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[Microbiology] New! -- NIMBioS Investigative Workshop: Computational Advances in Microbiome Research

Catherine Crawley via microbio%40net.bio.net (by ccrawley from nimbios.org)
Fri Jun 26 08:48:08 EST 2015


The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) invites you to join the live stream of our Investigative 
Workshop, "Computational Advances in Microbiome Research," to be held 
July 27-28, 2015, at NIMBioS.

*Objectives: *Recent years have seen a tremendous upswing in microbial 
community research, ranging from studies of the human microbiome to 
investigations of biogeochemical cycling in global soil and oceans and 
coral mucus ecosystems. This has been triggered in large part by the 
decreasing cost, increasing ubiquity, and democratization of analysis 
methods for high-throughput sequencing, which has made both 
amplification-based and shotgun metagenomic profiling of microbial 
communities accessible to diverse research fields. Microbial community 
studies have a long history derived from a variety of research areas, 
however, including ecology, soil and ocean biochemistry, human and 
environmental toxicology, air quality and environmental monitoring, 
agriculture, and biodefense. As the methods necessary for modern data 
analysis have become more complex, new computational approaches have 
developed independently in many of these subfields, but there have been 
few opportunities to integrate knowledge and bioinformatic techniques 
across microbial community research areas.

The overarching goal of this workshop is to bring together and integrate 
novel bioinformatic techniques from diverse areas of microbial community 
research. This will allow us more specifically to:

  * Share the state of the art in microbial community analysis from
    diverse fields.
  * Identify techniques from one field that are useful in others.
  * Identify gaps in computational and statistical techniques not
    currently addressed in any subfields.
  * Identify gaps in biological knowledge that could be addressed by new
    quantitative methods.

The workshop is designed as a small, focused workshop bringing together 
the top thought leaders in computational microbial community analysis 
techniques from a variety of biological application areas. We anticipate 
this will foster new ideas, accelerate the pace of biological discovery 
by disseminating current techniques across fields, provide a starting 
point for new collaborations, and identify gaps that might be targeted 
by future funding opportunities/.//Participation in the workshop is by 
invitation only. /

*Co-Organizers: *Jill Banfield 
<http://ourenvironment.berkeley.edu/people_profiles/jill-banfield/>, 
Earth and Planetary Science and Environmental Science, Policy and 
Management, Univ. of California, Berkeley and Curtis Huttenhower 
<http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/curtis-huttenhower/>, Biostatistics 
(Computational Biology and Bioinformatics), School of Public Health, 
Harvard Univ.

*L**ive Stream.* The Workshop will be streamed live. Note that NIMBioS 
Investigative Workshops involve open discussion and not necessarily a 
succession of talks. In addition, the schedule as posted may change 
during the Workshop. To view the live stream, visit 
http://www.nimbios.org/videos/livestream. Join the discussion on Twitter 
using #CAMRws.

For more information, visit http://www.nimbios.org/workshops/WS_microbiome

The National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis 
(NIMBioS) (http://www.nimbios.org) brings together researchers from 
around the world to collaborate across disciplinary boundaries to 
investigate solutions to basic and applied problems in the life 
sciences. NIMBioS is sponsored by the National Science Foundation, with 
additional support from The University of Tennessee, Knoxville.


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Catherine Crawley, Ph.D.
Communications Manager
National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis (NIMBioS)
University of Tennessee
1122 Volunteer Blvd, Ste. 106
Knoxville, TN 37996
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