Translational Bioinformatics

12–13 June 2017

Wellcome Genome Campus, Hinxton, UK


This meeting follows on from the success of the 1st European Conference on Translational
(ECTB) in 2016 at the University of Copenhagen,
Denmark. It will bring together scientists and
entrepreneurs who are
interested in translating genomics and
bioinformatics research into
healthcare tools and services.

Advances in genomics and the availability of big data are beginning to
transform the healthcare landscape. Bioinformaticians are playing a
unique role in this transformation by developing tools that improve data
acquisition, curation and interpretation. This meeting will highlight
recent advances in the tools and techniques that are facilitating
translational research and precision medicine. The programme will discuss
how informatics can be used to improve drug discovery and development and
to treat disease, and how it is helping to centralise and organise
medical knowledge. The conference will also include a workshop on how to
start a company, with insights from entrepreneurs who have made the
transition from academic-based bioinformatics research to the commercial

The meeting will be relevant for researchers, computational biologists
and entrepreneurs (from start-ups and established companies) interested
in epidemiology, cancer genomics and precision medicine.


The conference will start at 9.30 on Monday 12 June, and close at
approximately 15.00 on Tuesday 13 June 2017.

Scientific sessions

  • Bioinformatic services: data capture, curation and sharing
  • Health data integration and analytics
  • Cancer genomics
  • Disease studies and large cohort data
  • Community engagement: open sources
  • Bioinformatics start-ups and entrepreneurs
  • Genomics, literature repositories and text mining

Please click here for a copy of the draft programme

Organisers and speakers

Scientific programme committee
Paul Flicek EMBL-EBI, UK
Elliott Margulies Illumina, USA
Clare Turnbull
Genomics England, UK

Keynote speaker
Ewan Birney

Confirmed speakers
Bissan Al-Lazikani Institute of Cancer Research, UK
Jelena Aleksic Gene Adviser, UK
Jeff Barrett
Open Targets, UK
André Blavier
Interactive Biosoftware, France
Michael Brudno University of Toronto, Canada
Helen Firth
Cambridge University Hospitals, UK
David Ledbetter Geisinger Health System, USA
Nick Lench
Congenica, UK
Yatin Mundkur
Cellworks, USA
Serena Nik-Zainal Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute,
Fiona Nielsen
DNAdigest and Repositive, UK
Vincent Plagnol
Inivata, UK
Ferran Sanz IMIM-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
Kenna Shaw Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan Institute
for Personalized Cancer Therapy, USA
Abel Ureta-Vidal Eagle Genomics, UK

Conference organiser
Emily Rees Wellcome Genome Campus, UK

How to apply

Registration Fees:

Student No accommodation £148
Student On site twin accommodation £198
Student On site single accommodation £230
Academic No accommodation £248
Academic On site twin accommodation £298
Academic On site single accommodation £330
Commercial No accommodation £348
Commercial On site twin accommodation £398
Commercial On site single accommodation £430


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: Closed

Accommodation is provided for the night of 12 June 2017. Please note:
there is limited onsite accommodation and this will be allocated on a
first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, early registration is

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

Travel visas
Please contact the event organiser if you require a letter to support a
travel visa application, once your application has been successful. Note
that letters will be provided to confirmed attendee only.

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



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


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 extended: Closed

Abstract guidelines can be viewed here.

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