Women in Leadership film series and panel discussion

Just heard about this film series (and ending panel discussion) to take place in the GBSF auditorium this fall – sign up via EventBrite links in this PDF link:

Women in Leadership flyer RSVP

The Women in Leadership Seminar Series will showcase 3 films highlighting gender imbalances around the world—Girl Rising and Half the Sky examined issues like education access for girls and sexual trafficking. To frame the current dialogue about women’s rights in the US, the documentary Makers: Women Who Make America chronicled the past 70 years of women’s pursuit of equality and justice. Inspired to illuminate these issues in the UC Davis community, graduate students Nicole Chaffee and Jeni Lee, with support from Dr. Judith Kjelstrom, designed the Seminar Series to educate, advocate, and inspire our peers to strive toward leadership roles and encourage women in the workplace. The Women in Leadership Seminar Series and Panel could not have been successful without the support of: the UC Davis Biotechnology Program, the Chancellor’s Office, the UC Davis ADVANCE Program, the UC Davis Women’s Resource and Research Center, the UC Davis Office of Campus Community Relations, and the Sacramento Valley Chapter of the Association for Women in Science.

On December 2ndthe series culminates in a Panel Session of extraordinary female leaders from academia, industry, and government, who will discuss the challenges and rewards of being a successful female leader. Our six exceptional panelists are: Linda Katehi, Chancellor, UC Davis; Maureen Stanton, Vice Provost Academic Affairs, UC Davis; Meg Arnold, CEO, Sacramento Area Regional Technology Alliance (SARTA); Constance McKee, CEO, Manzanita Pharmaceuticals; Lois Wolk, Senator, California State Senate; and Michele Wong, CEO, Synergex and CleanWorld.

The overall objective of the Series is to educate, advocate, and inspire women by setting the stage for in-depth discussions regarding issues of equity. Both women and men are encouraged to join in this dialogue about women’s rights, as facilitating meaningful discourse will not only encourage men to embrace their female counterparts as fellow leaders, but importantly, will empower young, bright females to pursue leadership roles. Increasing the number of women in leadership positions will ensure the presence of a female voice and will set positive examples for future generations.

YAMMGM – yet another mostly male genomics meeting (series): Plant Genomic Congresses by Global Engage

Just got invited to the “Plant Genomics Congress Asia” meeting. As usual, the first thing I look at now is gender ratio.  From their web site I got a list of their speakers (so far) and their advisory board.  I highlighted in Yellow ones I am inferring are male and in green ones I am inferring are female.  For the meeting the ratio so far is 17:4 male to female.  Not the worst I have seen but still pretty bad.  Though if you look at their advisory board at least the ratio for the speakers is better — it is 17:0 for the Advisory Board.

  1. John Manners, Chief, CSIRO Plant Industry, Australia 
  2. Dave Edwards, Principal Research Fellow, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, University of Queensland, Australia 
  3. Nagendra Singh National Professor-BP Pal Chair, National Research Centre on Plant Biotechnology, Indian Council of Agricultural Research, India 
  4. Han Zhao, Professor of Biology and Biotechnology, Institute of Biotechnology Jiangsu, Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China 
  5. Huaan Yang, Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA), Australia 
  6. Rajeev K. Varshney, Principal Scientist (Applied Genomics) & Director, Centre of Excellence in Genomics, ICRISAT, India 
  7. Apichart Vanavichit, Professor, The Rice Gene Discovery Unit, Kasetsart University, Thailand 
  8. Norman Warthmann, Senior Post Doc, Borevitz Laboratory, ANU College of Medicine, Biology and Environment, Australian National University, Australia 
  9. Chungui Lu Lecturer in Post-Genomics, Faculty of Science, Nottingham University, UK 
  10. Beng Kah (Bk) Song, Lecturer, Monash University, Sunway Campus, Australia/ Malaysia 
  11. Kenneth Olsen, Associate Professor Department of Biology, Washington St Louis University, USA 
  12. Yue-Ie Hsing, Distinguished Research Fellow, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academica Sinica, Taiwan 
  13. Meilina Ong Abdullah, Breeding and Tissue Culture Unit, The Advanced Biotechnology and Breeding Centre, Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) Malaysia 
  14. Yijun Ruan, Professor and Director, Systems Biology Center, HuaZhong Agricultural University, Wuhan, China 
  15. Sachiko Isobe, Head Applied Plant Genomics, Kaduza DNA Research Institute (KDRI), Japan 
  16. Yuan-Ming Zhang, Professor of Statistical Genomics, State Key Lab. of Crop Genetics and Germplasm Enhancement, Nanjing Agricultural University, China 
  17. Parveen Chhuneja, Geneticist, Bioinformatics Centre School of Agricultural Biotechnology, Punjab Agricultural University, India 
  18. Shengyi Liu, Professor and Head, The Key Lab of Oil Crops Biology, the Ministry of Agriculture, PRC Department of Genomics, Oil Crops Research Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, China 
  19. Wen-Hsiung Li, Director and Distinguished Research Fellow, Biodiversity Research Center, Institute of Plant and Microbial Biology, Academica Sinica, Taiwan 
  20. Graham King, Director, Southern Cross Plant Science Professor of Plant Genomics and Epigenetics, Southern Cross University, Australia 
  21. Ryan Lister, Professor/ARC Future Fellow, Plant Energy Biology ARC CoE, School of Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Western Australia 
  22. Amitabh Mohanty, Lead Trait Discovery, E.I. DuPont India Pvt Ltd. 

