Christopher Beck

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Talk Title :
So much data, so little time

Date / Time / Location:
Thursday November 11th, 2010 – 4:00 pm
Room S1-151 at IRIC

Affiliation :
Pharmacogenomics Center

Christopher Beck

Abstract :
Modern genotyping and Next Generation sequencing technologies are following a form of Moore’s Law – The amount of information that these whole genome and NGS technologies are producing is roughly doubling every 18 months, and that doesn’t count the raw data that the information is derived from which inflates that figure even further. This flood of data has already bypassed the level of analysis that humans can perform and we are becoming more and more dependent on software to do our thinking for us. At the Université de Montréal Pharmacogenomics Centre we have been working on different types of informatics solutions that are helping us deal with the new realities associated with Next Generation Sequencing and GWAS data and multiple platform data life cycles. To this end we have developed a cross-platform quality control tool called Sherpa and a new database schema and processing pipeline called Castor QC that will allow near-real-time plink analysis for millions of SNPs and thousands of phenotypes.


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