Having established itself as the global platform for exchange of information on functional phenogenomics following two successful meetings in Athens (2017) and Munich (2018), this year the INFRAFRONTIER/IMPC conference will be held in Helsinki, June 3rd-5th.

The conference will be focused on 3 hugely important topics in the modern genetics research landscape. There are profound difficulties in determining the role of human genetic variation – much of the mammalian genome has very limited information on biological function in humans, mice or other species, the so called ‘dark genome’. The collection and analysis of genomic data needed to understand genetic variation falls under the category of big data science. The IMPC strives to continue to be a leader in mouse genetics data science, with an increasing emphasis on integration with human genome data and clinical genetics. With a rapidly aging society across the globe, our ever increasing knowledge of genetic variation will be key to understanding the ageing processes and diseases associated with ageing, as we seek to improve our quality of life.

the databases of the IMPC are a unique resource for casting light upon the `dark´ areas of the mouse and human genome

Over 200 biomedical experts from over 24 countries worldwide will meet in Helsinki for the conference, where there will be an opportunity to hear from both external scientists and leaders from within the IMPC on topics such as immunophenotyping, morphology and model organisms.

Our very own Steve Brown, director of MRC Harwell and chair of the IMPC will open session 2 of the conference and will explain why the databases of the IMPC are a unique resource for casting light upon the `dark´ areas of the mouse and human genome.

The conference promises to be a very exciting event where scientific leaders from around the globe can share insights into the cutting edge research involving animal models. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information, and to see the finalised agenda, please click here.

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