Are you interested in the latest tools, techniques, and trends in precision medicine, clinical informatics, bioinformatics, and big data for translational omics research? If so, mark your calendar for the below upcoming events focused on the latest advances in these fields.


CCTS Partner UAB’s School of Medicine will host the premier annual meeting for bioinformatics researchers, professionals, and trainees in the region—the 16th Annual Conference of the Midsouth Computational Biology & Bioinformatics Society (MCBIOS ‘19). The theme for MCBIOS, which will take place at the Hilton Birmingham on March 28-30, is “Informatics for Precision Medicine.”

MCBIOS ’19 will feature four keynote talks, including one by Yale University polymath Dr. Mark Gerstein, whose areas of expertise include biomedical informatics, molecular biophysics and biochemistry, genomics, and computer science. The meeting will also offer attendees tutorials on conduct single-cell sequencing metabolomics analyses, special career development sessions (including a resume clinic and an industry panel), discussion forums led by expert bioinformaticians, and a new roundtable discussion session.

The MCBIOS Young Scientist Excellence Award will round out the meeting, offering categories for students and postdocs. Awards will be determined by rigorous internal and external evaluation, with the five finalists in each category (i.e., student or postdoctoral) giving a podium presentation.

Students and postdocs who register early and whose oral or poster abstract is accepted may qualify for a stipend to attend the conference for free (two dinners and two lunches are included in the registration). The travel assistance abstract and application deadline is January 31, 2019. Podium presentation abstracts are due by February 15. Poster abstracts are due by March 1, 2019. See Key Dates for more.


UAB’s Annual Translational and Transformative Informatics Symposium (ATTIS ’19) will be held in conjunction with MCBIOS, kicking off the morning of Thursday, March 28, at the Hilton Birmingham.

UAB Informatics Institute Chief Bioinformatics Officer and Associate Director Dr. Jake Chen, who is chairing both MCBIOS and ATTIS this year, notes this year’s ATTIS will focus on “bioinformatics applications” and will highlight scientific findings that were enabled with bioinformatics and functional genomics techniques, including genomics, proteomics, metabolomics, epigenomics, and next-generation sequencing approaches.

ATTIS ’19 registration and call for abstracts are now open. Poster abstracts are due by Friday, March 1. More

Big Data Training for Translational Omics Research

This free online course, which runs Monday, February 4, through April 19, will provide 40 biomedical researchers with entry-level big data science skills using established tools and public databases. Hands-on training will be complemented with formal lectures. Participants will gain a vocabulary for effective communication with big data science experts. Open to faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and advanced graduate students. Apply by Monday, Jan. 28, at Purdue BigTap websiteMore

For a list of other upcoming events in bioethics, rare disease genomics, translational science, and rural health and health equity, see “Mark Your Calendar for Upcoming Translational Research Learning Opportunities.”