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Bioinformatics for Infectious Disease Control: Mini Symposium



Public health and Agri-food labs around the world are embracing the use of microbial genome sequencing to improve infectious disease surveillance and outbreak investigations. This technology requires new computational methods to translate this “big data” into meaningful information for the front lines in infectious disease response.

SFU's Office of the Vice-President, Research is hosting a free mini-symposium, exploring computational research that aims to address key challenges of potential broad interest to other fields. Topics discussed include cross-jurisdictional data sharing, improving predictive methods, and large-scale data visualization - applied to microbial whole genome/metagenome data.

If you can't attend in person, the sessions will be webcast online (webstream link listed below).

This event is supported by SFU's Big Data Initiative.


8:30 - 9:00 Arrive (coffee, tea, muffins provided)
9:00 - 9:30 Welcome and Introductory talk: “Integrated, Rapid Infectious Disease Analysis: An Overview”
Dr. Fiona Brinkman (SFU)
9:30 - 10:00 Data Standardization and Sharing in Public Health Microbiology
Dr. Will Hsiao (BC Centre for Disease Control)
10:00 - 10:30 chewBBACA and PHYLOViZ Online: New Developments for a Gene-by-Gene Approach
Dr. João Carriço (University of Lisbon)
10:30 - 11:00 Health Break. Refreshments will be provided (IRMACS Atrium)
11:00 - 11:30 CARD - Predicting Antimicrobial Resistance
Dr. Andrew McArthur (McMaster University)
11:30 - 12:00 Monitoring the Microbiome in an Assisted-Care Facility
Dr. Rob Beiko (Dalhousie University)
12:00 - 12:30 Visualization of Public Health Data 
Ana Crisan (UBC)


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