The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) 2019 Conference and Workshop

13 Sep 2019

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) 2019 Conference and Workshop


About the TCGA 2019 Conference and Workshop

The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA)

TCGA is a landmark cancer genomics collaboration between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) that has generated comprehensive, multi-dimensional maps of the key genomic changes in cancer. TCGA has molecularly characterized over 20,000 primary cancer and matched normal samples spanning 33 cancer types. The TCGA dataset, comprising more than two petabytes of multi-omics data such as whole genome sequencing, copy number variation, transcriptome and methylome, has been made publicly available. This multi-omics information helps the cancer research community to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. In the past decade, many major discoveries in cancer research have at least some reference to the TCGA data mining. TCGA data has already led to improvements in our ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent various cancers.

Need for TCGA Training in India

TCGA project has had tremendous impact on boosting translational cancer research in the west. In the past few years, many multi-disciplinary scientists in India have embarked on data-mining driven cancer research. It is a general observation that this ever-growing cancer research community has now increasingly started exploring TCGA for their research needs. However, a systematic exploration of the full resources and potential of TCGA has not been made available to the Indian cancer research or data science professionals.

In parallel, Indian scientific agencies have begun to envisage the creation of TCGA-like resources for Indian population (for e.g. The Indian Cancer Genome Database, GenomeIndia project etc). These projects are expected to accelerate the pace of cancer research in India in the coming years. Therefore, this is an opportune time to conduct an intensive training workshop in India, perhaps, in collaboration with TCGA.

The proposed activity is well-aligned to the CTCR agenda of capacity building of the Indian cancer research community. This workshop co-organised with TCGA is expected to provide the ideal foundation for long-term tie-ups between Indian cancer researchers and TCGA teams.

TCGA Event Highlights

Based on this background and in consultation with TCGA leadership, we have designed the plan for the 1st TCGA-themed event in India in 2019.

The event will be organized in 2 phases:

(a) A 2-day TCGA conference open to all registered delegates (September 21-22, 2019)

(b) A 3-day hands-on, advanced level TCGA practical training workshop for pre-selected delegates only (September 23-25, 2019)

The scientific agenda for this conference and workshop have been designed keeping in view the interest of cancer researchers from various domains such as academia, biotech, pharmaceuticals, genomics, regulatory, bioethics and governmental agencies.

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