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NGS 2014 Dundee

May 7, 2014 - May 8, 2014

NGS 2014 Dundee

Conference: 7th - 8th May

The NGS Dundee has moved to Glasgow Please visit the NGS 2015 Glasgow pages for more details

The NGS 2014 Dundee took place on 7th & 8th May 2014. Check out these pages to see what our 2014 event was like!

It was a great pleasure for us to hold our Next Generation Sequencing conference: “NGS 2014 Dundee: Exomes, Genomes and Transcriptomes in Clinical Diagnostics”. This diagnostic conference and workshops took place this year at the Hannah Maclure Centre which is part of the Abertay University in Dundee, UK on the 7th & 8th May 2014 with a scientific committee consisting of experts in the area (Dr Paul Denny, Dr Darren Grafham, Dr Simon Patton, Dr Magnus Rattray). This conference looked at advances in Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) applications important to human disease. Invited speakers came from academic research and from clinical genetics labs that provide diagnostic services to patients. The NGS application areas covered included:

  • RNA Seq (Transcriptome)
  • Exomes and Genomes
  • Methylation based Epigenetics
  • Microbiome in relation to human disease

The agenda included talks so that registrants got a higher level overview of the advances in these applications as well as workshops that gave more technical information to allow registrants to gain a working knowledge of these applications. To view the speakers and agenda please click here.

Why should you attend next year NGS Event?

Excellent Networking Possibilities Registrants to our NGS events have overwhelmingly stated that a conference size of under 100-120 people allows them to get the best out of networking and meeting people so that the discussions are of high quality and result in real collaborations. We will be keeping a strict size limit on the Dundee event to ensure a continued benefit to our registrants.

Great scientific agenda of talks and workshops selected by academic scientific committee Our bioteXcel NGS events for 2014 have a scientific committee consisting of renowned academic experts

Poster Presentations and possibility for publication in Open-Access journal We will welcome poster submissions free of charge and these will reviewed by our scientific academic committee and selected posters will be published in BioDiscovery – the first Scottish Open-Access journal in the field of life sciences and medicine and edited by Professor Sir David Lane. View here.

Drinks Reception hosted by the Lord Provost of Dundee Whilst registrants will be offered coffee and snacks as well as excellent finger buffet hot lunches, they will also be invited on the first evening to a complimentary civic drinks reception hosted by the Lord Provost of Dundee in the city chambers. Following the civic reception there will be a networking dinner that can be booked at an extra cost.

Dundee – a city of discoveries and possibilities Dundee1Dundee City Council have kindly sponsored this conference and subsidised tourism possibilities for all registrants to this event. This will include free and discounted access to local attractions (golf, shows, museums, castles and adventure activities) as well as discounts to cafés, bars and restaurants

Getting to Dundee is easy via 3 international airports (Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen) and a local airport connected to Stansted via Flybe. There are also direct bus and train connections from all major cities.

Who should attend this NGS Event?
  • All NGS users, researchers and students
  • Bioinformaticians
  • NHS & Private Labs, Biotech Companies, CRO’s, Service Providers
… and all those interested in the latest developments of:
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biomarkers
  • Computational Biology
  • Data Analysis
  • Data interpretation
  • DNA Sequencing
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Infectious and inherited Diseases
  • Informatics
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Next Generation Sequencing
For any queries relating to registration or sponsorship options please contact us.

Agenda – NGS 2014 Dundee


08.30 – 10.00: Registration, Coffee
10.00 – 10.05: Welcome – Professor Nikolai Zhelev, Chair Organising Committee of NGS 2014 Dundee
10.05 – 10.15: Opening of NGS 2014 Dundee by Mr Mark Batho, Vice-Principal of Abertay University
10.15 – 10.45: Collaborative Networking for NGS based partnerships by Dr Paul Denny, bioteXcel
10.45 – 11.30: Dr Paul Westwood, Deputy Head, West of Scotland Genetic Services (KEYNOTE TALK) Insights into the Scottish Consortium Strategy on implementing NGS in Clinical Genetics
11.30 – 12.15: TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP – Redefining Reference Standards for Next Generation Sequencing Workflows by Dr Louisa Ludbrook, Horizon Diagnostics and International external quality assessment of diagnostic Next Generation Sequencing by Dr Kim Brugger
12.15 – 13.15: Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.15 – 14.00: TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP –Next-generation variant effect predictions and data integration Dr Bas Vroling, Bio-Prodict, Nijmegen, The Netherlands
14.00 – 15.00: Technology Panel Discussion – Dr Austin Diamond, Dr Paul Denny, Dr Paul Westwood, Dr Kim Brugger and led by Darren Grafham Panel Discussion on NGS Data storage vs. DNA sample storage & Re-sequencing
15.00 – 15.35: Coffee, Exhibition and Networking
15.35 – 16.35: TECHNOLOGY WORKSHOP – Long term NGS DATA Archiving by Jim Cook, Arkivum
16.35 – 17.05: Dr Kevin Blighe, Sheffield Diagnostic Genetics Services Practical issues on filtering clinically-significant variants from whole exome data
17.30 – 18.45: Civic Reception at City Chambers hosted by the Lord Provost of Dundee
19.00: Networking Dinner (by prior booking only)


09.00 – 09.35: Professor Neil Hall, Co-Director, Centre for Genomic Research, Liverpool The application of NGS in clinical microbiology, and the potential of The Pacific Biosciences single molecule sequencing platform
09.35 – 10.10: Dr Sarah Ennis, Genomic Informatics Group Lead, University of Southampton QC aspects of NGS – and using NGS for studying Immune Disorders
10.10 – 10.45: Coffee, Exhibition and Networking
10.45 – 11.20: Dr Matthias Zilbauer, Lecturer and Honorary Consultant in Paediatric Gastroenterology, University of Cambridge Epigenetics in Inflammatory Bowel Disease
11.20 – 11.55: Dr Santiago Uribe-Lewis, Cancer Research UK, Cambridge Research Institute Genome-wide data on cytosine hydroxymethylaiton in colon cancer
11.55 – 12.30: Dr Mick Watson, Director of ARK-Genomics, The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh Exomes, transcriptomes, genomes, eipgenomes and metagenomes: applications of NGS to all areas of biological research
12.30 – 13.40: Lunch, Exhibition and Networking
13.40 – 14.15: Dr Melanie Febrer, NGS Service Facility, University of Dundee Genomic Sequencing Unit: a Dundee-based next generation sequencing facility
14.15 – 14.50: Professor Geoff Barton, Head of Computational Biology, University of Dundee 48 RNA-seq replicates:lessons to be learned about experimental design and statistical analysis in differential gene expression
14.50 – 15.25: Coffee, Exhibition and Networking
15.25 – 16.00: Dr Martin Taylor, Program Leader, Human Genetics Unit MRC IGMM, University of Edinburgh Quantifying SNV detection sensitivity in exome and genome sequencing
16.00 – 16.35: Dr Chris Cole, Department of Bioinformatics and Computing, University of Dundee Not all exomes are equal: a comparison of 3 commercially available exome capture kits
16.35 – 16.45: Closing Comments


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