Genomic Medicine 2017 Benelux

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Genomic Medicine 2017 Benelux

November 15 - November 16

Genomic Medicine 2017 Benelux, is the second annual genomics event – following on from NGS 2016 Benleux – that takes place in Brussels and is held between 14th & 16th November 2017 at the Musée de la Médecine (Museum of Medicine), Campus Erasme, Brussels.


This conference is a partnership between Biotexcel, Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) & the University Hospital Erasme, BRIGHTcore & the Centre for Medical Genetics VUB- UZ Brussel – and the scientific committee is made up of staff from all these organizations.


In conjunction with the conference there will be a one day Workshop that will provide Next Generation Sequencing Data Analysis training to those working in the wetlab who want to be able to analyse the data and understand the data analysis workflows.


The conference will look at the latest developments in the use of Genomics tools & technologies focusing on Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) to understand human disease. Aside from the routine NGS applications such as Exome, Genome and Transcriptome sequencing the audience will get a chance to hear about evolving tools and applications.  We hope to take a look at interesting case studies, applications with limiting sample input, linkage between the microbiome and human disease, cancer genomics new data analysis and storage solutions and many other topics.
Please bookmark this page and continue to check for updates to the agenda for further information.



NETWORKING: in addition to the excellent science, Genomic Medicine 2017 Benelux will allow delegates to interact with each other during networking events. These networking opportunities will include:


  • Introductory networking session on Day 1
  • Panel debate
  • Networking dinner on the evening of 15th Nov.


ACADEMIC POSTER SUBMISSIONS: We welcome academic poster presentation at our events. If you have some material to present, please send us an abstract by 6th October. This will be reviewed by our scientific committee and if approved you will receive a 15% discount off the conference registration fee.


If you would like to submit a poster, please send us an abstract using our CONTACT US FORM


Who should attend:


  • NGS users, researchers and students
  • Bioinformaticians
  • NHS & Private Labs, Biotech Companies, CRO’s, Service Providers


…and others interested in the latest developments of:


  • Genomics
  • Genetics
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomarkers
  • Computational Biology
  • Data Analysis
  • Data interpretation
  • DNA Sequencing
  • Infectious and Inherited Diseases
  • NGS Data Storage
  • Informatics
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Diagnostics



Day 1 

09.00 – 10.30: Registration, Coffee & Networking
10.30 – 11.00: Ed Quazi – Networking and Collaborations Workshop
11.00 – 11.30: Prof Marc Abramowicz, Medical Genetics, ULB
11.30 – 12.00: Prof Wim Vranken, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch, Exhibition, Networking
13.30 – 14.00: Prof Laurence Faivre, CHU de Dijon
14.00 – 14.30: Prof Nisha Limaye, Institut de Duve
15.00 – 15.30: Coffee, Exhibition & Networking
15.30 – 16.00: Speaker, TBA
16.00 – 16.30: Prof Jean-louis Mandel, University of Strasbourg
16.00 – 16.30: Speaker, TBA
16.30 – 17.30: PANEL DEBATE: Topical issues and Bottlenecks
19.30: NETWORKING DINNER (booking required)

Day 2

09.00 – 09.30: Dr Claude Houdayer, Institut Curie – Oncogenetics, Paris
09.30 – 10.00: Speaker, TBA
10.30 – 11.00: Coffee, Exhibition & Networking
11.00 – 11.30: Speaker, TBA
11.30 – 12.00: Prof Tom Lenaerts, ULB & VUB
12.30 – 13.30: Lunch, Exhibition & Networking
13.30 – 14.00: Prof Rejko Krüger,  Luxembourg Centre for Systems Biomedicine
14.00 – 14.30: Speaker, TBA
14.30 – 15.00: Speaker, TBA
15.00 – 15.30: Coffee, Exhibition & Networking
15.30 – 16.00: Dr Jana Jeschke, Lab of Cancer Epigenetics, ULB
16.00 – 16.30:  Prof Tim Hubbard, Genomics England, UK

Led by BRIGHTcore & (IB)2









This workshop will be hands-on so all delegates will need to bring their own laptop.


Delegate laptops should meet the following minimum requirements by having:

– Java 7 or 8
– System requirement: at least 4GB RAM and 10 GB of free hard disc space.
– Microsoft Excel (English language setting)
– Internet access (WIFI will be provided at the venue)
– Windows laptops are preferred as the course instructors have experience with these. Macs are not encouraged for this workshop as they may not be fully supported by the course instructors.
– Delegates should ideally install FASTQC and IGV (and test if possible) to save time. If not possible, instructions will be provided at the workshop but this could slow down the course slightly.


PLEASE NOTE: During the workshop the attendees will use real patient data which must be deleted at the end of the workshop. Your registration to this event provides your agreement that you will abide with this condition and comply appropriately.



Is this workshop ideal for you?


The course will be useful for people who are not too experienced in data-analysis but have already some knowledge about NGS.
The course will start by providing a good overview of the raw sequencing data, an explanation about the formats and how delegates can check the quality of the data. Following on from this and during the NGS Diagnostics interpretation sections delegates will learn how to work with the analyzed data, how they should interpret the data and how to prioritize the variants to look for the interesting ones.
At the conclusion of the course, delegates will be asked to solve diagnostic patient cases by searching for the pathogenic variant(s).
The course is expected to finish around 17:00 hrs with some flexibility



