Recap of key takeaways and workshop conclusion.

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Workshop Agenda

Session 1 (30 minutes)
Data Dive: Unravelling the Impact of Microbial Interactions on Disease 
1. Exploring data-driven approaches in microbiome research
2. Case Studies demonstrating the power of omics data integration
3. Opportunities and challenges in utilizing omics
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Session 2 (30 minutes)
Development: Transforming Microbiome-Based Therapeutics
1. Progressing microbiome research in drug development
2. Overcoming hurdles in microbiome-based therapeutics
3. Showcasing case studies in alleviating disease progression
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Session 3 (30 minutes)
Translation: Bridging the Gap between Research and Clinic
1. Strategies for successful translation of microbiome research
2. Discussion on integrating metagenomic data into clinical practice
3. Addressing regulatory and ethical considerations

Workshop Leaders:
- Ran Blekhman, Associate Professor, University of Chicago
- Georg Gerber, Chief, Division of Computational Pathology, Co-Director, Massachusetts - Host-Microbiome Center
- Andrea Azcarate-Peril, Professor of Medicine, Director of UNC Microbiome Core, Adjunct Professor of Nutrition, UNC School of Medicine
- Jason Norman, Senior Director, Systems Biology, Vedanta Biosciences
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Propelling Microbiome Metagenomics Research from the Bedside to the Clinic:
Deep-Dive into Data, Development & Translation Challenges

Location: Room 050
Date & Time: 11:40 to 13:10 on Wednesday June 12th 2024

Although microbiomes are invisible to the naked eye, their influence on human health, such as in infectious diseases and neurological disorders, is significant. Despite their crucial role, obstacles persist in effectively translating microbiome research into the clinic. This workshop aims to shed light on the current translational progress, including data approaches, in leveraging the gut microbiota to address human diseases. The workshop will spark discussions about the opportunities and hurdles in the successful use of microbiome metagenomic data, which improve the understanding of microbial cell biology and the development of drugs and therapeutics. If you are wondering how to improve the translation of your microbiome research through data integration, analysis and omics, look no further as you engage in discussions guaranteed to revolutionise your pipelines.
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Learning Objectives

Gain insights into the progression of the preclinical and clinical landscapes within drug development

Discuss how the discovery of the microbiome and its role in human health has revolutionized our understanding of disease and led to the development of new therapeutic approaches

Unravel data challenges and opportunities that hinder robust data usage and integration

Delve into the data approaches used to transform healthcare, including personalized medicine approaches tailored to everyone's microbiome through omics


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Deriving Novel Insights from Single-Cell Data

Location: Genome Dome
Date & Time: 14:00 to 15:30 on Thursday June 13th 2024

It has long been understood that single-cell analysis is crucial to our understanding of cellular heterogeneity, signalling pathways and disease mechanisms. While the advent of spatial has attracted significant attention, we must still make the best use of the huge single-cell data available at our fingertips. This workshop is aimed to help people understand the single-cell data analysis workflow, and how we can leverage existing datasets to our advantage to uncover novel insights hidden in the data.


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Learning Objectives

Discover how to leverage existing single-cell data to help propel your current research forward

Learn methods for analysing your single-cell data, and hear examples of how these have gained novel insights

Hear about how to translate pre-clinical observations into human disease insights
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Workshop Agenda

Session 1 (30 minutes)
Translating Pre-Clinical Observations to Human Disease 
1. Discuss the role single-cell data plays in bridging the gap between pre-clinical observations of human disease, 
2. Two lightning talks and explore methodologies.

Making the Most of your Single-Cell Data to Fuel Discovery
Marc Wadsworth, Principal Scientist, Pfizer
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Session 2 (30 minutes)
Leveraging Atlasing and Multi-Omics to Facilitate New Discoveries.
1. Discuss how multi-omics and atlasing projects can help facilitate new discoveries.
2. Demonstrate how to navigate legacy data and give an overview of popular integration methods.

Revealing Novel Targetable Biology with Multi-Omic Approaches
Mathew Chamberlain, Principal Scientist, Janssen
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Session 3 (30 minutes)
Methods to Infer Insights
An overview of computational methods that are useful for underpinning new insights, introduce the methods and show you where you can access more information.



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Spatial Data Analysis

Location: Room 050
Date & Time: 14:00 to 15:00 on Thursday June 13th 2024

This workshop aims to provide participants with an introduction to the methods and tools available to make the best of Spatial omics data. It will provide an overview of various methods and help researchers to choose a method to suit their needs.



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Learning Objectives

Get introduced to the data analysis methods to integrate spatial data with sequencing and multi-omics data

Discover tools that have been developed that can help propel your research forward

Hear case studies where novel insights have been gained from utilising these tools, and what data analysis challenges remain unanswered for the community


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Workshop Agenda

Session 1 (1.5 hours)
Integrating Sequencing and Imaging Data

An introduction to spatial data analysis
Miko Liu, PhD Candidate, Duke University

Spatial-Omics To Interrogate Host-Disease Interactions
Sizun Jiang, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School 

Multiplexed 3D Analysis of Cell Plasticity and Immune Niches in Melanoma
Ajit Nirmal, Principal Investigator, Brigham and Women's Hospital
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Session 2 (1.5 hours)
Analysis Tools

An Introduction to spatialLIBD: an R/Bioconductor package to visualize spatially-resolved transcriptomics data
Leonardo Collado Torres, Investigator, Lieber Institute for Brain Development

An Introduction to Monkeybread
Matthew Bernstein, Principal Scientist, Immunitas Therapeutics

Discussion and Q & A