21st International Bioinformatics Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME)

The 21st International Workshop on Virus Evolution and Molecular Epidemiology (VEME2016) will be hosted by the Korea University College of Medicine, 14-19 August, Seoul, Republic of Korea. Abstract deadline: 15 March 2016

VEME 2016 workshop website

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 March 2016

Workshop Dates: 14 to 19 August 2016

Organising Committee: Anne-Mieke Vandamme, Tulio de Oliveira, Philippe Lemey, Mattia Prosperi, Man-Seong Park, Jin Il Kim & Soo-Yon Rhee

The VEME workshop provides both theoretical and practical training in phylogenetic inference and evolutionary hypothesis testing as applied in virology and molecular epidemiology. It is recognized as one of the best international virus bioinformatics courses. It covers sequence analysis, phylogenetics, phylodynamics methods, and large scale methods for next-generation sequencing (NGS) analytics.


Luiz Alcantara University of Fiocruz, Salvador de Bahia, Brazil

Andre Altmann Translational Imaging Group, UCL, London

Guy Baele University of Leuven, Belgium

Tulio de Oliveira Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN, Durban, South Africa

Nuno Faria University of Oxford, UK

Olga Golosova UGENE team, Novosibirsk, Russia

German Grekhov UGENE team, Novosibirsk, Russia

Jin Il Kim Korea University, College of Medicine, Seoul, Republic of Korea

Philippe Lemey University of Leuven, Belgium

Darren Martin University of Cape Town, South Africa

Jae Min Emerging Pathogens Institute, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA

Sergei Kosakovsky-Pond University of California, San Diego, USA

Ludmila Prokunina-Olsson National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, USA

Mattia Prosperi University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Andrew Rambaut Institute of Evolutionary Biology, Edinburgh, UK

Soo-Yon Rhee Stanford University, USA

Brittany Rife University of Florida, Gainesville, USA

Richard Scheuermann J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), Rockville, USA

Heiko Schmidt University of Vienna, Austria

Marc Suchard University of California, Los Angeles, USA

Anne-Mieke Vandamme University of Leuven, Belgium

Ewout Vanden Eynden University of Leuven, Belgium

Filip Bielejec University of Leuven, Belgium

Yuriy Fofanov University of Texas Medical Branch (Galveston), USA

Introduction: Combating viral spread and their associated disease burden is a tremendous challenge requiring significant research efforts and dedicated measures, in public health, veterinary care, and agriculture strategies. Viral sequence data is a major asset in the characterization of pathogens. Understanding the processes that generate genetic diversity assists in the struggle against viral infections and enhances our understanding of past evolutionary and epidemiological events. It can also help in the identification of the origins of new epidemics, in monitoring the effectiveness of therapeutic strategies, and eventually in predicting the behavior of viral epidemics. Advances in bioinformatics have led to improved approaches to investigating viral outbreaks that ave been successfully applied to viruses including the Human immunodeficiency viruses (HIV), the Ebola virus, the Dengue viruses, the Chikungunya virus and the Influenza virus.

News date: 2016-03-15