PO21 Precision Oncology

Course Description

Precision Oncology (PO) is already revolutionizing healthcare and will play a dominant role in the future of cancer therapy. PO integrates tumor multi-omic profiles and data that reflect the course of the disease, lifestyle and environment to guide clinical decisions during cancer patient journey such as prevention, diagnosis and treatment. Bioinformatics analyses are essential to identify patients who will benefit from treatment based on their molecular profile, and to tailor chemotherapeutic regimens accordingly. The aim of the course is to present a complete computational pipeline for the analysis and interpretation of Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) data such as exome sequencing or targeted panels that are commonly used in the clinic. We will address the implementation of large-scale genomic sequencing in clinical practice and the recently developed computational strategies for the analysis of NGS data with a particular emphasis on the interpretation of the results, selection of biomarkers of drug response and afford opportunities to match therapies with the characteristics of the individual patient's tumor. Exercises and case studies focused on cancer will be used to illustrate the principles of how genetics influence led to refining diagnoses and personalized treatment of cancer disease. Although focused on cancer, some of the principles and steps could be extrapolated to other complex diseases.


Target Audience

This course is designed for both healthcare professionals and Bioinformaticians working in the area.



Course participants should understand some of the science behind high-throughput DNA sequencing and sequence analysis, as we will not go deeply into the underlying theory (or the mechanics of given algorithms, for example) as such. They should not feel intimidated by the prospect of gaining experience working on UNIX-like operating systems (including the shell, and shell scripting) as a tailored, mild introduction will be provided which will include (but is not limited to) beginner-level programming. They In this training course, participants will become familiarised with reproducible technical solutions for automating such analyses in shareable compute environments. General computer literacy, (e.g. editing plain text data files) will be assumed.


Important Dates

Deadline for applications: October 20th 2021
Course dates: October 25th - October 29th 2021

Candidates with adequate profile will be accepted in the next 72 hours after the application until we reach 20 participants.



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