Target Validation using Genomics and Informatics

06 - 08 December 2017Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK
Deadlines (at 23:59 UTC):
  • Bursary Deadline Closed
  • Abstract Deadline Closed
  • Registration Deadline Closed

  • Summary

    We are pleased to announce the 3rd annual conference on Target Validation
    Using Genomics and Informatics, organised in association with EMBL. This conference will bring together scientists
    and industry specialists using cutting-edge technologies to discover
    biological targets and develop effective therapies.

    In the past few years, exceptional progress has been made in making
    available thousands of DNA variants that are robustly associated with
    clinically relevant human traits.  This is providing a rich source
    of molecular points for drug discovery and a deeper understanding of
    human biology. This meeting will highlight advances in the use of
    high-throughput methods and functional validation techniques that can
    influence the selection of new drug targets and the development of
    precision medicine. We will discuss the progress and challenges of using
    gene editing (e.g. CRISPR) in human cells to develop validation
    approaches. The programme will also present recent advances in
    visualisation techniques, computational tools and new platforms that
    provide data integration and can enhance the user experience.

    This meeting will bring together researchers based in academia and
    industry to focus on the opportunities and challenges for genomics in
    drug discovery. Multi-omics (e.g. genomics, proteomics, transcriptomics),
    epidemiology, molecular biology and computational approaches will be
    covered, focusing on the contributions of these methods to target

  • Programme

    The conference will start at approximately 13.00 on Wednesday, 6 December
    and close at approximately 14.00 on Friday, 8 December 2017.

    Scientific topics include:

    • Genetic epidemiology
    • Phenotypic responses
    • Target deconvolution
    • Functional studies
    • Human knockouts
    • Gene editing
    • Bioinformatics
    • Cell biology and screening

    A draft programme is now available

  • Organisers / Speakers

    Scientific programme committee
    Jeff Barrett Wellcome Trust Sanger
    Institute, UK
    Ewan Birney EMBL-EBI, UK
    Sally John Biogen, USA
    Gitte Neubauer GSK, Germany

    Keynnote speakers
    Aled Edwards Structural Genomics Consortium,
    Nicole Soranzo Wellcome Trust Sanger
    Institute, UK

    Confirmed speakers
    German Cancer Research Center (DKFZ), Germany
    Adam Butterworth University of Cambridge,
    Christine Donahue GSK, USA
    Mathew Garnett Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, UK
    Anders Malarstig Pfizer, Sweden
    Soumya Raychaudhuri Harvard University,
    Samuli Ripatti University of Helsinki,
    Kate Tilling University of Bristol, UK
    Chris Wallace University of Cambridge, UK
    Judith Zaugg EMBL, Germany

    Conference organiser
    Lucy Criddle Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

  • Registration / Accommodation

    Registration Fees:

    Student No accommodation £242
    Student On site twin accommodation £343
    Student On site single accommodation £405
    Academic No accommodation £342
    Academic On site twin accommodation £443
    Academic On site single accommodation £505
    Commercial No accommodation £442
    Commercial On site twin accommodation £543
    Commercial On site single accommodation £605

    The registration fee includes entrance to the lectures and poster
    sessions, an abstract book, meals (lunch and dinner) and refreshments
    during the conference. Breakfast will be provided for delegates who have
    booked accommodation.

    Registration deadline: 7 November 2017

    Accommodation is provided for the nights of 6 and 7, December 2017.
    Please note: there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be
    allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early
    registration is recommended.

    If you wish to book onsite accommodation either side of the conference
    dates, please contact the Conference Centre directly.

    Travel visas
    Contact the conference organiser if you require a letter to support a
    travel visa application. Please note: letters will only be provided to
    confirmed registrants.

    Non-European Economic Area or Swiss nationals may be required to have a
    visa to enter the UK. 
    Early application is strongly advised, as this process can take 6-8 weeks
    or longer.

    Please visit the following websites for further information:
    UK Border Agency website and information for general visitors and business

  • Abstracts

    We welcome abstracts from all areas relevant to the main themes of the
    meeting, for both oral and poster presentations. Several oral
    presentations will be chosen from the abstracts submitted.

    Abstracts will only be considered from registered delegates. Please use our online abstract submission system and follow the instructions given to ensure your abstract is submitted correctly. All abstracts must be submitted by the deadline. If you are intending to submit more than one abstract, please contact the conference organiser prior to registration.

    The scientific programme committee will assess your abstract after the
    deadline has passed and you will be notified whether you have been
    selected for an oral or poster presentation.

    Poster boards onsite will accommodate 118 cm high by 84 cm wide (A0-
    portrait) of printed material. Accepted abstracts will appear in the
    conference programme book and poster boards will be allocated at the

    Abstract deadline: Closed

    Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

  • Bursaries

    A limited number of registration bursaries are available for PhD students
    to attend this conference (up to 50% of the registration fee) from
    Wellcome Genome Campus Scientific Conferences.

    The following documents will need to be provided:

    • Abstract
    • CV
    • Covering letter
    • Letter from supervisor

    To apply, please contact the conference organiser.

    Bursary deadline: Closed

  • Sponsors

    If you would like to support this event, please contact the conference