Past Events

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

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.

Oct 12

Course description

Oct 10

For the 17th consecutive year the Institute for Continuing Education in Science (ICES, UGent) and the Center for Statistics (CvS, UGent) have joined forces to offer this series.
Our courses are aimed at professionals and participants with an academic training who wish to keep up to date or discover new areas of research.

Sep 15

Workshop objectives
•Stimulate research in flexible modeling.
•Bring together researchers in the field to share their latest results.
•Identify interesting new problems and applications.
•Foster dialogue and future research collaborations.
•The paper “On families of distributions with shape parameters” (Jones, M.C., 2015, International Statistical Review, 83, 175-192) provides a core focus for the workshop which is primarily aimed at early career researchers.

Sep 15

The human genome encodes the blueprint of life using only 2% of its nearly three billion bases to code for approximately 20,000 genes. The remaining portion is often referred to as “junk” DNA. Over the past decade, advances in genomic technologies and initiatives like the ENCODE and the Roadmap Epigenomics projects, revealed that these regions encrypt a regulatory code accommodating numerous key elements (e.g. enhancers, non-coding RNA,…) necessary to orchestrate the regulatory complexity of gene expression patterns.