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eMedLab workshop and symposium
Thu 14 January 2016, 08:55 – 12:25 GMT
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eMedLab is an exciting collaboration between Europe's leading biomedical scientists. Funded by the Medical Research Council, the partnership involves researchers from UCL and UCL Partners, the Francis Crick Institute, the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, King’s College London, the Sanger Institute, Queen Mary University of London, and the EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute. www.emedlab.ac.uk
eMedLab’s vision is to maximise the gains for patients and for medical research that will come from the explosion in human health data. To realise this potential we need to accumulate medical and biological data on an unprecedented scale and complexity, to coordinate it, to store it safely and securely, and to make it readily available to interested researchers. These data include health records, bioinformatic data, and images.
To achieve this, eMedLab has invested in a new private cloud, HPC environment and big data system, with 6000 cores of processing power and 6 Petabytes of storage, that can be shared by its partners. The eMedLab cloud enables scientists to provision and use virtual servers bespoke to their needs, allowing them to tailor compute memory, processors, networking, data storage and archiving policies for their projects. The large data store is hosting very large datasets that can be shared by the partners, avoiding unnecessary data duplication.
In addition, eMedLab has carried out an intensive international search to recruit the finest young researchers in medical bioinformatics, and has placed these career development fellows in the most appropriate eMedLab institutions. Some of these scientists—the research leaders of the future—will speak at the meeting outlined here.
The next step is to ensure that eMedLab is properly coordinated with other institutes and organisations involved in eHealth, and to this end we have organised a short meeting, lasting just a morning, to bring together representatives from the MRC, eMedLab and its partner organisations, the Farr Institute, Genomics England, and the Alan Turing Institute. The idea is to hear some new research, to exchange ideas and ways of working and to ensure that all the organisations are properly coordinated. We do hope you can come.
The draft programme is below.
08:55 - 09:00: Jim Smith (The MRC/The Crick): welcome and introduction
09:00 - 09:15: John Savil (The MRC): the MRC, eHealth, medical bioinformatics
09:15 - 09:30: Nick Luscombe (UCL/The Crick): an introduction to eMedLab
09:30 - 10:00: André Altmann (UCL): Images and Genes: imaging genetics in Alzheimer's disease
10:00 - 10:30: Helena Kilpinen (EBI): Using cellular genetics to understand human disease alleles
10:30 - 11:00: Refreshment break
11:00 - 11:30: Alan Hodgkinson (KCL): High-Resolution Genomic Analysis of Human Mitochondrial RNA Sequence Variation
11:30 - 11:45: Sofia Olhede (UCL): the Alan Turing Institute and eMedLab
11:45 - 12:00: Harry Hemingway: (UCL/The Farr): the Farr Institute and eMedLab
12:00 - 12:30: David Lomas (UCL): general discussion and closing remarks
12:30: Light lunch and refreshments