Advisory Board:

  1. Robin G Allaby, Associate Professor, School of Life Sciences, University of Warwick, UK
  2. Todd Blevins, Senior Postdoctoral Associate, Pikaard Lab, Indiana University
  3. Roger Bossé, Global Product Line Leader, PerkinElmer
  4. James Coomer, Senior Technical Advisor for Europe. Data Direct Networks
  5. Tamas Dalmay, Professor of RNA Biology, School of Biological Sciences, University of East Anglia, Norwich 
  6. Massimo Delledonne, Professor, Department of Biotechnology & Director, Functional Genomics Center,  University of Verona, Italy
  7. Joe Duran, Director – HPC Systems, Technology Solutions Division, Fujitsu
  8. Alberto Ferrarini , Biotechnology Professional, University of Verona 
  9. Keywan Hassani-Pak, Group Leader Applied Bioinformatics, Computational and Systems Biology, Rothamsted Research
  10. Julin Maloof, Professor, Department of Plant Biology, University of California, Davis
  11. Piotr Mieczkowski, Director of NGS Facility, Research Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina
  12. Stephen P. Moose, Associate Professor, Maize Genomics, Department of Crop Sciences,, Program Leader, Feedstock Genomics, Energy Biosciences Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign
  13. Lukas Mueller, Professor, Plant Breeding and Genetics, Boyce Thompson Institute, Cornell University
  14. Odd-Arne Olsen, Professor at Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences (IPM), Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) , Faculty of Education & Natural Sciences, Hamar University College (HUC), Norway
  15. Chris Pires, Associate Professor Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
  16. Uwe Scholz, Group Leader, Research Group Bioinformatics and Information Technology, IPK
  17. Alan Schulman, MTT Agrifood Research and Institute of Biotechnology, University of Helsinki 
So after checking out this meeting I decided – at their suggestion to check out the meetings in Europe and the USA they are organizing.  The speakers for the US meeting are a whopping 33:4 male to female according to my count and the ratio for the European meeting is about the same (mind you I like some of the speakers – am not blaming them — but this meeting should be avoided in my opinion).  Definitely not impressed with the organizers here or the Global Engage organization behind these meetings.  Uggh. What is wrong with people?  It is really not actually that hard to do better than this.

Perhaps this meeting should be renamed "Of Microbiomes and Men" ….

Well, just got an email inviting me to participate in a meeting on microbiomes. The full invite is at the bottom of this posting.  Alas, at first glances it seems this meeting, has, well, some gender issues.

Confirmed Keynote Speakers: both male.

