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About the Forum

The event will provide discussions about the perspectives and advances in bioinformatics research through keynote speeches, panels, forums and poster sessions to construct an open environment where leading international and national scientists in the field can interact with students, entrepreneurs and policymakers.

Program

09:50 A.M.

Opening

10:00 A.M.

Conference :

Speaker : Martin Morgan, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Chair : Rodrigo Dalmolin, UFRN.

11:00 A.M.

Symposium: Bioinformatics applied to Genomics/Proteomics

Gustavo A. de Souza, UFRN

João Paulo Matos, UFRN

Guilherme Correa, Intituto Tecnológico Vale

Chair : Tetsu Sakamoto, UFRN

12:15 P.M.

Light Lunch + PosterSession

01:45 P.M.

Conference :

Speaker : Philip Maini, Oxford University.

Chair : Beatriz Stransky, UFRN.

02:45 P.M.

Forum: Bioinformatics in the Industry.

Eduardo Emrich, BioMinas

Andrew Simpson, Orygen Biotecnologia

Ana Cláudia Rasera, Grupo Fleury

Chair : Sandro J. de Souza, UFRN

04:15 P.M.

End of Day

10:00 A.M.

Conference :

Speaker : Jesper Olsen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Chair : Gustavo A. de Souza, UFRN

11:00 A.M.

Symposium: Bioinformatics applied to Systems Biology

Rodrigo Dalmolin, UFRN

Mauro Castro, UFPR

César Renno Costa, UFRN

Chair : Beatriz Stransky, UFRN

12:15 P.M.

Light Lunch

13:45 P.M.

Conference :

Speaker: Manyuan Long, University of Chicago.

Chair: Sandro J. de Souza, UFRN

14:45 P.M.

Forum : Bioinformatics and Big Data

Samuel X. de Souza, UFRN

To be defined

To be defined

Chair: César Renno Costa

16:15 P.M.

End of Day

10:00 A.M.

Conference :

Speaker: Paul Vershure, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Chair: César Renno Costa

11:00 A.M.

Symposium: Bioinformatics applied to Health

Steven Rehen, UFRJ

Dirce Carraro, AC Camargo Cancer Center

Selma Jerônimo, UFRN

Chair: Lucymara Agnez

12:15 P.M.

Light Lunch + Poster Session

13:45 P.M.

Conference :

Speaker: Bairong Chen, Institute of Systems Genetics, Sichuan University, China

Chair: Sandro J. de Souza, UFRN

14:45 P.M.

Forum: Innovation in Natal: a Bioinformatics Perspective

Ivonildo do Rego, UFRN

Daniel Diniz, UFRN

Augusto Schrank, UFRGS

Chair: Anderson Paiva Cruz, UFRN

16:15 P.M.

Closing

Speakers

Andrew Simpson

Orygen Biotechonolgia S.A.

Ph.D in Biochemistry at the National Institute for Medical Research and post-doctor at the National Institute of Health, USA, Dr. Simpson worked with the development of large scale genomic projects at Ludwig Instutute for Cancer Research in Brazil. He has extensive research experience in the areas of infectious diseases and cancer, having published more than 300 articles in indexed journals and is the inventor of 15 international patents in the area of biotechnology. Currently is the Scientific Director of the company Orygen Biotecnologia S.A .

Bairong Shen

Institute of Systems Genetics, Sichuan University, China

Ph.D by the Fudan University in Shanghai, China, Dr. Shen got postdoctoral training at the University of Tampere in Finland, and was recruited by the Soochow University, China as a professor, where he is also the Director of the Center for Systems Biology. His research interests include bioinformatics studies and systems biology in complex diseases, particularly in the discovery of biomarkers and in the study of molecular mechanisms for cancer based on computational analysis and network modeling.