DRAFT AGENDA – WORKSHOP 14th November by BRIGHTcore in collaboration with (IB)2

9:30- 11:00: A practical approach for NGS variant interpretation (Highlander) – teacher: Raphaël Helaers – assistants: Julie Soblet & Dorien Daneels
11:00-11:30: Coffee Break
11:30 – 13:00: The future of NGS analysis (part I) Semi-automated variant classification (GeVaCT) – teacher: Dorien Daneels – assistants: Isel Grau & Sonia Van Dooren Analysing digenic inheritance (DIDA) – teacher: Tom Lenaerts – assistants: Dorien Daneels & Andrea Gazzo
13:00-14:00: Lunch
14:00 – 15:30: The future of NGS analysis (part II) Clinical phenotyping & genotype-phenotype correlation (CliniPhenome) – teacher: Dipankar Sengupta – assistants: Didier Croes & Satyam Kapoor Single amino acid variants: towards molecular phenotyping (Mutaframe and DEOGEN) – teacher: Wim Vranken – assistants: Daniele Raimondi & Ibrahim Tanyalcin
15:30 – 16:00: Coffee Break
16:00 – 17:30: A practical approach for analysis and interpretation of NGS cancer data (TCGA-biolink) – teacher: Antonio Colaprico – assistants: Gianluca Bontempi & Catharina Olsen


If you have any queries about the workshop, feel free to CONTACT US

The fees below are displayed in EUR, but you will be able to choose whether to pay in Euros or Pound Sterling. Registration fees include:


  • Full access to the conference
  • Delegate bag
  • Coffee, Refreshments and Lunch on both days


NETWORKING DINNER: a 3-course dinner will take place on the evening of 16th November at a local restaurant. This is not included in the registration fee and must be added to your booking if you wish to take part. Please note that wine is included in the price.


WORKSHOP:  The NGS Data Analysis Workshop can only be booked together with the conference at present.  If you are interested in the workshop only, please contact us and we may be able to accommodate your request closer to the date.


Early Bird
up to 15 Sept
16 Sept to
10 November
From 11 Nov
and on-site
CONF ONLY – Student 160 EUR 210 EUR 290 EUR
CONF ONLY – Academic 210 EUR 260 EUR 340 EUR
CONF ONLY – Industry 390 EUR 440 EUR 520 EUR
CONF + WORKSHOP – Student 280 EUR 330 EUR 430 EUR
CONF + WORKSHOP – Academic 330 EUR 380 EUR 480 EUR
CONF + WORKSHOP – Industry 590 EUR 640 EUR 720 EUR





VAT: Prices above are exclusive of 20% VAT. If you are registering from a European Institution/Company (excluding UK), please enter your VAT number at time of booking. Entering a valid VAT number will eliminate the VAT charge. If you do not enter a valid VAT number, 20% VAT will be automatically added to your fee.


WHAT’S INCLUDED: the registration fees above include full access to the conference, delegate bag, coffee, refreshments and lunch.


DINNER: the networking dinner is not included in the registration fees and can be purchased at time of booking.


DISCOUNTS: we can offer discounts for 3 or more people attending from the same Institution/Company. Please contact us if you would like to find out more.


PAYMENT: please note that payment must be made in full at time of booking in order to confirm your registration and guarantee access to the event.


ACCOMMODATION: this is NOT included in the fees above and delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation. Please click on the Venue & Directions tab for some information.


VISA: It is sole responsibility of the attendee to take care of his/her own visa requirements. Biotexcel can issue an invitation letter only after the registration has been completed and payment has been received in full.


Click here to view our registration-terms-conditions


We encourage dialogue and interaction amongst all participants and we welcome the presence of sponsors to highlight new technologies, services and solutions within the relevant areas.  We have many sponsoring opportunities to suit all budgets, but we can also tailor specific packages to suit your needs. Some examples of sponsorship ideas are below, but please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to give you more details and talk about your requirements:


  • Gold Sponsor
  • Silver Sponsor
  • Exhibitor
  • Technology Presentation
  • Event Documentation
  • Drinks Reception


For more information please contact us.




HOW TO GET TO MUSEUM OF MEDICINE (Musée de la Médecine), Campus Erasme


CONFERENCE VENUE:  The Museum of Medicine is located in the south of Brussels and is very conveniently connected by the Metro from Brussels City Centre.


Please view the following link for a detailed layout of the buildings on the Erasme Campus:


Museum of Medicine





WORKSHOP VENUE (14th Nov only): Workshop Venue address and direction details will be available soon.






From the Brussels ‘Ring, take the exit “ULB Erasme” (N°16 or N° 15a), follow the signposts “ULB Hôpital Erasme”.




Underground:  Line 1B direction “Erasme”, stop at “Hôpital Erasme” (terminus).

Tram:   Line 23 direction “Heysel”, stop at “Montgomery”, take the underground line 1B and stop at “Hôpital Erasme” (terminus).

Bus:  Line 98 : this bus ride between “Square des Héros”, “Uccle Stalle” and “Hôpital Erasme”.

This bus line is not available at night or Saturday, Sunday or bank holidays.

Bus De Lijn:  190 (from Brussels North Station to Anderlecht “Erasme”).

This bus line travels from “Porte d’anvers” to the underground’s lines “Ribaucourt”, “Gare de l’Ouest”, “Jacques Brel” and arrives to the Hôpital Erasme. via Chaussee de Mons.

141 (Brussels Chapel-Lennik-Leerbeek)

142 (Brussels Chapel-Gaasbeek-Leerbeek), through “Gare du Midi”.




There are 2 supervised payable car parks near the hospital. Parking is also possible on the street.

Car park “Erasme”:  A covered car park open 24 hours a day located within the campus. The cost is €14.30 for 24 hours.

Car park “Lennik”:  This is located just outside the campus and it’s open weekdays from 6:30am to 10:30pm. Closed on weekends and bank holidays.  The cost is around €5 per day.   Phone  : 02/217 98 86



Click HERE for more Information about Campus Erasme




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