Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Prepping for Bio-IT World 2010

It's spring and I'm at the World Trade Center in Boston, which means it's time for Bio-IT World. Workshops started today and the main conference is kicked off with a keynote and reception later this afternoon.

I'm really looking forward to a number of talks, and am struggling with the usual conflicts. The conference has seven different focus areas or tracks and I'm interested in the first four - IT Infrastructure Hardware, IT Infrastructure Software, Bioinformatics & Next Gen Data, and Systems and Predictive Biology.

Track 1 (Hardware) will spend all day Wednesday on Scaling up for the Data Deluge, and then on Thursday look at Sequencing, Genetics Data Management & Grid Computing in the morning and Data Storage & Usage for Computational Tasks in the afternoon. Particular talks I'm interested in in this track are:
  • Wed, 11:00 - Sanger Centre's Perspective on Data Storage Challenges, Phil Butcher, Head of Systems at Sanger
  • Wed, 11:30 - Adjusting to the New Scale of Research Data Management, Matthew Trunnell, Acting Director, Advanced IT, Broad Institute
  • Wed, 2:15 - Improving Storage Efficiency for Unstructured Research Data, Richard Shaginaw, Project Manager, Scientific Computing Services, Bristol-Meyers Squibb
  • Wed, 3:45 - ResearchStation: A Bioinformatics Platform for Research Collaboration in Translational Medicine, Lynn H. Vogel, Ph.D., VP and CIO, Associate Professor, Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Thurs 11:00 - Pallas, a Computational Analysis Network, Charles Hurmiz, Director, Research Informatics, Information Sciences, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
  • Thurs, 11:30 Making Systems and Services Easy: Secure File Sharing and Computational Portals, Shawn Houston, Technical Lead, Life Sciences Informatics, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Plus I'm presenting on IT Infrastructure Strategy in Support of Next-Gen Biological Research at 1:45 on Wed.
Track 2 (Software) spends Tuesday on Collaboration & Open Source Tools, Genomics Data & Wikis, and Semantic Web & Linked Data Technologies. Wednesday is focused on Information Exchange, Integration & Security. Items that catch my eye include:
  • Wed, 11:00 - Test to Best - Evidence for Collaboration and Science Driven IT as Criteria for Personalized Medicine, Michael Berens, Ph.D., Director of the Cancer and Cell Biology Division, Brain Tumor Research Lab, Translational Genomics Research Institute (ack! already a conflict with Track 1!)
  • Wed, 2:45 - Feature Presentation: The BIG Idea: Strategies to Achieve a Rapid-Learning Health System, Ken Buetow, Ph.D., Associate Director, Bioinformatics and Information Technology, National Cancer Institute (this talk spans Tracks 2, 3, 4, 6, and 7).
  • Thurs, 2:30 - Sharing Data While Keeping Control, Werner Ceusters, Professor, Director, Ontology Research Group, NYS Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences
Track 3 (Bioinformatics and Next-Gen Data) focuses on Driving Biomarker Discovery and Translational Research on Wed morning, then Data Management & Integration Strategies on Wed afternoon, followed up with Application of Data on Thursday.
  • Wed, 11:00 - Leverage Emerging Technologies to Manage Genomic and Clinical Data, Stephen Friend, M.D., Ph.D., President, Sage Bionetworks. This first slot Wed is brutal. Sage is the non-profit off-shoot of Merck that looks very interesting.
  • Wed, 12:00 - Pipelining Your NGS Data, Nancy Miller Latimer, M.S. Senior Product Manager, Biological Sciences and Analytics, Accelrys. 
  • Wed 1:45 - CASTOR QC - A Database Approach for Handling Large Genomic Data Sets, Marc Bouffard, M.Sc., Senior Bioninformatician, Montreal Heart Institute and Genome Quebec Pharmacogenomics Center
  • Thurs, 11:00 - Unbiased Prioritization of Mutations in Cancer Genomes, David Dooling, Ph.D., Director, Analysis Developers, Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS), and the Information Systems Groups, The Genome Center at Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
  • Thurs, 3:00 - Toward Meaningful Whole-Genome Interpretation with Open Access Tools from the Genome Commons, Reece Hart, Ph.D., Chief Scientist, Genome Commons, UC Berkeley QB3 and Center for Computational Biology
Track 4 covers Data Modeling: Enabling Systems Medicine, Data Generation: Good Models Start with Good Data, and Data Integration: Modeling Disparate "Omic" Sources on Wed. On Thursday the focus continues with Data Integration in the morning, followed by Data Validation: From Benchtop to Clinical Outcomes. There are only a handful of talks I'm interested in this track, and I've run out of time as the first keynote is about to start. And I haven't even covered the main morning keynotes. More later...

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