Jespen Olsen

University of Copenhagem, Denmark

Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the University of Southern Denmark, and post-doctor at the Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Germany, both under the supervision of the Proteomics field world reference Matthias Mann. He is vice director of the Novo Nordisk Foundation Center for Protein Research, full Professor at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Olsen´s major scientific focus area is quantitative, high-resolution mass spectrometry-based proteomics with specific emphasis on mass spectrometric technology developments and biological applications.

Manyuan Long

University of Chicago, USA

Ph.D in Genetics at the University of California, USA, and post-doctor at the Departments of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, USA, Dr. Long works at the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago, USA as the Edna K. Papazian Distinguished Service Professor. World-wide recognized as pioneer and leader of scientific research in the area of origin and evolution of new genes, his discovers have helped shaping the new chapters and sections about new genes evolution in major textbooks of evolutionary biology.

Martin Morgan

Bioconductor / Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, USA

Ph.D. in Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Chicago, USA, Dr. Morgan is currently the director of the R / Bioconductor Project and a professor at the Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, USA. His interests include statistical methods in computational biology, analysis and comprehension of 'next generation' high-throughput sequence data, integrative analysis of large-scale multiple ‘omics data sets and interference of single-cell evolutionary processes in cancer development.

Paul Verschure

University Pompeo Fabra, Spain

Ph.D in Psycology, Dr. Verschure is a Professor at the Catalan Institute of Advanced Studies and Director of the laboratory of Synthetic Perceptive, Emotive and Cognitive Systems at the University Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. His research interests include computational models of neuronal mechanisms underlying perception, cognition, emotion and behavior, robotics and avatars as artificial bodies for neuronal models, and to the enhancement of the quality of life.

Philip Maini

Oxford University, UK

Ph.D in Mathematical Biology at the Oxford University, UK, Dr. Maini was appointed Professor of Mathematical Biology by Recognition of Distinction in the same institution, where he had been the Director of Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology. Maini´s research interests include mathematical modelling of tumours, wound healing and embryonic pattern formation, and the theoretical analysis of these models. With over 300 publications, he has held several visiting professor positions worldwide and is a very awarded scientist, listed in "The World's Most Influential Scientific Minds 2014" (Thomson Reuters) and winner of the Arthur T. Winfree Prize from the Society of Mathematical Biology in 2017.

Augusto Schrank

Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil

Ph.D in Molecular Biology at the University of Manchester, UK, he is a Full Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. He has vast experience in Genetics, mainly in pathogenicity determinants and infection mechanisms, genomics, differential expression analysis and in genetic transformation systems to construct functional mutants in fungi.

Cesár Renno-Costa

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Ph.D in Information Technology and Communication with emphasis in Computational Neuroscience at the University Pompeu Fabra, Spain and postdoctoral researcher at the Brain Institute of Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Currently is Associate Professor in Bioinformatics at the Digital Metropolis Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, member of the Bioinformatics Multidisciplinary Environment, and is a collaborator of the European projects Synthetic Forager and Goal Leaders, of the American project BRAIN and member of the Convergent Science Network for Biomimetics. His research focus in the study of natural computational principles using as methodology the modeling of biological systems, their simulation in computational systems using advanced numerical methods and the implementation in the control of real artificial agents.

Eduardo Emrich

Biominas

General manager and manager of operations of Biominas, a company dedicated to create and develop biobusiness in Brazil, working with incubation, seed capital investment and consulting services. He is responsible for negotiation of strategic partnerships in Brazil and abroad, scouting, analysis of projects and products, new business development, and investment in startup companies.

Guilherme Corrêa de Oliveira

Instituto Tecnológico Vale

Ph.D in Molecular Biology at the Texas A&M University, USA and post-doctor at the René Rachou Research Center of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation in Minas Gerais,Brazil, currently he is a researcher of the Instituto Tecnológico Vale where he leads the group of Biodiversity and Biotechnology and Professor of the Bioinformatics Program at the federal University of Minas Gerais. His area of expertise is molecular and genomic studies of Amazonian biodiversity.