  • Mark Adams, Ph.D., Scientific Director, J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego
  • Sarkis K. Mazmanian, Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology

Confirmed other speakers: all seven male

  • Pierre Belichard, Co-founder and CEO, Enterome
  • Adam Godzik, Ph.D., Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Professor & Program Director, Sanford-Burnham Research Institute
  • JunHua Li, Team Leader of Reference Metagenomics, BGI Research
  • Victor Nizet, MD, Professor & Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego
  • Steve Orndorff, NuMe Health
  • Andrei Osterman, Ph.D., Professor, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
  • Bernd Schnabl, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, UCSD School of Medicine, TSRI California Campus

I suppose one could say “Well, they are still working on their agenda … maybe they will have some female speakers.”  So I decided to dig around a little bit more. They provide a link to the outline agenda here. Alas that is even worse.  There we find out who some invited speakers are who have not yet accepted

  • David Odelson, R&D Program Director, Life Technologies
  • Peter B. DiLaura, President & CEO, Second Genome
  • Chris Christofferson, Morganthaler Ventures 
  • Lou Tartaglia, Third Rock Ventures
  • Mike Grey, Pappas Ventures
  • Justin L. Sonnenburg, Assistant Professor, Microbiology & Immunology, Stanford School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA

So that is 9 confirmed speakers and six invited speakers – all of whom are male.  Great.  Here is a suggestion.  DO NOT GO TO THIS MEETING.

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Keynote speakers:
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The 1-2 kilograms of bacteria living inside, and on the surface of, all human beings – the Human Microbiome – constitutes both another “human” organ and a third protective “immune system” after the innate and adaptive immune systems. This mix of good and bad bacteria, long a subject of academic interest, has been linked to everything from infectious diseases like clostridium difficile to obesity and even mental health. Now that the commercial potential of this field of research is being recognized it is attracting venture capital and other funding.

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Mark Adams, Ph.D., Scientific Director, J. Craig Venter Institute, San Diego

Sarkis Mazmanian
Sarkis K. Mazmanian, Professor of Biology, California Institute of Technology

Confirmed Speakers

Pierre Belichard, Co-founder and CEO, Enterome
Adam Godzik, Ph.D., Bioinformatics and Systems Biology, Professor & Program Director, Sanford-Burnham Research Institute
JunHua Li, Team Leader of Reference Metagenomics, BGI Research
Victor Nizet, MD, Professor & Division Chief, Department of Pediatrics, UCSD School of Medicine, San Diego
Steve Orndorff, NuMe Health
Andrei Osterman, Ph.D., Professor, Bioinformatics & Systems Biology, Infectious and Inflammatory Disease Center, Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute
Bernd Schnabl, MD, Assistant Professor, Division of Gastroenterology, UCSD School of Medicine, TSRI California Campus

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Sequencing/Bioinformatics of the Microbiome

  • An overview of the human microbiome project
  • Contributions to Metagenomics and Data Analysis
  • Advances in sequencing technologies
  • The role of chip technologies (the Phylo chip) as a rapid readout vs. sequencing
  • The $1000 genome may cost $100Ms to interpret!

Venture Capital + Technology Transfer

  • Commercializing Microbiome Technologies from Government & Academic Entities
  • International Small Company Showcase

The microbiome of the GI tract

  • The role of commensal bacteria in regulating the immune system
  • Metabolic exchange in gut microbial communities: who needs vitamins?
  • Contemplating novel antibiotic therapies that do not destroy the healthy microbiome
  • Metagenomic profiling in IBD

Clinical Applications

  • The contribution of the gut microbiome to liver disease
  • Treatment of C. Difficile infections with fecal transplants

Connections to the Food World

  • The role of diet in regulating the microbiome mix
  • Prebiotics vs. probiotics vs. pharmaceuticals
  • Opportunities to treat diabetes and obesity via the microbiome
  • Panel Discussion – Pharma/Biotech/Food Industry Partnering
  • Small Company Showcases
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Another genomics meeting featuring men men men and men: International Forum on "Genomics, Innovation and economic growth"

Well this is just peachy.  Saw this tweet

And my first thought was – please – please – please let this meeting have a decent gender ratio. I am so so sick of genome meetings that have gender ratio issues. Alas, then I went to their site: International Forum “Genomics, Innovation and economic growth”

11 plenary speakers. All of them men.  See here.
Forum president: 1 man
Advisory Board: 5 men

Crap crap crap. What is WRONG WITH PEOPLE?

Nothing else to say really.  But I will not be going I guess I can say that.

ADVANCE Reading of the Day: Sylvia Earle, Women in Japan and the Gulf, Spaceflight

Quick post here … Some news stories and posts I am checking out today in relation to the UC Davis ADVANCE project in which I am involved.

ADVANCE Journal Club: Developing Graduate Students of Color for the Professoriate in STEM

As I have posted about before – I am involved in the UC Davis ADVANCE project funded by NSF.  From the project website:

UC Davis ADVANCE is a newly funded Institutional Transformation grant that began in September of 2012. Our program is supported by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program which aims to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. 

