Posted by Manuel, August 2017

31 Aug 2017: Genomic Data Course, Leuven (Belgium)

Repositive is delighted to announce our participation at the Interuniversity Course on Clinical and Research Genomic Data Sharing and Access, held Aug 31st - Sept 1st, in Leuven, Belgium. Hosted by the Leuven Institute for Human Genomics and Society (LIGAS), the course aims to discuss the current state of clinical and research genomic data sharing and address the associated ethical, legal and social challenges. Our Scientific Lead, Manuel Corpas, contributes to the program with his hands on workshop on **'Finding & accessing human genomic data' You can see the full program here.

Thu 31st Aug. 2017 | 13:30 - 15:00

Hands on workshop: Finding and Accessing Human Genome Data
Venue: Building Onderwijs & Navorsing 4, UZ Leuven campus, Gasthuisberg Herestraat, 49 3000 Leuven

Workshop Registration

All participants should register for the event using the registration form before July 31st, 2017. This course is free for Flemish University students and members of LIGAS, and for the rest of the participants €100.

Workshop Description

Researchers increasingly rely on third party data to perform their experiments.

Note: you will need to bring your own laptop to this event.

The goal of this workshop is:

  • To identify existing genomic datasets that best match your research needs
  • To select and filter datasets according to criteria such as data source provenance and assay type
  • To gain immediate access to readily downloadable open human genomic data

This is a hands-on workshop which will provide you: 1) A strong foundation on how to quickly find reusable genomic data 2) A practical demonstration of Repositive, the leading human genomic dataset finding platform.

Workshop host: Manuel Corpas

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Manuel Corpas - Scientific Lead at Repositive. Manuel has done pioneering work in exploring his personal genome, through direct to consumer genomic testing and online international collaboration. He crowdfunded the DNA sequencing for both himself and his family, and he was the first to publish the complete collection of genomic data for his family online as Open Access. Manuel was previously Project Leader for plant and animal genomes at TGAC (now Earlham Institute), and his earlier roles included Sanger, EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute) and the Spanish National Bioinformatics Centre. Alongside his role at TGAC/Earlham, Manuel was also the ELIXIR-UK Technical Coordinator and board director of the International Society for Computational Biology (ISCB). Read more about Manuel.


After this course you should be able to:

  • Find all genomic data available for a particular condition (e.g. disease, healthy state, controls, validation studies)
  • Understand the most suitable genomic data repository for your needs
  • Submit data to genomic data repositories following best practices


During this workshop you will learn about:

  • Current challenges in data sharing, focusing especially on researchers studying human genomic datasets
  • A number of tools and resources for finding, accessing and sharing genomic data: namely that of Repositive, but also addressing others such as EGA (European Genome Phenome Archive), dbGaP, GigaScience, Nature Scientific Data and figshare
  • Best practices for using data to power hypothesis testing and maximising research impact
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