Biobanks: Study Design and Data Analysis
The Program in Quantitative Genomics will host its 12th annual conference, “Biobanks: Study Design and Data Analysis” on November 1-2, 2018 at the Joseph B. Martin Conference Center at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA.
The impetus for the 2018 conference theme comes from the proliferation of large scale biobanks worldwide. Biobanks are composed of massive genetic and genomic data, epidemiological data, Electronic Medical Records, wearable devices and imaging data. Examples of large biobanks include UK Biobank, China Kadoorie Biobank, Finland Biobank, eEMRGE, Million Veteran Program, and MyCode Project of the Geisinger Health System, among others. The use of biobanks is becoming an essential and potentially revolutionary approach to biomedical research, with the capacity to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of a wide range of illnesses, and to advance personalized health. To take full advantage of the enormous opportunities presented in biobanks, there is an urgent need for discussing important quantitative issues, leveraging interdisciplinary expertise, and designing studies with increased scale and power. This conference aims at discussing several key quantitative challenges in biobank studies, including designing biobanks to meet a wide array of needs, developing strategies for improving phenotyping accuracy, harmonizing data across biobanks, and developing analytic methods for biobank data.
The conference will be centered on the following three topics:
SESSION I: Types of Biobanks
SESSION II: Biobank Data Analysis
SESSION III: Phenotyping and Harmonization Across Biobanks
Seating is limited, so we encourage you to register early for this event.
We highly encourage abstract submissions and participation of all researchers, especially junior researchers, for posters and possible platform presentations. Registration and travel awards will be provided to support junior researchers who submit abstracts. Stellar abstract award winners will be selected. Three of the stellar abstract award winners will be selected to be presented as 10-minute platform talks.