Gustavo Antonio de Souza

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Ph.D in Cellular and Molecular Biology at the University of São Paulo,Brazil, and post-doctor at the Department of Proteomics and Signal Transduction at the Max Planck Institute for Biochemistry, Germany. He worked as a Principal Investigator at the University of Oslo, Norway, and currently is Adjunct Professor at the Biochemistry Department of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte and member of the Bioinformatics Multidisciplinary Environment. His research focus on the use of proteomics and bioinformatics for characterization of new spling events and new genome coding regions.

Ivonildo do Rego

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Ph.D in Electrical Engineering at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and post-doctor at the Texas A&M University, USA, he is currently a Professor at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte. Dr. Rego is a former Dean of the university and is the Director of the Digital Metropolis Institute, an academic unit whose organizational structure encompasses initiatives from the public, private and academic sectors.

João Paulo Matos Santos Lima

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

PhD in Biochemistry at the Federal University of Ceará, Brazil, Dr. Lima is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Biochemistry of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, where he is also vice-coordinator of the Postgraduate Program in Bioinformatics and member of the Bioinformatics Multidisciplinary Environment. His main research lines are: Bioinformatics / Structural Bioinformatics (Analysis of Genomes / Transcriptomes, In silico Analysis of Gene Interaction Networks, Data Mining, Computational Modeling of Protein Structures); Molecular Phylogeny and Evolution of Genes and Metabolic Routes; Biochemistry and Antioxidant Metabolism in Plants.

Mauro Castro

Federal University of Paraná, Brazil

MD - Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil and post- doctor at the Cancer Research UK, University of Cambridge. Currently he is a professor at the Federal University of Paraná, Brazil with research interests in functional genomics and gene expression networks, quantitative and systems biology, computational, statistical and mathematical methods, analysis and integration of biological data.

Rodrigo Juliani Siqueira Dalmolin

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

Ph.D. in Biological Sciences: Biochemistry at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, Dr. Dalmolin is currently Adjunct Professor at the Biochemistry Department of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, and vice-coordinator of the Bioinformatics Multidisciplinary Environment. His research interests include evolution of biological networks, with emphasis on networks of protein-protein interactions and regulatory networks.

Samuel Xavier de Souza

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

PhD in Electrical Engineering at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, where Dr. de Souza also worked as Software / Hardware Engineer at the Interuniversity Center for Micro- and Nanoelectronics, and as a research consultant at the Flanders Supercomputing Center. Currently, he is a professor at the Department of Computer Engineering and Automation of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil, and is also the coordinator of the Nucleus of High Performance Processing. His research interests include software energy efficiency, parallel systems efficiency and scalability, parallel algorithms and architectures and their applications.

Selma Jerônimo

Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil

MD – Ph.D in Molecular Biology at the Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil, and post-doctor at the University of Virginia, USA, she is a Professor at the Biochemistry Department and Director of the Tropical Medicine Institute of the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, Brazil and at the University of Virginia and University of Iowa, USA. Her research focus on the study of complex diseases, including pre-eclampsia and infectious and parasitic diseases, aiming to understand the susceptibility to disease developing.




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About the venue

The Forum will take place at Golden Tulip Ponta Negra Hotel in Natal - RN, Brazil. Natal's Ponta Negra neighbourhood is famous for its seafood, sandy beaches, and bustling nightlife. With gorgeous sea view and modern facilities, the hotel is located 3 minutes walk from the beach and 25km away from São Gonçalo do Amarante International Airport.

About Natal

Natal is the capital and largest city of Rio Grande do Norte state, located in northeastern Brazil. The city is located 2,227 km away from Brasília, the federal capital, and is the closest state capital of Brazil to Africa and Europe. Natal has several tourist attractions and is famous for its natural beauty (such as the crystalline waters of Maracajaú and the largest cashew tree in the world), for its historical monuments and buildings (such as the Forte dos Reis Magos, the Alberto Maranhão Theatre and Newton Navarro bridge) and for its beaches (such as Ponta Negra, Pipa and Genipabu). The city also boasts the second largest urban park in Brazil, Parque das Dunas.

Contact

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