My role in this project is as a member (and now Co-Chair) of one of the “Policies and Practices Review Initiative” Committee.  As part of my work on this committee I am trying to read various papers on related topics.  And I figured I would simultaneously post about these papers as much as I can because it would be great to get a broader discussion going on these topics.

So today I am reading the following:CSHE – Developing Graduate Students of Color for the Professoriate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) which I was pointed to in our Committee meeting yesterday.  It is quite interesting.  It is by Anne MacLachlan from the Center for Studies in Higher Education at UC Berkeley.

The abstract:

This paper presents part of the results of a completed study entitled A Longitudinal Study of Minority Ph.D.s from 1980-1990: Progress and Outcomes in Science and Engineering at the University of California during Graduate School and Professional Life. It focuses particularly on the graduate school experience and degree of preparation for the professoriate of African American doctoral students in the sciences and engineering, and presents the results of a survey of 33 African American STEM Ph.D.s from the University of California earned between 1980-1990. Relationships with thesis advisors and principal investigators are evaluated by the study participants in fifteen specific areas from highly-ranked intellectual development to low-ranked training in grant writing. Deficits in training and socialization are discussed along with the tension between being both an African American and a graduate student. Career choices and outcomes are presented. These findings, in conjunction with current analyses of graduate education in STEM, suggest ways in which graduate training for all could be improved.

Lots of interesting information in there.  Perhaps most important for my current goals is what she describes at the end in terms of a Proposed Development Program.  She starts this section by commenting on the general situation in terms of training scientists in the US today.  She then identifies what she refers to a “discontinuities” in federal and local policy which can hinder “developing faculty of color.”  These include “compartmentalized, externally mandated sets of programs” and the “nature of Ph.D. training”.  Of the 33 Ph.D.s surveyed in the study, nearly all of them recommended diversity training for faculty.  They also recommend better laying out of expectations and requirements for students and more involvement of current faculty in recruiting.  They also made many recommendations for improving the life of current students of color.

Anyway – a lot of this material and the concepts involved are bit new to me so I am still digesting the article.  But I thought I would share it with others in the hope that this will help catalyze more open discussion of issues involved women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields.

Important read for those interested in gender, family & academia: Do Babies Matter

Just got pointed to this by Julie Huber on Facebook: New book on gender, family and academe shows how kids affect careers in higher education | Inside Higher Ed.  The book is “Do Babies Matter? Gender and Family in the Ivory Tower.”  This looks like a very important book and is especially relevant to me in my role in the UC Davis ADVANCE project where we are working on related issues.  It is from Mary Ann Mason at Berkeley Law School, Nicholas Wolfinger from Utah, and Marc Goulden from the UC Berkeley Office for Faculty Equity and Welfare.  It is definitely worth checking out.

I am ordering it right now …


Re-reading this on "Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried"

Been reading some somewhat old material out there on women in academia.  I am getting more and more interested in this issue especially as I have become more involved in the UC Davis ADVANCE Program.  The ADVANCE program from the National Science Foundation “aims to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers.”

I was pointed to this Guardian article from 2012 today based on “The chemistry PhD: the impact on women’s retention”: Why women leave academia and why universities should be worried | Higher Education Network | Guardian Professional.   This Guardian article has a lot of detail and links to other information.  Definitely worth checking out if you had not seen it or forgotten it.

ICG Europe starts w/ "Omics & the future of man" & sticks to men the rest of the time

Fun.  Another day.  Another YAMMGM (yet another mostly male genomics meeting).  This one is the International Conference on Genomics Europe 2013.  I have copied the program as it is now here and then highlighted the men and women as far as I can tell.  And, well, it is not very balanced.  It starts off, ironically, with “Omics and the future of man” and then stays on both omics and alas, men, for most of the meeting.  The first woman does not talk until 5 pm on the first day.  Nothing against BGI per se.  But they seem to be repeat offenders in having meetings with mostly male speakers.  A difference between countries?  Perhaps.  But unfortunate and unpleasant nevertheless.

