2010 Workshop on Petascale Computing and Personalized Medicine


2010 Workshop on Petascale Computing and Personalized Medicine

2010 Workshop on Petascale Computing and Personalized Medicine

Read an overview of the workshop:
Illinois workshop charts path, and roadblocks, toward personalized medicine

October 17-19, 2010
National Center for Supercomputing Applications
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

This is an invitation-only event.

Ten years after the completion of the human genome sequence, the promise of being able to tailor preventive and curative strategies to individual human beings is close to becoming a reality. Data are being collected at unprecedented scales on ever increasing cohorts of healthy and diseased individuals. Whole genome sequencing, full microbiome analysis, metabolic profiling and real-time monitoring of functional status in large patient groups will be possible in the very near future. One of the bottlenecks in being able to fully leverage the data being collected is the ability to effectively manage and analyze them. While there is a growing consensus that very large scale computing will be required, efforts to leverage the world's most powerful computers for personalized medicine are still in their infancy.

This small, invitation-only workshop aims to bring together scientists and physicians involved in the collection and analysis of genetic and phenotypic data, statisticians and bioinformaticians who develop methods for their analysis, and computer scientists who can design and implement robust software for large scale, leading-edge computational environments. Its goals are (1) to identify the computational requirements of large-scale population studies integrating multiple data types, (2) to draw a roadmap for the efficient utilization of petascale computer resources and (3) to develop a vision of the computer-enabled personalized medicine of the future. The format will be short thematic presentations followed by discussions. Ample time will be available for informal interactions amongst participants.

The workshop will be hosted by the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), the Institute for Genomic Biology and the Division of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Illinois. The Mayo Clinic is a co-sponsor of this workshop.

NCSA is building Blue Waters, which is expected to be one of the world's most powerful supercomputers when it comes online. It will be the first system of its kind to sustain one petaflop performance on a range of science and engineering applications.

For any questions contact Victor Jongeneel, victorj@ncsa.illinois.edu.

Workshop sponsors

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