TCGA is a landmark cancer genomics collaboration between the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI) that has generated comprehensive, multi-dimensional maps of the key genomic changes in cancer. TCGA has molecularly characterized over 20,000 primary cancer and matched normal samples spanning 33 cancer types. The TCGA dataset, comprising more than two petabytes of multi-omics data such as whole genome sequencing, copy number variation, transcriptome and methylome, has been made publicly available. This multi-omics information helps the cancer research community to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer. In the past decade, many major discoveries in cancer research have at least some reference to the TCGA data mining. TCGA data has already led to improvements in our ability to diagnose, treat, and prevent various cancers.
TCGA project has had tremendous impact on boosting translational cancer research in the west. In the past few years, many multi-disciplinary scientists in India have embarked on data-mining driven cancer research. It is a general observation that this ever-growing cancer research community has now increasingly started exploring TCGA for their research needs. However, a systematic exploration of the full resources and potential of TCGA has not been made available to the Indian cancer research or data science professionals.
In parallel, Indian scientific agencies have begun to envisage the creation of TCGA-like resources for Indian population (for e.g. The Indian Cancer Genome Database, GenomeIndia project etc). These projects are expected to accelerate the pace of cancer research in India in the coming years. Therefore, this is an opportune time to conduct an intensive training workshop in India, perhaps, in collaboration with TCGA.
The proposed activity is well-aligned to the CTCR agenda of capacity building of the Indian cancer research community. This workshop co-organised with TCGA is expected to provide the ideal foundation for long-term tie-ups between Indian cancer researchers and TCGA teams.
Based on this background and in consultation with TCGA leadership, we have designed the plan for the 1st TCGA-themed event in India in 2019.
The event will be organized in 2 phases:
(a) A 2-day TCGA conference open to all registered delegates (September 21-22, 2019)
(b) A 3-day hands-on, advanced level TCGA practical training workshop for pre-selected delegates only (September 23-25, 2019)
The scientific agenda for this conference and workshop have been designed keeping in view the interest of cancer researchers from various domains such as academia, biotech, pharmaceuticals, genomics, regulatory, bioethics and governmental agencies.
As the cultural capital of the state, Pune epitomizes Marathi culture, which places emphasis on education, arts and crafts, music, and theatre. The culture of Pune reflects a blend of traditions with modernity, along with hosting internationally reputed artists in Indian classical music, dance and arts. As a major educational hub in India, Pune city has the presence of many young students from all over the world making it a vibrant place.
Pune is surrounded by many tourist destinations in the Western Ghats of Sahyadri mountains. These locations include historical forts, hill-stations, nature trails, local treks, river rafting, and other adventure sports. The period of July-August is considered ideal for monsoon tours to such locations in the vicinity of Pune.
Sorghum and Pearl millet are the main ingredients of traditional Pune food. Specialties include Misal Pav, Puran Poli (sweet flat bread), Pithla Bhakri, and Pav Bhaji. Mastani, a thick milkshake containing dried fruits, is a city favorite. Another specialty is Bakarvadi, a spicy crispy snack with a tinge of tanginess. Vada Pav, Poha, and Dabeli are popular street food items. Being a metropolitan city, Pune also boasts a wide variety of restaurants, serving cuisines from all over the world.
IISER Guest House
Limited single and double occupancy rooms are available at IISER Pune Guest House for the conference delegates. You are encouraged to directly contact the Guest House indicating your accommodation request for TCGA 2019 conference and workshop. Payment will be made directly to the Guest House.
HR-4 Guest House IISER Pune
Address: HR4, Ward No. 8, NCL Colony, Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra 411008
Phone: 020 2590 8000
The conference venue is centrally located in Pune city. Several hotels in adjoining areas such as Aundh, Baner, Pashan, Shivajinagar and Deccan area will be suitable.