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BioC 2014

July 31 - Aug 1, 2014 (Developer Day: July 30)
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA


This conference highlights current developments within and beyond Bioconductor. Morning scientific talks and afternoon practicals provide conference participants with insights and tools required for the analysis and comprehension of high-throughput genomic data.

This year's conference is at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Longwood Campus, in Boston, MA.

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  • Sponsors

    Participate in the Latin America Bioconductor Foundation (LAb) inauguration, August 25, 2014 at Ribeirão Preto, Brazil. A travel grant, including the Cancer Epigneomics Workshop, is available.

    Conference Format

    Morning Talks • 8:15 / 8:30 am - 12:00 noon • Jimmy Fund Auditorium

    Morning talks highlight leading edge areas of scientific research (day of presentation is tentative). Again this year: short talks from active members of the Bioconductor community.

    Thursday, July 31
    • 8:15 Welcome.
    • 8:30 - 9:15 Guocheng Yuan, Department of Biostatistics and Computational Biology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Mapping cellular hierarchy through single cell analysis.
    • 9:15 - 10:00 Olga Vitek, Department of Statistics, Purdue University. Statistical methods and tools for mass spectrometry-based proteomics.
    • 10:00 - 10:30 Break
    • 10:30 - 11:15 Matthew Meyerson, Department of Medical Oncology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Analysis of somatic alterations in the cancer genome.
    • 11:15 - 12:00 Short Talks From the Bioconductor Community: Julian Gehring, European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Heidelberg, Confidence in somatic variant calls, Kevin Horan, Computer Science, University of California, Riverside, Analysis of small molecule molecular data in R, Hector Corrada Bravo, Department of Computer Science, University of Maryland, Epiviz(r): turning a genome browser into an interactive display device.
    Friday, August 1
    • 8:30 - 9:15 Michael Lawrence, Genentech. Software for Enabling Genomic Data Analysis.
    • 9:15 - 10:00 Ben Raphael, Center for Computational Molecular Biology, Department of Computer Science, Brown University. Algorithms for Cancer Genome Sequencing and Interpretation.
    • 10:00 - 10:30 Break
    • 10:30 - 11:15 Soumya Raychauduri, Divisions of Genetics & Rheumatology Brigham & Women's Hospital Harvard Medical School. From genetics to altered molecular function: understanding the pathogenesis of rheumatoid arthritis.
    • 11:15 - 12:00 Short Talks From the Bioconductor Community: Alyssa Frazee, Department of Biostatistics, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Flexible analysis of RNA-seq data with Ballgown, Mike Love, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Simplified processing of large genomic datasets with GenomicFiles. Paul Joey McMurdie, Statistics Dept., Stanford University, Shiny-phyloseq: Web Application for Interactive Microbiome Analysis with Provenance Tracking.

    Afternoon Practicals • 1:00 - 5:00 pm • Yawkey 306, 307, and 308; Smith 304 and 308

    Afternoon practicals provide hands-on instruction in the use of software for analyzing biological data to answer research questions. This year, there will be two sessions on each day. Times will be 1:00-3:00 and 3:30-5:30. Specific topics will be finalized July. Attendees should bring a wireless-equipped laptop computer for use in the labs.

    Posters & Social Hour • 5:30 - 7:00 pm • Smith Family Room

    There is a social hour on Thursday and Friday evenings. Thursday's social hour includes a poster session.

    Developer Day • 9:00 am - 5:00 pm • Yawkey 306

    If you are developing, or thinking of developing, packages for Bioconductor, consider joining us for Developer Day, Wednesday July 30. This year's format will feature `flashlight' talks from participants, updates on emerging areas of development in R and Bioconductor, short workshops targeting new and experienced developers. No additional registration required.

    Wednesday, July 30 (Developer Day)
    • 4:30 - 5:00 George Ostrouchov, Oak Ridge National Laboratory / University of Tennessee


    Normal Registration

    600 USD for attendees registered before July 1
    800 USD for attendees registered after July 1

    Discount Group

    250 USD for full-time students
    300 USD for Bioconductor package maintainers or limited resources


    Participants are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Blocks of rooms at reduced rates have been reserved at the following hotels

    • The Inn At Longwood Medical, 342 Longwood Avenue, Fenway Kenmore, Boston, MA 02115. $179 / night. Reservations: 800-468-2378 or 617-731-4700. Group Code: BIOC0729.
    • Marriott Courtyard Boston/Brookline 40 Webster Street, Brookline, MA 02446. Reservations: 866-296-2296 and referencing the Bioconductor Conference.
    Program Committee

    Vincent Carey

    Sean Davis

    Robert Gentleman

    Kasper Hansen

    Wolfgang Huber

    Rafael Irizarry

    Michael Lawrence

    Levi Waldron

    Martin Morgan

    Questions? Email us

    For more information, contact biocworkshop AT fhcrc DOT org.

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