The Cancer Genome Atlas: An Extraordinary Enterprise, A Symposium of University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

April 14, 2011 1:00 PM - April 15, 2011 5:00 PM
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), started in 2005, aims to catalog genetic mutations responsible for cancer by applying recently developed high-throughput genome analysis techniques. TCGA seeks to improve our ability to diagnose, treat and prevent cancer through a better understanding of the molecular basis of this disease. University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (UTMDACC) and the Baylor Human Genome Sequencing Center are among the institutes selected by the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to produce and effectively analyze the massive amounts of data produced by TCGA.

The symposium, hosted by the Department of Bioinformatics and Computational Biology at UTMDACC in collaboration with the Gulf Coast Consortium for Bioinformatics, aims to inform researchers in the Houston Medical Area on the ongoing TCGA efforts, and to invite and encourage interested researchers to participate.

In addition to the symposium, a workshop is organized in which participants will learn how to access the TCGA data structures and become familiar with the analysis tools available. Separate registration and a laptop are required for participation in the workshop.


Thursday, April 14, 2011

1:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.
An overview of TCGA, the MDACC and Baylor HGSC involvement, panel discussion on technology development

5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
Reception and poster session

Friday, April 15, 2011

9:00 a.m. - 1:00p.m.
An overview of the results obtained by TCGA, and a panel discussion on the future of TCGA

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Sponsored lunch

2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Workshop: how to access and analyze TCGA data (bring your own laptop)

Registration deadline: April 11, 2011
Abstract submission deadline: April 4, 2011

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