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The Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the International Center for Scientific Debate (ICSD) –an initiative of Biocat with support from the “la Caixa” Welfare Projects– will host top representatives from the ENCODE consortium for the first time outside the United States. ENCODE is one of the National Human Genome Research Institute’s most important projects, which aims to identify all the functional elements of the human genome and has just celebrated its tenth anniversary.

The consortium’s internal meeting will be held in Barcelona next week and, taking advantage of their visit, on 20 July top ENCODE members will give an open symposium for the Catalan scientific community, entitled The ENCODE Project, 10 ten years after the human genome sequence.

The agenda of the symposium is made up of 12 open work sessions, including a conference by Dr. Peter Good and Dr. Elise Feingold on the challenges for the next decade in the field of genomics and, specifically, in human genome sequencing.

The other speakers are:

Ewan Birney, European Bioinformatics Institute
Laura Elnitski, National Human Genome Research Institute
Tom Gingeras, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Ross Hardisson, Penn State University
Tim Hubbard, Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute
Jim Kent, University California Santa Cruz
Elliot H. Margulies, National Human Genome Research Institute
Richard M. Myers, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Mike Snyder, Standford University
John Stamatoyannopoulos, University of Washington
Scott A. Tenenbaum, State University of New York
Zhiping Weng, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Barbara Wold, California Institute of Technology
Morgan Giddings, The University of North Carolina at Chappel Hill
Kate Rosenbloom, University of California-Santa Cruz

Organizing these symposiums positions the CRG and Catalonia as international benchmarks in biomedicine. Likewise, the meeting is part of the ICSD calendar of events for 2010, coinciding with the new impulse this center has received as a result of Miquel Martí’s incorporation as director last May.


Free registration for the event (Deadline: 16/7/2010)

On 19 July, a press conference will be held with participation from Manel Balcells, president of the Biocat Executive Committee; Ignasi López, deputy director of Science, Research and the Environment at the “la Caixa” Foundation; Roderic Guigó, scientific director and researcher at the CRG in Barcelona; Ewan Birney, researcher at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI); and Miguel Beato, director of the CRG. Miquel Martí, director of the CIDC, will also be present.

Press call
Date: Monday, 19 July 2010
Time: 11.15h
Place: Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB) • Conference room (4th floor) • C/ Dr. Aiguader, 88 • Barcelona

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