Sessions with speakers:

Plenary Session 1: Omics and the future of man

  • 09:00-09:10: Opening ICG-Europe 2013 & Welcome: Hans Galjaard, Chairman of the Department of Clinical Genetics at Erasmus University
  • 09:10-09:55: Talk 1: Huanming Yang, BGI, China
  • 9:55-10:25: Talk 2: Jeremy Nicholsen, Head of the Department of Surgery and Cancer, Imperial College London, UK
  • Topic: Molecular Phenotyping and Systems Medicine Approaches in Personalised and Public Healthcare

Chairman: Prof.Huanming Yang, BGI, China

Plenary Session 2 :

  • 11:00-11:30: Talk 1 (30 min): Jun Wang, CEO, BGI, China
  • 11:30-12:00: Talk 2 (30 min): Karsten Kristiansen, Head of the Department of Biology, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • 12:00-12:30: Talk 3 (30 min): Nils Brunner, Director of the Sino-Danish Breast Cancer Research Centre, University of Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Topic: Docetaxel resistance in vitro: Known mechanisms and novel pathways in breast cancer
  • Chairman: Prof. Jun Wang, BGI, China

Plenary Session 3: Plant and Animal Genomics

  • 13:30-13.55: Talk 1: Rajeev K. Varshney, Director-Centre of Excellence in Genomics, ICRISA, Hyderabad, India
  • Topic: “Little” is “more” for chickpea and pigeonpea
  • 13.55-14.20: Talk 2: Michael Bevan, Genomics and Functional Genomics of Bread Wheat for Crop Improvement, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK
  • Topic: Genomics and Functional Genomics of Bread Wheat for Crop Improvement
  • 14.20-14.45: Talk 3: Michel Georges, Unit of Animal Genomics, University of Liège, Belgium
  • 14.45-15.15: Talk 4: Tomas Marques, ICREA Research Professor, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain
  • Topic: Great Ape genetic diversity
  • 15.15-15.35: Talk 5: TBC
  • Chairman: Prof. Marc Van Montagu , VIB, Belgium

Session 4: Cancer genomics and Transcriptional Regulation

  • 16:00-16:20: Talk 1(20 min): Stein Aerts, Heading the Laboratory of Computational Biology, K.U.Leuven, Belgium
  • Topic: Probing into the genome, transcriptome, and regulatory network of T-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • 16:20-16:40: Talk 2(20 min): Lars Bullinger, Assistant Professor, University of Ulm, Germany
  • Topic: Genomics in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) – clinical translation of findings
  • 16:40-17:00: Talk 3(20 min): Diether Lambrechts, Assistant Professor, K.U.Leuven & VIB, Belgium
  • Topic: Mutation signatures of mismatch repair deficiency in cancer genomes
  • 17:00-17:20: Talk 4(20 min): Lynnette Fernandez-Cuesta, University of Cologne, Germany
  • Topic: Characterization of lung neuroendocrine tumors
  • 17:20-17:40: Talk 5(20 min): Henrik Ditzel, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark
  • Chairman: Dr. Jan Cools (K.U.Leuven, VIB)

Workshop:Innovation-Entrepreneurship and Venture creation-1

  • 14:30-14:50: Talk 1 (20 min): Boo Edgar, Program Director, Innovation and entrepreneurship; The Sahlgrenska Academy, University of Gothenburg
  • 14:50-15:10: Talk 2 (20 min): Martin Bonde, Chairman of Danish Biotech association
  • 15:10-15:30: Talk 3 (20 min): Søren Møller, Managing Investment Director, Novo Seeds
  • Chairman: Johan Cardoen
  • 16:00-16:20: Talk 1(20 min): Johan Cardoen, Managing Director VIB
  • 16:20-16:40: Talk 2(20 min): Patrick Van Beneden, GIMV
  • 16:40-17:00: Talk 3(20 min): Ann De Beuckelaer, Flanders Bio

Session 5: Human Disease- Structural Genomic Variation and Function

  • 09:00-09:30: Talk 1 (30 min): Wigard Kloosterman, UMC Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Topic: Cause and Consequence of Complex Genomic Rearrangements
  • 09:30-10:00: Talk 2 (30 min): Michael Talkowski, Instructor, MGH, Harvard University, USA
  • Topic: Sequencing unique human genomes reveals novel loci in autism and predictive phenotypes in prenatal diagnostics
  • 10:00-10:30: Talk 3 (30 min): Thierry Voet, K.U.Leuven
  • Chairman: Prof. Edwin Cuppen , Hubrecht Institute

