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This is a public event - registration is FREE but required.

For more information, please contact Dr. Fiona Brinkman at

Bioinformatics for Infectious Disease Control: Mini Symposium

Monday, December 12, 2016

Time: 9:00am - 12:30pm
Location: Presentation Studio at SFU's Big Data Hub (ASB 10900)
Webcast: Watch Live here

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. Please join us for 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.

This event is supported by SFU's Big Data Initiative



8:30 - 9:00

A light breakfast will be provided (The Atrium at SFU's Big Data Hub)

9:00 - 9:30

Welcome and Introductory talk: “The Emerging Role of Bioinformatics and Open Data in the Fight Against Infectious Disease”: 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)

December 12, 2016