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Mon 26 Sep 2016
09:30 - 12:30

Venue: Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building

Provided by: Bioinformatics


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COSMIC: Exploring cancer genetics at high resolution

Mon 26 Sep 2016


COSMIC is an expert-curated database of somatic mutations causing human cancer. Broad and comprehensive in scope, it describes over 4 million coding mutations across all human cancer disease types, and encompasses over 20 million somatic variants across other molecular mutation mechanisms in oncogenetics. Mutations are annotated across the entire genome, with deep-resolution expert curation focused on almost 200 key cancer genes.

This course will use the live COSMIC website and genome browser to show you how to access and explore this information, seeking to identify genetic causes and targets in all human cancers.

A timetable for this event is available here.

Please note that if you are not eligible for a University of Cambridge Raven account you will need to book by linking here.

Target audience
  • This course is aimed at scientists and informaticians interested in the genetics of cancer, encompassing all aspects of academic research, data integration and visualisation, and industrial investigations into diagnostic and pharmaceutical design across all human cancers.
  • Graduate students, Postdocs and Staff members from the University of Cambridge, Affiliated Institutions and other external Institutions or individuals
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here

Number of sessions: 1

# Date Time Venue Trainers
1 Mon 26 Sep 2016   09:30 - 12:30 09:30 - 12:30 Bioinformatics Training Room, Craik-Marshall Building map Simon Forbes,  Dave Beare,  Harry Boutselakis,  John Tate,  Laura Ponting

After this course you should be able to:

  • Understand the range of genetic drivers of cancer.
  • Access large quantities of genetic variant data across all human cancers.
  • Identify trends in this information via the COSMIC analytical website.
  • Explore cancer variation alongside all functional genomic annotations using the COSMIC genome browser.
  • Discuss how cancer genetics is evolving, and how COSMIC might support your future research.

During this course you will learn about:

  • Somatic cancer genetics; the range of genetic events and disease types underlying this disease.
  • How to access over 20 million mutations from several genetic mechanisms observed across more than 3000 disease descriptions standardised into one database.
  • How to explore trends in this information to identify genetic causes of disease, using the COSMIC website & tools.

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Registration fees
  • Free for University of Cambridge students
  • £ 50/day for all University of Cambridge staff, including postdocs, and participants from Affiliated Institutions. Please note that these charges are recovered by us at the Institutional level
  • £ 50/day for all other academic participants from external Institutions and charitable organizations. These charges must be paid at registration
  • £ 100/day for all Industry participants. These charges must be paid at registration
  • Further details regarding the charging policy are available here



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