Session 6: Metagenomics

  • 09:00-09:30: Talk 1 (30 min): Hui Wang, The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, UK
  • Topic: Virus discovery by using deep sequencing data
  • 09.30-10:00: Talk 2 (30 min): TBC
  • 10:00-10:30: Talk 3 (30 min): Bjoern Textor, New England Biolabs GmbH
  • Topic: Direct Selection of Microbiome DNA from Host DNA
  • 11:00-11:30: Talk 1 (30 min): Jeroen Raes, Scientific Collaborator, VUB&VIB
  • 11:30-12:00: Talk 2 (30 min): Rob Knight, Associate Professor, Colorado University
  • Topic: Characterizing microbial effects of family structure, including our furry family members?
  • 12:00-12:30: Talk 3 (30 min): Ruth Ley, Cornell University
  • Topic: Host control of the microbiome
  • Chairman: Dr. Jeroen Raes (VUB, VIB)

Session 7(3 talks: include Q&A 5 mins): Human Disease – Clinical Genetics

  • 11:00-11:35: Talk 1(35 min): Han Brunner, Department of Human Genetics, Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands
  • Topic: Clinical Genetic Diagnostics by Genome Sequencing.
  • 11:35-12:05: Talk 2(30 min): Wang Wei, BGI Health, Shenzhen, China
  • Topic: Non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT): Current clinical application and future outlook
  • 12:05-12:45: Talk 3(30 min): Gabor Vajta, BGI Europe, Copenhagen, Denmark and Central Queensland University, Rockhampton, Australia in concert with Du Yutao, BGI Health, Shenzhen, China
  • Topic: Pre-implantation Diagnostics by Blastocyst Biopsy, Vitrification and Genome Sequencing
  • Chairman: Prof. Lars Bolund, Aarhus University

Session 8: Health and Translational Medicine-1

  • 13:30-13:55: Talk 1(25 min): Vince Gao, BGI
  • Topic: Development of Clinical Service at BGI Health
  • 13.55-14:20: Talk 2(25 min): Attila Lorincz, UK
  • Topic: Clinical Validation of Genomic and Epigenomic Biomarker Panels
  • 14:20-14:45: Talk 3(25 min): Maurizio Ferrari, Director of Clinical Molecular Biology and Cytogenetics Laboratory, and Head of Genomic Unit for the Diagnosis of Human Pathologies, Center for Translational Genomics and Bioinformatics, IRCCS San Raffaele, Milan, Italian
  • Topic: From bench to bedside: new advanced molecular techniques for genetic diagnosis
  • 14:45-15:10: Talk 4(25 min): Carlos Simón Vallés, Board Certified and Full Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Valencia,Spain
  • Topic: Clinical Application of the endometrial receptivity array
  • 15:10-15:35: Talk 5(20 min): To be selected from submitted abstracts
  • Chairman: Dr. Vince Gao , BGI

Session 9: Human disease

  • 13:30-13:55: Talk 1(25 min): Lars Bolund, Professor of Clinical Genetics at Aarhus University, Denmark, and Adjunct Professor of Human Genetics at Copenhagen University, Denmark
  • Topic: Chronic Disorders, Rare Genetic Variants and Pig Models of Degenerative Disease Processes
  • 13:55-14:20: Talk 2(25 min): Tao Dong, Head of anti-viral T cell immunology group, MRC Human Immunology Unit, Oxford University, UK
  • 14:20-14:45: Talk 3(25 min): Hartmut Wekerle, Honorary Professor, Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried, Germany
  • 14:45-15:10: Talk 4(20 min): Ramneek Gupta, The Technical University of Denmark, Danmark
  • 15:10-15:30: Talk 5(20 min): Anders Børglum, Professor, Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Chairman: TBC

Session 10: Health and Translational Medicine-2

  • 16:00-16:20: Talk 1(20 min): Diana M Eccles, Academic Vice President of the Clinical Genetics Society, Southampton General Hospital, UK
  • 16:20-16:40: Talk 2(20 min): E. Gomez Garcia, Maastricht University, the Netherlands
  • 16:40-17:00: Talk 3(20 min): Pascal Pujol , Chu Montpellier, France
  • 17:00-17:20: Talk 4(20 min): Atocha Romero, Hospital Clinico San Carlos, Spain
  • 17:20-17:40: Talk 5(20 min): Ian Campbell, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia
  • Topic: Identification and validation of familial cancer susceptibility genes using massively parallel sequencing
  • Chairman: Prof. Yves-Jean Bignon, Centre Jean Perrin

