INFRAFRONTER / IMPC Conference 2019

Genetic Variation, Big Data and Ageing

3rd to 5th June, 2019        Helsinki, Finland

Understanding the role of human genetic variation and its functional analysis is the next big step in genomic and precision medicine. The collection of such genomic data and its analysis falls into the category of big data sciences that has become commonplace in the present biomedical research landscape. In addition to this need, an increasing worldwide ageing population warrants the better understanding of the ageing processes and diseases associated with ageing to not only improve longevity but also to improve the quality of long life. These ideas are the basis for the next INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Conference.

The INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Conference 2019 provides an excellent opportunity to support a better alignment of INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC platforms with current ageing and big data initiatives, and supports interactions with human genetics centers and clinical consortia to promote the functional analysis of human genetic variation. With this conference, INFRAFRONTIER and IMPC aim to support the significant impact of mouse functional genomics analyses on the understanding of human genetic variation and disease, and the translation into diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

The main objectives of the INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Conference 2019 are to:

  • Raise awareness of INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC platforms among the population genetics research community.
  • Develop collaborative opportunities in advancing functional genetic variation and ageing research with model organisms.
  • Present use cases for the utility of model organisms to study genetic variation in population isolates and decipher ageing mechanisms.
  • Strengthen interactions with ageing and population genetics research consortia.
  • Showcase emerging insights from IMPC towards understanding functional genetic variation and developing precision medicine.

 

The conference will build on the success of the INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Stakeholder Meeting which was held in December 2018 in Munich. It was attended by 200 participants from 22 countries from 5 continents and showcased cutting-edge research involving animal models in the study of rare diseases and the development of gene therapies.

The INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Conference 2019 is being jointly organised by INFRAFRONTIER, the European Research Infrastructure for the generation, phenotyping, archiving and distribution of model mammalian genomes, by the International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), and by the BioCenter Oulu at the University of Oulu as local host. 

 

Conference Agenda (draft)

The Conference Agenda, planned jointly by the INFRAFRONTIER European research infrastructure and the international Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC), is still in progress. A first draft can be found here.

An updated version of the agenda will be available in a few weeks.

Registration Info

For filling out the online registration form: Please click here or use the registration click in the sidebox of this page!

Please register as soon as possible: Registration will be closed on 1st April, 2019.

The option for submitting an oral or a poster presentation is included in the registration form. Please use it actively if you want to offer such a presentation.

The social events during the conference (conference diner, boat trip across the Helsinki archipelago) are open to everybody. Please let us know in advance whether you want to take part in them or not. This will help us immensely to do a concise capacity planning.

Please let us know your special dietary requirements if any.

Abstract Submission for oral presentations

The Conference Organizers warmly invite interested biomedical scientists of all ages to submit their abstracts for an oral presentation. The subjects of these presentations must fit to one of the three big areas of interest of the INFRAFRONTIER/IMPC Conference 2019:

-        Animal models for studying genetic variation

-        Model organisms in ageing research

-        Genomic Big Data and health

The time slots for selected speakers with oral presentations will be on Day 2 and Day 3 of our conference (4th and 5th June). The slot for each oral presentation will be 15 minutes, including questions.

The conference jury will select 10 submitted abstracts to be presented within the official conference programme. The abstracts of these oral presentations will be published in the program booklet of the conference.

 

Submission details:

How to submit?  In the registration form, you can choose whether you want to submit an abstract for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. Doing so, you will be directly contacted by the conference organizers with detailed information about the submission process.

Deadline:  The submission must be sent to the organizers via e-mail by 15 April, 2019. Submissions coming in later will not be part of the selection process.

Abstract Submission for poster presentations

The Conference Organizers warmly invite interested biomedical scientists of all ages to submit their abstracts for a poster presentation. The subjects of these presentations must fit to one of the three big areas of interest of the INFRAFRONTIER/IMPC Conference 2019:

-        Animal models for studying genetic variation

-        Model organisms in ageing research

-        Genomic Big Data and health

The posters will be presented in the afternoon of Day 2 of our conference (4 June 2019). The poster session will last about 90 minutes. Posters may be presented even during a part of the following social event.

 

Submission details:

How to submit?  In the registration form, you can choose whether you want to submit an abstract for either an oral presentation or a poster presentation. If you did so, you will be directly contacted by the conference organizers with detailed information about the submission process.

Deadline:  The submission must be sent to the organizers via e-mail by 15 April, 2019. Submissions coming in later will not be part of the selection process.

Conference Venue
 

The INFRAFRONTIER/IMPC Conference 2019 will be held during the long midsummer nights of the Finnish capital of Helsinki. 

The venue of our conference is located on one of the small islands in the Helsinki archipelago: HANAHOLMEN is a well-known Swedish-Finnish Cultural Center – hosting permanent and current exhibitions as well as national and international meetings and conferences.

Please have a look on their highly informative website: https://www.hanaholmen.fi/en/culturalcentre/

 

How to get there?  Hanaholmen is served by the Helsinki metro. The walking distance from the nearest metro station Koivusaari to Hanaholmen is approximately 1,1 km.

In addition, Hanaholmen is served by several bus lines (104, 143A, 146A, 147A and 192).  And of course, you can also get there by taxi.

HANAHOLMEN

Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre 

Hanasaarenranta 5
FI-02100 Espoo

+358 (0)9 435 020

info@hanaholmen.fi

Conference Organizers

INFRAFRONTIER is the European Research Infrastructure for phenotyping and archiving of model mammalian genomes. It provides access to first-class tools and data for biomedical research, and thereby contributes to improving the understanding of gene function in human health and disease using the mouse model. The core services of INFRAFRONTIER comprise the systemic phenotyping of mouse mutants in the participating mouse clinics, and the archiving and distribution of mouse mutant lines by the European Mouse Mutant Archive (EMMA).

In addition, INFRAFRONTIER provides specialised services such as the generation of germ-free mice, and training in state of the art cryopreservation and phenotyping technologies.

www.infrafrontier.eu

The International Mouse Phenotyping Consortium (IMPC) addresses one of the grand challenges for biology and biomedical science in the 21st century – to determine the function of all the genes in the human genome and their role in disease. The goal of the IMPC is to develop a comprehensive catalogue of mammalian gene function. The IMPC aims to generate a null mutation for every protein-coding gene in the mouse genome, to acquire broad-based phenotype data for each mutation, and to disseminate the mutant resource and phenotype data to the scientific community.

Ultimately, the IMPC program will provide information on the function of all genes and genetic networks and a powerful dataset that will underpin fundamental new insights into the genetic bases for disease.

www.mousephenotype.org

 

As a member of INFRAFRONTIER, the BioCenter Oulu at the University of Oulu is the local Finnish host of the INFRAFRONTIER / IMPC Conference 2019.

 

Financial support is provided by the INFRAFRONTIER2020 and IPAD-MD projects

INFRAFRONTIER2020 receives funding from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement number 730879

IPAD-MD receives funding from European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under Grant Agreement number 653961

 

Agenda:

The draft agenda can be found here.

 

Registration:

Registration can be done here.

 
 

Venue:

HANAHOLMEN

Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre 

Hanasaarenranta 5
FI-02100 Espoo

+358 (0)9 435 020

info@hanaholmen.fi