Continuing with the abstract series covering the topics at the Eagle Symposium 2015, the following summary was kindly provided by Sobia Raza, currently Interim Programme Lead - Science Head at PHG Foundation, who will be addressing the subject of "Maximising the Potential of Pathogen Genomic Data: the Case for an Effective Data Integration Strategy."
Abstract: "The PHG Foundation is a health policy think tank with a special focus on how genomics and other emerging health technologies can provide more effective, personalised healthcare and deliver improvements in population health.
Over the past 18 months, working in consultation with leading stakeholders, the Foundation has been engaged on a major project to assess the potential impact of microbial genomics on public health and health services and develop policy to support implementation. In principle pathogen genomics can be used to improve the management of infectious disease through improved diagnosis, detection and tracking of antimicrobial resistance and outbreak control. However, both the short-term and longer-term benefits of genomics for infectious disease management will only truly be realised through the timely collation, integration and sharing of genomic data and associated metadata.
Sobia's talk will highlight how an effective data aggregation and sharing strategy can drive research, innovation and expansion in the range of genomics informed or enabled services that can be developed and delivered. Highlighted are the challenges and considerations that need to be taken into account when devising mechanisms to collate and share data."
Speaker's Bio: Sobia is currently Interim Programme Lead for Science at the PHG Foundation, a health policy think-tank with a focus on how advances in genomics and the life sciences can be harnessed for more effective healthcare. In her regular capacity as Project Manager for Bioinformatics, Sobia has been examining and articulating to policy makers the challenges and opportunities that (human or pathogen) genomic data presents to health-systems and their management of diseases. Before joining the PHG Foundation, Sobia was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, where her research interests focussed on systems-level analysis and modelling of innate immune signalling pathways. Sobia also gained her PhD at the University of Edinburgh. During this time she was awarded a Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) science-policy fellowship for a secondment to the Scottish Parliament as a Research Specialist, to provide independent insight into a range of science and health related topics, including healthcare associated infections.
Eagle Symposium 2015: Eagle Genomics organises an annual industry symposium in the promotion of innovation and advancement in genomics, bioinformatics, and computational biology to help address global issues. The Eagle Symposium 2015 builds on the theme "Bridging Biology and Informatics for R&D Innovation", taking place on 23 March 2015 at the European Bioinformatics Institute (EBI), Wellcome Trust Genome Campus in Hinxton, Cambridge, UK.