Workshop: Ethical, Legal and Social Implications (ELSI)

  • 16:00-16:20: Talk 1(20 min): Lone Frank, Denmark
  • 16:20-16:40: Talk 2(20 min): Pascal Borry, K.U.Leuven, Belgium
  • 16:40-17:00: Talk 3(20 min): TBC
  • Chairman: Prof. Huanming Yang, BGI

Session 11: Biobanks

  • 08:00-08:30: Talk 1 (30 min): Zhang Yong, BGI, China
  • 08:30-09:00: Talk 2 (30 min): Kristian Hveem, Chief Scientific Officer, Nord-Trondelag County, Norway
  • 09:00-09:30: Talk 3 (30 min): Shaoliang Peng, National University of Defense Technology, China
  • Topic: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology on TianHe Supercomputer
  • Chairman: Dr. Zhang Yong, BGI

Workshop: Use of Omics Technology for Personalized Medicine

  • 08:00-08:30: Talk 1 (30 min): Jenny Wei, R&D Information China, AstraZeneca global R&D
  • Topic: Genomics for Personalized Medicine: From Discovery to Clinic
  • 08:30-09:00:Talk 2 (30 min):André Rosenthal, CEO, Signature Diagnostics AG
  • Topic: Next-Gen Sequencing Tests for Prognosis and Prediction of Response to Therapy of Patients with Colorectal Cancer Using Somatic Mutation Signatures
  • 09:00-09:30: Talk 3 (30 min):Radoje Drmanac, Complete Genomics, Inc. Mountain View, California, U.S.A.
  • Topic: Accurate whole genome sequencing as the ultimate genetic test enabling personalized disease prevention and treatment
  • Chairman: TBC

Session 12: Bioinformatics

  • 10:00-10:30: Talk 1 (30 min): Nathaniel Street, Assistant professor, Umea University
  • Topic: Sequencing the Norway spruce genome reveals a unique history of repeat expansion
  • 10:30-11:00: Talk 2 (30 min): Sofie Van Landeghem, Ghent University, VIB, Belgium
  • Topic: Mining the literature to enhance integrative network biology
  • 11:00-11:30: Talk 3 (30 min): Mario Caccamo, Acting Director at The Genome Analysis Centre, Norwich, UK
  • Topic: Next Generation Genomics for Complex Crops
  • Chairman: Prof. Yves Van De Peer (U.Ghent, VIB)
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YAMMGM: Yet another mostly male genomics meeting #2: Beyond the Genome 2013

Well, the “winner” of this months YAMMGM award is Beyond the Genome 2013 | Mission Bay | San Francisco

Alas, YAMMGM stands for “Yet another mostly male genomics meeting” so it is not an award to covet.

This meetings listed speakers are below with women highlighted in green.

  • Nicholas Navin -The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Sunney Xie – Harvard
  • Xu Xun – BGI
  • James Hicks -CSHL
  • Fuchou Tang – Peking
  • Itai Yanai – Israel
  • Thierry Voet – Sanger
  • Jacob Kitzman – Plasma cell free DNA sequencing
  • Stephen Quake – Stanford and Fluidigm
  • Mario Caccamo – Genome Analysis Centre
  • Rob Martienssen – CSHL
  • Ryan Lister – University of Westerm Australia
  • Neelima Sinha – UC davis
  • Jorge Dubcovsky – UC Davis
  • Robert Schmitz (Salk) – 1001 Arabidopsis project and CHiP-Seq
  • Marja Timmermans (CSHL)
  • Magnus Nordborg
  • Chairs Alicia Oshlack, Yingrui Li and Michael Schatz to chair the bioinformatics challenge.
  • James Taylor – Emory and Galaxy
  • Chris Dagdigian – Bioteam
  • David Haussler -UC Santa Cruz
  • Janet Kelso – Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

That comes to 16.6% if you count all listed.  If you exclude session chairs the numbers are a little different but still pretty low.

Certainly this does not prove any bias on the part of the meeting organizers.  But it certainly suggests to me they might want to think about why the ratio is skewed.