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Track 11 - April 21 – 23, 2015

Cancer Informatics 

Applying Computational Biology to Cancer Research & Care

Track 11 explores the important technology and informatics trends and challenges of applying computational biology to cancer research and care. Themes that will be covered in expert-led presentations include collaborations, network models, data access/management/integration strategies, and applications of biological interpretation to aid in research at the bench side or care at the bedside.

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Tuesday, April 21

7:00 am Workshop Registration and Morning Coffee

 

8:00 – 11:30 Recommended Morning Pre-Conference Workshops*

Neuroinformatics Tools

Biologics, Bioassay and Biospeciment Registration Systems

12:30 – 4:00 pm Recommended Afternoon Pre-Conference Workshops*

How Data-Driven Patient Networks are Transforming Biomedical Research

The Impact of Research Informatics on Laboratory Evolutions

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2:00 – 6:30 Main Conference Registration

 

4:00 PLENARY SESSION 

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5:00 – 7:00 Welcome Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

Wednesday, April 22

7:00 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee

 

8:00 PLENARY SESSION  

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9:00 Benjamin Franklin Awards and Laureate Presentation

9:30 Best Practices Awards Program

9:45 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


GENOMICS: CLINICAL CHALLENGES AND MEDICAL OPPORTUNITIES 

10:50 Chairperson’s Opening Remarks

 

11:00 FEATURED PRESENTATION: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES IN ESTABLISHING IT SUPPORT FOR CONTINUOUS LEARNING IN HEALTHCARE: THE POTENTIAL FOR APPLYING LESSONS LEARNED FROM CLINICAL GENOMIC IT SUPPORT TO BROADER CONTINUOUS LEARNING CHALLENGES

Samuel (Sandy) Aronson, Executive Director, IT, Partners HealthCare Center forPersonalized Genetic Medicine

Continuously updated knowledge bases will be required to enable a true continuous learning healthcare environment. However, modern healthcare pressures make their maintenance difficult. The clinical genomic IT community has been wrestling with this issue for some time. We present lessons learned from supporting clinical genomic IT processes that may be generalizable to broader development of IT support for continuous learning healthcare processes.

 

11:30 FEATURED PRESENTATION: THE PENETRANCE OF INCIDENTAL FINDINGS IN GENOMIC MEDICINE

Robert C. Green, M.D., MPH, Director, G2P Research Program; Associate Director, Research, Partners Personalized Medicine, Division of Genetics, Department of Medicine, Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Much of the controversy surrounding the implementation of incidental findings in clinical sequencing is due to uncertainty about the penetrance of such findings in persons unselected for clinical features or family history. This uncertainty also influences the question of genomic population screening, i.e., whether actionable sequence variants should be sought and reported in ostensibly healthy individuals. In this talk, new data will be presented estimating the penetrance of actionable incidental findings.

12:00 pm Presentation to be Announced

12:30 Session Break

12:40 Luncheon Presentation I (Sponsorship Opportunity Available)

Illumnia logo1:10 Luncheon Presentation II: A High Performance Application Development Platform for Collaborative Genomics Research

Paul Flook, Ph.D., Senior Director, Enterprise Informatics, Illumina Inc.

Collaborative research among groups working with genomic data presents major logistical challenges. Transferring huge volumes of data can be prohibitively expensive for projects utilizing WGS data sets. Illumina has addressed this challenge by building a platform that enables collaborators to not only share data in a secure multitenant environment, but to develop and deploy their own applications close to the data.

1:40 Session Break


BIG DATA, DIGITAL TOOLS AND BIOINFORMATICS ACROSS MULTIPLE RESEARCH INITIATIVES 

1:50 Chairperson’s Remarks

1:55 Metabolic Biomarkers in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy

Subha Madhavan, Ph.D., Director, Innovation Center for Biomedical Informatics, Georgetown University Medical Center; Director, Clinical Informatics, Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center; Director, Biomedical Informatics, Georgetown-Howard Universities CTSA; Associate Professor, Department of Oncology, Georgetown University

Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) is a devastating degenerative X-linked disorder which affects approximately 1 in 5,000 newborn males and results in muscle degeneration, eventual loss of ambulation around the age of 9, and a life expectance of around 25 years of age. A bioinformatics platform for metabolic data interpretation has been developed and tested to identify DMD-associated biomarkers and will be made available on GitHub once validation is complete. This platform will be presented along with another use case from a breast cancer metabolomics study.

2:25 Personalized Medicine: Moving from Correlation to Causality in Breast Cancer

Michael Liebman, Ph.D., Managing Director, Strategic Medicine, Inc.

Sabrina Molinaro, Ph.D., Institute for Clinical Physiology, National Research Council, Italy

We have developed a fundamental model of the disease process for breast cancer, from pre-disease through early detection, treatment and outcome, and apply a multi-scalar approach across the risk assessment-enhanced diagnosis-therapeutic decision axis and will present the modeling methodologies.

Sinequa2:55 Using Big Data Search and Analytics to Find Networks of Experts and Expertise in Complex R&D Environments

Xavier Pornain, Vice President, Sales & Alliances, Sinequa

This presentation will discuss a project in production at AstraZeneca including challenges, dealing with their scientific vocabulary, detecting “synonyms” as well as “similar” and “complementary” notions. Vast quantities (200 to 500 million) of highly technical documents and data need to be analyzed to find enterprise experts on a given topic, as well as related fields, by the “fingerprint” they leave in documents and data.   

