Past Events

Apr 25

Our group has been actively pursuing the idea that with great microscopes and great informatics we will be able to truly digitize models of cells, tissues, and organisms through time with information about the genetic and proteomic states of each cell layered there on. The belief is that these atlases combined with optical observations of labeled entities will accelerate the life sciences by allowing us to visualize these systems from any vantage point and as a system, thus leading to many discoveries such as the nature of the genetic control of fly wing development.

Mar 20

Enabled by better cost-performance curves and novel technology developments, Next-Generation Sequencing technologies keep on pushing the boundaries of our scientific knowledge. The NGS-field is still expanding and to take advantage of new opportunities offered by these technologies in life sciences, VIB Conferences will host the second edition of Revolutionizing Next-Generation Sequencing: Tools and Technologies.

After a sold-out 2015 edition, RNGS17 will look at emerging tools and approaches for:

Mar 07

Jean-Philippe Vert is professor at the Department of Mathematics at Ecole normale supérieure of Paris, France, director of the Centre for Computational Biology (CBIO) at MINES ParisTech, and team leader at Institut Curie, Paris, France. He graduated from Ecole Polytechnique and has a PhD in mathematics from Paris 6 University. His main research interest is in machine learning and its application to biology, particularly cancer research.

Feb 07

Systematic studies of cancer genomes are providing unprecedented insights into the molecular nature of human cancer. Using this information to guide the development and application of therapies in the clinic is challenging. Here we report how cancer-driving alterations identified in 11,289 tumors from 29 tissues (integrating mutations, copy-number alterations, methylation and gene expression) correlate with response to 265 compounds profiled in 1,001 human cancer cell-lines.

Dec 08

Since Darwin and Lamarck, biologists have been intrigued by the possibility of the inheritance of acquired traits. In our work on the causes of inter-individual variation we chanced upon an example of a >10 generation epigenetic memory of environmental change in C. elegans. We have been using this as a model system to understand how information about the environment can be transmitted for many generations without establishing permanent epigenetic states.

Nov 27

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Van nucleotide tot netwerk

Bio-informatica in beeld(en)

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Ontdek het veelzijdige karakter van de bio-informatica via deze collectie figuren, patronen, en grafieken met een dubbelganger in de wereld om ons heen.

Nov 14

Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) 2016 Benelux, is an annual genomics event that takes place in Brussels and will be held between 14th & 17th November 2016 at the Vrije Universiteit Brussels. This event is held in partnership with the Brussels Interuniversity Genomics High Throughput core (BRIGHTcore) – the Centre for Medical Genetics of VUB – UZ Brussels & Genome Diagnostics Nijmegen.

Nov 08

Until recently, it was believed that only a small fraction of the genome contained relevant information, used by the cell to produce proteins. The majority was referred to as ‘junk DNA’ with no obvious function throughout life. The introduction of massively parallel RNA-sequencing technology has drastically changed that view. Today, there’s ample evidence demonstrating that the majority of the genome is transcribed, producing non-coding RNA (ncRNA) transcripts that differ in size, shape, expression and function.

Oct 27

http://meta2016.sciencesconf.org/

META is one of the main event focusing on the progress of the area of metaheuristics and their applications. As in previous editions,
META’2016 will provide an opportunity to the international research community in metaheuristics to discuss recent research results, to develop new ideas and collaborations, and to meet old friends and make new ones in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

Oct 26

The amount of genomic data is growing rapidly, but our understanding of how the encoded genes perform their biological role lags behind. To contribute to this understanding, our research aims to obtain predictive models to analyse the relation between genes and traits, with a central role for gene networks.

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