NextGen Genomics, Biology, Bioinformatics and Technologies (NGBT) Conference to be held from Oct 3rd-5th, in Cochin, India, is organized by SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF), a not-for-profit organization working to promote Science Research & Education in Asia and India.
The NGBT conference is jointly hosted with Centre for the Commercialization of Antibodies and Biologics (CCAB), Toronto, Canada, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR Biology Department), Mumbai, India, Institute of Bioinformatics (IOB), Bengaluru, India, and Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU), Coimbatore, India. This is the sixth international conference that is hosted by SGRF Conferences, the educational outreach arm of SciGenom Research Foundation (SGRF), along with national institutes in India.
The 2015 NGBT conference was attended by over 650 delegates from many countries including India. The conference featured 80 talks and 14 keynote lectures. Over100 posters were presented and 14 poster prizes were awarded. A pre-conference hands-on nextgen sequencing and bioinformatics workshop was also held. A job and internship fair and an art exhibition were also part of the meeting activities. A team of nextgen sequencing & bioinformatics experts conducted a real-time oral microbiome sequencing project using samples from ~200 consenting meeting participants. This activity was started on day 1 of the conference and on day 3 at the end of the meeting, the aggregated microbiome data was presented.
The 2016 conference will showcase and promote application of nextgen sequencing and genomics technologies for basic and translational science in all areas of biology including human genetics, drug discovery, clinical medicine, biomarkers, diagnostics, animal, plant and agricultural sciences. The 2016 meeting will feature drug discovery as a major meeting theme. We expect over 500 delegates. The conference, as in the past, is designed to provide a forum for scientists and students to share their work, build new connections and explore collaborations.