DNAnexus3:10 Presentation to be Announced

 

3:25 Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


COLLABORATING IN CHRONIC AND RARE DISEASES 

4:00 CureAccelerator™: How A New Global Platform Will Help Propel Cures for the World’s Unsolved Diseases

Bruce Bloom, D.D.S., J.D., President and Chief Science Officer, Cures Within Reach

More than 7,000 diseases have no fully effective treatment, affecting more than 500 million people worldwide. CureAccelerator™ is the world’s first open-access, online platform dedicated to repurposing research – the quest to create new medical treatments from existing therapies, to drive more cures more quickly to more patients. Learn how this innovative IT tool will enable researchers, funders, the biomedical industry and patient groups to collaborate far more efficiently, to propel the pace of repurposing research.

4:30 Delivering on a Promise: Achieving a Patient-Centric Open Information Ecosystem

Walter Capone, President and CEO, The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation

Patient-centric, open access research models are widely acknowledged catalysts of scientific and medical progress. Here we present a first-in-kind model for combining an observational clinical study with a participatory, community driven research program for Mutliple Myeloma, and in doing so, providing a powerful example that can lead the way forward in other disease areas.

5:00 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

5:30 Best of Show Awards Reception in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing

6:30 Close of Day

Thursday, April 23

7:00 am Registration Open and Morning Coffee

 

8:00 PLENARY SESSION PANEL 

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10:00 Coffee Break in the Exhibit Hall and Poster Competition Winners Announced


COLLABORATING IN CHRONIC AND RARE DISEASES 

10:30 Chairperson’s Remarks

10:40 PANEL DISCUSSION: Multiple Sclerosis Conquered by the Data Science Revolution: Patients Win

Ken Buetow, Ph.D., Director, Computational Sciences and Informatics, Arizona State University

Robert McBurney, CEO, Office of the Chief Executive, Accelerated Cure Project

Marcia Kean, Chairman, Strategic Initiatives, Feinstein Kean Healthcare

Funded by a grant from PCORI (Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute), the Accelerated Cure Project for MS is collaborating with all the key organizations in the MS community, gathering patient-reported and EHRs from 20,000 patients. It’s a best-practice model for data-enabled research; patient-centricity; and public-private partnerships. The key players from life sciences, data sciences, medicine patient advocacy and communications will describe the winning formulas that are making it successful. Attendees will learn how to design and fund such an initiative; how to collect standards-based data including the horrendous challenges around EHRs; best tools for analytics and data visualization; handling research queries; and overcoming the traditional silos that prevent seamless data exchange and global big data-enable basic, clinical and comparative effectiveness research.

11:40 Sponsored Presentation (Opportunity Available)

12:10 pm Session Break

12:20 Luncheon Presentation (Sponsorship Opportunity Available) or Lunch on Your Own

1:20 Dessert Refreshment Break in the Exhibit Hall with Poster Viewing


DATA CAPTURE, ANALYSIS, MODELING & SIMULATION 

1:55 Chairperson’s Remarks

Nils Gehlenborg, Ph.D., Research Associate, Center for Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

2:00 Combing the Hairball: Network Visualization with BioTapestry and BioFabric

William J.R. Longabaugh, MS, Senior Software Engineer, Institute for Systems Biology

Networks models are crucial for understanding complex biological systems, yet traditional node-link diagrams of large networks provide very little visual intuition, and there is a need to develop scalable, unambiguous, and rational network visualization techniques. Our applications, BioTapestry (http://www.BioTapestry.org) and BioFabric (http://www.BioFabric.org), are designed to address this need, and I will discuss how they use novel approaches to avoid the “hairball” trap.

2:30 Visualization of Comparative Genomics Data: Results, Challenges, and Open Questions

Inna Dubchak, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

As the rate of generating sequence data continues to increase, visualization tools for interactive exploration and interpretation of comparative data at the level of gene, genome, and ecosystem are of critical importance. We will talk about strengths and limitations of existing methods, and highlight new challenges in the visualization of huge volumes of complex comparative data.

3:00 Interactive and Exploratory Visualization of Epigenome-Wide Data

Hector Corrada Bravo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Department of Computer Science, University ofMaryland, College Park

Data visualization is an integral aspect of the analysis of epigenomic experimental results. Commonly, the data visualized in these tools is the output of analyses performed in computing environments like Bioconductor. These two essential aspects of data analysis, algorithmic/statistical analysis and visualization, are usually distinct and disjoint but are most effective when used iteratively. We will introduce epigenomics data visualization tools that provide tight-knit integration with computational and statistical modeling and data analysis: Epiviz (http://epiviz.cbcb.umd.edu), a web-based genome browser application, and the Epivizr Bioconductor package that provides interactive integration with R/Bioconductor sessions. This combination of technologies permits interactive visualization within a state-of-the-art functional genomics analysis platform. The web-based design of our tools facilitates the reproducible dissemination of interactive data analyses in a user-friendly platform. We will illustrate these tools via analyses of the colon cancer epigenome, in particular, the relationship between clonal and population heterogeneity as inferred from DNA methylation sequencing data.

3:30 Visual-Analytic Systems for Integrative Genomic Analysis of Cancer Data

Raghu Machiraju, Ph.D., Professor, Ohio State University

Cancers are highly heterogeneous with different subtypes. Recently, integrative approaches were adopted that combined multiple types of omics data. In this talk, I present visual analytic solutions for the simultaneous and integrative exploration of multiple types genomics data including those from The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project. Using different combinations of mRNA and microRNA features we suggest potential combined markers for prediction of patient survival.

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