Single cell genomics has emerged as a revolutionary technology transforming nearly every field of biomedical research. Through its many applications (single cell genome sequencing, single cell transcriptomics, various single cell epigenetic profiling approaches, and spatially resolved methods), researchers can characterize the genetic and functional properties of individual cells in their native conditions, leading to numerous experimental and clinical opportunities. As technology is leaping forward, many critical questions are arising:
- How can the behavior of groups of thousands or tens of thousands of single cells be analyzed and modeled?
- How can samples of precise single-cell-states be converted to inferred cellular behavior, in space and time?
- How can multimodal single-cell datasets be integrated?
- What can we learn about cell-cell interactions?
- What are the immediate implications to fields like neuroscience, immunology, cancer research and stem cells?
- What will the longer-term impacts be for clinical research and practice?
The conference will bring together many of the pioneers and leading experts in the field to three days of extensive, interdisciplinary and informal discussion. Our goal is to create a forum where knowledge is shared, hoping to define together the agenda of this new community. The meeting will include presentations from invited leaders and several selected abstracts, a poster session and many opportunities for interaction. We encourage students and postdocs to participate by presenting abstracts.
- Alon Chen,
Weizmann Institute of Science and Max Planck Institute for Psychiatry
- Elad Schneidman,
Weizmann Institute of Science
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