Technology Driving Precision Medicine

Co-Located with Molecular Med TRI-CON Asia

May 28-31, 2013
Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Dinner Short Courses*


Short Course 1:
May 29 18:00-20:00

Keys to Cyber Security Awareness and Effective Security Policy

Chip Morgan, Managing Partner, Information Services Bureau

This course will introduce the historical and present context of cyber risks, help you to understand your information architecture, and recognize and mitigate common userbased risks. You will also learn about designing and implementing advanced cyber security policies, and risk evaluation and scenario-based resolution techniques.


Short Course 2:
May 29 18:00-20:00 

Introduction to Electronic Trial Master Files (eTMF) and TMF Reference Model 

Allan Bukuya, Clinical Operations Director, TrialDocs Pty Ltd 


Clinical trial documentation reflects the quality and compliance of project execution. 

This course relates to improved document management for clinical trial processes. Allan will introduce you to developments in clinical trial documentation management and global standardisation of the Trial Master File.
Historically we have represented trial management through paper trial master files.  We will review aspects of paper TMFs to support greater efficiencies and highlight necessary changes in thinking as your organisation transitions to an e-TMF. 

A significant industry change has been the adoption or adaptation of the Trial Master File Reference Model (TMF RM), which is a comprehensive catalogue of all standard and recommended clinical trial documentation and its naming.  The TMF RM Group is composed of over 300 representatives from more than 200 life science companies, contract research organisations, consultancies, technical vendors, industry groups, healthcare, academia, not-for-profit / NGO and regulatory agencies spread globally, including Asia Pacific.  

Currently,  different filing structures and document naming is used across organisations, and the TMF RM underpins some key project efficiency gains and communication about project content. You will learn how this Reference Model would impact your organisation and direction will be given on the adoption or adaptation of the model for your own operating procedures and forms.

Simplify your documentation processes, make your content more transparent to colleagues and clients and enhance your document quality.

Short Course 3:
May 30 17:30-19:30

Next-Gen Sequencing - Behind the Scenes from Sample to Sequence

Nandita Mullapudi, Ph.D. Principal Scientist & Group Leader - Next-Gen Sequencing Lab, Genotypic Technology Pvt Ltd
Lavanya Veeravalli, Bioinformatics Specialist, Genome Institute of Singapore

Part 1: Behind the scenes from Sample to Sequence:

Next-generation sequencing is widely used as a tool to address a gamut of questions. This tutorial will discuss the basics of Next-Generation Sequencing, describing the various steps of processing and manipulations that take place during the processes of sample to sequence.

An understanding of these processes is important in the context of analysis and interpretation of NGS data. Target audience: end-users of NGS as well as bioinformaticians who analyze NGS data.

Part 2: Throwing light on NGS data analysis using Open source tools”

This tutorial will discuss about the various open source tools available to process from raw sequence QC manipulations, alignment tools etc.. till visualization.

Target audience: Biologist as well as budding Bioinformaticians.


Short Course 4:
May 30 17:30-19:30

An Introduction to ENCODE: Guiding Principles, Technologies and Data

Melissa J. Fullwood, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Yale-NUS; Special Fellow, Cancer Science Institute, Singapore

Wendy Weijia Soon, Postdoctoral Fellow, Snyder Lab, Genetics, Centre of Genomics and Personalized Medicine, Stanford University

This course is aimed towards biologists who have had little experience with ENCODE. This course will introduce the ideas behind ENCODE and the rationale for ENCODE, the various technologies used to produce data for the ENCODE project with a focus on the strengths and limitations of the technologies, and also provide hands-on data exercises using ENCODE data via the UCSC Genome Browser portal. While this course will aim to introduce many ENCODE technologies and datasets, in-depth exercises will focus on ChIP-Seq, RNA-Seq and ChIA-PET data. Laptops that have Microsoft Office and a good internet connection will be needed for the participants. The course will not be going into very much detail about the bioinformatics analysis, although there will be some discussion about this, at a level appropriate for wet-lab biologists who are not very familiar with bioinformatics although they might work with bioinformaticians.

“Course participants are requested to bring their own laptops with Microsoft Office™ to enable hands-on exercises during the course.”


* Separate Registration Required