By Susan Buckles
Bright and eager minds are being primed to tackle the big data challenge that comes with genomic medicine. The Computational Genomics class, a collaboration between Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (Illinois), is aimed at developing a workforce with skills to more quickly, cheaply, and efficiently analyze, interpret, and apply DNA test results to patient care.
Consider this: sequencing just one person’s genome produces enough data to reach from the Earth to the moon. The challenge is sorting through the massive data to understand what is causing disease. This data must be compiled, analyzed, and stored in a format that is easily accessible so physicians can use it at a moment’s notice to make a diagnosis or select an individualized treatment.
That’s where the Computational Genomics class comes in. This week-long intensive course brings together medical, graduate, and post-doctoral students and trainees from Mayo and Illinois. University of Illinois faculty teach lectures and lead hands-on lab exercises in a variety of subject areas, including:
The 2017 course was held June 19-23 in three locations: Mayo Clinic’s campuses in Rochester, Minnesota, and Jacksonville, Florida, and at the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois.
“The Mayo Clinic-Illinois Computational Genomics course represents an excellent opportunity for researchers on the Rochester and Jacksonville campuses to engage in a week-long course that covers all major facets of the discipline. This course provides comprehensive lectures from experts in the field and valuable hands on experience running the latest tools and pipelines,” says Curtis Younkin, a teaching assistant with Mayo Clinic.
Researchers at Mayo Clinic and the University of Illinois are collaborating to develop additional technology and capacity to meet the big data challenge as part of the Mayo Clinic & Illinois Alliance for Technology-based Healthcare.
Learn more about ongoing efforts to improve genomic data analysis
Register for the 2017 Individualizing Medicine Conference
Hear leading experts address the challenges of managing genomic data and learn how the latest precision medicine research is being used to improve patient care for many conditions at Individualizing Medicine 2017: Advancing Care Through Genomics.
The Mayo Clinic Center for Individualized Medicine, is hosting the sixth annual genomics conference, October 9–10, in Rochester, Minnesota.
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