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2010 Australian Biomarker Discovery Conference Summary: Biomarkers in the Next Decade

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In the February edition of the journal Pharmacogenomics (Future Medicine), Greg Gibson from the School of Biology at the Georgia Institute of Technology provides a summary of talks and discussion from the Inaugural Australian Biomarker Discovery Conference (BDC 2010) held in Shoal Bay, Australia in December. The review article is free (link below).

The theme of the meeting, Gibson writes, was that “the era of univariate biomarkers is passing, and that emerging bioinformatics applications applied to genome-scale datasets will provide fresh ways to think about the risks of disease.”

The BDC 2010 conference showcased the latest innovations in biomarker discovery using genomic, proteomic and metabolomic tools and methods. Gibson’s 3-page review covers three areas:

  • New technologies
  • Computational biomarker discovery
  • Genomic biomarkers

Of particular interest, several talks focused on computational advances and new approaches to data reduction that will facilitate analysis and enable integration of molecular and pathway knowledge. Overall, it sounds like it was an fun, informative meeting. Mark your calendar for BDC 2011 – watch the Biomarker Conferences page for updates.

Review: Conference Scene: Biomarkers in the next decade