BOSC 2017 Keynote Speakers

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BOSC 2017 is pleased to announce the following keynote speakers:

Dawn Field

Madeleine Ball

Madeleine Ball is the Executive Director and co-founder of Open Humans, an organization dedicated to enabling individuals to access their data and share it with research studies. She is also PI of the Open Humans Public Data Sharing study. In recognition of her vision for opening human health data, Madeleine was recently awarded a Shuttleworth Foundation Fellowship.

Nick Loman

Nick Loman

Nick Loman is known as a vocal proponent of open genomic data in healthcare. A Professor of Microbial Genomics and Bioinformatics at the University of Birmingham, Dr. Loman explores the use of cutting-edge genomics and metagenomics approaches to human pathogens. He promotes the use of open data to facilitate the surveillance and treatment of infectious disease.

Dr. Loman helped establish real-time genomic surveillance of Ebola in Guinea and Zika in Brazil (via the ZiBRA project, which states that "Data will be subject to open release as it is generated"). In another recent project, real-time genomic data was used to analyze a small outbreak of Salmonella enteritidis in the UK. Through this sharing of genomic datasets, researchers were able to confirm that the cases were linked to a larger, national-scale outbreak. Dr. Loman is one of the authors of Poretools, and he regularly shares cutting-edge Nanopore data and protocols for using it. In collaboration with Lex Nederbragt, Dr. Loman is developing an open-source repository of sequencing and bioinformatics benchmarking datasets called Seqbench.

Dr. Loman's talk title is "Open data meets ubiquitous sequencing: challenges and opportunities."

Dr. Loman will also be one of the panelists for our panel on Open Data--Standards, Opportunities and Challenges.

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